Wednesday, December 01, 2010

December Publishing Notes

The buzz: In January 2011, Square One Press will release Palm Trees on the Hudson: A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland & Interior Decorating by Elliot Tiber, a prequel to the author’s Taking Woodstock.

In the Summer of 2011, Penguin will publish Sapphire's second novel, The Kid, the story of Abdul Jones, the son of Precious, the heroine of the author’s first novel, Push, as Abdul approaches manhood, alone, brutalized and with the soul of an artist.

Skyhorse Press will publish James Hormel’s Another American Dream, a memoir of the United States' first gay Ambassador, civil rights activist, and philanthropist.

Norton will publish Alysia Abbott's Fairyland, a memoir of being brought up motherless by her father, the poet Steve Abbott, in the gay, male world of 1970s San Francisco and in turn taking care of him as he dies from AIDS in the 90s.

This month Bear Bones Books will release Binding the Gods: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South by Jeff Mann.

Paul J. Bens’ debut novel Kelland is now available in multiple e-book formats through Smashwords.

Author Robert Dunbar has started Uninvited Press, which has just released Shadows: Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature.

Don Weise has announced that he is launching a new press dedicated to LGBT literature called Magnus Books. Weise was formerly of Alyson Books, Carroll & Graf, and Cleis Press. His new press plans to release 15 to 20 titles a year, fiction and nonfication.

Lambda-winning author Rakesh Satyal has been promoted to senior editor at Harper.

Philip Clark, Charles Jensen, Kim Roberts, and Dan Vera will read from the anthology Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS on December 5 at 2 pm The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Publishing Triangle’s Holiday Party is Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 pm at the offices of In the Life Media in Manhattan.

Jay Blotcher and Nathan Manske will read essays from the new anthology I’m from Driftwood, December 10 at 7:30 pm at the Lesbian and Gay Center in Manhattan.

The American Library Association has added the Stonewall Children and Young Adult Literature Awards, a prize for gay and lesbian literature, to its prestigious annual awards for children’s literature, which include the renowned Caldecott and Newbery medals.

James Duggins Mid-Career Novelist Award will now be presented by the Lambda Literary Foundation.

The Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Literary Arts Festival will be April 9-11, 2011.

Issues 1 through 8 of Diseased Pariah News, the humorous magazine about HIV/AIDS published in San Francisco from 1990-1999, have been digitized and are available at the New York Public Library.

Hot Note Books, owned by Bob Cassidy and Lloyd Meeker of Miami Beach, will be taking over ASP Wholesale, a distributor of many gay and lesbian presses, when owner Bert Hermann retires at year end.

Harvey Fierstein returns to Broadway to star as Albin in the revival of La Cage aux Folles, for which he also wrote the libretto, for twelve weeks beginning Feb. 15, 2011.

A stage production based on the short stories of John Rowell, Music of Your Life, recently premiered at the Jermyn Street Theater in London.

In a recent online roundtable discussion on queer horror literature at Dark Scribe Magazine, several writers revealed their new projects. Chad Helder recently completed a book of queer horror poetry The Vampire Bridgegroom, which will be published by Dark Scribe. Vince Liaguno is finishing up edits on a non-fiction collection of essays on the slasher film genre called Butcher Knives & Body Counts and assembling, with co-editor Chad Helder, a follow up anthology to Unspeakable Horror, and completing his second novel, Final Girl, in which a criminal psychologist, a gay film historian, and a cub reporter try to stop a serial killer who’s murdering former scream queens in grisly recreations of murder set-pieces from 80’s slasher films. Robert Dunbar is putting the finishing touches on two projects. Wood, a novella, about an HIV-positive hero who helps a runaway teen battle monsters (metaphorical and otherwise) in the slums, and Willy, a novel that takes place in a boarding school for boys with emotional problems. Lee Thomas’s novella, The Black Sun Set, was just published by Burning Effigy Press out of Canada, and a small press will be releasing a second novella, Focus (co-written with Nate Southard) in time for World Horror 2011. Lethe Press will also release his next queer-themed horror novel called The German, in March of 2011. Michael Rowe will have a vampire novel coming out next fall from ChiZine Publications called Enter, Night, and is continuing to write pieces for the Huffington Post, some of which will end up in his third essay collection, forthcoming from Cormorant Books next spring.

Stephen Bottum’s Band of Thebes blog has posted its annual survey of the year’s favorite LGBT books.

Open calls: Chelsea Station Editions is seeking short stories for an upcoming anthology of gay male fiction. Stories should be about the transition from boyhood to becoming a young adult gay man, with special emphasis on the friends and events that help guide that process. Do not send erotica, personal anecdotes, or character sketches. Stories should have fully realized plots with realistic characters. Sex scenes, if included, should be integral to the story. Original and reprints will be considered. Maximum length: 8,000. Deadline is January 15, 2011. Stories can be sent as Word documents to chelseastation@yahoo.com.

Monday, November 01, 2010

November Publishing Notes

In March 2011 Dutton will publish Dan Savage and Terry Miller's It Gets Better, a collection of essays where celebrities and ordinary people in the LGBT community share their personal and inspirational stories, inspired by a series of popular YouTube videos they created that have gone viral.

David Pratt, author of Bob the Book, will read from his recent novel and discuss “What is a Gay Book?” with author Christopher Bram, Wednesday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 82nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan.

