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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.

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.

Going Out, Homing's In, April 1-8, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, April 1-8, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 31, 2022

We're in a tizzy over the multitude of arts and nightlife events that have sprung up in early Spring. Scroll through this week's Going Out, Homing's In and make a date; no fooling!

B.A.R. Talk 12: history in print

B.A.R. Talk 12: history in print

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 29, 2022

In closing our yearlong celebrations of the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, our twelfth online panel on April 7 will focus on five decades of the newspaper's history, with several current and former editors and writers.

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.'

Steve Fellner's 'Eating Lightbulbs and Other Essays'

Steve Fellner's 'Eating Lightbulbs and Other Essays'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 29, 2022

Steve Fellner's new book is at turns hysterically funny and cause for hysteria. Fellner is relentlessly open in the way he details his struggles with mental illness that is alternately clinical and casual.

Poet Richie Hofmann's new orbit of intimacy

Poet Richie Hofmann's new orbit of intimacy

  • by Mark William Norby
  • Mar 29, 2022

San Francisco poet Richie Hofmann combines memoir and fiction in order to detail the character's interior monologue in his new book of poems, 'A Hundred Lovers.'

Going Out, Homing's In, March 25 - April 1, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, March 25 - April 1, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 24, 2022

Spring has sprung, and with it blossoms a bouquet of new arts and nightlife events. Take in the florid display in this week's listings.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2021's anniversary

50 years in 50 weeks: 2021's anniversary

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 23, 2022

For our final arts and nightlife-themed 50 years in 50 weeks tribute, we'd like to share our April 1, 2021 64-page special edition, which included more than a dozen expansive features on the Bay Area Reporter's five decades of coverage.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns: out dancer Vernard J. Gilmore celebrates 25 years with the iconic company

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns: out dancer Vernard J. Gilmore celebrates 25 years with the iconic company

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Mar 22, 2022

Having danced with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for an astounding 25 years, dancer Vernard J. Gilmore's love and passion for the company, and in particular the classic work "Revelations," is still radiant.

Sang Young Park's 'Love in the Big City'

Sang Young Park's 'Love in the Big City'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 15, 2022

Sang Young Park's gay-themed 'Love in the Big City,' his first to be newly translated into English, has been a runaway bestseller (nine printings) in South Korea, astounding for such a socially conservative nation.

Playing The Pines: classic dance mixes rediscovered and restored

Playing The Pines: classic dance mixes rediscovered and restored

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 15, 2022

Music mixes from the halcyon days of 1970s and '80s Fire Island and New York City nightclubs have been rediscovered in a series of remastered cassette mixes found in boxes at a Fire Island house. The Pine Walk Collection is now listenable on MixCloud.