'Best Gay Stories 2011' edited by Peter Dubé

Collections such as this also invariably bring up the question, “What is a ‘gay story,’ anyway?” Is it simply a story that a gay person has written? Something that features gay characters prominently? How much focus needs to be on the uniqueness of gay life, or can the protagonist be someone who “just happens to be gay?” Does the author have to be gay—or male—to do it justice?… read more

2010 in Review: Best Book Covers

Judge a Book by its Cover? In a world saturated by visual noise, the book cover is perhaps the single most important piece of marketing collateral worth investing in. At cover meetings editors, art directors, and sales VP’s fawn over fonts, discuss paper choices, embossing, image rights, and foil stamping. Authors rarely have final say,… read more

'Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories' by Sandra McDonald

Consider these three words when reading Sandra McDonald’s Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories “wait for it.” Like her titular character, Diana Comet, McDonald’s collection is far more than it appears.  What at first blush resembles a collection of loosely connected stories with curious climaxes and sideways references soon resolves into a much larger image of… read more

New LGBT Books for June

UPDATED: LGBT Pride Month brings with it a whole host of new books, including memoirs by a gay icon, John Waters, and a not-so-gay icon, Christopher Hitchens, who nevertheless candidly explains exactly what went on at night in his all-boys boarding school in Cambridge. Hitchens’s book, Hitch-22, though not as queer-centric as most of these… read more