‘My 1980s and Other Essays’ by Wayne Koestenbaum

My 1980s and Other Essays is an incredibly timely hodge-podge of prose that expertly blends nostalgia-free self-reflections, reluctant bits of advice, and breathless love letters to idols literary, artistic, and musical[…]… read more

John Waters: Roles of a Lifetime

“I am neurotic. But at the same time, I’m quite happy being neurotic. I think you must figure out a way, as Freud said, to turn hysterical misery into common unhappiness.” John Waters is primarily known as a filmmaker (e.g, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Hairspray), but he has also been an exhibited fine artist since the early… read more

'The Intimates' by Ralph Sassone

With Ralph Sassone’s first novel, the story attempts to show the delicate intricacies between friendship and romance between a gay man, Robbie, and a straight woman, Maize. Since it is understood that their relationship will not be sexual in nature, the narrative then shifts to show how “romance” goes beyond physical intimacy. Except it is… read more

New In January: Toibin, Levithan & Rich

How beautiful the turning of the year! If, like many of us, you made a resolution to read more books this year, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got tons of new tomes. Radclyffe and Richard Labonté kick off 2011 with new Best Romance anthologies both from Cleis Press. Meanwhile, the king of… read more

2010 in Review: Best Book Covers

Judge a Book by its Cover? In a world saturated by visual noise, the book cover is perhaps the single most important piece of marketing collateral worth investing in. At cover meetings editors, art directors, and sales VP’s fawn over fonts, discuss paper choices, embossing, image rights, and foil stamping. Authors rarely have final say,… read more

Justin Spring allies with Borders on World AIDS Day

Secret Historian Signing Benefits Lifebeat—Music Fights HIV CHICAGO—Justin Spring will be signing copies of his biography, Secret Historian (FSG) on Wednesday, December 1, at 7 PM at the Lincoln Park Borders in Chicago (2817 N. Clark Street). The signing is part of December One at Borders, a series of special events at stores nationwide to commemorate World… read more

Amos Lassen's Top 11 Books of 2010 (so far)

Amos Lassen doesn’t think of himself this way, but he is one of the most influential Amazon reviewers in the nation — especially when it comes to the categories for gay romance, gay fiction, gay and lesbian erotica, DVD, and documentary. An Amazon Top 50 Reviewer and a member of the Amazon Vine Program—a highly-coveted,… read more