There is much to be admired and enjoyed in Perry Brass’s latest novel but it’s slightly buried behind a misleading veneer. Brass often writes about spirituality and sexuality in his fiction. He has written a number of speculative fiction novels and even a time-travel novel about angels. The title, King of Angels (Belhue Press), has a pious ring to it. The picture on the cover includes both hunky angels and a shirtless young stud in prayer, and the blurb below the picture promises that it is “a novel about the genesis of identity and belief.” The opening epigraph is a mystic quote from the ancient Popol Vuh, so I was primed to read a speculative or spiritual novel. Instead, I found a young voice telling a good old fashioned coming of age story mixed with a murder mystery that takes place in a unique setting period in recent history. (more…)
On Thursday, January 5, Author Perry Brass will be talking with Charles Silverstein (co-author of the classic The Joy of Gay Sex) at the Barnes & Noble at 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street, New York at 7 PM, about his new book For the Ferryman (Chelsea Station Editions), a memoir about his intensely romantic, difficult, and extremely challenging relationship with William Bory, a young man 15 years his junior, which lasted twenty years until William’s death in 1994 from AIDS.
Writer and man-about-town, Logan K. Young files a report on what he loved at this year’s inaugural Outwrite LGBT Book Fair.
Unlike the rain that threatened, thankfully, the crowd was steady all day long. The inaugural OutWrite LGBT Book Fair , held on Saturday, August 6, 2011, in Washington, DC was stronger than many book fairs twice her age. With eleventh-hour shout-outs from Metro Weekly and the Washington Blade (the District’s foremost gay newspapers), the friendly confines of The DC Center ultimately proved too small to comfortably accommodate everyone who would stroll in. It’s never easy turning anyone away, but as far as problems on a maiden voyage go, overcrowding is probably the best one to have. (more…)