'The Necessity of Certain Behaviors' by Shannon Cain

Let’s be honest, great expectations of literary endeavors often result in readerly disappointment. But this is not the case with Shannon Cain’s The Necessity of Certain Behaviors (University of Pittsburgh Press), a collection of nine short stories that has garnered much critical acclaim since its publication last year, including being awarded the Drue Heinz Literature… read more

'Discipline' by Dawn Lundy Martin

In the foreword of Dawn Lundy Martin’s new collection, Discipline (which is up for a 2012 Lambda Literary Award), Fanny Howe, who selected it for the 2009 Nightboat Poetry Prize, writes that Discipline “digs into the roots of our culture by entering its pivotal derangement” and that it’s “a courageous act of feeling…. a return of the rejected person… read more

24th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles. Books from major mainstream publishers and from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 119 finalists for the “Lammys.” The finalists were selected from a record number of nominations…. read more

23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards

These Finalists represent books published in 2010. BISEXUAL — Fiction Fall Asleep Forgetting, by Georgeann Packard  The Permanent Press If You Follow Me, by Malena Watrous  Harper Perennial [Review] Krakow Melt, by Daniel Allen Cox  Arsenal Pulp Press [Review] The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes   Harper Perennial [Review] Pride/Prejudice: A… read more

'The Low Road' and 'I Like it Like That'

In my last column I reviewed Rough Trade, edited by Todd Gregory. That book and the two reviewed here were finalists for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards. The Low Road by James Lear is a seventeenth-century adventure set in a Scotland worthy of Rob Roy with a hard on.  Young Charles has lost his father… read more

'City Boy' by Edmund White

Lambda Award Finalist Edmund White, adept at and prolific in so many genres, remains most known for his explorations of his own life: in memoir, in fiction, in the blurry space between. His new book, City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and ‘70s, is a fairly traditional memoir, covering roughly the… read more

'Verge' by Z. Egloff

Lambda Award Finalist Lesbian fantasy meets lesbian nightmare: nuns!! Not a bad description of Z. Egloff’s Verge. Sure, it’s the story of Claire McMinn, barely sober Don Juanita, promising young filmmaker, but mostly it’s the story of resistance and surrender. Claire struggles to resist the lure of Sister Hilary at the neighborhood community center, but… read more