April 18, 2014

‘Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris’ by Edmund White

Posted on February 9, 2014 by in Bio/Memoir, Reviews

Living in a “transitional” city like Washington, DC—especially as a member of the gay community—you get used to having a certain subgroup of friends: the inevitable expatriates. Sometimes these individuals announce themselves openly—we all know people who are at any given time, according to them at least, anywhere from two weeks to six months away from moving to New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland (either one), Austin, or any of a host of innumerable more-attractive international destinations—while others just seem so constitutionally incompatible with their current surroundings that we know it’s only a matter of time before they take flight. (more…)

‘The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga’ by Gengoroh Tagame

Posted on November 30, 2013 by in Erotica, Illustrated

The proliferation of manga within Japan cannot be overstated, and as a readily available outlet for gay expression, what gets translated on Western shores is yaoi, a subset of comics featuring gay male love stories typically illustrated and written by women for women readers. So it is a culturally significant event that Gengoroh Tagame, a genuine master in his field (that field being bara, gay comics by gay men for gay men), with a bearishly virile style which is instantly recognizable, receives a long overdue English translation. That this initial volume is a pitch perfect representation of his work makes for an outstanding debut. (more…)

50 Years of John Rechy’s ‘City of Night’

Posted on October 22, 2013 by in Features, Opinion

I believe that when you are a creative person you intuitively find your people—your influences, your teachers. These are the artists who came before you, who talk to you through their works, so that literature becomes an ongoing dialogue from generation to generation. When I first came across John Rechy’s novel City of Night as a teenager, I knew I had found one of my first great teachers. Rechy’s novel touched something in me and unleashed it. It excited me. It made me want to write. I discovered an important mentor in John Rechy. City of Night was the first time a book perfectly expressed my most secret feelings without telling my own personal story. (more…)

Reading and Writing about Sex

Posted on October 6, 2013 by in Features, News

Sex is supposed to fun, but writing about it can pose its own set of literary perils. (more…)

Edmund White Presents 4 Poets: Lonely, Fitzgerald, Nikolopoulos, and Gerevich

Posted on June 22, 2013 by in Events

July 7, 2013, 7 pm
The Bureau of General Servics-Queer Division
27 Orchard Street
New York, New York 10002

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In Conversation with the Violet Quill: Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, and Edmund White

Posted on April 10, 2013 by in Interviews

In November 1980, New York’s SoHo Weekly News tagged a cover story Fag Lit’s New Royalty, referring to Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, and Edmund White, alive today, and Christopher Cox, Michael Grumley, Robert Ferro, and George Whitmore, who have died. Since the publication of that story, which was subtitled A Moveable Brunch – A Fag Lit Mafia, they have brought out the best in admirers and the worst in detractors. (more…)

Read Kate Bornstein’s Excerpt from Lambda’s ’25 for 25′ E-book

Posted on March 19, 2013 by in Excerpts, Features

“I was forty-eight years old, Lady Death had just kissed the back of my hand, and I wanted to make peace with my daughter, with whom I hadn’t spoken for nearly sixteen years.”

For the past 25 years the Lambda Literary Foundation has been able to continue celebrating, preserving and promoting the visibility of LGBT writers thanks to the support of community members like you, and today we are asking for your help in this effort by making a tax-deductible donation.

To show our gratitude, all donors of $150 dollars or more will receive a prereleased version of the foundation’s 25th anniversary anthology, 25 for 25, an E-book featuring some of the community’s leading LGBT authors, including: Dorothy Allison, Ellen Bass, Alison Bechdel, Ivan E. Coyote, Jewelle Gomez, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Alex Sanchez, Sarah Schulman, Justin Torres, David Trinidad, Edmund White and many others. (more…)

Read Eileen Myles’ Excerpt from Lambda’s ’25 for 25′ E-book

Posted on March 19, 2013 by in Excerpts, Features

“[...]me and Chris were instantly back in love once we got drunk, and were out in a hallway, kissing each other, and saying: what about Judy. So the three of us were in their big bed—I just happily climbed right on top of Judy. Christine didn’t like that—I wasn’t supposed to get so into it.”

For the past 25 years the Lambda Literary Foundation has been able to continue celebrating, preserving and promoting the visibility of LGBT writers thanks to the support of community members like you, and today we are asking for your help in this effort by making a tax-deductible donation. (more…)

LGBT Literature Needs Your Support! Donate $10, $25, $50 or more to the “Lambda Literary Review” and Make a Difference Today!

Posted on March 19, 2013 by in Features, Foundation Updates

The Lambda Literary Review is the world’s most comprehensive online literary magazine covering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books and authors. Published by the Lambda Literary Foundation, LLR receives over 50,000 new and returning visitors each month, connecting a brilliantly diverse community of readers, writers, agents, booksellers, editors, educators, distributors, librarians, bloggers, and more, by offering weekly book reviews, author interviews, insightful commentary on current happenings in the LGBT literary scene, and pertinent op-ed entries on an endless variety of current issues pressing our community.
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Don Weise: Magnus Rising

Posted on February 3, 2013 by in Interviews

“I think debates over what makes a book great are largely among writers and people who teach literature. The rest of us I don’t think really care. I’d say we’re more interested in whether we connect with a book…”

A renowned stalwart in the publishing industry, Don Weise has over two decades worth of publishing experience, most of which has been dedicated to publishing LGBT literature. He’s served as Publisher of Alyson Books and was the Senior Editor at Carroll & Graf Publishers. Wiese also sits on the board of the Lambda Literary Foundation. In 2010, Wiese started his own LGBT publishing house, Magnus Books. Since its inception, Magnus has published books by an assortment of iconic authors, such as Samuel Delany, Urvashi Vaid, Keith Boykin, and Edmund White.

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