April 23, 2014

New in April: Tom Spanbauer, Emma Donoghue, Michael Nava, Bernardine Evaristo, and Ron J. Suresha

Posted on April 3, 2014 by in News

New Month! New books! April is upon us and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.

Beloved author Tom Spanbauer’s new book (his first in seven years), I Loved You More, is being released this month by Hawthorne Press. The book maps the emotional minefield of love and friendship between a group of writers.

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What LGBT Book Saved Your Life?

Posted on March 26, 2014 by in Foundation Updates

Lambda Literary Foundation Launches Crowd-Sourcing Campaign

“Has an LGBT Book Saved Your Life?” 

Has a book ever saved your life?

Perhaps a book has changed the way you think about your sexual or gender identity. Or helped you through that rough patch, when you just weren’t sure you could own up to being a queer artist. Maybe reading an LGBTQI novel blew your mind and expanded your horizons. Did Huck Finn mean something totally different to you than he did to your classmates? Did Dancer From the Dance give you the courage to write about your first kiss? Has a piece of literature ever meant so much to you that it eased the pain of living and working outside the “mainstream,” in a world where not only our books but our lives are shelved separately from everyone else’s?


Lambda Literary Foundation’s 2014 “What LGBT Book Saved Your Life?” Campaign – Sarah Fonseca

Please join our crowd-sourced campaign to collect brief videos or photographs that spread the word about inspirational books, poems, graphic novels, or other life-changing pieces of literature with the world. Contributions will become part of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards celebration and help build up our social media efforts to increase the visibility of queer writing both within and outside our community.

If you’d like to participate, please:

Books are as important as they’ve ever been. Help us spread the word.

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New in March: Martin Duberman, Kelly Cogswell, Christopher Stoddard, Dan Lopez, and A.K. Summers

Posted on March 6, 2014 by in Features, News

New Month! New books! March is upon us and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.

Historian Martin Duberman’s new book, Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS, is being released this month by The New Press. The book serves as both a biography of two vital and beloved gay cultural figures, Michael Callen and Essex Hemphill, and as an astute snapshot of the early years of the AIDS epidemic. (more…)

The 6th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair

Posted on February 18, 2014 by in Events

THE 6th ANNUAL NEW YORK RAINBOW BOOK FAIR 
Saturday, MARCH 29, 2014.
Noon–6pm

Holiday Inn Midtown
440 W. 57th Street, NYC 10019
(between 9th and 10th Avenues)

The Rainbow Book Fair is the most exciting LGBT book events in the U.S. The 5th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair featured more than 100 publishers, writers, poets, editors, booksellers, and the 1,000+ readers who love and buy their books—from the serious to the wild, from the zany to the super hot. The Rainbow Book Fair is open to the public with book discounts and giveaways. $3 Admission suggested donation.

Click here for more information.

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New in February: Rabih Alameddine, Edmund White, Clifford Chase, Michelle Theall, and Janet Mock

Posted on February 11, 2014 by in Features

New Month! New books! February is upon us and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.

Novelist Rabih Alameddine’s long-awaited new novel, An Unnecessary Woman, is being released this month by Grove Atlantic. The novel is a stunning character portrait, an astute snapshot of contemporary Beirut, and a lyrical testament to the power of literature.

From Grove Atlantic:

One of the Middle East’s most celebrated voices, Rabih Alameddine follows his bestseller, The Hakawati, with a heartrending novel that celebrates the singular life of an obsessive introvert, revealing Beirut’s beauties and horrors along the way.

Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family’s  “unnecessary appendage.” Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The thirty-seven books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read—by anyone. After overhearing her neighbors, “the three witches,” discussing her too-white hair, Aaliya accidentally dyes her hair too blue.

In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman’s late-life crisis, readers follow Aaliya’s digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. Colorful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya’s own volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left.

The personal, political, and spiritual collide in a new memoir by writer Michelle Theall. In Teaching the Cat: A Memoir (Gallery Books), Theall grapples with the conflicting strains of family, religion, and self-determination.

