'Toss and Whirl and Pass' by Shawn Stewart Ruff

Shawn Stewart Ruff’s first novel, Finlater, immersed readers in the world of 1970’s Midwestern adolescents. In Toss and Whirl and Pass (Quote Editions), he explores the beleaguered lives of adult artists in post-9/11 Manhattan. HIV-positive African-American writer Yale Battle struggles with meth addiction, a dying cat, and the memories of his rocky long-term relationship with… read more

10 LGBT Teen Novels that Tackle Teen Suicide & Bullying

In September, the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi was a tragic close to a shocking month of gay teens taking their own lives. Clementi’s dormmate secretly recorded the teen having sex with another man, sent out messages on Twitter and broadcast it across the Internet. Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge…. read more

‘Finlater’ by Shawn Stewart Ruff

Lambda Literary Award Winner A coming-of-age story and tale of first love set in early 1970s Cincinnati, Shawn Stewart Ruff’s beautiful, LLA-winning debut novel Finlater (Quote Editions) is narrated by 13-year-old African-American Cliffy Douglas. Living in the Findlater Gardens housing project with his mother and two brothers, the novel opens with the return of his… read more