Members of the Violet Quill -- Felice Picano, Edmund White, and Andrew Holleran -- are reuniting for an appearance and 192 Books in Manhattan on Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. Picano has brought together new work by the surviving members of the gay writing group in the final volume of Van Gogh’s Ear.

Paul Lisicky’s collection of short prose pieces, Unbuilt Projects, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2012.

This month Handtype Press will release an ebook edition of Raymond Luczak’s Notes of a Deaf Gay Writer: 20 Years Later.

This month TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press will publish Michael Alenyikov’s first book Ivan and Misha.

This month Chelsea Station Editions is releasing Walter Holland’s collection of poems, Circuit.

This month Lethe Press will release Best Gay Stories 2010 featuring writing by Christopher Bram, Lee Thomas, D. Travers Scott, and Wayne Hoffman.

Queer Mojo and Rebel Satori Press will release The Pop-Up Book of Death, a collection poems from Chad Helder. The press will also release Playing By the Rules by Justin Crockett Elzie, the first Marine discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Bantam Dell will publish Rita Mae Brown's next four books in the Sneaky Pie Brown bestselling series, including a Twentieth Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery.

Dale Peck is among one of the founders of a new press Mischief + Mayhem, and they'll operate as an imprint of OR Books.

Seventh Window Publications is actively seeking novellas and shorts. For more information visit the Web site at http://www.SeventhWindow.com.

The Queer Foundation's sixth annual High School Seniors English Essay Contest is now underway. The top essayists are awarded $1,000 scholarships to attend the U.S. college or university of their choice. For more information visit www.queerfoundation.org.

Eight emerging LGBT filmmakers will be selected to take part in a unique two-tier event in 2011: the annual film festival cruise “Pride of the Ocean” in May and a LGBT film shorts festival in the mountains of Vermont in June, known as “CineSlam.” For more details visit www.prideoftheocean.com and www.cineslam.com.

Submissions are now open for the Lambda Literary Awards. Visit the Web site for more details and guidelines.

Submissions are now open for the Publishing Triangle Awards. Visit the Web site for more details and guidelines.

Friday, October 01, 2010

October Publishing Notes

The buzz: In Spring 2012, Farrar, Straus and Giroux will bring out Larry Kramer’s The American People, a 4,000 page manuscript to be published in two volumes and described as “a national history of homosexuality and AIDS."

In February 2011, White Crane Books (Lethe Press) will release Dancing in the Moonlight, a Radical Faerie reader with over fifty contributors from around the world.

Rebel Satori Press will publish Larry Closs's Beatitude, the story of two young men who meet in 1995 and find themselves irresistibly drawn together by a mutual fascination with the freethinking sensibility and freewheeling lives of Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation.

In 2011 Bold Strokes Soliloquy Books will publish Speaking Out, edited by Steve Berman, a GLBTQ young adult anthology of short stories of teens overcoming adversity and experiencing life after coming out.

Next Spring, Bench Press will release Jee Leong Koh’s Seven Studies for a Self Portrait.

A revised edition of The Villagers by Edward Field and Neil Derrick is now available from Bleecker Street Press. The authors have reissued the book under the pen name Bruce Ellliot, the pseudonym which was used for the first Avon edition in 1982, when the novel was titled Village.

Michael Lassell’s Metropolitan Home's Desgin 100: The Last Word on Modern Interiors is now on sale in bookstores and online.

Triton Books has reissued A Day and A Night at the Baths by Michael Rumaker. The author’s experiences at the Everard Baths in New York City was first published in 1979.

Lethe Press has released If the Spirit Moves You, Ghostly Gay Erotica by Dale Chase.

Chelsea Station Editions has released David Pratt’s debut novel, Bob the Book, a romance of gay books and bookbuyers.

STARbooks Press has released Mangames by Denis-Martin Chabot, about a sexual predator at large in Montreal during the 1980s, and Rock & Roll Over, an erotica anthology edited by Eric Summers.

Publishers Weekly reported that Alyson Books is restructuring. Editor Don Weise is leaving the company and the publisher will concentrate only on e-books, which it is expected to begin producing within 9 months to a year.

Critic Amos Lassen and poet Bryan Borland are organizing the first annual EuREADka Pride, which will take place in conjunction with Eureka Springs’ Fall Diversity Weekend. The event, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 30, 2010, at 1:30 PM, will take place at Eureka’s Carnegie Library Annex (194 Spring Street). Scheduled to participate are Paul Harris, author of Diary from the Dome, Davina Kotulski, author of Love Warriors, and Bryan Borland, author of the poetry collection My Life as Adam. Amos Lassen will read from Brock Thompson’s new book, The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South, which releases this month from the University of Arksansas Press. There will also be an Open Mic.

Among the readers and speakers participating at the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, October 13 through 16, are: Franklin Abbott, David-Matthew Barnes, Jonathan Lerner, Megan Volpert, Elliott Mackle, Collin Kelley, David Pratt, Ken Harvey, and Steven Reigns. A full schedule can be found at http://atlqueerlitfest.blogspot.com/p/2010-schedule.html.

The Center Voices Working Authors will present, in recognition of National Latino Heritage Month, Guillermo Castro, Jenna Risano and Francisco Aragón, Tuesday October 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lesbian and Gay Center in Manhattan.

