Arts & Culture :: Books

Special K

Special K

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 27, 2017

Jerry Oppenheimer flashes his laser pointer across the throne of the Kardashian dynasty and lets the glitter fall where it may in "The Kardashians: An American Drama."

Page-turners: books for holiday giving

Page-turners: books for holiday giving

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Dec 20, 2017

Unsure what to get readers on your holiday gift lists? Following are suggestions that may help you find the right tome.

The year's best LGBT nonfiction

The year's best LGBT nonfiction

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 20, 2017

The year turned into an avalanche of superb LGBT nonfiction comparable to the torrent of stand-out LGBT fiction in 2016. Much of it bent genres as well as genders.

'Call Me' Goes from Page to Screen

'Call Me' Goes from Page to Screen

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 13, 2017

The B.A.R. interviewed"Call Me By Your Name" author Andre Aciman by email.

For LGBTQ book-lovers on your gift list

For LGBTQ book-lovers on your gift list

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 13, 2017

The following recommended titles are by LGBTQ authors in the fiction, poetry and nonfiction genres.

A life in porn

A life in porn

  • by John F. Karr
  • Dec 6, 2017

Fans of the films of noted sexographer Arch Brown will pounce upon the memoir he modestly titled A Pornographer.

Voices united in joy

Voices united in joy

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 6, 2017

Julia Balen's new book is "A Queerly Joyful Noise: Choral Musicking for Social Justice."

Mapping murder

Mapping murder

  • by Steve Masover
  • Nov 29, 2017

Rania is the Palestinian detective at the beating heart of Kate Raphael's "Murder Under the Fig Tree."

Women on the verge of catastrophe

Women on the verge of catastrophe

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Nov 29, 2017

Lesbian author Carmen Maria Machado's debut story collection is "Her Body and Other Parties."

Meeting the Marchesa

Meeting the Marchesa

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Nov 21, 2017

Books are the most extraordinary things. They let you into other people's lives.

Offstage love story

Offstage love story

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 21, 2017

The life of actor Roger Rees can be said to have been a blockbuster.

John Singer Sargent's painted ladies

John Singer Sargent's painted ladies

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Nov 15, 2017

The subjects of "Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas" (Norton, $29.95) weren't protected from tragedy.

Beckoned by muses

Beckoned by muses

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 1, 2017

Behind the palest, least legible book cover of 2017 lies the year's most important release of writing by a gay man.

Focused grace

Focused grace

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Nov 1, 2017

In his latest book "Flowers & Sky," prolific local San Francisco poet Aaron Shurin has produced a slim yet potent volume.