Thursday, April 30, 2009

May Publishing Notes

The buzz: In 2010, Seal Press will publish Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman's nonfiction anthology Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.

This fall, Dark Scribe Press will publish Lee Thomas's short story collection In the Closet, Under the Bed.

Rebel Satori Press will publish Shane Allison’s debut volume of poetry this fall, tentatively titled Twenties. Other new titles include Shy by Kevin Killian, U by Rob Stephenson, Love Hard by D. Travers Scott, Chick Band by Rakelle Valencia, Against by Riley MacLeod, DeVante's Coven by S.M. Johnson, Pop-Up Book of Death by Chad Helder, and our bodies are beauty inducers by jj hastain.

Alyson will publish Scott Kenan's memoir, Seeking the Kindness of Strangers: My Days with Tennessee Williams, about working with the playwright during six months in 1981.

Shelf Awareness reported that David Levithan was promoted to VP and Editorial Director of Scholastic Trade Publishing. Levithan is the author of Boy Meets Boy and co-wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

Andrew Beierle is launching AuthorEyes, an expanded manuscript review and author promotion resource to his current marketing communications and web-design services.

Lethe Press will be releasing in early summer of this year the first issue of Icarus, a gay speculative fiction magazine. The inaugural issue will contain an essay by Jeff Mann, fiction by Joel Lane and Jameson Currier, reviews of recent publications, and pieces on the Gaylactic Network, a national fandom organization for gay men.

Nominees for the Lambda Literary Awards will read May 5 at the LGBT Center in New York, May 12 at Skylight Books in Los Angeles, May 14 at the Gerber/Hart Library in Chicago, and May 16 at the Saints & Sinners Festival in New Orleans. For more details visit the Foundation’s Web site.

In a recent survey conducted by OnePoll.com, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird finished ahead of the Bible as the most inspirational book.

The most challenged book for the third year in a row according to the American Library Association was And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, based on the two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who for six years formed a couple, which the ALA said "was cited for being anti-family, pro-gay and anti-religion."

Stonewall Library and Archives in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the nation's largest independent circulating library of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender materials, will be opening a new facility in the downtown ArtServe library building. The Stonewall Library and Archives is a museum, gallery, and cultural center for locals, tourists, researchers, and scholars. The library was founded in 1973 by a group of local college students who were exchanging books.

In Singapore, director Glen Goei staged an all male cast dressed as men of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest which prompted a media advisory of “16 years and above” on all its publicity material, with the notice, “Re-interpretation, all-male cast.”

Liberace: The Man, the Music, and the Memories is coming this fall to Broadway, starring Wayland Pickard as glittery pianist.

John Cameron Mitchell will direct Aaron Eckhart and Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, which David Lindsay-Abaire adapted from his stage play.

Jimmy, by Marie Brassard, about a gay hairdresser born inside the dream of another man, will be presented May 27 through June 14 at Performance Space 122 in the East Village.

The new musical version of Vanities, Jack Heifner’s long-running off-Broadway play, will begin previews off Broadway at Second Stage Theater on June 30.

In Palm Springs, California, The Thorny Theater’s summer productions include Blowing Whistles by Matthew Dodd, Forever After by Doric Wilson, and Chiaroscuro by Kenneth N. Kurtz.

The Advocate reported that TLA Releasing plans to sell or license its library of over 200 gay, horror, and international titles for DVD, TV, and video on demand. The company is also looking for a sales organization or to enter into a strategic partnership to release the films they have already produced or acquired.

And also on Easter Weekend in April, 2009, Amazon.com experienced a “glitch” which deranked GLBT titles from its inventory. Bloggers and Tweeters responded in fury and most mainstream newspapers and Web sites picked up the story. The American Booksellers Association also offered suggested guidelines to booksellers for appropriate responses to the issues raised from the Amazon delistings.

Kudos: Sam J. Miller received the Bronx Writers’ Center Literary Fellowship.

Larry Kramer was honored by Yale University’s Gay and Lesbian Association with the group’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. The author took the opportunity to criticize Yale for what he called a “conspiracy of silence” on gay history.

Among the recipients of the 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships were Susan Griffin, Stacey D'Erasmo, and Chris Adrian.

Band of Thebes noted that Skim, by Mariko Tamaki and Jilliam Tamaki (cousins), about a girl’s intense and brief affair with one of her teachers at an all girls high school, was a nominee for the Eisner Award for best graphic books in four categories: Best Teen Publication, Best Writer, Best New Graphic Album, and Best Penciler/Inker.

Band of Thebes also reported that Greek-Australian Christos Tsiolkas was shortlisted for Australia's top literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award, for his novel The Slap.

The Indian Clerk, by David Leavitt, was among the finalists for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Leslie Feinberg, Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, and Edmund White are this year's recipients of the Pioneer Award, presented by the Lambda Literary Foundation at their annual Awards Ceremony on May 28, 2009 in New York City.

Open Calls: Windy City Times is accepting poetry and prose submissions for their 6th Annual Pride Literary Supplement, edited by Kathie Bergquist and Owen Keehnen. This year’s theme is Stonewall 40: Looking Out. Prose has a 300 word limit, 3 poems submission is the maxium allowed. Word documents should be e-mailed to WCTPride@gmail.com. Deadline is June 10, 2009.

The UK literary magazine Chroma is seeking submissions for a special issue on Utopias, guest edited by Sophie Mayer. Deadline is June 14, 2009. More info can be found at http://chromajournal.co.uk/

Velvet Mafia is seeking provocative fiction, poetry, and erotica to celebrate its Eighth Anniversary. All work should incorporate something “eight.” E-mail submissions to: editor@velvetmafia.com

Editor Steve Soucy is seeking submissions for the anthology Art from Art, a collection of short fiction featuring stories that are connected to or inspired by a work of art. Deadline is July 31, 2009. Submissions with a brief bio via should be emailed to shsoucy@modernistpress.com.

Editor Tracy Nectoux is seeking submissions for an anthology of personal accounts by librarians and library workers relating experiences of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or queer at work titled Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians. The volume will be published by Library Juice Press as part of the series Gender and Sexuality in Librarianship. Deadline for summaries is May 31, 2009. Submit a brief summary (3 paragraphs maximum) and a short author’s statement or URLs where appropriate to tnectoux@illinois.edu. Deadline for manuscripts is December 31, 2009.

Passages: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, a prominent theorist who is often cited as one of the founders of queer theory, died April 12, 2009. She was 58. Sedgwick authored several books on gender and sexual orientation, including Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire; Epistemology of the Closet; and Tendencies.