From the publisher:

Even when society, friends, the legal system, and the Pope himself swing toward acceptance of the once unacceptable, Michelle Theall still waits for the one blessing that has always mattered to her the most: her mother’s. Michelle grew up in the conservative Texas Bible Belt, bullied by her classmates and abandoned by her evangelical best friend before she’d ever even held a girl’s hand. She was often at odds with her volatile, overly dramatic, and depressed mother, who had strict ideas about how girls should act. Yet they both clung tightly to their devout Catholic faith—the unifying grace that all but shattered their relationship when Michelle finally admitted she was gay.

Years later at age forty-two, Michelle has made delicate peace with her mother and is living her life openly with her partner of ten years and their adopted son in the liberal haven of Boulder, Colorado. But when her four-year-old’s Catholic school decides to expel all children of gay parents, Michelle tiptoes into a controversy that exposes her to long-buried shame, which leads to a public battle with the Church and a private one with her parents. In the end she realizes that in order to be a good mother, she may have to be a bad daughter.

Beloved author Edmund White regales readers with stories from his years spent in the “City of Light” in his latest memoir, Inside a Pearl: My Paris Years (Bloomsbury). With wit and pathos,White skillfully unpacks his years spent in Paris during the early 80s.

From the publisher:

Edmund White was forty-three years old when he moved to Paris in 1983. He spoke no French and knew just two people in the entire city, but soon discovered the anxieties and pleasures of mastering a new culture. White fell passionately in love with Paris, its beauty in the half-light and eternal mists; its serenity compared with the New York he had known.

Intoxicated and intellectually stimulated by its culture, he became the definitive biographer of Jean Genet, wrote lives of Marcel Proust and Arthur Rimbaud, and became a recipient of the French Order of Arts and Letters. Frequent trips across the Channel to literary parties in London begot friendships with Julian Barnes, Alan Hollinghurst, Martin Amis and many others. When he left, fifteen years later, to return to the US, he was fluent enough to broadcast on French radio and TV, and as a journalist had made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves St Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault. He’d also developed a close friendship with an older woman, Marie-Claude, through whom he’d come to a deeper understanding of French life.

Inside a Pearl vividly recalls those fertile years, and offers a brilliant examination of a city and a culture eternally imbued with an aura of enchantment.

This month, writer and activist Janet Mock revisits her past and her road to self-actualization in the new memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (Atria).

From Atria:

In 2011, Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman. Those twenty-three hundred words were life-altering for the People.com editor, turning her into an influential and outspoken public figure and a desperately needed voice for an often voiceless community. In these pages, she offers a bold and inspiring perspective on being young, multicultural, economically challenged, and transgender in America.

Welcomed into the world as her parents’ firstborn son, Mock decided early on that she would be her own person—no matter what. She struggled as the smart, determined child in a deeply loving yet ill-equipped family that lacked the money, education, and resources necessary to help her thrive. Mock navigated her way through her teen years without parental guidance, but luckily, with the support of a few close friends and mentors, she emerged much stronger, ready to take on—and maybe even change—the world.

In the new collection The Queer Caribbean Speaks: Interviews with Writers, Artists, and Activists (Palgrave Macmillan), scholar Kofi Omoniyi Sylvanus Campbell spotlights the often unexplored queer life in the Caribbean.

From publisher:

This book is born out of the near-silence surrounding the lives of queer Caribbean citizens and collects interviews with writers, activists, and citizens to challenge the dominance of Euro-American theories in understanding global queerness. These interviews gives voice to those who live and work on the front lines of the battle for the recognition of LGBT rights in the region, with the hope that their voices will bring wider awareness of, and shed light on, the problems faced by LGBT Caribbean citizens.

Why not start the month off  by adding a little mystery to your life? This month sees the release of  new mystery titles from Nene AdamsDylan Madrid, and Valerie Bronwen.

As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.

