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New Month! New books! February is here and with it a plethora of new LGBT titles—ranging from cultural criticism to romance.
Pornography and feminism walk hand and hand in The Feminist Porn Book, a new collection from Feminist Press. Edited by Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parrenas Shimizu and Mireille Miller-Young, this collection brings together pornographers, artists, and academics to investigate pornography’s place in the feminist movement.
From the publisher:
The Feminist Porn Book brings together for the first time writings by feminists in the adult industry and research by feminist porn scholars. This book investigates not only how feminists understand pornography, but also how feminists do porn—that is, direct, act in, produce, and consume one of the world’s most lucrative and growing industries. With original contributions by Susie Bright, Candida Royalle, Betty Dodson, Nina Hartley, Buck Angel, and more, The Feminist Porn Book updates the debates of the porn wars of the 1980s, which sharply divided the women’s movement, and identifies pornography as a form of expression and labor in which women and other minorities produce power and pleasure.
Mscweeny’s is publishing, White Girls, the long-awaited new book by noted New Yorker critic and firebrand Hilton Als.
[…] Hilton Als’s first book since “The Women” fourteen years ago, finds one of The New Yorker’s boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of “white girls,” as Als dubs them—an expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Malcolm X and Flannery O’Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and non-fiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.
This month sees the release of a new short story collection The Rest of Us by Guy Mark Foster.
From Tincture/Lethe Press:
[a] collection of short stories that embrace the breadth and depth of being a gay African-American, [this book] approaches life from the angst of youth and first love to the familiarities of cruising and romancing later in life. The boys and men in Guy Mark Foster’s tales refuse to be bound by the heavy chains of oppressive religion in the family household or racism encountered on campus. And this strength will be needed to face the passions stirring in their chests, their bedrooms, their lives.
February is the time for love (It’s heart-shaped candies consumption time!) and to help usher in all those feelings of adoration Cleis Press is releasing The Best Lesbian Romance 2013 edited by renowned writer and publisher Radclyffe:
Radclyffe, the Best Lesbian Romance series legendary editor and a bestselling romance writer herself, says it best: “Love and romance may defy simple definition, but every story in this collection speaks to the universal thread that binds lovers everywhere—possibility.” In Radclyffe’s own “Staying Power,” a farm boi falls for an older, blond equestrienne at the horse ranch. A tryst with a gorgeous masked stranger at an “Exotic Masquerade” boosts the confidence and desire of a married couple in L.T. Marie’s charming and surprising tale. Seeing and being seen is the subject of Catherine Paulssen’s “Life Drawing,” in which a ravishing artist’s model turns looking into longing and perhaps something more. Heart-melting love stories from Cheyenne Blue, Andrea Dale, Charlotte Dare, Sacchi Green, Anna Meadows and more. These are tales to read and fall in love by, all year long.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.