‘Sodom Road Exit’ by Amber Dawn

Starla Martin, the sardonic narrator of Amber Dawn’s second novel, Sodom Road Exit, is a twenty-something college dropout with a penchant for pricey art, designer clothes, and one-night stands…. read more

'Bachelor Girl' by Kim Van Alkemade

Pulled from a compelling headline over a century old, Bachelor Girl follows fictional heiress Helen Winthrope after the death of her mysterious benefactor… read more

Writer Clayton Delery on Reconstructing a Hate Crime

In 1958, Fernando Rios was led into an alley outside a New Orleans gay bar, where he was beaten to death by there college students. Clayton Delery’s new book examines this hate crime and its connections to anti-immigrant prejudices and homophobia in 1950s America… read more

'The Prince and the Dressmaker' by Jen Wang

Wang’s book is a rarity among kids’ books, in that it doesn’t try to assign a gender or sexual identity to its young characters, choosing instead to let them define themselves… read more

'Boys Keep Swinging' by Jake Shears

Boys Keep Swinging is fun and compulsively readable, precisely the kind of book one would expect from someone who sang about getting his mama jacked up on cheap champagne…. read more