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"If Armistead Maupin and David Sedaris had a love child, it would be Arthur Wooten." The Examiner - San Francisco ***** Currently writing the screenplay for Birthday Pie starring Phylicia Rashad - director Debbie Allen....I also have my own column appearing in each issue of the London based magazine "reFRESH".


Background Information

Third Edition of On Picking Fruit: A Novel has been published by the Author's Guild.

Fruit Cocktail: A Novel - (editorial review) - Hop on board for this delicious, freshly squeezed sequel to the acclaimed On Picking Fruit, where Curtis Jenkins once again braves the fickle dating scene in his continuing search for the perfect man. After writing the successful "101 Ways to Collide Into Your Gay Soul Mate", Curtis finds on his book tour that men - whether in Provincetown, Los Angeles, or somewhere in between - rarely wear their hearts on their biceps . . . unless it's a tattoo. Funny, unpredictable, and strangely moving, Fruit Cocktail is, like its feckless hero, ripe for the picking. -

LOGO Television recomends On Picking Fruit - "...this is the great gay memoir you always wanted to write!" HX Magazine - NYC -

When he first arrived in New York City, Arthur pursued a career in theatre. And he actually made a living at it. He had to. No one would hire him as a waiter.

Eventually he started writing plays and then screenplays. Spring 2005 and at the age of 50 he self-published his first novel, On Picking Fruit.

Three months later Alyson Books discovered the book and offered Arthur a multiple book deal which included republishing On Picking Fruit (Dec. 2006) and its sequel, Fruit Cocktail (November 2007).

They've also invited him to contribute a short story to their collection Best Gay Love Stories: New York City (Nov. 2006).

He is now in negotiations for On Picking Fruit the television series. 

Birth Place
Andover, MA USA
Accomplishments

Arthur's full length play Birthday Pie won the Key West Theatre Festival's competition for 1998 and premiered his Southern "dramedy" at the Waterfront Playhouse.

Additional Information

From London to New York to San Francisco critics agree that On Picking Fruit is an International hit! - “…this is the great gay memoir you always wanted to write.” – HX Magazine – New York - "...campy debut novel, well-balanced with equal parts humor and heart...frivolous fun..." - Bay Area Reporter - San Francisco - "FINDING HIS NICHE:…Arthur Wooten, 50, recently discovered a mid-career talent for writing plays and a new novel, On Picking Fruit…His work has been nominated for several awards -- the Lambda Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle Award.” – The Boston Globe - “The book is fast and breezy but also heartbreaking and full of hope."- David Taylor – UK Positive Nation – London - “Bravo! Finally a novel about the often invisible minority in gay literature - the middle-aged man..."On Picking Fruit" is a gift of this talented writer's humanity." – Edwin Klein – Producer – Los Angeles - "On Picking Fruit" is a fun quick read filled with vivid and eclectic characters…I guarantee you'll be entertained every word of the way!” – Susan McDonnell – Splash Nightlife – Florida - “Entertaining, enthralling…amusing and humane tale.” – Howard Watson – QX Magazine – London - The book is a pleasurable and touching romp through the dating scene in all its grand and goofy glory. Once it's started, it's hard to put down!” - T. Slatton – Author of Piercing Time and Space – NYC - "You don't have to be an expert to realize that writer Arthur Wooten is extremely talented.” - Andrew Hicks – The Gayly Oklahoman – Oklahoman - "The New York City gay-dating scene can be hilarious, heartfelt, sexy, shocking and downright scary, as imagined in this novel of a man on a hunt for love.” – Insightout Book Club - "Uproarious comic novel." - Edge - Boston - Providence - Philadelphia

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