The novel Cold Feet by Karen Pullen is the first in a series of Stella Lavender Mysteries. Written in the first person, the story of Cold Feet is primarily seen and told through the eyes of North Carolina Special Agent Stella Lavender. Stella works as an undercover drug agent, usually at night and in dark, dangerous places. As the book opens, she is looking forward to attending an upscale outdoor wedding with her grandmother, Fern, an artist commissioned to illustrate a book cover for the mother of the groom. The ceremony is held at Rosscairn Castle Bed and Breakfast, built in 1915 as a replica of a Scottish castle. (more…)
25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced
Early Bird Gala Tickets On-Sale Now
Finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles. Books from major mainstream publishers, from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 687 submissions for the “Lammys.” The finalists were selected from a record number of submissions, and, for the first time, the judges were encouraged to choose more finalists in those categories that drew a large number of submissions.
New Month! New books! March is here and with it an array of exciting new LGBT titles—ranging from academic studies to poetry.
What type of books do LGBT people like to read? How and where do they find the books that they like to read? Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) and St. Cloud State University Collection Management Librarian Rachel Wexelbaum are conducting an international study on the book reading preferences of 21st century LGBT people to help answer these questions. (more…)
New Month! New books! February is here and with it a plethora of new LGBT titles—ranging from cultural criticism to romance.
Pornography and feminism walk hand and hand in The Feminist Porn Book, a new collection from Feminist Press. Edited by Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parrenas Shimizu and Mireille Miller-Young, this collection brings together pornographers, artists, and academics to investigate pornography’s place in the feminist movement.
From the publisher:
The Feminist Porn Book brings together for the first time writings by feminists in the adult industry and research by feminist porn scholars. This book investigates not only how feminists understand pornography, but also how feminists do porn—that is, direct, act in, produce, and consume one of the world’s most lucrative and growing industries. With original contributions by Susie Bright, Candida Royalle, Betty Dodson, Nina Hartley, Buck Angel, and more, The Feminist Porn Book updates the debates of the porn wars of the 1980s, which sharply divided the women’s movement, and identifies pornography as a form of expression and labor in which women and other minorities produce power and pleasure.
Mscweeny’s is publishing, White Girls, the long-awaited new book by noted New Yorker critic and firebrand Hilton Als.
[...] Hilton Als’s first book since “The Women” fourteen years ago, finds one of The New Yorker’s boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of “white girls,” as Als dubs them—an expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Malcolm X and Flannery O’Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and non-fiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.
This month sees the release of a new short story collection The Rest of Us by Guy Mark Foster.
From Tincture/Lethe Press:
[a] collection of short stories that embrace the breadth and depth of being a gay African-American, [this book] approaches life from the angst of youth and first love to the familiarities of cruising and romancing later in life. The boys and men in Guy Mark Foster’s tales refuse to be bound by the heavy chains of oppressive religion in the family household or racism encountered on campus. And this strength will be needed to face the passions stirring in their chests, their bedrooms, their lives.
February is the time for love (It’s heart-shaped candies consumption time!) and to help usher in all those feelings of adoration Cleis Press is releasing The Best Lesbian Romance 2013 edited by renowned writer and publisher Radclyffe:
Radclyffe, the Best Lesbian Romance series legendary editor and a bestselling romance writer herself, says it best: “Love and romance may defy simple definition, but every story in this collection speaks to the universal thread that binds lovers everywhere—possibility.” In Radclyffe’s own “Staying Power,” a farm boi falls for an older, blond equestrienne at the horse ranch. A tryst with a gorgeous masked stranger at an “Exotic Masquerade” boosts the confidence and desire of a married couple in L.T. Marie’s charming and surprising tale. Seeing and being seen is the subject of Catherine Paulssen’s “Life Drawing,” in which a ravishing artist’s model turns looking into longing and perhaps something more. Heart-melting love stories from Cheyenne Blue, Andrea Dale, Charlotte Dare, Sacchi Green, Anna Meadows and more. These are tales to read and fall in love by, all year long.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- In This Small Spot by Caren Werlinger, Bywater Books
- Get Your Rocks Off: Stories of Passion, Sex, and Music by Richard Labonte, Bold Strokes Books
- Mundo Cruel by Luis Negrón, Seven Stories Press
- The Rest of Us: Stories by Guy Mark Foster, Tincture/Lethe Press
- The Second Footman by Jasper Barry, Matador
- A Stone for Amer by Connie Claire Szarke, Heron Bay Publishing
- An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings by Jason Edward Black and Charles E. Morris III, University of California Press
