Friday, November 30, 2007

December Publishing Notes

The buzz: Duke University Press will publish Our Caribbean, A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles, edited by Thomas Glave. Starbooks Press has published Ken Anderson’s collection of stories, The Statue of Pan. Among the forthcoming Spring 2008 releases are The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution by Pagan Kennedy and Straight Acting: Gay Men, Masculinity and Finding True Love by Angelo Pezzote. Former Blithe House Quarterly editor and publisher Aldo Alvarez is teaching a Gay & Lesbian literature class at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. British actors and authors Stephen Fry and Simon Callow are planning to turn a London house where French poet Paul Verlaine stayed with Arthur Rimbaud into a museum dedicated to poetry, “a wonderful memento of the fruitful if nightmarish stay in England of these extraordinary men, of the work they did there, and indeed, of their affair,” according to a statement made by Callow. Authors Rob Stephenson, Rachel Bussel Kramer, and Amie Evans will read from Entangled Lives, an anthology of erotic memoirs edited by Marilyn Jaye Lewis, Saturday, December 8, 2007, at 7 p.m. at Rapture Cafe and Books in Manhattan.

Kudos: Daniel Mendelsohn is the winner of the Prix Medicis for a foreign work for The Lost. Making the list of The New York Times Notable Books for 2007 were Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon, The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt, Mothers and Sons by Colm Toibin, and Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice by Janet Malcolm. The longlist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award includes Winkie by Clifford Chase and The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. On Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year for 2007 was Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman.

Open Calls: Shonia L. Brown is seeking erotica submissions of 4000 words or less for I Love You to Death: Black Lesbian Diaries. Submissions can be sent to: Nghosi Books, PO Box 1908, Stone Mountain GA 30086. Include a brief author bio and e-mail address. Deadline is October 31, 2008. ** Christopher Pierce is editing Taken By Force: Erotic Stories of Abduction and Captivity for STARbooks Press. Deadline is January 20, 2008. Stories can be sent as .doc attachment with Taken By Force in the subject line. ** SPUTNIK57, a new online magazine, is seeking science fiction, fantasy, and horror short story submissions. Stories should contain strong female protagonists, and lesbian characters who are portrayed in a positive light. Stories should be between 1000 and 15,000 words in length. Submissions should be sent as an e-mail attachment, either as a rtf or a Word document to ** The online journal Ignavia is seeking dark, edgy, queer fiction under 4000 words. Visit the Web site for specific guidelines. ** Patty G. Henderson is editing Chilling Tales of Terror and the Supernatural: In 1,000 Words or Less, a lesbian/gay anthology of horror flash fiction. Each author will get a ‘block’ of a minimum of 5 flash stories and not more than 10, depending on the word count. For more information, visit the Guidelines page. ** Steve Berman will be reading short fiction featuring gay male protagonists and themes for the forthcoming Best Gay Short Stories: 2007 anthology from Lethe Press. All stories must have been published in the 2007 calendar year. Stories need not have released in-print; on-line publications are acceptable. No work longer than novelette (17,500 words). Work should be submitted to: Steve Berman, 118 Heritage Avenue, Maple Shade, NJ 08052. Deadline is January 31, 2008. The final selection of stories will be made in March 2008. Release is slated to coincide with the Saints & Sinners conference in New Orleans in May of 2008. ** Les Wright is seeking essays, memoir, fiction, and poetry for HIV+ 25 Years: Interrupted Journeys: Lessons from The Lazarus Generation. Submissions should be between 1500 and 4000 words. Deadline is September 30, 2008. Submissions can be sent to PO Box 460358, San Francisco, CA 94114. For more information, e-mail Les Wright at

Passages: Jane Rule died November 27, 2007, from complications from liver cancer at her home on Galiano Island, British Columbia. She was 76. Rule, American by birth and Canadian by choice, was the author of a numerous books, including the novels Desert of the Heart, This is not for You, and Memory Board, and the non-fiction essays Lesbian Images. Born in New Jersey on March 28, 1931 Jane Vance Rule graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California in 1952. She studied briefly in a writing program at Stanford before accepting a teaching position at Concord Academy in Massachusetts. There she met Helen Sonthoff, another teacher, who would become her lifelong partner. Eventually both women held positions at the University of British Columbia until 1976 when they moved to Galiano Island. Sonthoff died in 2000 and Rule wrote a painfully beautiful meditation on grief that appeared in Go Big. In the last several years small, independent presses like Insomniac Press in Toronto, Little Sister's and Arsenal Pulp in Vancouver have reissued Rule’s fiction. Her last project was a small book of new essays for Hedgerow Press, a small quality press on Vancouver Island, scheduled for release in 2008. Rule was inducted into the Order of Canada in July 2007. For further biographical information, the Canadian publication Xtra has a detailed tribute by Marilyn Schuster and samples of Rule’s writings.