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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.

Lionizing lying

Lionizing lying

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 25, 2020

Two misfortunes, one likely unforeseen, attend the publication of Peter Kispert's new short story collection "I Know You Know Who I Am" (Penguin).

Colors in a Japanese rainbow

Colors in a Japanese rainbow

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Feb 25, 2020

Japanese manga artist Gengoroh Tagame is well-known for his intricate drawings of men tied up in various forms of Japanese-style bondage and rope play.

Fear of a trans planet

Fear of a trans planet

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Feb 25, 2020

"An Apartment on Uranus: Chronicles of the Crossing," by Paul B. Preciado, was translated by Charlotte Mandell.

Games people play: short excerpts

Games people play: short excerpts

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Feb 11, 2020

We don't always get to read all the review copies of books that pile up on the Arts Desk. But here are a few representative passages from some new offerings that we have enjoyed.

Rough Hough

Rough Hough

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 11, 2020

Writing deeply informed reflections about classical music in language that engages the non-specialist, Stephen Hough's pieces are collected in "Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More" (FS&G).

Monsters among us

Monsters among us

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Feb 11, 2020

"Pet," Nigerian-born author Akwaeke Emezi's creatively exceptional sophomore effort and a finalist for a National Book Award, reflects a daring and surprising move to Young Adult territory.

Bottoms up: gay poets go there

Bottoms up: gay poets go there

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 4, 2020

When I read about Malcolm Tariq's new poetry collection "Heed the Hollow" (Graywolf Press), with three poems entitled "Malcolm Tariq's Black Bottom," I was there.

Rocket Man opens up

Rocket Man opens up

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Feb 4, 2020

Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Penner, England, the only child of abusive parents.

10th annual readers' poll starts

10th annual readers' poll starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 29, 2020

This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.

Waking dreams of Jean Genet

Waking dreams of Jean Genet

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Jan 28, 2020

The first appearance of the essay that shares this book's title, "The Criminal Child," is a rare work; the eight essays in this new collection were selected from Genet's finest essays and reflect the mind of a man deeply affected by early life.

Missing man

Missing man

  • by David Lamble
  • Jan 14, 2020

The publication of "Have You Seen This Man? The Castro Poems of Karl Tierney" re-introduces the long-silenced voice of a local writer.

What ho, gentle reader?

What ho, gentle reader?

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 14, 2020

A new "Jeeves" novel is always an event in Out There's reading life, even if it's not one written by P.G. Wodehouse.

Winter 2020 reading list

Winter 2020 reading list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 14, 2020

It doesn't matter if you have perfect vision or if you need to slip on a pair of reading glasses, the following books to be released in early 2020 deserve to have your eyes on them.