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'Life' story: an interview with Branden James

'Life' story: an interview with Branden James

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 29, 2020

Branden James has enjoyed success as a gay classical crossover musician in the duo Branden & James (with his husband James Clark). But his triumphs were not without trauma, something he goes into detail about in his new memoir, 'Lyrics of My Life.'

Friday night frights: 'The Bright Lands' by John Fram

Friday night frights: 'The Bright Lands' by John Fram

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 22, 2020

Set in his home state, Texas-born writer John Fram's distinctive debut novel examines the dark occurrences circling around the small hamlet of Bentley.

B.A.R. launches memberships

B.A.R. launches memberships

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 18, 2020

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.

Literary grants, fellowships and awards update

Literary grants, fellowships and awards update

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 16, 2020

Literary arts emergency grant recipients have been announced, George Takei wins an award, and Lambda Literary's LitFest schedule is announced.

Fall forward: a reading list for early autumn

Fall forward: a reading list for early autumn

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 15, 2020

Pick from an autumnal harvest of praiseworthy books in fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Spirit in the sky: various faiths with queer-friendly aspects

Spirit in the sky: various faiths with queer-friendly aspects

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 8, 2020

The following faith-focused books written in the last year strive to help readers deal with an ambivalent, still-evolving history, but also act as resources to provide thought-provoking meaning and consolation for these erratic, precarious times.

Orange you glad I asked?- an interview with St. Sukie de la Croix

Orange you glad I asked?- an interview with St. Sukie de la Croix

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 1, 2020

Gay historian and writer St. Sukie de la Croix's new novel, 'The Orange Spong and Storytelling at the Vamp-Art Café,' returns his readers to the Bohemian neighborhood of Chicago's Towertown during the roaring `20s.

Bodies and Barriers: new anthology shines light on queer health

Bodies and Barriers: new anthology shines light on queer health

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 1, 2020

There are few topics that aren't included in the new anthology 'Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health.' Edited by Adrian Shanker, a Pennsylvania-based activist, Shanker was inspired to put the book together because of his own experiences.

Movie stars in bondage: 'Hollywood Bound's all tied up

Movie stars in bondage: 'Hollywood Bound's all tied up

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 25, 2020

'Hollywood Bound,' a coffee table book published by Reel Art Press, isn't about starstruck kids heading to Tinseltown in search of stardom. Rather, it's a picture book featuring black and white photos of movie stars either tied up or in chains.

Morris Kight's life & times: 'Humanist, Liberationist, Fantabulist' gives gay rights activist his due

Morris Kight's life & times: 'Humanist, Liberationist, Fantabulist' gives gay rights activist his due

  • by Jason Victor Serinus
  • Aug 18, 2020

Biographer Mary Ann Cherry shines the spotlight on Morris Kight (1919-2003), the L.A.-based gay rights leader who did everything possible to ensure that the spotlight shone as much on the movement as on himself.

Family affair: 'Determined To Be Dad's a dynamic debut

Family affair: 'Determined To Be Dad's a dynamic debut

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Aug 18, 2020

In this dynamic debut memoir, Steve Disselhorst passionately recounts his journey to co-parenthood and all the joys and pains involved in the process.

Begin Again:  James Baldwin's America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 13, 2020

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.'s new book about James Baldwin -and what it meant to be an African-American and gay writer- joins a shelf of books whose timings is perfect.

Armistead Maupin and Ian McKellen share an online conversation Aug. 12

Armistead Maupin and Ian McKellen share an online conversation Aug. 12

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 8, 2020

Since moving to London with his husband Chris Turner, Bay Area fans of best-selling 'Tales of the City' author Armistead Maupin have missed his local appearances. On August 12, he'll discuss his life and writing with his friend, actor Sir Ian McKellen.

Sam Harris: singer discusses the 'Substance' of his new novel

Sam Harris: singer discusses the 'Substance' of his new novel

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 5, 2020

Sam Harris certainly won't be singing in the Bay Area for the foreseeable future. But he's doubled-down as an author. His second book, 'The Substance of All Things,' was published July 1. It's a novel. And it's a knockout.