Rob Stephenson will be reading from his recent novel, Passes Through, at An Unnameable Reading: Fiction Collective Two in Brooklyn, Wednesday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary, the queer literary quarterly, will celebrate the release of its fall issue October 15 at the Pearl New York Lounge in Manhattan.

Huriyah, the oldest magazine for LGBT Muslims, is shutting down. Oracle Releasing, a multimedia company, will continue to publish the magazine and blog content in book forms.

The fall issue of Icarus is now available, featuring stories by Thomas Fuchs, Jeff Mann, Viet Dinh, Troy Carlyle, and Kelly McQuain, and with an interview with Robert Dunbar.

This fall, choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones will revive Them at P.S. 122 in New York, which premiered in 1986, and features text by Dennis Cooper, and music by Chris Cochrane. Parts of the production’s rehearsal process are open to the public through seminars and discussions at the New Museum.

Clint Eastwood is directing Hoover, a bio pic of the FBI director which is set to star Leonardo DiCaprio with a script by Dustin Lance Black. Joaquin Phoenix is being considered to play J. Edgar Hoover's lover Clyde Tolson.

Kudos: The Green Carnation Prize, a new award established in Britain to be given to works of fiction or memoir by gay men, has announced their Longlist for 2010. Works include: Generation A by Douglas Coupland, Bryant and May Off the Rails by Christopher Fowler, Paperboy by Christopher Fowler, In A Strange Room by Damon Galgut, God Says No by James Hannaham, London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp, Mary Ann in Autumn by Armistead Maupin, and Children of the Sun by Max Schaefer. The shortlist will be announced on November 1st and the winner on December 1st.

Open Calls: Assaracus, a new gay-themed poetry print journal, published by Sibling Rivalry Press is reading submissions. Submissions can be emailed to siblingrivalrypress@gmail.com. The submission deadline for the first issue is October 31, 2010.

Seven Kitchens Press is seeking submissions for its third annual ReBound Series. The press will publish a new edition of an out-of-print chapbook. Submissions are currently being accepted through October 15; complete guidelines are available at http://sevenkitchenspress.wordpress.com/series-guidelines/guidelines-the-rebound-series/.

A Midsummer Night's Press is reading for two poetry anthologies: Flamboyant: A Celebration of Jewish Gay Poetry, edited by Lawrence Schimel, and Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry, edited by Julie R. Enszer, to be published in Spring 2011. Submissions can be sent to queerjewishpoetry@gmail.com. Deadline: November 30, 2010.

Chelsea Station Editions is seeking original or previously published short stories for an anthology to be titled Tangled. Stories should focus on the complexities, freedoms, and foibles of gay dating, sex, friendships, lovers and other relationships. Preference will be give to delightfully plotted literary narratives with strong characters and locale. Maximum word count: 8,000. Submissions should be emailed as Word documents to chelseastation@yahoo.com. If story has been previously published, please also include publication details and confirmation that rights belong to author. Deadline is November 1, 2010.

The Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festivals Second Annual Short Fiction Contest is soliciting original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 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 $15 per story. There is no limit on the number of stories each author may enter. 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 QueerMojo, an imprint of Rebel Satori Press. There will also be a book release party held during the 9th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans May 12-15, 2011. The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts is November 1, 2010. For more details visit: www.sasfest.org.

Submissions are now open for the Lambda Literary Awards. Visit the Web site for more details and guidelines.

Submissions are now open for the Publishing Triangle Awards. Visit the Web site for more details and guidelines.

Passages: Jill Johnston, author of Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution and a contributor to the Village Voice, died September 18. She was 81.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

September Publishing Notes

The buzz: At a packed meeting of the San Francisco Democratic Central Committee last month, a motion to reconsider the party’s endorsement of Michael Nava’s candidacy for judge was defeated by a vote of 28 to 1. There is a lively account of the meeting at the Civic Center blog: http://sfciviccenter.blogspot.com/2010/08/michael-nava-reaffirmed.html. Nava now heads to the final round, the November 2nd election.

Armistead Maupin’s newest entry in his “Tales of the City” series will debut this November with the publication of Mary Anne in Autumn by Harper.

In the Fall of 2011 Kensington will publish Wayne Hoffman’s new novel, Sweet Like Sugar, about the unusual friendship that develops between a twentysomething gay man and an eightysomething Orthodox rabbi. Hoffman is also the editor of a new anthology that is releasing this month from The Toby Press titled What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright, a collection of essays, poems and photos by alumni of Birthright Israel trips. One of the contributors is KnuckleCrack blogger Eric Leven.

In November Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish Michael Cunningham’s new novel, By Nightfall.

Also in November Celebra will publish in both English and Spanish Grammy-winning singer Ricky Martin's memoir Me.

This month Doubleday will publish David Rakoff’s newest collection of essays, Half Empty.

David Sedaris begins a new lecture tour this fall and will appear at the Apollo Theater in New York on November 1 and 2, 2010.

In October, Chelsea Station Editions will publish Walter Holland’s new collection of poems, Circuit.

Mary Meriam has launched Lavender Review, an online literary journal devoted to poetry and art by lesbians, at http://home.earthlink.net/~marymeriam/Lavender/.

This month Rebel Satori reissues Trebor Healey’s poetry collection, Sweet Son of Pan, and publishes Shane Allison’s debut poetry collection Slut Machine.

