'Licking the Spoon' by Candace Walsh

Food is, of course, the perfect metaphor for Walsh’s life: through much stumbling, there is a persistent desire to find the right dish, the perfect spice, the ingredient that brings it all together…. read more

Chana Wilson: The Power and Fury of the Past

“…In Greenwich Village, we’d go dancing in lesbian bars, to raucous dyke parties heavy with pot smoke, and to poetry and music events at the women’s coffee house.”

Chana Wilson and her mother were both rescued from the claustrophobic 50s by the Second-wave feminist movement of the 70s. In Wilson’s Riding Fury Home (Seal Press), she writes an inspired account of how the burgeoning revolution directly and radically changed her and her mother’s lives…. read more

Cliterotica: Summer 2012

It’s that time again, folks: Here’s your quarterly lesbian erotica review roundup, brought to you by the letter Q and Lambda Literary Foundation. Here are some of the best of the best. I’m sure you’ll find something to keep you occupied over the hot summer…. read more

'Riding Fury Home' by Chana Wilson

Spanning the breadth of her parents’ tumultuous relationship and ending with the aftermath of her mother’s death, author, therapist, and drum-beater Chana Wilson’s memoir, Riding Fury Home (Seal Press), relates her own—and her mother, Gloria’s—intertwined stories of sexism, homophobia, and liberation…. read more

Susie Bright: Mapping the Erotic and the Revolutionary

“I look in the paper and see how feminism is discussed in either this really elitist dilettante sectarian way, or now the Christian fanatics are into it. I can’t help but think about the time when radical feminists started making allegiances with Evangelicals and the damage done because of that…” Susie Bright, writer, teacher, performer,… read more

'Girl in Need of a Tourniquet' by Merri Lisa Johnson

Though many of the best literary voices, queer or otherwise, have grappled with mental illness at one point or another, the experience remains cloaked in profound silence and shame. With that in mind, I was quite excited about Merri Lisa Johnson’s Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality (Seal Press), as… read more

New in February UPDATED

“Make It Be Spring!” Here’s a list of new LGBT-relevant books to help us cope with the impending winter storms. From Homo Thugs to Shakesqueer, we’ve got it all. Kelley Eskridge‘s acclaimed novel, Solitaire (Small Beer), was reissued late last month and we hope to bring you a Q&A soon. Reality TV-show star Tabatha Coffey has… read more

23 Highly Anticipated* Books of 2011

AWP 2011 was abuzz with old friends and new friends alike. In between the lectures, panels, readings, and receptions we compiled this list of new and forthcoming books that authors, publishers, editors and readers are already buzzing about. What books are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments section below…. read more

The Bisexual Best Friend: Gift Guide

Some of the most exciting books this year also feature bisexual themes. From the mythical Alcestis to homeless kids in San Francisco’s Castro, here are six titles to consider…. read more