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After 18 years of serving the LGBT community, Atlanta-based Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse has closed for good. Citing major financial issues, owner Philip Rafshoon told patrons in a letter:
“We have examined and exhausted all possibilities for continuing this company given our financial situation..All of us at Outwrite believe in the strength of our community and you will continue to see us working to strengthen and enrich it. While it is a challenging economy and the bookselling industry is rapidly evolving, there is still a need for neighborhoods with a strong LGBT presence and independent bookstores serving communities throughout the world.”
National Book Critics Circle 2011 Finalists Announced: The National Book Critics Circle has announced its 2011 finalists, which include gay author Alan Hollinghurst for The Stranger’s Child. The winners will be chosen on March 8th, 2012. In the meantime, view the complete list of nominees here.
Best LGBT Books Roundup: Need a queer book recommendation or two? Try 74! The 2012 Over the Rainbow List has books for every LGBT adult reader in your life. [ALA]
Matthew Hays and Thomas Waugh’s Book Series Aims to Fill Void of LGBT ‘Cultural Amnesia’: Matthew Hays and Thomas Waugh talk to the Montreal Gazette about their 15-volume book project, Queer Film Classics, and how they hope to end cultural amnesia among young LGBT people. [MontrealGazette]
GLAAD Announces Nominees for Outstanding Comic Book 2011: GLADD has announced the nominees for Outstanding Comic Book. In the running are Batwoman and Kevin Keller. View the complete list here.