In November, Bold Strokes Books will publish Blood Sacraments: Gay Vampire Erotica, edited by Todd Gregory.

In March 2011, Lethe will publish a new thriller by Lee Thomas, The German.

Series II of Peter Cameron’s Wallflower Press limited edition works will include five books, to be published between October 2010 and March 2011. The titles are: The Daughter of Jesus, a short story by Edward Swift; The Abridged Versions & Hearsay, prose pieces by Peter Cameron; Love, James, letters by James Lord; Have You Seen Me?, photographs by Peter Cameron, and poems by Sheila McCullough & Peter Cameron; and Animals in Distress & Pluto, two stories by James Harms.

This month Slyph Editions will publish Shaun Levin’s short story, “Trees at a Sanatorium,” alongside Bathers 1917-18 by the British painter Mark Gertler (1891-1939).

In 2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish Jennifer Gennari’s Wild Pie, in which a twelve-year-old must deal with homophobia in her small Vermont town when her gay mother decides to enter into a civil union with her long-time partner.

Desire, a new musical based on the book States of Desire by Edmund White, was recently staged by the Homo Promos Theatre Company in London.

Among the participants at this year’s Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta September 3-5, 2010 are Collin Kelley, Charles Jensen, Theresa Davis, Cleo Creech, Megan Volpert, Franklin Abbott, Rigoberto Gonzalez, David Groff, Rakesh Satyal. On Saturday, September 4 at 10 a.m. at the Decatur Conference Center will be reading of selections from Persistent Voices: Poets Lost to AIDS.

Among the participants for the West Hollywood Book Fair, September 26, 2010, in Los Angeles are John Morgan Wilson, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Joe Keenan, Mark Doty, Larry Duplechan, Michael Kearns, Christopher Rice, and Terry Wolverton.

Ed Madden is the winner of the Atlanta Queer Literature Festival annual broadside competition for his poem “Jubilate.” The work will be illustrated and designed into a broadside by a noted local Atlanta artist and printed as part of the AQLF broadside series. Copies will be available at this year’s festival, October 13-16, 2010.

Author and historian Michael Henry Adams will lead “A Walking Tour of Historic Harlem Interiors” on September 11, 2010. The event is sponsored by the Leslie Lohman gallery. For more information or to reserve a spot on this limited space tour, contact Jerry Kajpust at jerry@leslielohman.org,

There will be a tribute memorial of readings, reflections, music and visual art to honor the life and work of John Stahle, writer, graphic designer and editor of the gay literary journal Ganymede, on September 18, 2010 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 p.m. at the LGBT Center at 208 West 13th Street. For more details go to http://rememberingjohnstahle.com.

Last Address, a short film by Ira Sachs about the New York artists who died of AIDS, uses the exteriors of the houses, apartment buildings, and lofts where the artists lived and worked as a remembrance and tribute, and can be viewed online at http://lastaddress.org/.

Open calls: The Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festivals Second Annual Short Fiction Contest is soliciting original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 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 $15 per story. There is no limit on the number of stories each author may enter. 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 QueerMojo, an imprint of Rebel Satori Press. There will also be a book release party held during the 9th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans May 12-15, 2011. The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts is November 1, 2010. For more details visit: www.sasfest.org.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

August Publishing Notes

The buzz: The Arcus Foundation has given more than $400,000 to the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a California seminary, to help craft formal liturgies for the Episcopal Church to bless gay and lesbian relationships.

Philip Clark, Jaime Cortez, Judy Grahn, Philip Huang, Kevin Killian, Ali Liebegott, Matt Bernstein Sycamore, Kirk Read, and Michelle Tea will read from Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS on Thursday August 19, 2010 at 8 p.m. at Magnet, 4122 18th Street in the Castro in San Francisco.

There will be a benefit show for the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival on August 12 at 7 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. The music line-up includes KenJ, Lucas Mire and Bucky Motter, plus keyboardists Andy Ditzler and Guyton Maurice, and the debut of Julia Carroll and Amy Lashley’s new band, Without a Net. The comedy line-up includes the host of comedy night at Eddie’s, Alyssa Barnett-Schott, plus Mindy Dawn Friedman and Vivian Alford, and Sanders Hulsey.

Bold Strokes Books will publish Jeffrey Ricker’s new novel, Detours in 2011.

STARbooks Press has released a new novel by Thom Nickels, Spore, a new anthology edited by Christopher Pierce, Men at Noon, Monsters at Midnight, and a new anthology edited by Eric Summers, Teammates.

Random House will publish David France’s Morning in America, a look at how AIDS went from a fatal plague to a mostly manageable medical condition as a result of the efforts of a small but fiercely dedicated group of citizen activists who took it upon themselves to master the science and confront the research establishment, pharmaceutical industry, and federal government.

Varsity Prints will publish Reece Wyman Manley’s All Gays Go To Heaven, a gay man’s reflection on past addictions and challenges overcome through a near death experience.

Stephen McCauley is at work on a seventh novel, tentatively titled My Pornographer. The author is also at work on a series of novels to be published under a penname.

Noel Ambery, along with more than 100 other authors, contributed to a remix of the old Horatio Alger rags-to-riches novel Joe’s Luck. The remix can be accessed here.

Amos Lassen is now one of the top 60 reviewers on Amazon.com.

