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Cultural exchange: S.W. Leicher's 'Acts of Atonement'

Cultural exchange: S.W. Leicher's 'Acts of Atonement'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 12, 2022

S.W. Leicher's second novel, "Acts of Atonement," picks up where her debut, 2018's "Acts of Assumption," left off, featuring Serach and Paloma, two women from disparate cultural backgrounds who embark upon a loving lesbian relationship against all odds.

Zain Khalid's novel "Brother Alive" is bracing magical realism

Zain Khalid's novel "Brother Alive" is bracing magical realism

  • by Timothy Pfaff
  • Jul 12, 2022

"Uncategorizable" is the flavor of the month in gay literary fiction. Even in as genre-free a landscape as that, Zain Khalid's much-anticipated first novel, "Brother Alive," stakes out new territory.

Sea change: Julia Armfield's 'Our Wives Under the Sea'

Sea change: Julia Armfield's 'Our Wives Under the Sea'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 5, 2022

Julia Armfield explores a watery metamorphosis from the deep murky depths in her debut novel involving a lesbian married couple whose longtime relationship buckles beneath the weight of one partner's eventual mental and physical disfigurement.

C. Russell Price's 'Apocalypse Poems'

C. Russell Price's 'Apocalypse Poems'

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Jul 5, 2022

Appalachian genderqueer punk writer C. Russell Price's first full-length poetry collection imagines a world of broken objects, clouds infused with black smoke and rivers that drain blood out to a far southern tributary.

Randy Rainbow's 'Playing With Myself'

Randy Rainbow's 'Playing With Myself'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 5, 2022

Randy Rainbow, comedian and singer, best known for his YouTube video spoof interviews and parodies of right-wing political figures that have become viral social media sensations with millions of views, now tells all in his new memoir.

Shola von Reinhold's 'Lote' - a literary tour de force

Shola von Reinhold's 'Lote' - a literary tour de force

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jul 5, 2022

In author Shola von Reinhold's first book, "Lote," which is a tour de force, the luscious, textured writing is astonishingly good.

'Smahtguy' - Eric Orner's new book about Barney Frank

'Smahtguy' - Eric Orner's new book about Barney Frank

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 28, 2022

Fans of Eric Orner's popular syndicated comic, "The Mostly Unfabulous Life of Ethan Green" will be happy to know that after several years of work, Orner's new book is out, a graphic novel based on the life of his former boss, Barney Frank.

Andrew Holleran's postcard from Florida

Andrew Holleran's postcard from Florida

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 28, 2022

Andrew Holleran's new novel, the Florida-set 'The Kingdom of Sand,' is a welcome addition to his canon of gay novels, going back to the classic 'Dancer From the Dance.'

Out in the Bay: In 'Spell Heaven,' peers on the pier find connection

Out in the Bay: In 'Spell Heaven,' peers on the pier find connection

  • by Eric Jansen
  • Jun 23, 2022

How do we find human connection and meaning in an increasingly isolated world? Author and poet Toni Mirosevich found peers on the Pacifica pier.

Nonbinary author has 'most banned' book in US

Nonbinary author has 'most banned' book in US

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 22, 2022

Maia Kobabe has the distinction of having written the most banned book in America, according to the American Library Association and PEN America, the writers' advocacy group Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists.

Richard Labonté remembered

Richard Labonté remembered

  • by Jerry Wheeler
  • Jun 21, 2022

Since the March 20 passing of Richard Labonté, who once managed the LGBTQ bookstore A Different Light in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, friends, authors and colleagues offered tributes to the beloved figure in the publishing world.

Cookie Mueller's posthumous prose

Cookie Mueller's posthumous prose

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Jun 21, 2022

"Walking through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black" by the late Cookie Mueller is the newly-expanded reissue of the original 1993 Semiotext(e) compilation of writings by the multi-talent known mostly for roles in early John Waters films.

Julio Torres: gay writer and actor on 'Vase' value

Julio Torres: gay writer and actor on 'Vase' value

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 21, 2022

Gay writer and actor Julio Torres, known for the 'Saturday Night Live' writing and deadpan stand-up style, has published a funny new children's book about a toilet plunger with hopes and dreams.

Summer Books Round-Up III

Summer Books Round-Up III

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 21, 2022

In our third and final installment of the Bay Area Reporter's Summer Books Series, we spotlight some amazing fiction, a new book about a trans youth's journey through grade school, and a sartorial exploration of the concept of the "Daddy."