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Alvin Orloff's 'Vulgarian Rhapsody'

Alvin Orloff's 'Vulgarian Rhapsody'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Oct 10, 2023

Alvin Orloff knows good books. And he's written one, too, with his fourth novel about a group of queer San Francisco residents who feel the pinch of the dot-com boom in the late 1990s.

Justin Torres' brilliant new novel, 'Blackouts'

Justin Torres' brilliant new novel, 'Blackouts'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 8, 2023

Justin Torres deploys fluid, engaging writing throughout his new novel, "Blackouts," that's far from frivolous but not shy of hilarity when warranted. In a way all its own, it's a consistent pleasure to read.

Mimi Tempestt: queer poet's 'The Delicacy of Embracing Spirals'

Mimi Tempestt: queer poet's 'The Delicacy of Embracing Spirals'

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Oct 3, 2023

The new groundbreaking poetry collection "The Delicacy of Embracing Spirals," Mimi Tempestt's second book, is being released October 3 by City Lights Books. Since 2017, she has been an integral part of the Bay Area poetry scene.

Charles Busch's campy, candid memoir, 'Leading Lady'

Charles Busch's campy, candid memoir, 'Leading Lady'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Oct 3, 2023

Candid and often dishy storytelling permeates Charles Busch's "Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy." Theater fans, celebrity followers, performance buffs, LGBTQ readers, and everyone else in between will relish it.

Julie Marie Wade - 'Otherwise' author on writing, life and love

Julie Marie Wade - 'Otherwise' author on writing, life and love

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 26, 2023

Award-winning lesbian writer and educator Julie Marie Wade lights up every room she enters. Her joyful spirit qualifies her as the Mary Tyler Moore of literature.

Fabulosa to host banned books reading marathon

Fabulosa to host banned books reading marathon

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 26, 2023

Books with LGBTQ themes are under attack while anti-gay harassment is spiking nationwide. To counter the book bans, Castro district Fabulosa Books has organized Read For Filth, a 24-hour celebration of queer literature, on October 7-8.

B.A.R.'s Bestie balloting begins

B.A.R.'s Bestie balloting begins

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 25, 2023

It's time for Bay Area Reporter readers to cast their ballots for the LGBTQ newspaper's annual Best of the Bay contest.

'Samuel Barber: His Life & Legacy' - Howard Pollack's biography of the gay composer

'Samuel Barber: His Life & Legacy' - Howard Pollack's biography of the gay composer

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Sep 25, 2023

Howard Pollack has written a comprehensive biography rich with information about composer Samuel Barber's private and professional life, his music, and his place in the canon.

NCTC's 'Before the Sword' - imagining the life of T.H. White

NCTC's 'Before the Sword' - imagining the life of T.H. White

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 19, 2023

If you've seen Disney's cheerful animated feature "The Sword in the Stone," the world premiere production of "Before the Sword" at the New Conservatory Theatre Center will deepen your appreciation of the film's source material.

Steven Rowley's 'The Celebrants'

Steven Rowley's 'The Celebrants'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 19, 2023

Billed as a "Big Chill" for our times, the lackluster "The Celebrants" is the latest fiction from the gay bestselling author Steven Rowley following his "The Editor" and "Guncle" feelgood books.

Edward Cahill's 'Disorderly Men'

Edward Cahill's 'Disorderly Men'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 17, 2023

Edward Cahill's moving, memorable debut novel does indeed deliver the "disorderly men" promised in the title. The novel is set in the 1960s and mostly takes place at a pre-Stonewall-era Greenwich Village gay bar.

Guest Opinion: Let's create more indie bookstores

Guest Opinion: Let's create more indie bookstores

  • by Ken White
  • Sep 13, 2023

When I worked at A Different Light Bookstore on Castro Street in the 1990s, it was the cultural hub of the LGBTQ neighborhood.

'P.S. Burn This Letter Please' — fascinating '50s New York drag scene told in new book

'P.S. Burn This Letter Please' — fascinating '50s New York drag scene told in new book

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Sep 12, 2023

The discovery of a series of letters addressed to someone named Reno Martin from a writer using the name Daphne talking about drag in New York in the 1950s has led to a fascinating documentary and now a book by Craig Olsen.

Autumn reads, part 3

Autumn reads, part 3

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Sep 12, 2023

With the third and final installment of our fall 2023 books roundup, while we couldn't capture all the amazing queer books publishing this season, here are even more of the novels, memoirs, and picture book titles you will certainly want to seek out.