Book Lovers: Charm School

Best Gay Romance 2011, edited by Richard Labonté (Cleis Press) should become the textbook for gay romance fiction.  Labonté has collected a broad range of romance tropes, from coming-out tale to ghost story, written by a top-notch group of international romance writers. These stories are truly some of the best, romance or not.  You’ll finish… read more

Reactions to A Different Light Closing

This week we learned about the apparent closing of A Different Light bookstore in SF. ” According to The Bay Citizen “Neighborhood chatter is that doors will close for good this spring.” The comments section of the piece includes reactions from Lammy Award winner, Michael Thomas Ford, who notes the closing was inevitable “given the impact… read more

Record-Breaking Submissions: 2010 Lambda Literary Awards

More Trans & Bi Books. Fewer Gay Romance & Lesbian Erotica. For the Lambda Literary Awards, 2010 will be the year of a couple of records: more books nominated than ever before—509 as of Dec. 31, with a few still trickling in—and, for the first time, enough titles submitted in Transgender and Bisexual that both… read more

'Muscle Men' & 'Biker Boys'

I consider Richard Labonté the Dean of gay pornography.  I met him years ago at A Different Lights Books, which he managed when it had books of substance and was the place our community met to plan the next demonstration.  Sadly, the store now is another of the rainbow five-and-dimes on Castro Street with glossy photographs… read more

NLA-I Writing Awards Winners Announced

The National Leather Association: International (NLA-I), announced the winners of its annual awards for excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing earlier this spring. The winners and honorable mentions include a few friends of Lambda including Cecilia Tan and Jeff Mann, among others…. read more

'The Low Road' and 'I Like it Like That'

In my last column I reviewed Rough Trade, edited by Todd Gregory. That book and the two reviewed here were finalists for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards. The Low Road by James Lear is a seventeenth-century adventure set in a Scotland worthy of Rob Roy with a hard on.  Young Charles has lost his father… read more

Interview: Richard Labonté

One night, I spotted a story list on the day city editor’s overnight spike about a series on gay life in Ottawa – the orgiastic baths, the salacious parks, the feverish sex, the nightmare of exposure… nothing positive. So I proposed a first-person piece about how good gay life could be, and had been for me, as a balance. …For a long time after teens and young adults were “coming out” to me on the streets and in letters sent to me at the paper…. read more