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Daley's news: Gay Olympian Tom Daley's memoir's a splash

Daley's news: Gay Olympian Tom Daley's memoir's a splash

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 2, 2021

Tom Daley's mesmerizing story in his new memoir includes his medal wins in Tokyo, at the age of 26 his fourth Olympics. But for all the candor in his story, there's little room for self-congratulation and none for self-proclaimed heroism.

Gay vampires in love

Gay vampires in love

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 26, 2021

Len Handeland's debut novel 'The Darkest Gift' is the perfect book to read on a dark and stormy night. The tale of Fabien and Laurent, two gay vampires who meet and fall in love in 18th-century Paris, is romantic and, at times, downright scary.

Monster's mash: Kevin Simmonds' poetic look at opera diva

Monster's mash: Kevin Simmonds' poetic look at opera diva

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Oct 26, 2021

Kevin Simmonds, in his short but wonderful book, 'The Monster I Am Today: Leontyne Price and A Life In Verse,' provides the reader with a poetic insight that is lyrical, loving and romantic.

Film fan family: Michael Koresky's movies & mom memoir

Film fan family: Michael Koresky's movies & mom memoir

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Oct 19, 2021

Gay film critic Michael Koresky's innovative and captivating book, 'Films of Endearment: A Mother, a Son and the '80s Films That Defined Us,' skillfully intertwines movies and the events in his and his mother Leslie's lives.

Litquake's finale & queer choices

Litquake's finale & queer choices

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 15, 2021

Wait, you haven't been enjoying Litquake's return to in-person (and online) events? There's still time to show some love for local literature, tonight through October 23.

Superman's son's bisexual in new DC comic series

Superman's son's bisexual in new DC comic series

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 12, 2021

The son of Superman comes out as bisexual in the fifth edition of the DC comic series 'Superman: Son Of Kal-El.' The announcement came on October 11, National Coming Out Day.

Pajtim Statovci's 'Bolla'- Depredations of love and war

Pajtim Statovci's 'Bolla'- Depredations of love and war

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 12, 2021

Pajtim Statovci's unlikely success with his first three novels may have had more to do with their subjects' being au courante than with the author's staggering literary genius. In his latest, he adds the depredations of love and war.

50 years in 50 weeks: 1997 got booked

50 years in 50 weeks: 1997 got booked

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 6, 2021

Back in the mid-1990s, every author —and their eager publicists— knew the value of a good or even bad review in the 'Bay Area Reporter.' One deserved standout was the work of Scott Heim.

Cassandra Peterson: Elvira star's coming-out memoir

Cassandra Peterson: Elvira star's coming-out memoir

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Oct 5, 2021

In her new memoir, actress Cassandra Peterson reveals the fascinating aspects of her private life, including her career as the more-sexy-than-scary Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and a 19-year relationship with a woman.

Surge: Ben Whishaw's unhinged drama

Surge: Ben Whishaw's unhinged drama

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 5, 2021

In Aneil Karia's deeply disturbing 'Surge,' out actor Whishaw delivers a devastating performance as a man descending into madness. Calling it difficult to watch is an understatement.

Erotic Avenue: Mark I. Chester's 'Street Sex Photos'

Erotic Avenue: Mark I. Chester's 'Street Sex Photos'

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 21, 2021

For anyone who misses having sex in a back alley, parking lot, or atop a bulldozer, the new hardcover book of photos by veteran photographer Mark I. Chester makes a perfect gift for Folsom time.

Larry Townsend: celebrating the man behind 'The Leatherman's Handbook'

Larry Townsend: celebrating the man behind 'The Leatherman's Handbook'

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Sep 21, 2021

Being Folsom Week, we dive into the early roots of leather culture, specifically in California. 'The Life and Times of Larry Townsend: Saluting the 50th Anniversary of The Leatherman's Handbook,' by Jack Fritscher, is a festive romp.

Sex and sensibility: Alexander Cheves' 'My Love is a Beast: Confessions'

Sex and sensibility: Alexander Cheves' 'My Love is a Beast: Confessions'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 20, 2021

In this commanding, in-your-face debut memoir by Alexander Cheves, the author lays bare the "sins" of his past but he rightfully refuses to atone for them. Instead, a libidinous celebration of sorts takes place within these pages.

The Truman Show: 'The Capote Tapes' reveals the writer's lost legacy

The Truman Show: 'The Capote Tapes' reveals the writer's lost legacy

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 14, 2021

The new documentary about Truman Capote largely succeeds in telling the never-heard-before true story behind the headlines and gossip about a gay writer who paid a tremendous price for his gift.