Out in Chicago: LGBT History at the Crossroads, a 150-page essay collection, was released by the Chicago History Museum and is now available for purchase on the museum’s online shop. For more information about this release, visit the Windy City Media Group.

Gay Bookstore in Australia Nominated for Business Award: Les McDonald opened The Bookshop in 1984, and more than 25 years later, his store has grown to become Australia’s largest gay and lesbian retailer. And now, as both gay and straight bookstores across the world have been shuttering, McDonald’s shop is a City of Sydney Business Award nominee.

“People have used the term ‘iconic’ when describing The Bookshop, and I just tend to say thank you,” McDonald said. “We are one of the few remaining gay bookstores in Australia and worldwide. Right across the US these stores are closing as everything moves online. We don’t just sell gay and lesbian literature. That’s not all that gay and lesbian people read. And we don’t just serve gays and lesbians either; there’s something for everyone.” [Wentworth-Courier]

Queer Poet Garners Two Awards for First Effort: Anna Swanson’s first book of poems, The Night Also, has earned the 2011 Lambda Award for Lesbian Poetry and the 2011 Gerald Lampert Memorial award. The 37-year-old Canadian poet has been working on these poems, which deal with issues like her chronic fatigue syndrome, coming out, and living and working in seclusion, for a decade.

“They’re two awards that I have paid a lot of attention to over the years and really enjoyed a lot of the books that have won them in previous years. It was really thrilling” Swanson said. [VancouverSun]

‘Spoon Fed’ Details Lesbian Writer’s Hunger for Meaning in Food and Life: Lesbian foodies, Kim Severson has written the perfect book for you. Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Changed My Life, a memoir about how lessons learned at mealtime allowed her to overcome alcohol and drug addiction and coming out, was released in April 2010.

On August 25, Severson will read from her book at Charis Books & More, a feminist bookstore in Atlanta. The GA Voice recently interviewed the author about her struggles, favorite foods, and what’s next.

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