Frank Rich, author of the memoir Ghost Light—released by Random House in 2001—reminisces on his friendship with Broadway manager Clayton Coots, a closeted gay man of the late 60s who passed prior to the gay-rights revolution.

From Rich:

Clayton Coots, the gay man who changed my life, fell somewhere between The Nance and The Normal Heart on this time line. He was one of countless gay people who were hiding back then, sometimes in plain sight, from their friends, neighbors, relatives, students, and colleagues. In historical terms, back then was only yesterday. Yet much as we might want to reclaim these invisible men and women from the shadows, they continue to slip away.

Read more here. [NYMagazine]

A.M. Homes Takes Home Women’s Prize for Fiction

This Wednesday A.M. Homes was awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 for her sixth novel, May We Be Forgiven. The author was honored with the £30,000 cash prize in the Royal Festival Hall in London where she competed against previous winners of the Orange Prize, Barbara Kingsolver and Zadie Smith, along with other renowned writers such as Kate Atkinson, Maria Semple, and winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize, Hilary Mantel.

As of right now, Homes is developing a TV series for HBO called The Hamptons, “a cross between Desperate Housewives and The Grapes of Wrath.” She is also known for her work on season two of the TV drama series The L Word. [HuffingtonPost]

37 Books By, For, Or About Bisexual Or Otherwise Non-Monosexual People

Last week Autostraddle released a list of 37 academic, nonfiction, fiction, and memoir books highlighting the experiences of individuals who identify as bisexual, as well as a short list of insightful online resources. Check it out here.

Flavorwire Interview: Jeffrey Lewis on Illustrating a Guide to Gender and Sexuality

Artist Jeffery Lewis talks to Flavorwire about his most recent project, Gender and Sexuality for Beginners—a book by writer and editor Jaimee Garbacik complete with comic illustrations from Lewis himself, and slated for release later this week.

From Lewis:

I think gender and sexuality is a topic of much modern interest. I imagine there’s a lot of college students in courses that involve some of these subjects and who might read a book like this as a friendly research tool, in addition to those who might see the book and have a curiosity about gender and sexuality and how the study of it has changed and evolved over the years.

Check out the entire interview and preview Lewis’ comics here.

 

[Photo: Clayton Coots via NYMagazine]



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