Friday, March 02, 2007

March Publishing Notes

The buzz: Suze Orman, the television financial guru and author of several best-selling personal finance books, disclosed her relationship with her partner in a recent issue of The New York Times Magazine. Yale University Press will publish Janet Malcolm’s Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice, a nuanced account of the legendary couple and their survival of World War II. Atria will publish Terrance Dean’s memoir titled Hiding in Hip-Hop: Confessions of a Down Low Brother in the Entertainment Industry, which will chronicle “the author’s life as a closeted homosexual working in the film and music industry and his relationships with other closeted homosexuals—film stars, rap artists, and music producers,” according to Dean is the founder of a New York nonprofit group called Men’s Empowerment that works to help men of color. Publishers Weekly reported that John Robison, the older brother of Augusten Burroughs, received a $1.1 million advance from Crown for his memoir of growing up (and old) with Asperger’s syndrome. Robison, eight years older than Burroughs, was not living at home when his younger brother was shipped off to live with the family depicted in the best-selling Running with Scissors. The Canadian Family Action Coalition and followers are bashing the Maple Leaf hockey team and the makers of the film Breakfast With Scot for “promoting the homosexualization of small children.” The film is based on the 1999 novel by Michael Downing about a gay couple who become guardians to an 11-year-old boy. The 32-year old Houston Voice has ceased publication and the literary e-zine CreamDrops has suspended publication. Erotica writer and blogger Nathan James is planning a twelve-state book tour for Summer 2007. Matt Bernstein Sycamore (aka Mattilda) is blogging about his tour for Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity at Author Dan Woog is now the sports columnist of “The Outfield,” distributed by Q Syndicate. Publicist Mark Fortier, formerly of Goldberg McDuffie Communications, has launched his own company, Fortier Public Relations. The Queer Media and Entertainment Conference will be holding its second annual convention in Los Angeles the weekend of April 13-15, 2007. Q-ME CON was created last year by PunkMouse, a New York City-based queer-owned and operated media and entertainment group.

Lammy Retreat: The Lambda Literary Foundation is launching a one-week intensive Writers Retreat for emerging LGBTQ writers of any age. The Writers Retreat will take place August 5 -12, 2007, in Los Angeles at the Conference Center at the University of Judaism. The faculty will include Dorothy Allison, Fenton Johnson, and Eloise Klein Healy. Other writers, including Michael Nava, John Rechy, and Bernard Cooper, will give readings or lectures. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation to Los Angeles, in addition to the retreat’s tuition ($800) and room/board ($700). Scholarships are available. Applications and scholarship requests must be postmarked by April 15, 2007. For more details, visit the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Web site.

Kudos: The winners of this year’s Alice B. Medal, awarded to outstanding writers of lesbian fiction, are Alison Bechdel, Gerri Hill, Lori L. Lake, Lee Lynch, Marijane Meaker and Jane Rule. Daniel Mendelsohn was a finalist for Barnes & Nobles 2006 Great New Writers Awards for Nonfiction for The Lost. Among the finalists for the annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are: Daniel Mendelsohn in Biography for The Lost, Ian Buruma for Current Interest for Murder in Amsterdam, and Terri Jentz for Current Interest for Strange Piece of Paradise. The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the finalists of their 25 categories. Visit the Foundation Web site for a complete listing of the finalists.

Open calls: Ashé journal is looking for creative and inspirational pieces of short fiction, poetry and artwork for their issue on techno shamanism and youth culture. Deadline is March 15, 2007. Visit the Web site for more details. ** Blair Mastbaum and Will Fabro are looking for short stories and novel extracts for Cool Thing: Fiction by Gay Writers Under 30 to be published by Carroll & Graf in 2008. Word limit is 10,000 words. Deadline is May 31, 2007. Send submissions as Word documents to: ** Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is looking for personal essays and reportage for the 2008 edition of Best Sex Writing. Articles must have been published between September 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006. Deadline is May 1, 2007. E-mail subs to: ** Eric Summers is looking for submissions for his erotica anthology for StarBooks Press titled Don’t Ask, Don’t Tie Me Up -- Military BDSM Fantasies. Deadline is September 15, 2007 and can be sent to ** Jack Hart is editing a fifth volume of My First Time: Gay Men Describe Their First Same-Sex Experience. Deadline is April 15, 2007 and submissions can be sent to ** Richard Labonté is editing another volume Best Gay Romance for Cleis. Deadline is April 30, 2007 and submissions can be sent to ** A new adult lifestyle publication aimed at the gay bear, leather, and kink culture is looking for lively, entertaining articles and fiction. E-mail for more details.

Passages: Gay rights pioneer Barbara Gittings died February 19, 2007, at the age of 74 of breast cancer. Gittings first came to the public spotlight in 1965 when she and a handful of gay men and lesbians held demonstrations outside the White House and Independence Hall seeking equal rights for homosexuals. These were the first such demonstrations in American history and began an era of gays coming out of the closet. Gitting’s involvement in the gay rights movement started in the late 1950s when she helped organize the New York City chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis (D.O.B.). It was there she met her life partner Kay Lahusen. Gittings was also the head of the American Library Association’s Gay Task Force. In 2003 The American Library Association presented Gittings with its highest honor, a lifetime membership. She was an active cornerstone in the campaign that led to the American Psychiatric Association dropping its categorization of homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973. In 2005, she was recognized by the Publishing Triangle with its Leadership Award. Gittings was also an early community journalist. She edited the D.O.B. publication The Ladder from 1963-66 and worked with Lahusen on her 1973 book The Gay Crusaders. Along with Lahusen, Gittings’s partner of 46 years, she is survived by her sister Eleanor Gittings Taylor of San Diego, California. Lahusen has asked that donations be made in Barbara’s memory to Lambda Legal Defense Fund.