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Kevin Winkler's 'On Bette Midler' — Author on his entertaining biography of the singer-actress

Kevin Winkler's 'On Bette Midler' — Author on his entertaining biography of the singer-actress

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 21, 2024

With his new book "On Bette Midler: An Opinionated Guide," gay writer Kevin Winkler has taken on the task of not only tracing Midler's personal chronology, but also taking an in-depth look into her performing life.

Bringing Bacon Home: collection of Francis Bacon letters shows the painter in a new light

Bringing Bacon Home: collection of Francis Bacon letters shows the painter in a new light

  • by Robert Brokl
  • May 14, 2024

Edited by critic/curator Michael Peppiatt, with a forward by novelist Colm Toibin, "Francis Bacon: A Self-Portrait in Words" arrives at a propitious moment. Bacon's paintings have set world record-breaking prices at auction.

LZ Love's 'From The Rooter to The Tooter' - a transgender life of love & music

LZ Love's 'From The Rooter to The Tooter' - a transgender life of love & music

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • May 13, 2024

"From The Rooter to The Tooter" explores the amazing life of LZ Love, her trials, tribulations, toils and snares of being a Black child raised in the 1960s and '70s in The Bay Area.

Caitlin Breedlove's 'All In: Cancer, Near Death, New Life'

Caitlin Breedlove's 'All In: Cancer, Near Death, New Life'

  • by Laura Moreno
  • May 7, 2024

Author Caitlin Breedlove's debut book, "All In: Cancer, Near Death, New Life" is the fascinating queer feminist memoir of a cancer survivor and single parent of a small child. But it is equally a memoir of grief, addiction, and spirituality.

A.E. Hines' 'Adam in the Garden' - poetic fluidity

A.E. Hines' 'Adam in the Garden' - poetic fluidity

  • by Mark William Norby
  • May 7, 2024

A.E. Hines' poetry is the opposite of labeling himself or others. His work is a true breath of fresh air in our universality. Not just our sameness but our kinship with human life, our beingness, our essence. In this, we share authentic power.

'Martyr!' - Kaveh Akbar's poetic meltdown saga

'Martyr!' - Kaveh Akbar's poetic meltdown saga

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 6, 2024

Perhaps the only way one can find purpose in life and avoid meaninglessness is to author one's own story, or so asserts Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar in his wondrous, incandescent new novel "Martyr!"

'With Love, Mommie Dearest' - new book examines the cultural phenomenon of the classic film

'With Love, Mommie Dearest' - new book examines the cultural phenomenon of the classic film

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 30, 2024

"With Love, Mommie Dearest: The Making of an Unintentional Camp Classic," tells the story of the making of, and the aftermath of the now legendary biopic in which movie queen Faye Dunaway played movie queen Joan Crawford.

Words: savoring Saints & Sinners: Gerard Cabrera on the LGBTQ literary festival

Words: savoring Saints & Sinners: Gerard Cabrera on the LGBTQ literary festival

  • by Michele Karlsberg
  • Apr 28, 2024

At the 2024 Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans, writer Gerard Cabrera had the opportunity to immerse himself in a vibrant and diverse community of writers and readers.

'Liar, Alleged' - author David Vass tells all

'Liar, Alleged' - author David Vass tells all

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 20, 2024

David Vass has lived a colorful life. Now in his 70s, he has seen and done it all. In his new memoir, "Liar, Alleged: A Tell-all: Celebrities, Sex, and all the Rest," Vass recalls his life behind the scenes in show business & growing up gay in the 1950s.

Cynthia Carr's 'Candy Darling: Dreamer, Icon, Superstar'

Cynthia Carr's 'Candy Darling: Dreamer, Icon, Superstar'

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Apr 16, 2024

Cynthia Carr's biography "Candy Darling: Dreamer, Icon, Superstar" astonishing at every turn, deeply excavates the Darling archive in order to bring a pioneering trans woman into the spotlight of 1970s New York.

National Poetry Month LGBTQ reading list

National Poetry Month LGBTQ reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 16, 2024

To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, April (aka National Poetry Month), is the queerest month. There are so many books from which to choose before April's end, here are nine selections, including books by Richard Blanco, Kim Roberts and Emanuel Xavier.

'Ahead of the Curve' - inspiring tribute to Franco Stevens and Curve Magazine

'Ahead of the Curve' - inspiring tribute to Franco Stevens and Curve Magazine

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Apr 13, 2024

The documentary film "Ahead of the Curve," directed by Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow, tells the long-awaited real-life story of Franco Stevens and her groundbreaking career as founding publisher of Curve Magazine.

Garrard Conley's remarkable debut novel, 'All the World Beside'

Garrard Conley's remarkable debut novel, 'All the World Beside'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Apr 9, 2024

Garrard Conley's debut novel, "All the World Beside," set in Puritan 18th-century America, involves a covert male love story as linear as human life, with its twists and turns, flash-forwards and flashbacks, that make it compelling.

Armen Davoudian's 'The Palace of Forty Pillars' — gay Iranian poet's collection emits new light

Armen Davoudian's 'The Palace of Forty Pillars' — gay Iranian poet's collection emits new light

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Apr 9, 2024

With "Forty Pillars," Tin House introduces the arrival of a future star in modern poetry and a gay Iranian who emigrated from Iran to America in 2018 when he was 17.