Hello Sweet People! Tickle me with a feather boa, I am pleased to tell you that I am doing a Book Sale Benefit to relaunch* CELESTIAL BODIES IN ORBIT: Memoirs of the Unknown Stripper.
I am donating ALL of my May and June royalties to the Burlesque Hall of Fame (BhoF). They will use the funds to help bring some of their Legends to the 2016 BHoF Weekender in Las Vegas, June 2nd to 5th, and to support their Museum.
As a young stripteaser in the 70s, I was fortunate to dance in suburban Boston clubs with some of the top-notch acts who are now known as Legends, like Dusty Summers, Las Vegas Only Nude Magician. I mentioned Dusty, and other Legends in my memoir, and the profound effect they had on me that lasted throughout the ten years I danced.
Watching Dusty’s grace, style, and commitment to hard work showed me the type of dancer I wanted to be, even if I didn’t seek the larger stage. I didn’t get to ‘meet’ her until after I had written and published my memoir, when I was thrilled to find her on the World Wide Web.
Dusty was kind, not only in giving my book a great review, but also in letting me use this excerpt from it on my new cover, “I can heartily recommend Eve Littlepage’s book…Her spiritual trip was as interesting to me as her experiences in ten years of stripping.” You can read her full review here: Dusty’s Review. (Thank you, Dusty!)
I’ve had a long history of volunteering and fundraising for non-profits, and it began during my Celestial Bodies in Orbit days. So it is fitting to re-launch my book as a Fundraiser. And it is a joy to give back to the Burlesque Legends who inspired me, and to the BHoF, who are preserving their stories (along with glittery costumes, accessories, and intriguing props!)
It’s fairly common knowledge that the Golden Age of Burlesque was well over by the 1970s. What is less well-known is that many of us ecdysiasts went over and above what the strip biz expected of us and tried to keep the spirit of Burlesque alive in the 70s and 80s. At the time that I stumbled into making my living in spiked heels, it was a business to aspire getting out of, not one to climb up a disappearing ladder to a shrinking apex of stardom for. But I survived and even thrived in it by attempting to be more like the Legends and Stars. I wasn’t alone in trying to keep some of the creativity, style, and above all, the tease, in the strip biz.
So even though I am not a Legend, I am a Veteran, a Betweener in the Biz who danced in spikes for ten years, straddling the widening chasm between the Old Burlesque Tease and Modern Strip Club Sleaze, trying to keep my balance in a changing world, through challenging relationships, and while spinning in three-inch heels.
CELESTIAL BODIES IN ORBIT: Memoirs of the Unknown Stripper is laced with references to the I Ching, ghostly visitations, and spiritual epiphanies. It is also laced with references to, and celebrations of, Burlesque. In the process of publishing my book, I discovered the Burlesque Hall of Fame, and the rebirth of the art form as Neo-Burlesque. I am pleased to contribute to further those who want to preserve the past, and serve up a new evolution of the art form. I don’t have much to give–just my own story, so…
All of my royalties from May and June Kindle sales and Paperbacks, as well as bonuses I earn (from Free Kindle reads through Kindle Unlimited, etc.) will go to the BHoF. Here’s a link to: Celestial Bodies in Orbit (on Amazon).
I hope you will join in supporting my efforts. Or, if you’d like to make a straight donation to the Burlesque Hall of Fame, please do so here: Donate to BHoF and tell them Eve Littlepage sent you!
Your support in any and all ways is appreciated, so please help by spreading the word! Deep Gratitude to All! – xx, Eve
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*Re: (2nd para.) “Relaunch”, see my previous post: PopEve
P.S. Arturo added some widgety thingies so you can help me spread the word with a click 😉