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Winter's tales; new books part 2

Winter's tales; new books part 2

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 31, 2023

Continuing on our Winter Books picks, here comes part two, which contains even more provocative reading material than the first group. Enjoy tales of thrillingly engrossing wartime queer love, conversion camp survival, and speculative foreign lands.

Brittney Griner's drama in a comic: basketball star's life told visually

Brittney Griner's drama in a comic: basketball star's life told visually

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jan 24, 2023

Brittney Griner's inspirational life story has now been immortalized in a new comic book published by TidalWave Comics, "Female Force: Brittney Griner."

Winter's tales: new and upcoming LGBTQ books, part 1

Winter's tales: new and upcoming LGBTQ books, part 1

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 17, 2023

Book lovers have so many reasons to be excited as it is already promising to be another stellar year for queer literature. Presented here are just a few examples of the amazing literary delights at —or coming soon to— a bookstore near you.

Author Silas House's 'Lark Ascending'

Author Silas House's 'Lark Ascending'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 10, 2023

Silas House's newest novel "Lark Ascending" (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2022), is a dystopian (and queer) tale of survival against all odds. He discussed his latest and recent award-winning novels.

Sabrina Imbler's 'How Far the Light Reaches'

Sabrina Imbler's 'How Far the Light Reaches'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jan 3, 2023

Sabrina Imbler's new book, "How Far the Light Reaches," has a conventional publisher, Little, Brown. But word has it that a major source of the book's distribution is friends giving it to friends, as something singular and precious.

Dustin Brookshire's Dolly Parton poetry anthology

Dustin Brookshire's Dolly Parton poetry anthology

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 3, 2023

If 54 emerging and established poets found it fit to write about Saint Dolly, the unofficial Patron Saint of Tennessee, there may be no greater seal of approval, other than, say, being a 2022 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Michael J. Lato's 'Refugee Handbook' - a real-life international love story

Michael J. Lato's 'Refugee Handbook' - a real-life international love story

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Dec 27, 2022

Michael J. Lato's first book shares the remarkable love story of a male couple and offers us a window into a world few of us will ever get to see for ourselves.

Ty Hunter: fashion guru pens autobiography

Ty Hunter: fashion guru pens autobiography

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Dec 20, 2022

The fashion and lifestyle book of the season has emerged. Mr. Ty Hunter has decided to grace the planet with "The Makeover From Within: Lessons in Hardship, Acceptance, and Self-Discovery," an autobiography that's also about style and aesthetics.

Starr-gazing - 'Remember Me, Vicki Starr: The Visual History of a Trans Renegade' uncovers an unknown history

Starr-gazing - 'Remember Me, Vicki Starr: The Visual History of a Trans Renegade' uncovers an unknown history

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Dec 13, 2022

The 2021 photography book "Remember Me, Vicki Starr: The Visual History of a Trans Renegade" by Albert Tanquero and Lewis Rawlinson definitively answers the question of whether LGBT performers worked in historic North Beach nightclubs.

Taylor Brorby's 'Boys & Oil' - growing up gay in the heartland

Taylor Brorby's 'Boys & Oil' - growing up gay in the heartland

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Dec 13, 2022

Readers of "Boys & Oil" will relish his lyrical prose and brilliant descriptions of the land. Furthermore, he delves into the type of closed masculinity that develops in such extreme topography.

Sara Thankam Mathews' 'All This Could Be Different'

Sara Thankam Mathews' 'All This Could Be Different'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 6, 2022

In what could be taken as her philosophy of fiction, Sara Thankam Mathews has produced a debut novel, "All This Could Be Different." Mathews controls large block of prose with a clear, involving plot and characters that make strong impressions.

YA Winter Books Round-Up

YA Winter Books Round-Up

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 6, 2022

If you're a reader who loves to become lost in a good book and enjoys books featuring younger queer characters, this listing of new and upcoming fiction might be just what you're looking for.

Fight the power: Ron Goldberg's 'Boy With the Bullhorn'

Fight the power: Ron Goldberg's 'Boy With the Bullhorn'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Nov 26, 2022

In this new memoir, activist Ron Goldberg candidly and dramatically shares his experiences on the front lines of the ACT UP AIDS protest movements in New York City three and a half decades ago.

Manuel Muñoz's short story collection "The Consequences"

Manuel Muñoz's short story collection "The Consequences"

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 22, 2022

Migrant Valley, one of America's most hidden regions —though it's right there at the side of the highway for anyone to see— is vividly portrayed in Manuel Muñoz's new short story collection "The Consequences" (Graywolf Press).