'Chulito' by Charles Rice-González

This dazzling debut takes the coming-out, coming-of-age narrative and gives it a fresh landscape, namely, the Bronx urban scene, where the street codes are “mixed into the concrete and asphalt that was used to build the neighborhood.”… read more

Gay Literary Landmark Demolished

In 1979, A Different Light bookstore opened in Silver Lake, Los Angles, eventually setting up additional locations around California and New York. Earlier this year, the last of the gay bookstore’s shops shuttered. Though residents worked to get this first site approved as a historic cultural monument, the Santa Monica location was recently bulldozed… read more

'Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing' edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano

In his introduction to Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (University of Wisconsin Press), co-editor Lázaro Lima defines this slim volume’s scope as an opening statement in a growing conversation, one that confronts the bias of mainstream American cultural constructs and seeks “to envision a different kind of national culture.”… read more

'Madre and I' by Guillermo Reyes

Guillermo Reyes’ smart, gentle memoir, Madre and I, deftly braids together the story of the author’s mother, who emigrates from Chile to the U.S., with his own story of growing up in both countries. Maria Cacares comes to America, like most immigrants, full of hopes, dreams and plans to make a better life for herself…. read more

'Nothing Pink' by Mark Hardy

Nothing Pink is a touching and poignant young adult novel that will appeal to teen readers and anyone who can recall the passion and conflicts of first love.  Vincent, the preacher’s son, meets Robert and his prayers are answered.  The two boys quickly connect, but their love slowly unfolds. They are brought together by a… read more