'Persistent Voices' ed. by Philip Clark & David Groff

In October of 1985, I was a freshmen in college, turning 18, and watching Rock Hudson dying from AIDS on television, his pained and depleted visage saturating the airwaves and our young souls with a cautionary message about sex and death. My view of the world, and my place in it as a young queer… read more

Passionate Kisses: Intimate Stories of First-Time Lesbian Love

They say “Third time’s a charm,” but the first time is always the most memorable! Nicole Foster, editor of nearly a dozen lesbian erotica anthologies—including the best-selling Wet: True Lesbian Sex Stories (Alyson), Skin Deep (Alyson), and Show and Tell (Alyson)—is looking for your true, sexy, sweet, explicit, and down-right dirty stories for the anthology… read more

2010 in Review: Gays & the Military

From WWII To DADT One of the biggest LGBT literary trends of the past 15 months is also an important talking point in contemporary mainstream politics: gays and the military. From acclaimed WWII biographies to critical investigations of DADT to books on gender and war to romantic tales of service men and women, here is… read more

Don Weise Launches Indie LGBT Publisher, Magnus Books

Today, Don Weise announced the launch of Magnus Books, an independently owned publisher of LGBT literature. Magnus—set to launch Fall 2011—will be based out of New York City and publish 15 to 20 new fiction and nonfiction titles per year. An industry veteran, Weise has worked with some of the most-recognized LGBT authors in the country,… read more

'The Collected Plays of Mart Crowley' by Mart Crowley

Lambda Award Winner Allow me, dear readers (and especially those who are librarians), a moment of confession and contrition. Back in the early 1980s, when I was a young and not-quite-out gay man living and attending high school in the small, overwhelmingly Catholic Cajun town of New Iberia, Louisiana, I depended on the Iberia Parish… read more

'Called Back' by Mary Cappello

Lambda Award Finalist While reading Mary Cappello’s Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life, I was reminded of a lovely phrase that has endured in Japanese culture and literature for more than a thousand years: Mono no aware—the sadness of things. The fleetingness of things. And the translation I love best: The… read more

Don Weise Wishes Alyson the Best

Publisher Exits Gracefully On October 1st, 2010, Alyson Books publisher Don Weise said that he had terminated discussions with Here Media for the purchase of Alyson Books. “It’s heartbreaking that Here Media and I could not reach an agreement,” Mr. Weise said. Earlier this month, Mr. Weise pulled together a team of financial backers and… read more

'The Silver Hearted' by David McConnell

When I initially encountered the cover of David McConnell’s second novel, The Silver Hearted, I was riveted by the image of an illuminated ship, isolated and askew in a vast river. My eyes were then drawn top center, to a tiny quote from Edmund White, “…a perfect work of art.” The ultra-fine print beckoned, challenged,… read more

Round Up: 12 Gay Mysteries

12 new mysteries from some of your favorite authors including Neil Plakcy, Greg Herren, Giles Brandreth and Geoffrey Knight…. read more

Book Buzz July 2009

Hannah Free, starring Sharon Gless and based on Claudia Allen’s acclaimed stage play about the unabashed love of two women over several decades, will premiere at Outfest Los Angeles on July 10. As the film schedules future festival dates, Bella Books has acquired the print and digital rights to the novelization of the play, which… read more