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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.

'Upon This Rock' - David Eugene Perry's gay noir novel

'Upon This Rock' - David Eugene Perry's gay noir novel

  • by Will Snyder
  • Aug 4, 2020

Church history, scandals and hypocrisy and international intrigue set in San Francisco and Italy make the author's debut novel an interesting read.

'Written in Invisible Ink:' Hervé Guibert's posthumous publication

'Written in Invisible Ink:' Hervé Guibert's posthumous publication

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Jul 27, 2020

The incurable hotness of French Author Hervé Guibert owes nothing to the timely and shattering content of his mind and the publication of a most original work, 'Written in Invisible Ink,' published decades after his death from AIDS in 1991.

Read me: 2020 Pride all-summer-long reading list

Read me: 2020 Pride all-summer-long reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 14, 2020

Whether you sat out the Pride season by keeping your observances at a social distance or you took to the streets in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, having reading materials on hand to augment the celebration is always a good idea.

Homecoming queen: Carter Sickels' 'The Prettiest Star'

Homecoming queen: Carter Sickels' 'The Prettiest Star'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 7, 2020

The premise of Carter Sickels' novel 'The Prettiest Star' is one that is very much based on the kind of real circumstances many gay men grappled with in the AIDS years of the 1980s.

Eric Himan offers song tribute to the 'Local Gay Bookstore'

Eric Himan offers song tribute to the 'Local Gay Bookstore'

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 30, 2020

In one of the more creative stay-at-home projects, gay singer-songwriter Eric Himan offers a sweet tribute to the collective history of our "Local Gay Bookstore."

'Swimming in the Dark'; a balanced, ideally paced novel

'Swimming in the Dark'; a balanced, ideally paced novel

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jun 30, 2020

Tomasz Jedrowski's debut novel 'Swimming in the Dark' tells a time-honored story, gay first love, in a setting that has become all but expected in gay literary fiction: Eastern Europe under the dark clouds of political oppression.

Meet the two Tims: SF Gay Men's Chorus director's memoir

Meet the two Tims: SF Gay Men's Chorus director's memoir

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 30, 2020

In his memoir 'A Tale of Two Tims: Big Ol' Baptist, Big Ol' Gay, Tim Seelig shares the story of his incredible life, from his roots among devout Southern Baptists, to his work with what is perhaps the most famous gay chorus in the world.

Dash, gay noir graphic novel's fundraiser

Dash, gay noir graphic novel's fundraiser

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 29, 2020

We love comics, specifically gay ones. So when Northwest Press announced its fundraiser for a new graphic novel, we had to spread the news.

Memory's River: vibrant pre-AIDS history revealed in Mark Abramson's 'River Days, River Nights'

Memory's River: vibrant pre-AIDS history revealed in Mark Abramson's 'River Days, River Nights'

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jun 23, 2020

The town of Guerneville and the Russian River area are lovingly portrayed in Mark Abramson's latest, 'River Days, River Nights.' The memoir covers the period from 1976 through 1984, an era of considerable change for the region.

The father of Hi-NRG: Patrick Cowley's illustrated diary recounts the music innovator's short, shining, sexual life

The father of Hi-NRG: Patrick Cowley's illustrated diary recounts the music innovator's short, shining, sexual life

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Jun 23, 2020

As the main creator of the Hi-NRG music genre, Patrick Cowley briefly thrived on the dance music charts with originality and ferocity. Cowley's posthumously published diaries document his short life in 1970s gay dance and music scene.

Larry Kramer's legacy: Author, playwright, ACT-UP cofounder

Larry Kramer's legacy: Author, playwright, ACT-UP cofounder

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 23, 2020

Not only did Larry Kramer's writings and protests save millions of lives by shifting national health policy on AIDS, enabling effective treatment to reach PWAs, but his literary works mark a pivotal time in American gay lives.

Frank Kameny's cause: Eric Cervini's 'The Deviant's War' traces early gay history

Frank Kameny's cause: Eric Cervini's 'The Deviant's War' traces early gay history

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jun 23, 2020

It's rare that a non-fiction book as richly detailed as 'The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America' (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) moves along at the brisk clip of Eric Cervini's new account of Frank Kameny's pre-Stonewall activism.