New Month! New books! March is upon us and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.
Historian Martin Duberman’s new book, Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS, is being released this month by The New Press. The book serves as both a biography of two vital and beloved gay cultural figures, Michael Callen and Essex Hemphill, and as an astute snapshot of the early years of the AIDS epidemic. (more…)
26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced
2014 Marks the Debut of the New Graphic Novel Category
Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 2, 2014 in New York City
The 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards – or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known–mark another record-breaking year and usher in the debut of the new category of Graphic Novel. Finalists for the Lammys were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles after reviewing a record 746 submissions (up from 687 last year) from 352 publishers (up from 332 last year). Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies. (more…)
This past January, the Lambda Literary Foundation was inducted into the 2013 GLBT Hall Of Fame. The GLBT Hall Of Fame is “a community based, advertiser supported program designed to recognize and honor members and friends of the GLBT community who through direct effort and action have made an outstanding impact on the GLBT community and/or the world wide community.” (more…)
For those of you heading to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Seattle February 26 – March 1, stop by LLF’s table (B27) at the book fair to say hello! LLF is also participating in two events, one onsite and one offsite, organized by the brilliant Lambda Fellow, Ames Hawkins:
Nepantla is a new poetry e-journal, dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, being curated by Christopher Soto in collaboration with The Lambda Literary Foundation. The mission of Nepantla is to nurture, celebrate, and preserve diversity within the queer poetry community. The journal will be a groundbreaking collection of some the best poetry from the QPOC community. (more…)
Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices Announces 2014 Workshop Faculty; Applications Open Through April 1, 2014
The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices Announces 2014 Workshop Faculty
Significant Program Expansion of the Popular Residency Also Announced
Applications Open Through April 1, 2014
The Lambda Literary Foundation is proud to announce details for the 2014 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, the nation’s premier LGBTQ writers residency. The Retreat will be held August 3-10, 2014 on the campus of the American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles.
Faculty include Lucy Jane Bledsoe teaching the Fiction workshop, Randall Kenan teaching the Nonfiction workshop, Eduardo C. Corral teaching the Poetry workshop, and Elizabeth Sims teaching Genre Fiction (emphasis on mysteries and thrillers). See faculty bios below. (more…)
2014 Nominations & Guidelines Now Open for James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize & Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award
2014 Nominations & Guidelines Now Open for James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize and Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award (more…)
In The News
The Science of Writing a Hit Book
On January 8, Inside Science reported that computer scientists at Stony Brook University had designed an algorithm allowing them to determine what makes a novel a success. The results are eerily precise. Among the traits most likely to make a book well reviewed and widely read are an unadorned, journalistic style; higher numbers of nouns and adjectives; and lower numbers of adverbs and verbs.
Thankfully, literature is not a science. Yet the writing and selling of literature increasingly is. Thanks to a proliferation of analytics, it’s easier than ever for publishers to track, graph, and therefore do their desperate best to predict market trends. Judged on that cold scale of downloaded units, Mein Kampf—which has come roaring back recently thanks to a high volume of e-book sales—might now be considered a good book.
I won’t go so far as to say that reducing the richness of books to ones and zeroes, and then judging them on such a scale, is tantamount to literary eugenics. But it does raise a question about what it means for a book to be formulaic, and whether that’s a good or bad thing. Or whether those kinds of questions even mean anything anymore.
2014 Book Preview
In Next Magazine, writer and Lambda Literary Poetry Editor Jameson Fitzpatrick offers a preview of 2014′s most anticipated gay titles.
Portland Fun and Games
When in doubt, put a bird on it. Next month, McSweeny’s is releasing The Portlandia Activity Book, a companion piece to the popular television IFC television show Portlandia. The book, written by Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Johnathan Krisel, provides fun-filled activities for the whole hipster family.
From the publisher:
This is The Portlandia Activity Book—a compendium of guaranteed enrichment for the Pacific Northwestern part of your psyche. Like a cool high school that prefers a sweat lodge to the traditional classroom, this book will expand your mind through participation, dehydrate you to a state of emotional rawness, then linger in the corners your bare soul.
Here you will find enough activities to get you through a year’s worth of rainy days, including: How to Crowdfund Your Baby, Punk Paint By Numbers, Terrarium Foraging, and so much more. With pages unlike any you’ve seen before, this is the kind of book that you can be yourself around. Shed the trappings of normalcy, let down your glorious mane, and take the deepest breath of your life. Portlandia is beckoning your arrival.
In Slate this week, Rosie Schaap provides an in-depth look at The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, a new book by Olivia Laing. The book explores how extreme alcohol consumption affected a series of famous authors and playwrights, including Tennessee Williams and John Cheever.
The Brokeback Opera
The Advocate recently interviewed author Annie Proulx, who is currently adapting her famed gay love story “Brokeback Mountain” into an opera.
Carrie Brownstein on Her Forthcoming Memoir, Best Lesbian and Feminist Books of 2013, and Other LGBT News
In the News
Rocker Carrie Brownstein Talks Writing
This week, iconic indie-rocker and Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein talked with T. Rachel Cole at Stereogum about the Riot Grrrl movement, her current musical faves, and the difficulty of writing her forthcoming memoir:
I think fascinating and weird are two good descriptors. I think it always maintains a slightly surreal quality, and even a strange level of disconnect, because I’m not looking back on my life from the vantage point of old age. I mean, hopefully I’m not at the end of my life. Although I guess we never know. I think part of it is just trying to assess what to write about and what feels important. And it’s also interesting because our memories are very multi-dimensional and they’re very colorful. And they have a mansion-like quality — we can see the nuances in our mind’s eye. And then you start to write about them and they immediately become very flattened out because you have to tell the story. And everything that’s grandiose and colorful in your memory becomes these little shacks on the page and you have to build the scaffolding with every sentence and paragraph. It is very daunting. You assume that somehow it’s going to get onto the page in the same magnificent way that it exists in your brain, and that’s just not true
Best Lesbian and Feminist Books of 2013
2014 is here, but it is still not too late to catch up on the best books of 2013. Autostraddle has compiled a list of last year’s ten best lesbian and feminist books. If you have not read all these great books yet get busy before the 2014 list rolls around.
Lily Tomlin Marries Partner Jane Wagner
What is more romantic than New Year’s nuptials? Out Magazine is reporting that Lily Tomlin married her long-time partner, writer Jane Wagner, on New Year’s Eve. May they continue to produce genius comedy together.
With the recent release of his memoir, it now seems that Morrissey is not only working on a new album but he is also completing a novel.
Morrissey has revealed that he is working on a novel following the success of his autobiography.
The singer, who released Autobiography in 2013 to huge success, revealed his plans to move into fiction during a q+a with fans on his official fan site, True To You. Morrissey also revealed that he is about to record a new album and that one of the songs set for inclusion on the record is titled ‘Istanbul’.
Asked if he would ever write a novel, Morrissey responds: “In 2013 I published my Autobiography and it has been more successful than any record I have ever released, so, yes, I am mid-way through my novel. I have my hopes[...]“
[Photo: Carrie Brownstein via Stereogum ]