September 2, 2014

Rebecca Coffey: On Sigmund Freud’s Relationship with His Lesbian Daughter Anna and Using Fiction to Explore the Truth

Posted on August 25, 2014 by in Features, Interviews

On May 13, 2014 She Writes Press published Rebecca Coffey’s latest book, Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story which has been getting very positive reviews. Booklist called it “complexly entertaining, sexually dramatic, [and] acidly funny”; Lambda Literary said it’s “got a plot so rife with tension it’ll make you squirm.” And Oprah’s magazine recommended it in its June 2014 issue. (more…)

Francine Prose: On Her New Historical Novel, Exploring the Psyches of Nazi Collaborators, and Examining Questions of Good and Evil

Posted on August 24, 2014 by in Features, Interviews

Set in Paris prior to and during World War II, Francine Prose’s historical novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 (HarperCollins), revolves around the lives of those who visit and perform at the Chameleon Club, a kind of burlesque joint/dance hall where “men danced with men, women with women in monocles and mustaches.” Club proprietor Yvonne, a “Hungarian chanteuse” keeps a lizard that matches her outfits; actually, she’s owned several—one died from exertion after being placed on a paisley print. (more…)

Giovanni’s Room, the Cape Henlopen Censorship Controversy, and More LGBT News

Posted on August 24, 2014 by in Features, News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

The rumor reported in an earlier roundup has been confirmed: Philly AIDS Thrift has signed a two-year lease that will keep Giovanni’s Room–the oldest LGBT bookstore in the U.S.–open in the same location, saving it from permanently closing its doors. (more…)

James Jenkins: Publishing Lost Gay Classics

Posted on August 21, 2014 by in Features, Interviews

As a young reader, several of my favorite science fiction authors were lamentably out of print, so a trip to a used bookstore was a treasure hunt. There was always the possibility that I would find a rarity, or even a book previously unknown to me. As an adult reader, I’m continually surprised at the breadth and depth of gay fiction. The Stonewall riot may have been the start of a civil rights movement, but it was not the beginning of our history. Intuition, coded cover art and friendly guidance has led me to many a title, and I’m glad that there are still surprises on this journey, chief among them Valancourt Books. My friend Trebor Healey interviewed them recently at the Huffington Post, where I learned that they’ve been reprinting gay classics and Gothic and horror books since 2005. I immediately went to their website and was startled at the number of books that they’ve resurrected, and the obvious care and diligence that went into those books’ recovery. I’ve since chatted up one of the publishers, James Jenkins (his partner in books and marriage, Ryan Cagle, handles the horror side of the business), to learn more about some of the gay titles they’ve brought out. (more…)

James Franco Plays Ex-Gay Journalist, Queering Franz Kafka, and More LGBT News

Posted on August 16, 2014 by in Features, News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

James Franco is portraying Michael Glatze,  a former gay journalist and founder of two LGBT publications who inexplicably became a right-wing Christian and renounced his sexuality, in the upcoming biopic Michael, which is currently in production. The film is an adaptation of a 2011 New York Times Magazine article by writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis. (more…)

View Pictures from this Year’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Posted on August 15, 2014 by in News

Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices took place this month from the 3rd of August to the 10th in Los Angles, California. The retreat–the first program of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers–is a one-week intensive workshop immersion in fiction, nonfiction, genre fiction and poetry. The retreat is an unparalleled opportunity for emerging writers to learn from the very best writers in the LGBT community. (more…)

Bad Romance: Writers and Suicide

Posted on August 13, 2014 by in Features, Opinion

Suicide.

It goes against the grain of our very DNA. We are hard-wired to survive. Our autonomic reflexes tell us, live, breathe, run, live. For God’s sake, live.

Sometimes our brains rewire themselves. Sometimes pain outdistances DNA. Sometimes we want to die. Sometimes dying is not the threat, but the promise. (more…)

The Walt Whitman Award, Essex Hemphill, ‘Fun Home’ on Broadway, and More LGBT News

Posted on August 8, 2014 by in Features, News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

A $5,000 award, a first-publication deal with Graywolf Press and a residency in Umbria, Italy now make the Academy of American Poets‘ Walt Whitman Award for poetry debuts the most valuable such award in U.S. literature. (more…)

The Banal and the Profane: Nik Nicholson

Posted on August 6, 2014 by in Features, Opinion

“The Banal and the Profane” is a monthly Lambda Literary column in which we lift the veil on both the writerly life and the publishing industry. In each installment, we ask a different LGBT writer, or LGBT person of interest in the book industry, to guide us through a week in their lives.

This month’s “Banal and Profane” column comes to us from writer Nik Nicholson

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New in August: Richard House, Walter Frank, Penny Mickelbury, and Pier Paolo Pasolini

Posted on August 5, 2014 by in News

New month, new books! August  is upon us, and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.

This month, writer Richard House delves into the “ashes of war-torn Iraq, Italy and areas in between in the Man Booker Prize longlisted novel The Kills (Picador). (more…)