 

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Fiction

 

9780814725467  9780374230890

Nonfiction

 

 LGBT Studies

 

 

Romance

 

Erotica

 

Speculative Fiction

 

Mystery/Thiller

 

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Bio/Memoir

 

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Poetry

 

ART/GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

 

The Science of Writing a Successful Novel, The Portlandia Activity Book, and other LGBT News

Posted on January 13, 2014 by in Features, News

In The News

The Science of Writing a Hit Book

Over at the A.V. Club, writer Jason Heller unpacks the implications of a recent Stony Brook University study that reveals the “mathematics” behind writing a successful book.

On January 8, Inside Science reported that computer scientists at Stony Brook University had designed an algorithm allowing them to determine what makes a novel a success. The results are eerily precise. Among the traits most likely to make a book well reviewed and widely read are an unadorned, journalistic style; higher numbers of nouns and adjectives; and lower numbers of adverbs and verbs.

Thankfully, literature is not a science. Yet the writing and selling of literature increasingly is. Thanks to a proliferation of analytics, it’s easier than ever for publishers to track, graph, and therefore do their desperate best to predict market trends. Judged on that cold scale of downloaded units, Mein Kampf—which has come roaring back recently thanks to a high volume of e-book sales—might now be considered a good book.

I won’t go so far as to say that reducing the richness of books to ones and zeroes, and then judging them on such a scale, is tantamount to literary eugenics. But it does raise a question about what it means for a book to be formulaic, and whether that’s a good or bad thing. Or whether those kinds of questions even mean anything anymore.

2014 Book Preview

In Next Magazine, writer and Lambda Literary Poetry Editor Jameson Fitzpatrick offers a preview of 2014′s most anticipated gay titles.

Portland Fun and Games

When in doubt, put a bird on it. Next month, McSweeny’s is releasing The Portlandia Activity Booka companion piece to the popular television IFC television show Portlandia. The book, written by Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Johnathan Krisel, provides fun-filled activities for the whole hipster family.

From the publisher:

This is The Portlandia Activity Book—a compendium of guaranteed enrichment for the Pacific Northwestern part of your psyche. Like a cool high school that prefers a sweat lodge to the traditional classroom, this book will expand your mind through participation, dehydrate you to a state of emotional rawness, then linger in the corners your bare soul.

Here you will find enough activities to get you through a year’s worth of rainy days, including: How to Crowdfund Your BabyPunk Paint By NumbersTerrarium Foraging, and so much more. With pages unlike any you’ve seen before, this is the kind of book that you can be yourself around. Shed the trappings of normalcy, let down your glorious mane, and take the deepest breath of your life. Portlandia is beckoning your arrival.

Drinking Again

In Slate this week, Rosie Schaap provides an in-depth look at The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, a new book by Olivia Laing. The book explores how extreme alcohol consumption affected a series of famous authors and playwrights, including Tennessee Williams and John Cheever.

The Brokeback Opera 

The Advocate recently interviewed author Annie Proulx, who  is currently adapting  her famed gay love story “Brokeback Mountain” into an opera.

 

 

 

 

 

New in January: Armistead Maupin, Melissa Pritchard, Sean Strub, Charles Stephens, Steven G. Fullwood, and Amy Villarejo

Posted on January 1, 2014 by in Features, News

New year! New books! January is upon us and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.

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New in December: Morrissey, Katherine V. Forrest, Jameson Currier, Keja L. Valens, and Randall Mann

Posted on December 1, 2013 by in Features, News

December is upon us and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.
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Polari First Book Prize Winner Announced

Posted on November 16, 2013 by in Features, News

Polari, the London based LGBT literary salon, recently announced the winner of their First Book Prize. This year’s winner is Mari Hannah for her book Murder Wall (Pan Macmillan). (more…)

New in November: Nicola Griffith, Richard Blanco, Hilton Als, and Christopher Hennessy

Posted on November 4, 2013 by in Features, News

November is upon us and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.
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