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Pride Booksapalooza 2024, part 2: Moving memoirs & fab nonfiction

Pride Booksapalooza 2024, part 2: Moving memoirs & fab nonfiction

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 8, 2024

Here comes the second of our Pride 2024 books roundup, where we present almost a dozen nonfiction and memoir titles guaranteed to educate you on LGBTQ issues, trans identities, sluts, former military officers, lesbian spaces, and queer folk.

Tough 'Choice' - Neel Mukherjee's rich new novel

Tough 'Choice' - Neel Mukherjee's rich new novel

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jun 4, 2024

The opening pages of Neel Mukherjee's novels have a singular staying power. Mukherjee's new three-part novel, "Choice" (Norton), has three you won't be forgetting anytime soon.

'DC Pride' annual comics issue: Queer superheroes spark the imaginations of both young and old

'DC Pride' annual comics issue: Queer superheroes spark the imaginations of both young and old

  • by Gary L. Day
  • Jun 4, 2024

Just in time for June's rainbow celebrations, DC released "DC Pride 2024," a collection of slice-of-life stories featuring many of the LGBTQ characters the company has developed over the last several years.

Pride Booksapalooza 2024, part 1: LGBTQ stories in fiction & poetry

Pride Booksapalooza 2024, part 1: LGBTQ stories in fiction & poetry

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 2, 2024

Happy Pride Month! In between the film festival offerings, the parties, the marches, the performances, and the sheer joy of celebrating our unity, inclusion, and diversity, enjoy your downtime with a new book or two.

'Fellow Travelers' — Opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon novel at Presidio Theatre

'Fellow Travelers' — Opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon novel at Presidio Theatre

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jun 1, 2024

In acknowledgment of Pride Month, Opera Parallèle and the Presidio Theatre present the West Coast premiere of "Fellow Travelers" by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce for three performances June 21—23 at the historic Presidio Theatre.

'God Made My Face' - James Baldwin tribute book honors the writer in essays and art

'God Made My Face' - James Baldwin tribute book honors the writer in essays and art

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • May 27, 2024

"God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin" is a delicious assemblage of interviews, essays and works of art by talented and learned intellectuals and artists.

Words: writer meets publisher: Elisabeth Nonas on meeting Nancy Bereano

Words: writer meets publisher: Elisabeth Nonas on meeting Nancy Bereano

  • by Michele Karlsberg
  • May 26, 2024

Elisabeth Nonas is an accomplished author whose path crossed with Nancy Bereano, a noted publisher. Although Nancy Bereano did not publish Elisabeth Nonas' works, their professional connection blossomed into a significant personal relationship.

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.

Patrick Horrigan's 'American Scholar' — A painful past, present opportunity, and an uncertain future

Patrick Horrigan's 'American Scholar' — A painful past, present opportunity, and an uncertain future

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 21, 2024

In the afterword to his novel, "American Scholar," author Patrick Horrigan notes that it was a historical coincidence that inspired him to write his book, and how his own life affair paralleled his scholarly subject.

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!"