Cris Beam, this year’s nonfiction faculty member for Lambda’s Emerging Writers Retreat, has just released a nonfiction work titled Mother, Stranger. Available as a Kindle single, Beam weaves a heartbreaking tale about her dysfunctional childhood home and her relationship with a transgirl she chose to foster. The story is available for purchase here.

Former D.C. Writer Wins Stonewall Book Award: Wayne Hoffman won the 2012 Barbara Gittings Literature Award for Sweet Like Sugar. The book tells the story of a young man in mourning over the loss of his wife and his relationship with a much older rabbi. The award will be presented at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in June. [WashingtonBlade]

Atlanta: Still the Gay Capital of the South?: In this article, Laura Douglas-Brown mulls over what the closure of Outwrite bookstore, financial struggles of YouthPride, and changes to Pride celebrations will mean for LGBT Atlanta. [TheGAVoice]

Interview: Edmund White: Edmund White discusses his 12th novel, Jack Holmes and His Friend, which delves into the lives of two friends: one who is gay and one who is straight. [SMH]

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