New in September: J. Jack Halberstam, E.J. Levy, Michal Witkowski, and Michael Lowenthal
Put on your reading glasses and get happy! September is chock-full of fantastic new LGBTQ books.
Pop star Lady Gaga is used as a jumping off point for an examination of recent gender and sexual cultural shifts in J. Jack Halberstam’s new book Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press).
From Beacon Press:
Why are so many women single, so many men resisting marriage, and so many gays and lesbians having babies?
In Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, J. Jack Halberstam answers these questions while attempting to make sense of the tectonic cultural shifts that have transformed gender and sexual politics in the last few decades. This colorful landscape is populated by symbols and phenomena as varied as pregnant men, late-life lesbians, Sponge Bob Square Pants, and queer families. So how do we understand the dissonance between these real lived experiences and the heteronormative narratives that dominate popular media? We can embrace the chaos! With equal parts edge and wit, Halberstam reveals how these symbolic ruptures open a critical space to embrace new ways of conceptualizing sex, love, and marriage.
Using Lady Gaga as a symbol for a new era, Halberstam deftly unpacks what the pop superstar symbolizes, to whom and why[...]
This month, University of Georgia Press is releasing Lambda Literary Award-winning author E. J. Levy’s new short story collection Love, in Theory. This much buzzed about collection takes a sly look at modern romance through the prism of academic theories.
From the publisher:
E. J. Levy takes readers through the surprisingly erotic terrain of the intellect, offering a smart and modern take on the age-old theme of love—whether between a man and woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a mother and a child—drawing readers into tales of passion, adultery, and heartbreak. A disheartened English professor’s life changes when she goes rock climbing and falls for an outdoors-man. A gay oncologist attending his sister’s second wedding ponders dark matter in the universe and the ties that bind us. Three psychiatric patients, each convinced that he is Christ, give rise to a love affair in a small Minnesota town. A Brooklyn woman is thrown out of an ashram for choosing earthly love over enlightenment. A lesbian student of film learns theories of dramatic action the hard way—by falling for a married male professor.
[....]Incorporating theories from physics to film to philosophy, from Rational Choice to Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class, these stories movingly explore the heart and mind—shooting cupid’s arrow toward a target that may never be reached.
Portobello Books is releasing Lovetown, the debut novel from Poland-based author Michal Witkowski. Lovetown is a novel that explores gay generational conflict in a post-communist state:
Growing up queer in a Communist state, queens Patricia and Lucretia spent the ’70s and ’80s underground, finding glamour in the squalor, strutting their stuff in parks and public toilets, seducing hard Soviet soldiers, preying on drunks and seeing their friends die of [AIDS]. Today they’re about to hit Lovetown, a homo-haven, populated by a younger generation of emancipated gays, who are out and proud in their post-Communist paradise: suntanned, sculpted and vigorously spending the pink euro.This is the story of the clash between old and new gays – the clapped out queens and the flashy fags – as they meet in a place where anything goes, but some things have also been lost.
Also this month expect new releases from novelist Michael Lowenthal, Jesse Blackadder, Lesléa Newman, Jaime Manrique, and a new edited collection from Michelle Tea.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- Best Gay Stories 2012 edited by Peter Dubé, Lethe Press
- By Cecile by Tereska Torres, The Feminist Press at CUNY
- Cervantes Street by Jaime Manrique, Akashic Books
- The German Officer’s Boy by Harlan Greene, University Wisconsin Press
- Heidegger Stairwell by Kayt Burgess, Arsenal Pulp Press
- Love, in Theory: Ten Stories by E.J. Levy, University of Georgia Press
- Lovetown by Michal Witkowski (translated by William Martin), Portobello Books
- My Girl is Your Girl Friend by Dahni McPhail, Dahni McPhail
- Paper Moon by Marion Husband, Accent Press
- The Paternity Test by Michael Lowenthal, University of Wisconsin Press
- The Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadder, Bywater Books
- Risk of Change by Kathleen Collins, Bella Books
- The Sin Warriors by Julian E. Farris, Lethe Press
- The White Forest by Adam McOmber, Touchstone Press
- The Bible of Gay Sex by Stephan Niederwieser, Bruno Gmunder
- Letters to One: Gay and Lesbian Voices from the 1950s and 1960s edited by Craig M. Loftin, State of University New York Press
- Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home by Anita Hill, Beacon Press
- Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road edited by Michelle Tea, City Lights Publishers
- Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance by Marsha Aizumi and Aiden Takeo Aizumi, Magnus Books
- Lethal Care (Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery) by Claire McNab, Bella Books
- Third You Die: Kevin O’Connor Mystery #3 by Scott Sherman, Kensington Publishing Corp.
