Tuesday, July 31, 2007

August Publishing Notes

The buzz: Producers of the hit Australian stage version of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, in Sydney, are now eying productions for London and Broadway. The band Blondie is contributing songs to a British stage musical based on the 1985 movie Desperately Seeking Susan. PlanetOut, Inc., parent company of Out, The Advocate, and Alyson publishers, announced it was reducing the company’s workforce by fifteen percent. Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish John Waters’ “memoir-in-homage,” Role Models, a self-portrait told through profiles of his favorite personalities, from Miss Esther, owner of the scariest bar in Baltimore to Marguerite Duras, atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair to insane martyr Saint Catherine of Siena, English novelist Denton Welch to singer Johnny Mathis, all of whom helped the author/director form his own brand of neurotic happiness. Author Greg Herren was elected to the board of directors for the National Stonewall Democrats. Greg Wharton and Ian Philips, the forces behind Suspect Thoughts Press, are being evicted from their Bay Area home, and are holding four “literary salon” fundraisers in August to help with relocation costs. Readers include Michelle Tea, Simon Sheppard, Patrick Califia, Kirk Read, Kevin Killian, Justin Chin, Thea Hillman, and others. Contact Greg at gregw@suspectthoughts.com for locations and details on donations.

Kudos: Jane Rule, author of the novel, Desert of the Heart, was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor, in recognition of her lifetime contribution to literature. Her novel was made into an award-winning film, Desert Hearts, starring Helen Shaver, in 1985. The Queer Foundation has announced their Queer Scholars for 2007-08. They are: Zachary Harrington, St.John’s College, for his essay, “Fairy Tales,” and Michael O’Brien, Temple University, for his essay: “Lepidoptera.”

Open Calls: Editor Paul J. Willis is looking for essays for Sex and the Serodivide: Personal Essays of Intimacy Between Men. For more information, contact pjwillisnola@aol.com. ** Richard Labonté is looking for submissions for Best Gay Bondage 2008, published by Cleis Press. Deadline is September 15, 2007. Submissions or queries to can be sent to BestGayBondage@gmail.com. ** Simon Sheppard is looking for leatherman erotica for Leatherman, another anthology to be published by Cleis Press. Deadline is October 15, 2007. For more details visit http://www.simonsheppard.com/leatherman.html or e-mail leatherman@simonsheppard.com. ** GAYFEST NYC (Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, producers) is now accepting submissions for its Second Annual Festival of New Plays and Musicals to be presented in New York City, May 15 - June 15, 2008. A minimum of three new works (plays or musicals) will be selected for fully-produced Main Stage productions with Actors’ Equity Association casts and professional directors and staff personnel. Additional new works will be chosen for presentation in the Festival’s Studio Reading series. Log onto the web site at http://www.gayfestnyc.com/ for more information and to read about last year’s Festival. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2007. ** Suspect Thoughts Press is sponsoring another Project: QueerLit contest. The contest is open to any unpublished author of an English-language novel with queer and/or bent content. Submissions will be accepted from September 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007. Visit the Project: QueerLit Web site for more details.