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Castro shop sending LGBTQ books to red states

Castro shop sending LGBTQ books to red states

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 11, 2023

A Castro neighborhood bookstore is doing its part to fight homophobic and transphobic book bans by sending boxes of books with LGBTQ themes to organizations in conservative areas.

'Hi Honey, I'm Homo!' — new book traces the history of queers on sitcoms

'Hi Honey, I'm Homo!' — new book traces the history of queers on sitcoms

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 11, 2023

One might not think of "Bewitched" when talking about queer characters on sitcoms, yet that's exactly what Matt Baume does in his new book "Hi Honey, I'm Homo! Sitcoms, Specials and the Queering of American Culture."

Boze Hadleigh's 'Game Show Confidential'

Boze Hadleigh's 'Game Show Confidential'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 11, 2023

In his latest book, "Game Show Confidential: The Story of An American Obsession," prolific author Boze Hadleigh doesn't play around, pulling back the sparkly curtain to dare to reveal truths some would never consider about game shows.

Cidny Bullens: Meet the trans 'cosmic rock star'

Cidny Bullens: Meet the trans 'cosmic rock star'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 4, 2023

Cidny Bullens' story is truly one of a kind, beginning with being a backing vocalist for Sir Elton John and continuing through their 2012 transition at the age of 61 as a musician, and now the author of a revealing memoir.

Samantha Irby: 'Quietly Hostile' author on jokes, pandemic dogs and Dave Matthews

Samantha Irby: 'Quietly Hostile' author on jokes, pandemic dogs and Dave Matthews

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 4, 2023

The best part about reading a book by Lammy Award-winning queer humor essayist Samantha Irby, including her new one, "Quietly Hostile," is the way she makes you laugh out loud.

Alice Winn's 'In Memoriam' - The soldiers' tale

Alice Winn's 'In Memoriam' - The soldiers' tale

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 4, 2023

With her debut novel, "In Memoriam," screenwriter Alice Winn joins the ranks of the finest war writers this side of Homer and Heller.

The wild ride of Jinwoo Chong's 'Flux'

The wild ride of Jinwoo Chong's 'Flux'

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jul 4, 2023

Jinwoo Chong's new futuristic debut novel is like no other book you've ever read. Written in the tech thriller genre, it is a masterful example of what just may be the literature of the future.

Author Jonathan Harper on belonging

Author Jonathan Harper on belonging

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 27, 2023

Jonathan Harper is good at luring and lulling readers. In his debut novel "You Don't Belong Here," the queer writer sets the stage with protagonist Morris, a bisexual writer from the DC area, and an unexpected encounter.

Queer Reading: Book celebrates queer historical figures

Queer Reading: Book celebrates queer historical figures

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 21, 2023

As people gather this weekend for San Francisco Pride, many can't help but remember past friends, loved ones, and community leaders who have helped to make the LGBTQ community the vibrant one that is being celebrated.

Rainbow reading: Pride books round-up

Rainbow reading: Pride books round-up

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 20, 2023

To help usher everyone into the Pride spirit, here is a selection of newly-published LGBTQ books for the ultimate rainbow reading audience.

His lion eyes: Henry Hoke's 'Open Throat'

His lion eyes: Henry Hoke's 'Open Throat'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jun 13, 2023

There's such sinewy, feral strength in the voice that powers Henry Hoke's new novel, "Open Throat" that the term "genre-bending" doesn't suffice. The novel is literally in a class of its own.

Anastacia-Renée's 'Side Notes From the Archivist'

Anastacia-Renée's 'Side Notes From the Archivist'

  • by Laura Moreno
  • May 30, 2023

Anastacia-Renee is an award-winning writer. Her fascinating new book of poetry is called "Side Notes from the Archivist," a historical document that provides insight into five decades of American history.

Brandon Taylor's 'The Late Americans'

Brandon Taylor's 'The Late Americans'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 30, 2023

In Brandon Taylor's 'The Late Americans,' intelligent millennial characters argue with each other about race, power, politics, and especially class, trying to ascertain how social forces have shaped their identities, which seem in constant flux.

Aaron Hamburger: 'Hotel Cuba' author on his third novel

Aaron Hamburger: 'Hotel Cuba' author on his third novel

  • May 23, 2023

Even though it only spans two years in the life of immigrant Pearl, Aaron Hamburger's third novel "Hotel Cuba" has the feel and weight of an epic.