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Paradise in Provincetown - 'Later' by Paul Lisicky (Graywolf Press)

Paradise in Provincetown - 'Later' by Paul Lisicky (Graywolf Press)

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Apr 28, 2020

Acclaimed fiction writer and memoirist Paul Lisicky puts his heart on the page in a new memoir chronicling his searching youth in the 1990s while living at the very tip of eastern Massachusetts: the quaint, queer-centric seaside hamlet of Provincetown.

Best Actress: The History of Oscar Winning Women

Best Actress: The History of Oscar Winning Women

  • by Matthew Kennedy
  • Apr 21, 2020

Stephen Tapert's 'Best Actress: The History of Oscar-Winning Women' (2020, Rutgers University Press, 504 pages) is a coffee table reference book featuring the seventy-five Best Actress Academy Award winners from Janet Gaynor in 1927 to Emma Stone in 2016.

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • Apr 15, 2020

San Francisco is one of 11 US cities that is fortunate to have a legacy LGBT publication by us, for us, and about us. Help preserve the BAR as an historic and important community institution for the future.

Bedazzlers: The Cockettes in Print: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy 1969-1972

Bedazzlers: The Cockettes in Print: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy 1969-1972

  • by Jason Victor Serinus
  • Apr 15, 2020

Half a century ago, a bedazzled assortment of psychedelically-influenced, collective-living, sexually experimental, and inherently theatrical gay men and straight women forever transformed the Bay Area's cultural landscape. They were The Cockettes.

In our solitude: Fenton Johnson discusses 'At the Center of Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life'

In our solitude: Fenton Johnson discusses 'At the Center of Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 15, 2020

With shelter-in-place extended till at least May 3, Fenton Johnson's new book on what it means to be solitary, whether chosen or not, befits these days of city and state-imposed isolation.

Love, frankly: Jacqueline Wilson, noted children's book author, comes out

Love, frankly: Jacqueline Wilson, noted children's book author, comes out

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Apr 7, 2020

Best-selling and world-renowned children's book author Jacqueline Wilson proves that it's never too late to come out. Wilson, 74, is the beloved and award-winning author of more than a hundred books.

Tenderloin theatrics: William T. Vollmann's 'The Lucky Star'

Tenderloin theatrics: William T. Vollmann's 'The Lucky Star'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Apr 7, 2020

As an accidental byproduct to an impossible situation, books are seeing an enormous resurgence as a necessary staple. San Francisco's dispossessed Tenderloin District culture gets its own 655-page homage with the new novel from William T. Vollmann.

Terrence McNally, acclaimed gay playwright, dies at 81

Terrence McNally, acclaimed gay playwright, dies at 81

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 27, 2020

Terrence McNally, the playwright, librettist, and screenwriter who portrayed gayness to a mainstream theater audience, died March 24th at 81, becoming one of the first celebrities to succumb to COVID-19.

Dark shadows & radiant light: Joseph Caldwell's memoir 'In the Shadow of the Bridge'

Dark shadows & radiant light: Joseph Caldwell's memoir 'In the Shadow of the Bridge'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 25, 2020

Joseph Caldwell's 'In the Shadow of the Bridge' is a heartfelt memoir about being gay in the New York City of the 1950s an '60s, as well as a remembrance of the peak years of the AIDS crisis.

Elaine Stritch, Broadway Baby: new memoir tells of the star's life on- and offstage

Elaine Stritch, Broadway Baby: new memoir tells of the star's life on- and offstage

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Mar 25, 2020

Although born in Detroit, Elaine Stritch was essentially a New Yorker. She performed on TV, film, and cabaret, but Broadway was the venue for which she is best remembered by two generations of theatre cognoscenti. She triumphed in musicals and dramas.

Lambda Lit Award finalists announced

Lambda Lit Award finalists announced

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 17, 2020

The Lambda Literary Award finalists were announced last week, ahead of the awards presentation to take place on June 8 in NYC.

Pick your poison: Larry Kramer's 'American People'

Pick your poison: Larry Kramer's 'American People'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Mar 10, 2020

"The American People, Volume 2" ebbs, flows, and in true Kramer style, overflows in grand fashion as the arrival of the AIDS epidemic is laid at the feet of an unsuspecting gay community.

Poetic imagination in small doses

Poetic imagination in small doses

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 3, 2020

Two collections of prose poems began Out There's reading week: "Tracing the Unspoken" by Slovenian poet Milan Selj, and "The Blue Absolute," a new collection of prose poems by renowned Bay Area poet Aaron Shurin.

Spring 2020 book season reading list

Spring 2020 book season reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 3, 2020

In anticipation of the change of seasons, here are some forthcoming books to add to your reading list.