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‘Fun Home’ Sequel Snags Impressive First Printing: Fun Home, Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel that tackled the issue of having a closeted gay father, is getting a sequel! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt plans a 100,000 print run for Are You My Mother, which can be seen as a testament to Bechdel’s talent. [ComicsBeat]
Barnes & Noble Announces January is “No Name-Calling Month”: This month, Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and GLSEN will raise awareness for bullied youth. In the second annual ‘No Name-Calling Month’, B&N stores will display signs and host Storytime events and various activities to promote the campaign. GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard stated in a press release:
“GLSEN is honored that Barnes & Noble is a returning partner for No Name-Calling Week. Barnes & Noble has been a tremendous supporter for this annual event that aims to address name-calling and bullying in our schools. We are thankful for their commitment to share the message of respect for difference to students, parents and educators across the country.”
You can also check out the Simon & Schuster No-Name Calling page here.
Kimberly Peirce Might Direct ‘Carrie’ Remake: Lesbian director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, anyone?) might have a new project on her hands soon: Carrie. The remake of the Stephen King novel was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose work recently saved Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Sacasa, a gay playwright, comic, and television writer, created a script that more closely follows King’s book. [Deadline]
Exclusive Interview With Simon Doonan: In this Styleite interview, Simon Doonan, author of Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, talks humor, food, and sushi chefs.
“Sushi may well be the gayest food on earth,” Doonan wrote in his brand new book. “Sushi chefs are basically taking sloppy bits of fish and magically reworking them into exquisite bonbons. How Gay, right?”
Trebor Healey to Embark on an Unexpected Journey: Gay novelist and poet Trebor Healey will move from his Los Angeles abode to Buenos Aires next month as he embarks on a journey of self discovery. He told the Huffington Post:
“You wake up one day and you’re still only speaking your native tongue and still living in the state where you were born. You wonder where the time has gone and think of all the things you haven’t done, and how it’s all slipping away rather quickly, and you can’t talk yourself out of adventure.”
Read the full interview here.
Remembering Naiad: Taxi to Paris author Ruth Gogoll writes an ode to the shuttered Naiad publishing house and deceased founder Barbara Grier. [HuffingtonPost]
Need to Read: Offer Up Your Favorite Works: Gay book lovers, go ahead and dish about what needs to be on our lists for 2012. [AfterElton]