Rebel Satori has released Chick Band, a behind the scenes rock band novel by Rakelle Valencia.

Author, activist and furniture designer Mitchell Gold and his husband, Tim Scofield were married June 19 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Des Moines Art Center.

Poet Ragan Fox will be a competitor on this year's Big Brother reality show.

Poet Bryan Borland has launched Sibling Rivalry Press which recently published Ganymede Unfinished -- A Tribute to John Stahle -- the final issue of the gay literary journal the late editor was at work on before he died earlier this year. The press has also published Fag Hag – A Scandalous Chapbook of Fabulously-Codependent Poetry, edited by Borland, featuring work by Stephen S. Mills, Jessie Carty, Patti Forehand, Ana Tun, Philip F. Clark, Leigh Binder, Val B. Russell, Joseph Harker, Tel, Elizabeth Stelling, Tau, Karen Schindler, Guy “Dhyan” Traiber, Sam Sanders, Gypsy, Victor Kondratas, Paul Andrew Russell, Loria Taylor, Sean Labrador y Manzano, Nicholas Y.B. Wong, Alana Smoot Samuelson, LaMar Johnson, and B.R. Belletryst.

Dark Scribe editor and publisher Vince Liaguno is chairing the Horror Writers Association Stoker Weekend 2011, June 16-19 on Long Island.

Author Robert Dunbar has launched a new press owned, Uninvited Books. Uninvited Books’ first title is a new novel by Greg F. Gifune called Gardens Of Night.

Fetish, a short film written by Charles Casillo which features the author and Joan Collins, will be part of a screening on August 15th at the New York City International Film Festival.

Rob Williams next project is The Mystic Chord, a film based on Jim Tushinksi’s novel Van Allen’s Ecstasy. The screenplay won the NewDraft screenwriting competition at NewFest 2010.

Open calls: Prism Comics is accepting submissions for the 2010 Queer Press Grant, with a deadline of September 15, 2010. The annual grant was established by Prism Comics to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. For guidelines, as well as for the application form, please go to prismcomics.org/grant. Questions about the grant can be directed to Justin Hall at justin@prismcomics.org.

Editor Richard Labonté is seeking short stories for the erotic anthology Daddies 2: Gay Erotic Fiction to be published by Cleis Press, Summer 2011. Max. word count 6,000 words. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2010. Submissions to: daddiestwo@gmail.com. Please put "Daddies 2" in the subject line and include a 50-word bio and a mailing address. Original stories preferred, though reprints will be considered.

Labonté is also seeking short stories for the erotic anthology Hot Jocks to be published by Cleis Press Spring 2011. Stories should have an athletic theme. Deadline is Sept. 1, 2010. Submissions to cleishotjocks@gmail.com. Please put "Hot Jocks" in the subject line, and include a 50-word bio and a mailing address. Original stories only.

Chelsea Station Editions is seeking original or previously published short stories for an anthology to be titled Tangled. Stories should focus on the complexities, freedoms, and foibles of gay dating, sex, friendships, lovers and other relationships. Preference will be give to delightfully plotted literary narratives with strong characters and locale. Maximum word count: 8,000. Submissions should be emailed as Word documents to chelseastation@yahoo.com. Please include legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, e-mail address, and a fifty word or less bio. If story has been previously published, please also include publication details and confirmation that rights belong to author. Deadline is November 1, 2010.

RedBone Press and Vintage Entity Press are co-publishing the second edition of Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books for early fall 2010. If you have or know of a black LGBTQ/SGL book published since 2007, or an upcoming book to be published in 2010 (*it must already have an ISBN assigned*), please email info@redbonepress.com.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

July Publishing Notes

The buzz: Holt will publish Bill Goldstein's The World Broke in Two, a literary history of the year 1922 focusing on the intertwined lives of Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and T.S. Eliot.

Little Brown will publish agent Bill Clegg's second book, 90 Days, a memoir exploring his "blurry post-rehab days."

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has signed a biography of Barbra Streisand to be written by William Mann and to be called Hello, Gorgeous, set for fall 2012.

Actor Mark Ruffalo mentioned in an interview on MTV that he would play Ned Weeks in a film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, to be directed by Glee’s Ryan Murphy.

Jeffrey Beam’s new book, Gospel Earth, a "big book of little poems" is now available from Skysill Press, England. http://skysillpress.blogspot.com/.

Abingdon Press will publish in 2012 Christa Allan's Edge of Grace, about a Christian woman hiding her own secrets while learning to love and accept her gay brother rather than judge him, and the turmoil it causes amongst her friends, family and church.

This fall Chelsea Station Editions will publish David Pratt’s debut novel, Bob the Book, a satirical romance of book meets book and boy finds boy.

In August Poppy Books will begin publishing books based on Fox's musical comedy series Glee, starting with The Beginning, revealing the stories behind Rachel, Kurt, Finn and others before Mr. Schuester took over the Glee Club.

Lost Library contributor and short story writer Michael Graves has published a new short story, "Fort Knox," in the summer issue of Jack magazine.

Dark Scribe Press will publish Chad Helder’s collection of poetry and prose titled The Vampire Bridegroom. The title piece first appeared in the magazine Icarus. Helder and co-editor Vince Liaguno are also planning a sequel to their Stoker-award winning anthology of gay-themed horror stories, Unspeakable Horror.

