Friday, July 31, 2009

August Publishing Notes

The buzz: In the Spring of 2010 Alyson will publish Paul Russell's My Unreal Life: Memoirs of Sergey Vladimirovich Nabokoff, a meticulously researched roman a clef covering the life of the "forgotten" younger brother of Vladimir Nabokov; from wealth and position in pre-revolutionary Russia, to the halls of Cambridge, salon of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, long-standing friendship with Cocteau (among others) and ultimate isolation in war-torn Berlin.

In 2010, Bell Bridge Books will publish Nashville therapist Bo Sebastien's light-hearted self-help book, first in a series, Girlfriend, Wake Up and Smell the Dead Roses, Advice on Men from a Gay Friend.

In 2012, Simon & Schuster will publish Daniel Mendelsohn’s Odysseys, a literal and figurative voyage in search of the meanings of the greatest of the classics, from Homer to Aristophanes and beyond.

Clarkson Potter will publish in the fall of 2011 designer and Mad Men actor Bryan Batt's home decor book that explores Bryan's favorite spaces and, through his own witty commentary and design techniques, shows readers how to create their own stylish and enchanting spaces.

In 2010 Lethe Press will re-publish Tanith Lee’s lesbian fiction, written under the nom de plume of Esther Garber. Lethe is also introducing a new series, Paragons of Queer Speculative Fiction, which will reprint the finest examples of LGBT fantasy, horror, and science-fiction. Proceeds of the book sales will help the Gaylactic Network ( a national organization for gay people and their friends, to promote science fiction, fantasy and horror and other related genres. The first title in the Paragons series is Shadow Man by Melissa Scott.

This fall St Martin’s Press is publishing You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs.

This fall Amazon Encore will release Nick Nolan's Strings Attached, a coming of age, coming out story of a gay teenage boy coming to grips with his personal passage from boyhood to manhood, as he escapes a dysfunctional family in the slums to live with his overbearing great aunt and her censorious husband and is overwhelmed by the change.

StarBooks Press has released Sextime-Erotic Stories of Time Travel, edited by Christopher Pierce, with stories by Martin Delacroix, Owen Keehnen, Jeff Mann, and others.

Bench Press has released Equal to the Earth, a new collection of poems by Jee Leong Koh.

The Vatican paid some respect to Oscar Wilde. The Guardian reported that L'Osservatore Romano ran a glowing review of a new book by Italian author Paolo Gulisano, The Portrait of Oscar Wilde.

Page Six and other media outlets covered the controversy surrounding the Arabic translation of Michael Luongo’s travel guide, Gay Travels in the Muslim World, reading “Pervert Travels in the Muslim World” across the cover.

Jerry Wheeler and Bill Holden have started a new gay book review blog called Out in Print, at

Author Mel Keegan has set up the GLBT Bookshelf at, a new community of writers, artists, publishers, reviewers and readers. Registration is free.

An unsound wall must be taken down and rebuilt from the ground up at Giovanni’s Room, the independent LGBT bookstore in Philadelphia. The cost of this renovation is estimated to be about $50,000. The store will remain open during the construction.

David Groff was among the three senior associates who recently joined Rob Weisbach Creative Management .

In July, the glossy New York City nightlife magazine HX was sold and the New York Blade suspended publication.

A Florida judge ruled that the will of Gabrielle Kerouac, the mother of Jack Kerouac who inherited the writer’s estate in 1969, was a forgery. Gabrielle had passed the literary estate to Kerouac's third wife, Stella, now also deceased, who gave everything to her siblings in 1990. The suit was brought by the author’s nephew Paul Blake Jr., who took over the original action filed by Kerouac's estranged (and now deceased) daughter in 1994.

HBO has optioned Jeffrey Eugenides' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex, with Pulitzer-winning playwright Donald Margulies adapting.

The Levy Leder Company has optioned the film rights to Brent Hartinger's Geography Club, about a group of gay teenagers who start a secret gay-straight alliance and give it the most boring name they can think of in hopes that no one else will join.

Kudos: Among the Booker Prize Longlist are Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, Love and Summer by William Trevor, and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.

Open Calls: The Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival’s First Annual Short Fiction Contest is soliciting original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and7,000 words with GLBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” The contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres. The entry fee is $10 per story with a 3 story limit per author. One grand prize of $250 and two second place prizes of $50 will be awarded. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from Queer Mojo, an imprint of Rebel Satori Press. There will also be a book release party held during the eighth annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans May 13-16, 2010. The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts is January 2, 2010. Send 2 copies of each story with a completed entry form. Submissions should be in standard manuscript format. Your name and contact information should not appear on the manuscript. Entry forms are available at:

Editor Jerry Wheeler is seeking submissions for Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top, to be published by Lethe Press in 2010. Stories should be between 3500-7000 words and payment is one cent a word. Deadline is December 15, 2009. Submissions should be sent to as Word doc attachments with “Tented” in the subject line.

Richard Labonté is seeking stories for Muscle Men, to be published by Cleis Press. Deadline is Oct. 1, 2009; publication date is Spring, 2010; payment is $50-$75, depending on length, plus two copies; submissions in .doc or .rtf format to

StarBooks Press has its current submissions requests posted at Among the forthcoming books are Men at Noon, Monsters At Midnight - Erotic Stories of Shapeshifters, Demon Lovers and Creatures of the Night!; Homo Thugs - Erotic tales of Gangstas', pimps, and thugs!; Video Boys; Rock and Roll Over and Teammates.

Passages: E. Lynn Harris died July 23, 2009 in Beverly Hills of heart disease while on a book tour for his most recent novel. He was 54. Harris's novels depicted the experiences of African-American gay men and include Invisible Life, If This World Were Mine, Abide With Me, Not a Day Goes By, Any Way the Wind Blows, I Say a Little Prayer, and Basketball Jones. He was also the author of a memoir, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. Harris also founded the E. Lynn Harris Better Days Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides support to aspiring writers and artists.