- An Argument for Same-Sex Marriage: Religious Freedom, Sexual Freedom, and Public Expressions of Civic Equality by Emily R. Gill, Georgetown University Press
- Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal by J. Jack Halberstam, Beacon Press
- Gateway to Heaven: Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History by Clare Summerskill, Tollington Press
- Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation by Simon LeVay, Oxford University Press
- Gay Parenting (Opposing Viewpoints) edited by Beth Rosenthal, Greenhaven Press
- Grassroots Feminist Activism in Postwar America by Stephanie Gilmore, Routledge
- Queer 1950s: Rethinking Sexuality in the Postwar Years edited by Heike Bauer and Matt Cook, Palgrave Macmillan
- Scheherazade’s Daughters: The Power of Storytelling in Ecofeminist Change by Barbara Bennett , Peter Lang Publishing
- Sinners? Scroungers? Saints?: Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England by Pat Thane and Tanya Evans, Oxford University Press
- Touching Encounters: Sex, Work, and Male-for-Male Internet Escorting by Kevin Walby, University of Chicago Press
- Lesbian Scandal and the Culture of Modernism by Jodie Medd, Cambridge University Press
- Awakening by Jackie Calhoun, Bella Books
- Both Sides by Saxon Bennett, Bella Books
- Courted by Celia Cohen, Bella Books
- Dreaming of Her by by Maggie Morton, Bold Strokes Books
- Finding Bluefield by Elan Barnehama, Bold Strokes Books
- Helluva Luxe by Natalie Essary, Lethe Press
- Jacob’s War by C.P. Rowlands, Bold Strokes Books
- The Jetsetters by David-Matthew Barnes, Bold Strokes Books
- Month of Sundays by Yolanda Wallace, Bold Strokes Books
- On the Chase by Sonje Jones, Bella Books
- Strange Bedfellows by Rob Byrnes, Bold Strokes Books
- Wight Mischief by J.L. Merrow, Samhain Publishing
- Straight Guys: Gay Erotic Fantasies edited by by Shane Allison, Cleis Press
- Waking Up Bear, and Other Stories by Jay Neal, Bear Bones Books
- Wild Boys: Gay Erotic Fiction edited by Richard Labonté, Cleis Press
- Coyote’s Creed by Vaughn R. Demont, Samhain Publishing
- Exile in Paradise by Dirk Vanden and Tom Cardamone, Lethe Press
- The Pyramid Waltz by Barbara Ann Wright, Bold Strokes Books
- Deeply Superficial (Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich and Me) by Michael Menzies, Magnus Books
- First Spring Grass Fire by Rae Spoon, Arsenal Pulp Press
- Freddie Mercury: The Magic and Madness by Laura Jackson, Piatkus Books
- My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus by Kelly Barth, Arktoi Books
- On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual (Reprint) by Merle Miller, Penguin Classic
- The Scientists: A Family Romance by Marco Roth, Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan
- Stories for Boys: A Memoir by Gregory Martin, Hawthorne Books
- Dreams Into Glass by Alvin Baltrop, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
- For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems by John Barton, Nightwood Editions
- From the Belly by Virginia Bell, Sibling Rivalry Press
- October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Candlewick Press
- Song and Spectacle by Rachel Rose, Harbour Publishing