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Wisconsin Gov. Evers Says GOP will Ban LGBTQ+ Books if He Loses

Wisconsin Gov. Evers Says GOP will Ban LGBTQ+ Books if He Loses

By Scott Bauer | Jun 1, 2022

Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday at a ceremony kicking off Pride Month that if he loses reelection in November, Republicans will take the "breathtaking" step to ban books, particularly those related to the LGBTQ community.

Going Viral: Microbiologist Joseph Osmundson's 'Virology'

Going Viral: Microbiologist Joseph Osmundson's 'Virology'

By Mark William Norby | Jun 1, 2022

Joseph Osmundson's new book establishes itself as a unique and singular archive of COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, queer theory, sociopolitical criticism, and a record of the viruses that are present in our guts, on our skin, and in our blood.

Rising Food Star Eitan Bernath Leans into World Comfort Food

Rising Food Star Eitan Bernath Leans into World Comfort Food

By Mark Kennedy | May 31, 2022

The book contains 85 comfort food recipes from across the globe, from a Sweet & Smoky Guac Burger to Turkish Red Lentil Soup and Kurdish Shamburak.

Jack Fritscher's 'Profiles in Gay Courage'

Jack Fritscher's 'Profiles in Gay Courage'

By Hank Trout | May 31, 2022

Jack Fritscher's newest book, "Profiles in Gay Courage: Leatherfolk, Arts, and Ideas, Essays and Interviews," is an illustrated collection of thirteen essays celebrating "authentic leatherfolk founders, icons, and superstars" in our recent history.

Olympian Tom Daley Announces Knitting Book, Coming in November

Olympian Tom Daley Announces Knitting Book, Coming in November

By Emell Adolphus | May 29, 2022

Tom Daley announced he is writing a book about knitting that will hit shelves in November.

Quentin Tarantino Book 'Cinema Speculation' to Land Oct. 25

Quentin Tarantino Book 'Cinema Speculation' to Land Oct. 25

May 28, 2022

Quentin Tarantino's next book is a nonfiction dispatch from a lifelong movie fanatic.

Review: 'Queer Nature' is Sublime

Review: 'Queer Nature' is Sublime

By Lewis Whittington | May 24, 2022

'Queer Nature' is a collection of poetry by over 200 GLBTQ+ writers who muse on our vital place on Earth,

Jeremy Denk's Music and Memoir

Jeremy Denk's Music and Memoir

By Timothy Pfaff | May 24, 2022

In his new memoir, acclaimed classical pianist Jeremy Denk unveils his personal story, and on a new Nonesuch CD, he masterfully plays Mozart Piano Concertos.

Burn-Proof Edition of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Up for Auction

Burn-Proof Edition of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Up for Auction

By Hillel Italie | May 24, 2022

Margaret Atwood has imagined apocalyptic disaster, Dystopian government and an author faking her own death. But until recently she had spared herself the nightmare of trying to burn one of her own books.

Anthony Veasna So Wins Posthumous Award for LGBTQ Fiction

Anthony Veasna So Wins Posthumous Award for LGBTQ Fiction

May 11, 2022

Anthony Veasna So's posthumous debut story collection "Afterparties" is among the winners of the 34th annual Triangle Awards, given for outstanding LGBTQ literature.

Librarians, Authors, Publishers Form Anti-Book Ban Coalition

Librarians, Authors, Publishers Form Anti-Book Ban Coalition

May 11, 2022

The American Library Association, the American Federation of Teachers and more than a dozen other organizations have formed a coalition to fight the nationwide wave of book bans and challenges.

Strong: Gay Weightlifter Inspires New Kids' Book

Strong: Gay Weightlifter Inspires New Kids' Book

By David-Elijah Nahmod | May 10, 2022

Gay author Eric Rosswood wants LGBT kids to believe in themselves. In his new children's picture book "Strong," Rosswood tells the story of Rob Kearney, a gay strongman who trains himself to lift hundreds of pounds.

King of Filth: John Water's 'Liarmouth'

King of Filth: John Water's 'Liarmouth'

By Jim Piechota | May 5, 2022

Step aside, Dawn Davenport. There's a new bitch in town and she means business. Her name is Marsha "Liarmouth" Sprinkle, and she dominates all the depravity in filthy filmmaker and bestselling author John Waters' debut novel, "Liarmouth."

Paul Mendez's 'Rainbow Milk' - an Auspicious Literary Debut

Paul Mendez's 'Rainbow Milk' - an Auspicious Literary Debut

By Brian Bromberger | May 5, 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.

Pandemic Prose: Excerpts from 'Arlene Francis & Me - Pandemic Diaries from Castro Street 2020'

Pandemic Prose: Excerpts from 'Arlene Francis & Me - Pandemic Diaries from Castro Street 2020'

By Mark Abramson | May 3, 2022

While we holed up indoors in 2020 — which now seems like much more than two years ago — prolific local gay author Mark Abramson took notes.

Gran Fury's Glory: Jack Lowery Discusses His Book, 'It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic'

Gran Fury's Glory: Jack Lowery Discusses His Book, 'It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic'

By Jim Provenzano | May 3, 2022

In "It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic," author Jack Lowery fully explores the history of Gran Fury, the ACT UP activist-artist collective that cleverly incorporated advertising styled messaging.

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 | May 3, 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.

Books About LGBTQ+ and Race Issues Face Censorship. Is It Constitutional?

Books About LGBTQ+ and Race Issues Face Censorship. Is It Constitutional?

May 1, 2022

Most books targeted for banning in 2021, says the American Library Association, "were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons." Whether these efforts are unconstitutional censorship is a complex question.

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.

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.

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