Features : Book Buzz

Book Buzz #32: August 2011

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…. read more

Book Buzz #31: July 2011

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… read more

Book Buzz #30: June 2011

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… read more

Book Buzz #29 May 2011

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… read more

Book Buzz #28 April 2011

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… read more

Book Buzz #27: March 2011

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 Umpierre, A.B. Lugo and Emanuel Xavier, who also edited. [Source] Another out poet, Lambda Literary Award… read more

BookBuzz #26 Feb 2011

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… read more

Book Buzz #25 January 2011

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… read more

Book Buzz #24 December 2010

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… read more

Book Buzz #23 November 2010

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 &… read more