Alan Hollinghurst: Beauty, Love, and Literature

“I tend to write about people, who like myself to some degree, are loners by temperament, or live in their own sort of imaginative world. I think I tended to do that a fair bit actually. That has more interest to me than writing a happy love story…”

Lambda talks with Alan Hollinghurst about poetry, publishing, love, money and, of course, beauty…. read more

Ayana Mathis: The Absence of Joy

“I’m all for a good dose of literary misery, but I can’t help wonder if there aren’t additional meaningful, and dramatically potent, channels into the heart of the human experience, another way to infusion cells. What about joy?”

Writer Ayana Mathis explores the transformative power of joy in literature. … read more

'The Two Krishnas' by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla

If the point of a writer’s biographical note is to make it sound like the writer is busy, then Los Angeles-based Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla’s biography certainly does the trick. The Two Krishnas (Magnus Books)  is Dhalla’s sophomore outing… read more

In the News: Patti Smith, Lesbian Pulp Fiction and E. Patrick Johnson

Godmother of Punk Patti Smith released her memoir Just Kids to critical acclaim in 2009, winning her a National Book Award and a Lambda Award nomination. Now, the book is set to hit theaters, with screenwriter John Logan at the helm.  The memoir follows the relationship of Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, who came out as… read more

‘Love Drugged’ by James Klise

Lambda Literary Award Finalist If you could change who you are, would you? Should you? This is both the tag line and the central theme to James Klise’s debut novel, Love Drugged (Flux). The story follows fifteen year old Jamie Bates, a high school student who is desperate to conceal his biggest secret – that… read more

'The Empty Family' by Colm Tóibín

It should come as no surprise that Colm Tóibín admires Henry James; Tóibín, after all, wrote a novelization of James’ life, The Master. Most of the stories in Tóibín’s newest collection, The Empty Family (Scribner), share a stylistic heritage with James: a careful, almost classical style that eschews linguistic pyrotechnics in favor of a moment-by-moment… read more

Queering the Literary Canon: Vicente de la Rosa, the Dress Thief in 'Don Quixote'

Don Quixote, one of the greatest works of world literature, has been the object of academic studies since the inception of Queer Theory in the critical apparatus. The well-known possibility of Miguel de Cervantes’ homosexuality, the main character’s relationship with his male companion and his idealization of the impossible and inexistent heterosexual love, and other… read more

16th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Anthologies/Fiction WINNER: Pulp Friction edited by Michael Bronski (St. Martin’s) All I Want for Christmas by Jon Jeffrey, Chris, Kenry, William J. Mann, and Ben Tyler (Kenisington) Best Lesbian Love Stories 2003 edited by Angela Brown (Alyson) M2M edited by Karl Woelz (AttaGirl) Telling Moments edited by Lydia Hall (University of Wisconsin) Anthologies/Nonfiction WINNER: Queer… read more