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Gerard Cabrera: gay author discusses his novel, 'Homo Novus'

Gerard Cabrera: gay author discusses his novel, 'Homo Novus'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 11, 2022

In his debut novel, 'Homo Novus,' gay writer Gerard Cabrera takes us back to the late 1980s, a time when AIDS was still a death sentence and the pedophile priest scandal that shook the foundation of the Catholic Church.

'Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern' - novelist Rita Zoey Chin's inspiring tale

'Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern' - novelist Rita Zoey Chin's inspiring tale

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Oct 11, 2022

Chin's truly luminous writing delivers the unexpected at every turn. The themes of the story are derived from her own childhood and are recounted with plenty of suspense, culminating with a dramatic yet hopeful ending.

Len Handeland's 'Tales From the Chair'

Len Handeland's 'Tales From the Chair'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 11, 2022

If you're looking for some light, fun reading, look no further than "Tales From the Chair: Adventures and Sordid Tales From my Life" in the Hair Business" by Len Handeland.

Fall books roundup 4: memoirs & non-fiction

Fall books roundup 4: memoirs & non-fiction

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Oct 4, 2022

In a concluding section to our Fall books roundup, we present several new and upcoming memoir and nonfiction titles of note; shocking and surprising autobiographies, from notorious whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and Hilton Als' Prince obsession.

Julian Aguon's 'No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies'

Julian Aguon's 'No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies'

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Oct 4, 2022

"No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies" by queer Indigenous writer and human rights lawyer Julian Aguon, is part memoir and part manifesto, focusing on environmental and political strife for the colonized people of Guam.

Lars Horn's 'Voice of the Fish' - exploring the trans experience

Lars Horn's 'Voice of the Fish' - exploring the trans experience

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Sep 27, 2022

A collage of essay, travelogue, history, meditation, and aphorism, Lars Horn's book is packaged —as is so much writing now— as a memoir.

Kraven Comics: Fernando Velez' LGBTQ Superheroes

Kraven Comics: Fernando Velez' LGBTQ Superheroes

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 20, 2022

The pages of Kraven Comics appear on the surface to be like any other superhero comic book. But the brainchild of artist and publisher Fernando Velez is a comic book by and for LGBTQ people, with diverse queer characters.

Fall fiction faves, part 3

Fall fiction faves, part 3

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 20, 2022

Here comes the third installment of our Fall book roundup featuring dynamic fiction from Meg Howrey, Courtney Summers, and RM Vaughan (posthumously). There's a lot to choose from. Keep those pages turning!

Henry Fry's 'First Time for Everything'

Henry Fry's 'First Time for Everything'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 13, 2022

in his debut novel, author Henry Fry discloses how queer folk pretend to be someone else as survival mechanisms and the search for authenticity can lead down some treacherous paths as they find themselves.

Cary Alan Johnson's 'Desire Lines'

Cary Alan Johnson's 'Desire Lines'

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Sep 13, 2022

This novel sets one back, not just in time and place, but in its stunning honesty. Cary Alan Johnson's serious and romantic novel tells of life in New York City during the time when HIV/AIDS was ravaging the LGBTQ community.

Get Lit: Fall Arts books, part 2

Get Lit: Fall Arts books, part 2

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 6, 2022

The second part of our Fall books roundup will give you an idea of what is coming to bookstores in the next several months. Highlights include a drag star's memoir, a horror film anthology, and a novel set in ACT UP New York's community.

Word for word: Fall Arts books, part 1

Word for word: Fall Arts books, part 1

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Aug 30, 2022

As the seasons change, new books rush in and readers become enthralled at who's writing, what's new, and which trending (or non-trending) subject matter authors are focusing on.

Unlocked legacy: Jim Van Buskirk reveals family history

Unlocked legacy: Jim Van Buskirk reveals family history

  • by Patrick Hoctel
  • Aug 30, 2022

Author, historian and librarian Jim Van Buskirk presents the unique story of his grandmother's forgotten singing career at the Jewish Community Center.

Black like him: Rasheed Newson's 'My Government Means to Kill Me'

Black like him: Rasheed Newson's 'My Government Means to Kill Me'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 23, 2022

Rasheed Newson's debut novel, "My Government Means to Kill Me" is not the only noteworthy gay novel with footnotes, but still, they do make themselves known, and provide background on actual history and real historical people.