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Book Buzz #32: August 2011

Posted on August 1, 2011 by in Book Buzz, Features

Author/playwright/activist Larry Kramer (The Normal Heart) filed an opinion piece in The Advocate, setting the record straight (so to speak) about his views on gay marriage, which he claims were misrepresented by The New York Times. (more…)

Book Buzz #31: July 2011

Posted on June 30, 2011 by in Book Buzz, Features

In response to the tragic suicides of bullied kids in 2010, authors Carrie Jones and Megan Kelley Hall asked authors of books for children and teens to share their experiences with hateful harassment. The result is Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins), due out in hardcover this fall. The book has a Facebook page and you can hear a podcast of an author panel on the book at Book Expo America by clicking here. Some of the proceeds from Dear Bully will benefit Stomp Out Bullying, a national anti-bullying campaign. (more…)

Book Buzz #30: June 2011

Posted on May 31, 2011 by in Book Buzz, Features

In case you missed it, here’s the link to the complete list of 2011 Lambda Literary Award winners in more than 50 categories, as well as Pioneer Awards to playwright Edward Albee and novelist Val McDermid. Congratulations, everyone!

Speaking of Lammy winners, previous recipients KG MacGregor and Elizabeth Sims will be featured speakers at the Seventh Annual Golden Crown Literary Conference in Orlando, Florida June 9-12.  The Goldies honor distinguished lesbian literature in twelve categories. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

Out lesbian Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of the All Things Digital website, where she writes the BoomTown blog, was honored with the Local Hero award at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards last month.  To see the full list of recipients, click here. You can also view a video of the San Francisco event here.

The 2011 Independent Publisher Awards have been announced, with LGBT honorees in at least three of the 69 IPPY categories: GLBT Fiction, Gay/Lesbian Nonfiction and Erotica.  To see all the winners and runners-up, click here.


Book Buzz #29 May 2011

Posted on May 1, 2011 by in Book Buzz, Features

Notes from the LGBT literary & publishing community

  • The American Library Association (ALA)  has presented its first-ever Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award for children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the GLBT experience.  The winner: Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher (Delacorte).
  • The ALA also singled out four “honor” books for the same award: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Dutton); Love Drugged by James Klise (Flux/Llewellyn); Freaks and Revelations by Davida Willis Hurwin (Little, Brown); and The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Razorbill). [Source]


Book Buzz #28 April 2011

Posted on April 2, 2011 by in Book Buzz, Features, News

Notes from the LGBT literary & publishing community

Acclaimed British novelist Alan Hollinghurst is the recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award for 2011. Gay & Lesbian Review received the Leadership Award and a Special Award went to the anthology Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press).

More awards honoring the best lesbian and gay fiction, nonfiction and poetry published last year will be announced at the 23rd Annual Triangle Awards on April 28 in NYC.  to see all the finalists and here ( for details on the awards ceremony, which is free and open to the public. [Source]


Book Buzz #27: March 2011

Posted on March 1, 2011 by in Book Buzz, Features

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, Rebel Satori Press joins forces with NYC’s El Museo del Barrio to publish Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. The anthology includes poems by a number of out Latino poets, including Rigoberto Gonzalez, Luzma UmpierreA.B. Lugo and Emanuel Xavier, who also edited. [Source]

Another out poet, Lambda Literary Award winner Ellen Bass, will be featured on the cover of the March/April issue of American Poetry Review.  Even better, look inside for ten of Ellen’s poems. [Source]

Congratulations to Erin Dutton, Fran Heckrotte and Ali Vali, recipients of the 2011 Alice B. Medal, given annually to living writers whose careers have been distinguished by consistently well-written stories about lesbians. 2011 Lavender Certificates for outstanding first or early novels went to Amy Briant, Nat Burns, Gina Noelle Daggett, D. Jackson Leigh, Kristin Marra and Amy Dawson Robertson. [Source]

BookBuzz #26 Feb 2011

Posted on February 1, 2011 by in Book Buzz, Features

The American Library Association’s  2011 Over the Rainbow selections in eleven queer writing categories have been announced.  Selected by the ALA’s GLBT Round Table, the list goes to librarians, archivists, information professionals, and library readers as recommended titles. [GLBTRT]

One of those Top Eleven was Raymond Luczak’s poetry collection Mute (A Midsummer Night’s Press).  Mute also received a very positive recent review by Robyn Oxborrow in Pank Magazine. Raymond has also posted a new book trailer in which he “talks” in ASL  about his latest collection, Road Work Ahead (Sibling Rivalry Press), with English subtitles for the ASL-impaired.

