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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.

Photo books capture NYC, SF and other Pride celebrations and protests

Photo books capture NYC, SF and other Pride celebrations and protests

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 18, 2020

Four new and recent photos books celebrate Pride's decades of parades, celebrations and protests, in photos by Alyssa Blumstein, Fred W. McDarrah, Ron Williams, and from The New York Times archives.

André Leon Talley's 'The Chiffon Trenches: a Memoir' shares the fashion guru's life by design

André Leon Talley's 'The Chiffon Trenches: a Memoir' shares the fashion guru's life by design

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Jun 16, 2020

On the heels of his record-breaking documentary, The Gospel According to Andre, André Leon Talley has published the tome, The Chiffon Trenches: a Memoir, a brave, stylish, naked look at the life and career of the grand, gluttonous eunuch of fashion.

Litquake's 'You, Me, And Everyone In Quarantine' June 16

Litquake's 'You, Me, And Everyone In Quarantine' June 16

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 16, 2020

For a bit of in-home literary inspiration, log on to the Litquake-sponsored reading, with Irene McCalphin, SevanKelee Boult, Wo Chan, Katie Fricas, Preeti Vangani, and host Baruch Porras-Hernandez.

How to be an Anti-Racist: some readings

How to be an Anti-Racist: some readings

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jun 9, 2020

There are many books to be read on race, many primers on how to be anti-racist. Here are just a few. think of it as a starter kit.

Author talk with Alvin Orloff, Beth Lisick and K.M. Soehnlein

Author talk with Alvin Orloff, Beth Lisick and K.M. Soehnlein

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 9, 2020

The San Francisco Public Library's 'On the Same Page' series presents author Alvin Orloff in a June 10 online conversation with authors Beth Lisick and K.M. Soehnlein, who'll discuss the wild Bay Area '80s and '90s and literary topics.