'The Inexplicable Logic of My Life' by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he? … read more

'Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club' by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The seven stories in this simply but beautifully written, haunted and haunting collection are told from the point of view of male protagonists. Many are teenagers with artistic interests, or adult visual artists or writers, and it is difficult not to see these men as stand-ins for the author, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, an award-winning poet,… read more

Gay Author Receives Pen/Faulkner Fiction Award

Over the years, the Pen/Faulkner Fiction Award, which carries a $15,000 prize, has been given to some of the most well respected novelists, including John Updike, Ha Jin, Philip Roth and E.L. Doctorow. This year’s winner is gay author Benjamin Alire Sáenz for his book of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky… read more

‘Native’ by William Haywood Henderson

Blue Parker, the twenty-three-year-old foreman of a Wyoming ranch, has a secret crush on his ranch hand, Sam. The two cowboys are drawn to each other, and Blue makes plans to place Sam in a high-mountain cow-camp for the summer (à la Brokeback Mountain), thinking he will have Sam to himself in this idyllic getaway… read more