More news from Raymond:  ten of his poems are featured in the inaugural issue of the gay poetry journal Assaracus.  His essay “Chants of Silence: Notes of a Deaf Radical Faerie-in-Spirit” will appear next month in the anthology The Fire in Moonlight: Stories from the Radical Faeries (White Crane Books).  And his Notes of a Deaf Gay Writer: 20 Years Later revisits the Christopher Street magazine cover story that became his first break into national prominence two decades ago. []

Book Buzz #25 January 2011

Posted on January 2, 2011 by in Book Buzz, News

Lots of news as the New Year dawns, including Book Buzz marking its first two years online, so let’s get to it…

The New York Times Book Review named Stephen Sondheim’s Finishing the Hat (Alfred A. Knopf) as one of its Ten Best Books of 2010 Ten Best Books of 2010.  You can read Paul Simon’s review here.

Meanwhile, Joan Schenkar’s The Talented Miss Highsmith (St. Martin’s Press), a Lambda Literary Award winner, made the NYT’s list of 100 Notable Books of 2010.

Just in time for what would have been Patricia Highsmith’s 90th birthday on January 19, Picador is reissuing the book in paperback.  Joan also edited and wrote the introduction for  Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories (Norton).

Joan’s well-reviewed biography also turns up on the Band of Thebes’ survey of 2010’s best LGBT books, which you can access here.

Book Buzz #24 December 2010

Posted on December 2, 2010 by in Book Buzz, News

In recognition of World’s AIDS Day (December 1), Borders sponsored special readings and performances to benefit Lifebeat, a music industry nonprofit involved in HIV prevention and treatment.  Lifebeat will receive a percentage of proceeds from books, CD’s, and DVDs signed by the authors and performers and sold that day.  Lambda Literary Foundation helped coordinate the LGBT readings for the event, which reportedly raised $25,000 for Lifebeat last year.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Elliot Tiber, and Frank Anthony Polito

Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Elliot Tiber, and Frank Anthony Polito sign books @ Borders (Park Ave) in New York City for World AIDS Day, Dec 1, 2010. Photo: Anthony Pomes

In related news, editors Kelly Norman Ellis and M.L. Hunter have assembled writers and artists from around the world, including Rafael Campo, Kwame Dawes, Reginald Harris, Tony Medina, Lamont B. Steptoe, and Emanuel Xavier to contribute to Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS (Third World Press), a collection of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction that paints living portraits of HIV/AIDS.

Also timely, HIV Date has posted the written transcript and video of the rousing “Why We Fight” speech delivered by the late author/activist Vito Russo (The Celluloid Closet) at a 1988 ACT UP demonstration.

Let’s also mention that the Advocate’s HIV Plus Magazine is now online in a full color, reader-friendly mode.  You can leaf through the pages and articles here.

Book Buzz #23 November 2010

Posted on October 31, 2010 by in Book Buzz

With LGBT teen suicide sadly–but finally–getting the attention of the mainstream media and general public, certain authors are getting increased visibility for exploring the subject.

We mentioned a couple of new titles on the topic in last month’s Book Buzz and Collin Kelley had a feature, “10 LGBG Teen Novels that Tackle Teen Suicide & Bullying” at

John Morgan Wilson

John Morgan Wilson

For her part, Bella Books editorial director Karin Kallmaker blogged her personal story from a femme-to-femme perspective. Karin also created a Facebook event urging her readers to “purple” their profiles with a special logo in support of The Trevor Project on October 20. She reports that the number of participants reached nearly 30,000, with the purple logo downloaded more than 7,000 times.

On the same theme, Lammy-nominated novelist Noel Alumit (Letters to Montgomery Clift) had a personalized piece in support of distressed LGBT youth in‘s “Writes of Passage,” tied to Coming Out Day last month, and it’s accompanied by an adorable high school photo of Noel with a perm that’s not to be missed.

Meanwhile, Boston’s Daily Free Press covered lesbian writer Jan Donley’s appearance at a Greater Boston PFLAG gathering to discuss her new novel The Side Door (Spinsters Ink) and the cloud of shame many gay teens live under.

Jan also spoke at the North Shore Alliance of Gay & Lesbian Youth, Boston University and the University of Vermont.