The Beats Go on: Book Launch of "Bittersweet, a Coming of Age Historical Novel"

A Novel capturing the Beatnik Zeigeist of 1960.

Reno, NV, July 19, 2018 --( Book Launch: July 31, 2018, at Vesuvio Cafe, 255 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA. 7-9 PM

Sugarhill Press is proud to announce the publication of "Bittersweet," Lloyd Free’s latest novel. This historical romance could be a sequel to "On The Road" as it revives the feel (or vibe) of the Beat presence in North Beach, San Francisco, circa 1960: Kenneth Rexroth reading poetry to jazz at the Cellar nightclub, cops wielding billy clubs and fire hoses on the rampage at San Francisco City Hall during the House on Un-American Activities Committee hearings, and the Paris of the Beat Hotel where Ginsberg and Bourroughs, among others, called home while they lived off and on in Paris in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. Lloyd deftly weaves a star-crossed love story through actual places and events enriching the historical context.

“Highly Entertaining! Escape!...A real treat for readers who wish to revisit San Francisco in the 60's, the beatnik era, and Francophiles alike.”
- Cathy Turney.

“In the Spirit of 'On the Road,' 'Bittersweet' is an account of a youthful odyssey of innocence, inexperience...a very touching and entertaining story with a historic perspective.”
- William Pizza

Ask for it in your bookstore: IBSN-13: 978-1-948664-03-5 or Purchase it in Digital and Print online at

About The Author

Lloyd R. Free born in San Jose, CA, attended Santa Clara University, The University of California, Berkeley, the University of Dijon, France, and Kansas University receiving a BA, an MA and a PhD. He taught the French Age of Enlightenment at the University of Michigan, specializing in the French licentious novel. His scholarly writings are found in the collections of prestigious libraries throughout the world and include a study quoted to be “the Bible” on the novel penned by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ Dangerous Liaisons, made famous in America by the film starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich. Lloyd’s first novel, "Confessions of a Day Trader," is a compelling cautionary tale, rife with interesting characters, based on his experience as an online retail stock trader and is also available in bookstores IBSN 13:978-0692750933 and on and

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