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August is here and so are a cavalcade of stellar LGBTQ books.
Poetry lovers get happy! Sibling Rivalry Press is releasing Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry, edited by Bryan Borland. This collection assembles some of the poetry community’s brightest stars.
From the publisher:
It’s our Sapphic sisters turn to shine! In the spirit of Assaracus comes Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry, featuring some of the most talented and diverse voices from established and emerging female poets, including Sally Bellerose, Brit Blalock, Cassandra Christenson, Marty Correia, Teresa De La Cruz, Julie R. Enszer, Gina R. Evers, Andy Izenson, Ronna Magy, Mary Meriam, Maureen Seaton, and Jan Steckel[…]
Mischief + Mayhem is releasing the long awaited novel from firebrand Dale Peck. The Garden of Lost & Found is a novel that examines family, love, friendship and a shell-shocked post 9/11 New York City :
James Ramsay, a 21-year-old man who discovers he’s inherited a building in New York City upon the death of his mother, who disappeared from his life shortly after his first birthday. James’s childhood was spent shunted from the home of one ever-more-attenuated relative to another; for the two years prior to his mother’s death he’s lived on his own in a small town in Kansas, where he’s been having bi-monthly liaisons with a 55-year-old traveling salesman he knows only as Trucker. Just before James learns that his mother has died, Trucker tells James that he’s infected him with HIV. He lades James with guilt money and sends him to his new home in New York.
Confused and shaken, James takes up residence in No. 1 Dutch Street, the five-story brownstone his mother has left him, whose only other tenant is an elderly black woman named Nellydean. Because of its location a few blocks from the World Trade Center, the building’s lot is worth millions, but the estate is cash poor. James is immediately faced with a choice: sell the building for a small fortune—and turn Nellydean out of the only home she’s known for more than forty years—or attempt to stave off the mounting tide of taxes that will cause him to forfeit his only connection to a mother he never knew.
August also has something for young adult readers. Bold Strokes Books is releasing a new book from Radclyffe and Katherine E. Lynch. Their anthology OMG Queer is composed of short stories that “gives voice” to the current generation of LGBTQ youth.
What is it like to grow up in a society that embraces you in certain ways but discriminates against you in others? How do you choose a label from the alphabet soup, and should you even have to? By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, comical and caustic, these stories, imagined and told by youth across America, provide a snapshot of queerness at the dawn of the new millennium.
Also this month expect new releases from scholar David M. Halperin, Lyndsey D’Arcangelo, James Magruder, and a new edited collection from Ily Goyanes.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.