The summer issue of Icarus, a magazine devoted to gay speculative fiction, features stories by Hal Duncan, Julian Lopez, and Alex Jeffers.

Lethe has published its 2010 edition of Wilde Stories: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction ,which features short stories by Richard Bowes, Joel Lane, Simon Sheppard, Tom Cardamone, and Alex Jeffers.

This summer Lethe will publish Hot Off the Presses, a new novel by Elliot Mackle, and this fall will release A Twist of Grimm: Erotic Fairy Tales for Gay Men by William Holden.

Next fall Grand Central will publish Ellen DeGeneres's as yet untitled memoir.

Word continues to arrive on the financial dilemmas of Alyson and that the publisher has stopped paying royalties to several authors.

David McConnell and Carla Trujillo have joined the Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation.

India's first online gay bookstore has launched. Based in Malad, the store is called http://www.queer-ink.com/ and has been started by Fiji-Indian Shobhna Kumar.

“Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,” is currently on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC through September 16, 2010. Ginsberg started taking photographs as a young man, in the 1940s, and kept doing so through 1963, when his camera was left behind on a trip to India.

The newly established Over the Rainbow Committee of the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association will create an annual bibliography of titles of interest to adult readers that reflect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) experiences. The first ALA Over the Rainbow Books list will be announced in January 2011. The new Committee is an outgrowth of the Rainbow List Committee that launched in 2008 with the aim of creating such a bibliography for readers under 18 years of age. For more information, visit: http://alaovertherainbow.wordpress.com/.

Kudos: The Queer Foundation Scholarship Recipients for 2010–11 are Brandon Lambert of Aurora, OH, and Jesus Zuniga of San Jose, CA. Each student will each receive a $1,000 scholarship for studies at the college or university of their choice. For more information visit http://queerfoundation.org/.

Open calls: The St. Sebastian Review, an LGBTQ Christian literary magazine, is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction essays, and visual art from among the LGBTQ Christian community and its allies. Topics of sexuality and faith are welcome, though they are certainly not required. For submission guidelines please visit: www.stsebastianreview.com/Submissions.html.

The Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT chapter of Romance Writers of America, is accepting submissions for their first annual Rainbow Awards of Excellence (RAES), which recognize the best in published LGBT romance. The contest is open to all authors published in novel or novella length romantic fiction during the 2009 publishing year as long as the story in question has an LGBT romance as its focus and fits within one of our seven categories. Contemporary; Paranormal; Romantic Suspense; Historical; Sci-fi/Fantasy; short/novella (10,000-20,000 words). All entries must be submitted electronically and will be accepted beginning June 1 2010 through August 31, 2010. The entry fee is $15 and is payable through Paypal. Entrants need not be members of either Rainbow Romance Writers or RWA. Further questions can be directed to contest coordinator, Sara Bell at: wavyscribe @ aol . com.For more information, or to submit an entry, please visit the Web site at http://www.rainbowromancewriters.com/2010/04/contest-2010-rainbow-romance-award-for-excellence-in-romantic-fiction/.

The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation has established a new annual playwriting award, providing $50,000 to an emerging writer and an additional $100,000 toward the production costs for mounting the recipient’s play. The foundation was established by director, playwright and librettist Arthur Laurents and Tom Hatcher, his partner. The first award will be presented March 15, 2011.

The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival is now accepting entries to their Short Fiction Contest, which will be judged by author John Berendt. Original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 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. Deadline: November 1, 2010 Contest website: http://sasfest.org/category/competitions Download entry form and mail entry to: Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Fiction Contest, 938 Lafayette St., Suite 514, New Orleans, LA 70113

The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in association with the Marigny Theatre Corporation and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is now taking submissions for their 5th annual Playwright’s Competition. Previously produced plays will be considered as long as they have not been produced in the greater New Orleans area. Characters should be kept to a minimum—preferably 5 or under. Staging should be simple or adaptable to a small stage. Deadline: December 31, 2010 Contest website: http://sasfest.org/fifth-annual-playwrights-competition. Download entry form and mail entry to: Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, 938 Lafayette St., Suite 514, New Orleans, LA 70113

Mary, a literary magazine published quarterly, is currently seeking submissions for both its print and Web publications. Submissions are welcomed in prose, poetry, or essay format. The journal’s mission is to showcase queer/gay writings of artistic merit. Submissions should not be any longer than 5,000 words, and can be submitted electronically at maryliterary@gmail.com. Writers whose work is accepted will be awarded a small honorarium.

Passages: American novelist and memoirist Donald Windham died May 31, 2010. He was 89 years old. Windham was known for his close friendships with Tennessee Williams, Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirsten, and Truman Capote. His novels include the The Dog Star (1950), The Hero Continues (1960), Two People (1965), and Tanaquil (1972). Lost Friendships, a memoir of his friendship with Capote and Williams, was published in 1987.

Monday, May 31, 2010

June Publishing Notes

The buzz: Jocques LeClair, former manager of Lambda Rising, has opened Proud Bookstore in Rehoboth Beach on the Delaware shore. The store sells new and used books, cards, gifts, CDs, movies, and clothing. The bookstore is located at 149 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del. 19971.

Latino writers Emanuel Xavier and Charlie Vázquez will be reading from their new books If Jesus Were Gay and Other Poems and Contraband on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00pm at Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street in Manhattan.

