This week in the LGBTQ-themed arts:

The UC Santa Cruz Review interviews author Toni Morrison and activist Angela Davis–who happen to be very close friends–about their lives, their writings, the role of good and evil in literature, and the influence of literature today.

Gayletter profiles two new, autobiographical graphic novels by Australian writer Adam Seymour, alias Rural Ranga, that bluntly document his sexual development and escapades from early childhood, through puberty, to adulthood.

Icelandic author Sjón talks to Out about his newest novel, Moonstone, which he claims to be his small nation’s first LGBT novel, and which honors his uncle, who succumbed to AIDS. An English translation of the book is forthcoming.

This year, Brazil’s Foreign Film Oscar submission is The Way He Looks, an already notorious look (no pun intended) at the relationship between two gay high-schoolers, one of whom is legally blind; watch an NSFW preview here.

Luna Luna provides a list of MFA creative writing programs that give strong representation and respect to LGBTQ authors, voices and narratives.

Does “writing honestly about contemporary gay” limit your publishing prospects?

The New Yorker describes a recent encounter between writer bell hooks, transsexual actress Laverne Cox and students of the New School in NYC.

Out also offers a tour of the graves of LGBT icons, alongside some other queer design aspects, at Green-Wood Cemetery off of Fifth Avenue in NYC.

For those of you suffering from Halloween withdrawal, here are a few recommendations of horror books with surprising potentially queer subtexts, such as Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting on Hill House.

If that isn’t enough, Ayana Mathis and Francine Prose have also told the New York Times about their most horror-inducing literary experiences.




(Photo: Angela Davis, Photo by Steve Kurtz via The UC Santa Cruz Review)

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One Response to “In Conversation with Toni Morrison and Angela Davis, Icelandic author Sjón’s New Novel, and More LGBT News”

  1. 17 November 2014 at 7:25 PM #

    I read the Toni Morrison interview. I couldn’t help thinking back to most of the writing instruction I received, which affirmed I have a good tone of voice for sex and faith. In my writing it is evident and crucial by the turn in the voice brought out to show the struggle to be free of temptation and to submit. It is always interesting to learn how a writer’s skill has been experienced and learned.

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