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Paul Mendez's 'Rainbow Milk' - an auspicious literary debut

Paul Mendez's 'Rainbow Milk' - an auspicious literary debut

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 3, 2022

Raw and transcendent are the words applicable to Paul Mendez's semi-autobiographical debut novel "Rainbow Milk," a multi-generational dissection of sexuality, race, and religion on the rocky evolution of a young gay Black man, set in England.

Homecoming queen: Alejandro Varela's 'The Town of Babylon'

Homecoming queen: Alejandro Varela's 'The Town of Babylon'

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Apr 26, 2022

The problematic return of a gay Latinx man to his hometown after decades away is supreme fodder for an engrossing and melodramatic novel, and debut author Alejandro Varela seems more than happy to seize the moment.

Ocean Vuong's rainbow afterglow: poet returns with 'Time Is a Mother'

Ocean Vuong's rainbow afterglow: poet returns with 'Time Is a Mother'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Apr 26, 2022

One true way to envision Ocean Vuong is as, if not The Survivor, a survivor. His newly released second book of poems was occasioned by the silence that enveloped him after the death of his mother.

Richard Labonte, former SF LGBTQ bookstore manager, dies

Richard Labonte, former SF LGBTQ bookstore manager, dies

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Apr 25, 2022

Richard Labonte, who once managed the LGBTQ bookstore A Different Light in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, died March 20 at his home in British Columbia, Canada after a battle with stomach cancer.

'Start' laughing with writer Gary Janetti

'Start' laughing with writer Gary Janetti

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 24, 2022

Gary Janetti is a gay writer (and TV show producer) who is well aware of the benefits of laughter, as shown in his new book of essays, 'Start Without Me: (I'll Be There in a Minute).'

Toni Mirosevich's 'Spell Heaven'

Toni Mirosevich's 'Spell Heaven'

  • by Miah Jeffra Milla
  • Apr 19, 2022

Toni Mirosevich's collection of linked stories, 'Spell Heaven,' tells of working-class fishing family and the author's own balance of that life and academia, a position she loves for the students and loathes for the politics.

'Coming Out and Coming Home' - Gay Catholic ministry head pens memoir

'Coming Out and Coming Home' - Gay Catholic ministry head pens memoir

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 12, 2022

In his new memoir, "Coming Out and Coming Home," Stan JR Zerkowski writes about how he never intended to be a national spokesperson for LGBTQ Roman Catholics. But Zerkowski said that for us all, "There is a plan in the end" we can't necessarily control.

A wee boy's own story: Douglas Stuart's 'Young Mungo'

A wee boy's own story: Douglas Stuart's 'Young Mungo'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Apr 12, 2022

Douglas Stuart has carried forward from his Booker Prize-winning debut novel Shuggie Bain into its follow-up, 'Young Mungo.' What it shares with its predecessor is a brutal honesty about some lurid familial connections.

100 Years of Men in Love: new film celebrates historic affectionate photos

100 Years of Men in Love: new film celebrates historic affectionate photos

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 5, 2022

In his new documentary 100 Years of Men in Love: The Accidental Collection, actor and Emmy-winning filmmaker David Millbern looks back upon gay couples who had the courage to celebrate their love openly as far back as the 1860s.

John Weir's 'Your Nostalgia is Killing Me'

John Weir's 'Your Nostalgia is Killing Me'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 5, 2022

John Weir's short story collection 'Your Nostalgia is Killing Me' is made of linked stories that span a 40-year period, illustrating the power of nostalgia to alternately bring us to tears and make us laugh with familiarity.

Paul Gallo's 'Coloring Extravaganza of Healing'

Paul Gallo's 'Coloring Extravaganza of Healing'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 5, 2022

In his creative coloring book, artist Paul Gallo presents images he has drawn from his childhood to the present day. Most of the images are drawings of people dressed in a wide array of styles.

Spring books: noteworthy queer fiction and nonfiction

Spring books: noteworthy queer fiction and nonfiction

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Mar 29, 2022

Welcome to Spring! Along with this year's vibrantly blooming trees and flowerbeds (and allergies!), we present a crisp, vibrant, notable selection of current and soon-to-be-published LGBTQ books arriving on shelves.

Blair Fell's 'The Sign for Home' - Gay ASL interpreter and straight DeafBlind young man's lives intersect

Blair Fell's 'The Sign for Home' - Gay ASL interpreter and straight DeafBlind young man's lives intersect

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 29, 2022

In his debut novel, 'The Sign for Home,' author Blair Fell explores the friendship between Arlo, a young, straight DeafBlind Jehovah's Witness, and Cyril, his gay older ASL interpreter. Fell shared his inspiration and ideas behind his novel.

Lauren McBrayer's 'Like a House on Fire'

Lauren McBrayer's 'Like a House on Fire'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 29, 2022

2022 is proving to be one of the queerest ever in terms of literature, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry titles. If it's not already on your reading list, by all means, add lesbian writer Lauren McBrayer's debut novel 'Like a House on Fire.'