The millionth copy of Steve Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower was printed this month. The 1999 Yong Adult novel is ranked third on the list of the American Library Association's most frequently challenged books.

This summer Lethe will publish the fourth book in Mark Abramson’s Beach Reading series, Snowman.

Little Brown will publish Aaron Hartzler’s first book for young adults, the memoir Rapture Practice, in the Spring of 2011.

In the fall of 2011, the University of Texas will publish Horror After 9/11, a critical anthology co-edited by Sam J. Miller.

In August, 2010, Cleis Press will publish Neil Plakcy's Skater Boys: Gay Erotic Stories, a collection of gay erotic short stories with a focus on young men who skateboard, and Sacchi Green's Lesbian Lust: Erotic Stories, a collection of short erotic lesbian stories. That month the Press will also publish Rachel Kramer Bussel's Orgasmic: Erotica for Women, a collection of short erotic stories with an emphasis on women experiencing different types of orgasms, and Passion: Erotic Romance for Women, a collection of erotic short stories with a focus on romance and passionate encounters. In September, Cleis will publish Violet Blue's Just Watch Me: Erotica for Women, a collection of short story erotic by and for women.

Next month Dreamspinner Press will publish Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story, Ruth Sims novel set in Europe in the late 1800s which revolves around the career and loves of classical musicians.

StarBooks Press recently published Cut Hand, a novel by Mark Wildyr, about the unorthodox love affair between a white youth on the American frontier and a young Indian warrior destined for the leadership of his tribe.

Musicians Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig are depicted as gay lovers and Hall and Oates as their Satanist neighbors in the new comic book Henry & Glenn Forever. The illustrating-writing team Igloo Tornado created the 64-page comic book.

Matilda Bernstein Sycamore’s first film, All That Sheltering Emptiness, made in collaboration with Gina Carducci, will be screened June 7 at NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival.

Kyle Patrick Alvarez will write and direct a film adaptation of the short story “C.O.G.” by David Sedaris, about the author’s apprenticeship with a Christian clockmaker that was included in his 1997 collection Naked.

British actor Matt Smith (also known as the eleventh ‘Dr. Who’) will play Christopher Isherwood in a London stage production based on Isherwood's memoir, Christopher And His Kind.

Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, and Garrett Hedlund are expected to star in a big-screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road.

British actor Toby Regbo has been cast in the film adaptation of Peter Cameron’s young adult novel Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You.

Kudos: D. A. Powell won the 18th annual Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for Chronic.

Vestal McIntyre won the 2010 Grub Street Fiction Book Prize for his novel Lake Overturn.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Bernard Cooper, Michael Nava, Cecilia Tan, and Paul J. Willis were inducted into the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame at the recent literary conference in New Orleans.

Val McDermid was presented with this year’s Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, honoring outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.

Director Gregg Araki won the Cannes Film Festival's first Queer Palm award for his film Kaboom, about a bisexual film student.

A full list of the winners of the Lambda Literary awards can be found on the foundation web site http://www.lambdaliterary.org/.

The winners of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the GLBT category was Torn, by Amber Lehman. Finalists included Alphabet City: My So-Called Sitcom Life by Jon Paul Buchmeyer, Possessions by Carmen de Montefiores, She’s My Dad by Iolanthe Woulff, and Tomorrow May Be Too Late by Thomas Marino. Short Plays to Long Remember, which included gay and lesbian plays compiled and edited by Francine L. Trevens, was a finalist in the Anthology category.

Open Calls: The deadline is July 1, 2010 for the anthology Queer Girls in Class: Lesbian Teachers and Students Tell Their Classroom Stories, a collection of personal narratives (1,500–3,500 words) by lesbian teachers and students who speak about sexual identity and its effects on the teaching and learning process in the high school and university setting. For more information or to submit, e-mail: queergirlsanthology@gmail.com.

The deadline is June 27 for the 9th Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award for best previously unpublished poem in English that best relates GLBT life. There is a reading fee of $5 per poem submitted, any form, style, length. Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203. For complete details, e-mail givalpress@yahoo.com or visit Web site: http://www.givalpress.com/.

Passages: John Stahle, editor and designer of the literary journal Ganymede, died of a heart attack in April, 2010. Several Ganymede contributors have set up a memorial page at: http://rememberingjohnstahle.com/. Stahle was also the author of I Was Like and His Glimmering World.

Peter Orlovsky, poet, dharma-maverick, and longtime companion of Allen Ginsberg, died May 30, 2010.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

May Publishing Notes

The buzz: Harper Perennial will publish Evan Fallenberg's When We Danced on Water, a novel which spans more than fifty years in the life of a famed ballet dancer, whose talent saved him from the Nazis, and the relationship he begins with a middle-aged woman from his local café in Tel Aviv, whose own past in the Israeli military echoes his struggles.

STARbooks Press has released Rising Starz, a new set of porn-star interview by Owen Keehnen which features Bruno Bond, Colin Steele, Johnny Gunn, Logan Mccree, Ross Hurston , Skye Woods, Ty Lebeouf, and others.

Edmund White's Paris in the Eighties, a follow-up to City Boy, recounting the writer's life and the cultural scene in 1980s Paris, where White worked at American Vogue and befriended everyone from Yves Saint-Laurent to Michel Foucault, while the AIDS epidemic swept New York and eventually brought tragedy to his own life abroad, will be published by Bloomsbury.

