'The Family Tooth' by Ellis Avery

The Family Tooth is a collection of essays closely observed and artfully rendered; it is a creative non-fiction story that covers a period of sickness and death in one woman’s life… read more

Ellis Avery's Stonewall Fiction Award Acceptance Speech

This past July, author Ellis Avery was presented with the American Library Association Barbara Gittings/ Stonewall Award for Fiction. In accepting her award, Avery delivered an insightful speech about her two librarian idols : lovers and avant-garde literary impresarios Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier, who owned bookshops across the street from each other in 1920s Paris. Avery was… read more

Q&A With Nina Revoyr by Ellis Avery

“…I do believe in the importance of story, of narrative.  I always try to create a sense of urgency; ideally the reader will be pulled along, will want to know what happens next.”

Named one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” by O: The Oprah Magazine, Nina Revoyr’s new Lambda nominated novel is at once a breathtakingly beautiful hymn to the American outdoors—and to the bond between grandfather and granddaughter—and at the same time a chilling snapshot of race in this country. 

Wingshooters serves as a stark corrective to lazy, cozy assumptions that racism doesn’t exist in the North the way it does in the South. It is also an aching, lonely, sure-handed portrait of small-town lesbian girlhood…. read more

Read a Fan Letter Exchange Between Ellis Avery and Nina Revoyr

Nina Revoyr, author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning Southland (Akashic Books, 2003) and LA Times Book Prize finalist The Age of Dreaming (Akashic, 2008), as well as The Necessary Hunger (Simon & Schuster, 1997), responds to an open fan letter from Lambda Award winning-author Ellis Avery about Revoyr’s fourth novel, Wingshooters which came out last… read more

A Conversation with Ellis Avery

I first met Ellis Avery following the paperback publication of her award-winning novel, The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead Books, 2006). Her new novel, The Last Nude, had been recommended to me by Avery’s brilliant editor at Riverhead, Megan Lynch, a friend and former colleague of mine at Penguin Books. Avery’s erudite and warm personality, as well… read more

Best Books 2011: Authors' Choice

Lambda Literary queried a cadre of authors (Edmund White, Susan Stinson, Jewelle Gomez, Dennis Cooper, Kelli Dunham, and many more) to answer the question: what was your favorite LGBTQ book of 2011?… read more

'The Last Nude' By Ellis Avery

While the book begins as a passionate tale from the lush landscape of Paris in the 1920s, livened by entrancing sex scenes and seductive exchanges, the story takes a turn toward the fast-paced—morphing into a plot-driven whodunit…… read more