‘Astray’ by Emma Donoghue

A young woman in Victorian London, forced into prostitution to support her family, grasps at a new life. A childlike German mercenary, fighting for the British during the American Revolution, is pressured into using rape as a weapon. Two prospectors in the Yukon Gold Rush bed down together to survive a bitter winter. These are just some of the wanderers who populate Emma Donoghue’s fascinating new collection of stories…. read more

John Cheever Turns 100

In his personal essay, “John Cheever Turns 100”, Lambda Award-winning author Allan Gurganus reminisces about his time at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where John Cheever became his close friend and mentor. From his first step into Cheever’s classroom to their reunion years later in New York, Gurganus tells the story of an intimate, caring friendship—revealing… read more

Watch Emma Donoghue Talk About Her New Play 'Talk of the Town'

Fans of Emma Donoghue (Room) have a lot to be happy about this fall. Her new book Astray is being released state-side this October from Little, Brown and Company and a play she has written about the glamorous Irish-American writer Maeve Brennan is having its full premiere, as part of the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival…. read more

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2012 Book Preview

According to editors at TheMillions.com, “the remainder of this year (and the hazy beginning of next year) is shaping up to be a jackpot of literary riches.” The groundbreaking new titles happen to include works by celebrated queer writers Emma Donoghue and Colm Tóibín. Check out the whopping 76-piece list here…. read more

Reginald M. Harris Wins the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize

Do you know how to navigate your autogeography?  Reginald M. Harris does! In his forthcoming collection Autogeography, Harris explores “self” and “earth writing” in his personal life, through his culture of being an African American and his sexual identity as a gay man.  This manuscript, which was awarded the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry… read more

PEN/Faulkner Presents: Emma Donoghue and Chris Adrian

Please join PEN/Faulkner at the historic Folger Shakespeare Library on November 7 for an evening of readings highlighting the boundlessness of the imagination, featuring two of literature’s most groundbreaking authors, Emma Donoghue and Chris Adrian. The event begins at 7:30, and tickets are $15. More info below:   Emma Donoghue and Chris Adrian 7:30 PM… read more

Eileen Myles accepts Lammy from Emma Donoghue

“We all belong here.” Two rock star novelists share the stage (if only briefly). Eileen Myles accepts her Lammy from Emma Donoghue at the 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards in New York City, on May 26, 2011. Makes us wish we’d captured a photo of these two sublimely talented writers while we had the chance…. read more

'Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature' by Emma Donoghue

Lambda Literary Award Finalist How were women’s relationships depicted in plays, dramas, poetry, and novels before the 21st Century? In Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (Knopf), Emma Donoghue reveals that authors have shown “desire between women” as accidental, mildly erotic, predatory, thoughtful, and, of course, lusty and lesbian. Both male and female authors of… read more

Emma Donoghue's 'Endless Immersion'

From Shakespeare to Sarah Waters Emma Donoghue launched her writing career (after she was fired from her job as a chambermaid) at 23 with a two-book deal with Penguin. She’s since written more than a dozen books in almost as many genres, including the Man Booker finalist Room (Little, Brown), and Slammerkin (Mariner), a historical… read more

Over the Rainbow's Top 11 Books

Last night “Over the Rainbow Book List” from the American Library Association’s GLBT Round Table announced their Top 11 of 2011 books along with their inaugural list of 108 books published in 2010 and 2009. The Top 11 list includes a diverse assortment of titles (poetry, illustrated, essays, anthologies), a few LLF favorites like Lambda… read more