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Press Release 9/21/20

(Kent, Connecticut) – Before marriage equality, before Will & Grace and Modern Family, before the AIDs crisis, before Stonewall, discovering your identity as a gay man was a delicate and even hazardous journey. For Alan Shayne, teetering on the edge of manhood and the Second World War, his summer of self-discovery unfolds in his warm and tender coming-of-age memoir, The Rain May Pass. It takes us on his journey into adulthood with the kind of clarity and illumination one would expect from the renowned actor, casting director, producer and former president of Warner Brothers Television.

The Kent Memorial Library and House of Books are pleased to announce a book talk and virtual signing to present the new work of Washington resident Alan Shayne. On Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Mr. Shayne will discuss his newly published book, The Rain May Pass with LGBT books and movies reviewer Dr. Amos Lassen.

Mr. Shayne began his career as an actor on Broadway and became a well-known casting director of TV and films such as All the President’s Men. He was the President of Warner Brothers Television for many years, shepherding hit shows such as Alice, Night Court, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Wonder Woman, and Growing Pains. After leaving Warner Brothers, he produced TV specials and was nominated for an Emmy for producing the miniseries The Bourne Identity with Richard Chamberlain. He also wrote Double Life: A Love Story with his partner, Norman Sunshine.

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Amos Lassen retired after 56 years of college teaching. He relocated to Massachusetts 8 years ago after returning from having lived and taught in Israel for 35 years. His website, has 16,000 + reviews of LGBT books and movies and is a labor of love. Amos returned to the States in 2005 and arrived in New Orleans at the same time as Hurricane Katrina which he experienced for 6 days before being evacuated to Arkansas where he lived and taught at the University of Central Arkansas for seven years. He has advanced degrees in comparative literature, philosophy and Hebrew.

It is not often that a book pulls me so quickly that I stop everything else and read it in one sitting. Such is the case with Alan Shayne’s “The Rain May Pass”. It is a sincere and beautifully written coming-of-age memoir,” writes book reviewer, Amos Lassen.

“Alan Shayne shares his life in such great visual style, with self-awareness, warmth, deep humor, and pain…a great read! Don’t miss it,” says Linda Lavin, Broadway, film, and television star.

“I loved The Rain May Pass. I savored every page. I felt like it was so heartfelt and honest that it broke my heart. With truthfulness and dignity, it captured and explored ageless virtues, failures, self-doubts, anxieties and other challenges that add up the bricks that construct a life,” says Rex Reed, renowned film critic.

To purchase a copy of The Rain May Pass, go to House of Books.

This event is free and open to the public. On Zoom. Please register for Zoom login information.

House of Books, located at 4 North Main Street, features a large selection of current releases, literature and children’s books in addition to a carefully curated selection of cards, gifts, calendars, reading glasses and journals. For more information or to order books go to

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Kent Memorial Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit for more information.