GunnShots: Celebrating Great Gay Mysteries

“These are my candidates for the ten best gay mystery series and the ten best standalones. In looking back over them, one thing strikes me forcefully: all my choices share one or both of two things in common: a commitment on the sleuth’s part to something greater than his ego and a representation of the process of his self-actualization.”… read more

Saints & Sinners 2011 Short Fiction Contest Winners Announced

“Fishwives” by Sally Bellerose is the winner of the 2011 Saints & Sinners Short Fiction Contest chosen by guest judge, John Berendt (author of the LLA-winning novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). Two runners-up include Felice Picano (“Everyone Has a Shazam!”) and our very own John Morgan Wilson for his story, “The… read more

Book Buzz: October 2010

The unrelated September suicides in the U.S. of at least three boys—aged 13 to 15, which are all linked to anti-gay bullying at school—adds special importance to Stuart Biegel’s The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools (University of Minnesota Press). Stuart recently appeared on CNN Newsroom with others to… read more

Book Buzz: Summer Must Reads

Book Buzz asked its regular contributors to share their “must read” book this summer and tell us why it’s at the top of their list. Here’s what we got…. read more

Who Reviews the Reviewers?

A few years ago, I was on a panel of authors venting about book critics. There was no shortage of examples of slapdash reviews rife with inaccurate plot and character descriptions, sloppy or unstylish writing, mean-spirited reviews written with a personal agenda, even reviews that got the author’s name or book title wrong. It was… read more

Michael Kearns: The Activist, The Artist

“I write to keep from going completely insane. First and foremost, I wanted The Drama of AIDS to be a testament to Robert Chesley and James Carroll Pickett. For whatever reason, I’ve stayed alive and they died tragically young. It felt like my responsibility to chart the amazing endurance of these two significant pieces of theatre (I refuse to call them “gay plays”).”… read more

'Spider Season' by John Morgan Wilson

The eighth in the Benjamin Justice series is a page-turner, but I finished the novel vaguely unsatisfied. The first five books in the series, Blind Eye in particular, rank among my favorite all-time mysteries. (Three large chunks from the first book, Simple Justice, introduced as excerpts from Ben’s newly published autobiography, recalled for me the… read more