SCOTT POULSON-BRYANT visits Outwrite on TUESDAY, JULY 19, at 7:30 p.m., to read from and sign copies of his latest book, THE VIPs: A NOVEL (Broadway). This event is free and open to the public. SCOTT POULSON-BRYANT’s new scorcher of a novel is an enormously fun summer read of secrets, sex, and betrayal. It centers around four men, childhood friends who are each successful in their own right, and a mega-star rapper, TNT, who in the book’s opening scene, asks them the ultimate bombshell question: “Which one of you bastards is my father?”. These four friends, now rich and powerful, but each with skeletons in their closets, grew up calling themselves the VIPS signaling the big dreams they all once had. The cast of characters include: • Leo Bradford, a gay publishing magnate who is learning to love again after the death of his longtime lover. • Barry Chambers, a playboy attorney with a working-class background who is starting to realize that the chip he’s carried on his shoulders all these years doesn’t go too well with the expensive suits that have become his trademark. • Joey “Ram” Ramirez, a high-flying fashion designer who has managed to triumph over a life of abuse and neglect to become one of the most successful clothiers in the world. But now his business is being threatened by internal strife that could drag him back to the life of crime that he’s struggled so hard to escape. • Duke Maynard, a recently-retired NFL star who’s surviving a divorce and the challenges of successfully transferring his competitive energies from his gridiron past to his entertainment world future. All four of these men have a history and bond that could be torn apart by nights of passion they had long ago. TNT’s search for his true identity brings out the drama full force. Shocking, hilarious, suspenseful, and incredible moving, THE VIPs will have readers furiously turning the pages to find out who the real father is. SCOTT POULSON-BRYANT was one of the founding editors of Vibe magazine and is author of Hung: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America. He has also written for Spin, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The Source, and Essence. He lives in New York. (jasbro)
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