'GJS II' by Shawn Stewart Ruff

With GJS II, readers get an in-depth and multi-faceted view of blackness playing out in business, the political arena, and familial relationships … read more

'Toss and Whirl and Pass' by Shawn Stewart Ruff

Shawn Stewart Ruff’s first novel, Finlater, immersed readers in the world of 1970’s Midwestern adolescents. In Toss and Whirl and Pass (Quote Editions), he explores the beleaguered lives of adult artists in post-9/11 Manhattan. HIV-positive African-American writer Yale Battle struggles with meth addiction, a dying cat, and the memories of his rocky long-term relationship with… read more

10 LGBT Teen Novels that Tackle Teen Suicide & Bullying

In September, the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi was a tragic close to a shocking month of gay teens taking their own lives. Clementi’s dormmate secretly recorded the teen having sex with another man, sent out messages on Twitter and broadcast it across the Internet. Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge…. read more