- The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasures edited by Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parrenas Shimizu, and Mireille Miller-Young, Beacon Press
- In a Queer Voice: Journeys of Resilience from Adolescence to Adulthood by Michael Sadowski, Temple University Press
- Lesbian Relationships by Nicci Talbot, Nee2know
- Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East by Isobel Coleman, Random House
- Spirit of the Pacific by Walter L. Williams, Lethe Press
- White Girls by Hilton Als, McSweeney’s Books
- Evolutionary Rhetoric: Sex, Science, and Free Love in Nineteenth-Century Feminism edited by Wendy Hayden, Southern Illinois University Press
- Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies edited by Michelle A. Gibson, Jonathan Alexander, and Deborah T. Meem, Sage Publications
- How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women: Work, Family and Liberation by Lindsey German, Pluto Press
- Indigenous Women’s Rights: Challenging Social and Gender Hierarchies edited by Helena Whall and Meena Shivdas, Commonwealth Secretaria
- Media, Erotics, and Transnational Asia edited by Purnima Mankekar and Louisa Schein, Duke UniversityPress
- Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America by Jaime Harkers, University Of Minnesota Press
- The Missing Myth: A New Vision of Same-Sex Love by Gilles Herrada, SelectBooks
- Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America: Promise and Resistance edited by Jason Pierceson, Adriana Piatti-Crocker, Shawn Schulenberg, Lexington Books
- Todd Haynes (Contemporary Film Directors) edited by Rob White, Paradigm Publishers
- Best Gay Romance 2013 edited by Richard Labonte, Cleis Press
- Best Lesbian Romance 2013 edited by Radclyffe, Cleis Press
- Captive Prince: Volume Two by S.U. Pacat, Gatto
- Cut to the Chase by Lisa Girolami, Bold Strokes Books
- Colour Scheme by John R Gordon, Team Angelica Publishing
- Dirty Money (Dirty Trilogy) by Ashley Bartlett, Bold Strokes Books
- Every Second Counts by D. Jackson Leigh, Bold Strokes Books
- Lexington Connection by M.E. Logan, Bella Books
- More Than Friends by Erin Dutton, Bold Strokes Books
- Promises in Every Star by Todd Gregory, Bold Strokes Books
- You Can’t Run From Love by Kate Snowdon, Bella
- No Safewords: A Marketplace Fan Anthology edited by Laura Antoniou, Luster Editions
- Wild Rides: Three Gay Novellas by Elizabeth Coldwell, Xcite Books
- A Magical Echo: An Echo Branson Investigation by Linda Kay Silva, Bella Books
- This Time Around (Station One) by Justin McLachlan, Boxfire Press
- The Blue Guitar by Ann Ireland, Dundurn
- How to Greet Strangers a novel by Joyce Thompson, Tincture/Lethe Press
- The Inscrutable Mr. Elizabeth by Marlene Leach, Spinster Ink
- Natural Predators by Neil Plakcy, MLR Press
- Poison Flowers by Nat Burns, Bella Books
- The Best-Kept Boy in the World: The Life and Loves of Denny Fouts by Arthur Vanderbilt, Magnus Books
- George Cukor: A Double Life by Patrick McGilligans, University Of Minnesota Press
- L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir by Annie Rachele Lanzillotto, Suny Pres
- Pigeon in a Crosswalk: Tales of Anxiety and Accidental Glamour by Jack Gray, Simon & Schuster
- A Useful Woman: The Early Life of Jane Addams by Gioia Diliberto, Agate Midways
- Sacrilegion by L. Lamar Wilson, Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series
- Heartwrecks by Nicolas Destino, Sibling Rivalry Press
- My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak, HarperCollins
“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.
New year! New books!
Not sure who to go to for advice when you have issues concerning family and love? Well, you can always reach out to infamous conservative radio show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger for a helpful hand.
In the new graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura (Mariner Books), artist Nicole Georges chronicles the stress of dealing with long kept family secrets, her coming out experience, and what can happen when you seek support from the most unlikely of sources. (more…)
Support the Lambda Literary Foundation Today with a Year-End Tax-Deductible Donation by December 31!
As the end of the year approaches here at Lambda Literary, we reflect on our achievements of 2012 all of which have been made possible because of you, our dedicated supporters. (more…)
”I learn things when people write intelligently about my books. That’s what you want as a writer, you want to be taken seriously and you want to be read intelligently. You can learn from an intelligent review—not necessarily a ‘positive’ review.”
Waiting for the Barbarians , the latest collection of essays by Daniel Mendelsohn, covers a broad swatch of the writer’s critical territory. Having established both his contemporary voice and classical eye over the past twenty years, Mendelsohn presents many of his recent thoughtful and brow-raising critiques in this single volume published by The New York Review Books—dissecting the nostalgia that vaulted Mad Men into the sphere of cultural phenomenon, chronicling the hubris that felled Julie Taymor’s tenure at the helm of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and sectioning these selections under the headings “Spectacles, ” “Classica,” “Creative Writing, ” and “Private Lives.” (more…)
December brings with it an assortment of fantastic books!
Sullen Smiths fans have reason to rejoice this month, Crown Archetype is releasing a comprehensive overview of the legendary alternative rock group. A Light That Never Goes Out, by writer Tony Fletcher, provides an in-depth look at both the history and cultural impact of the iconic band.