Lethe Press has released Tales My Body Told Me, a new novel by Wayne Courtois, about a 45-year-old gay man who finds himself in a “reparative therapy” program for homosexuals.

The Stoker award-winning anthology Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, edited by Vince Liguono and Chad Helder, is now available from the InsightOut book club.

Rebel Satori Press has released Contraband, a new novel by Charlie Vazquez, set in an underground near-future America where dissidents and “lunars” seek refuge from the smoldering ruins of a nation plagued by a deadly civil war and revolution. The Press’s QueerMojo imprint has also published If Jesus Were Gay & other poems by Emanuel Xavier this month.

Doubleday will publish Bruce Duffy's Disaster Was My God, based on the colorful and untidy life of Arthur Rimbaud, the poet who set French literature on its ear with his revolutionary verse (and his proto-punk antics) before the age of twenty, only to forsake literature for a career dealing arms in Abyssinia.

Next spring Clarkson Potter will publish Thom Filicia's Hammered, both a memoir of the renovation of Thom's dream house on Lake Skaneateles in central New York state, and a how-to for interested renovators and design aficionados.

The University of Wisconsin Press has just released Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans by Philip Gambone, a collection of interviews with gay activists and artists, including David Sedaris, George Takei, Barney Frank, and Tammy Baldwin.

Random House will publish Seth Rudetsky's Surviving Sophomore Year, the tale of a boy who, at 15, decides to do the impossible: lose weight, become popular, and get his first kiss.

Paul G. Bens will be donating second-quarter royalties from his novel Kelland to SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a non-profit support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly has released its Spring 2010 issue, a series of essays documenting literary organizations in the greater Washington DC region. Of special interest are contributions from Julie R. Enzer on The Furies, Martin G. Murray on the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman, and Danielle Evennou on mothertongue. More details at http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/.

Frank Anthony Polito's Facebook fan page for his novel Band Fags was taken down by and then reinstated. After much speculation as to why the page had been taken down, an administrator from the social-networking site wrote to Polito that the page was deleted "erroneously."

Among the entries to name Patti LuPone's upcoming memoir were A Little Touch of Star Quality; I, Eva and Being LuPone. The winner: Patti LuPone: A Memoir, submitted by Precilla Ng of Toronto.

Perry Brass has been blogging about "Lost Gay New York" for Queer New York at http://queernewyorkblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/qny-welcomes-new-voice-perry-brass.html.

Riverdale High, the comic book home of Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead, has a new gay student, Kevin Keller.

Rufus Wainwright is composing an evening with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra based on Shakespeare's sonnets.

Alan Cumming has withdrawn from the long-delayed Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark because of a scheduling conflict.

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are writing a Broadway musical called The Book of Mormon, expected to open on Broadway next March.

Playwright Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy were married in Washington. The Tony-winning playwright, 71, and lawyer, 46, tied the knot on the banks of the Potomac near the Kennedy Center, which is running a series of McNally's plays.

The Signature Theater Company will present The Illusion, Tony Kushner’s adaptation of L’Illusion Comique by Pierre Corneille, in the spring of 2011. The play, about a lawyer in search of his son and a magician who conjures up visions of the lost child, joins Signature’s previously announced repertory productions of Angels in America, planned for the fall, and the New York debut of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures, which it is producing with the Public Theater next spring. The season will also feature a reading series of Mr. Kushner’s other plays.

The Lambda Literary Awards Reading in Chicago will be Tuesday May 4 at 7 pm at the Gerber Hart Library. Other Lambda Literary readings will be May 10 at 7 pm at Skylight Books in Los Angeles and May 15 at the Saints & Sinners Festival in New Orleans.

The 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards will be held May 27th, 2010 at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City. General Admission tickets to the Lammy Awards Ceremony, including pre-Awards reception, are $100. Tickets are available through the foundation's Web site: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/.

Book launch for Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s The Big Bang Symphony is Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 pm at Diesel Books, 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA.

Bears in the Wild, a new bearotica anthology edited by R. Jackson, will have a book signing featuring Jackson and contributor Jeff Mann during Summer Bear Week in Provincetown, Saturday, July 17th, 11:00am - 12:00 noon, 200 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657.

Several bloggers have noted that fashion designer Marc Jacobs is apparently opening a bookstore in the West Village in New York City, in the longtime former site of the Biography Book Shop. The store is rumored to be called Book Marc and would be his sixth store in the area but first as a bookstore. The Biography Book Shop moved about eight blocks south on Bleecker Street last year and is now called Bookbook.

Wilton Manors, Florida, has a new GLBT bookstore -- grand opening was April 16 for The Book Nook at 2207 Wilton Drive for owner Alan Fisher. For more information please visit http://www.booknookwm.com/.

Amazon.com made a $25,000 grant to the Lambda Literary Foundation for its Writers' Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. The retreat is scheduled to be held August 8th through August 15th, 2010 at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. This year’s faculty includes Nicola Griffith, Ellery Washington, and Ellen Bass.

Gaylaxicon 2010 in Montreal has been canceled due to a breakdown in hotel negotiations. Gaylaxicon 2011 is scheduled for April 29 - May 1 2011 in Atlanta, GA.

Cleis Press is celebrating its 30th year in business this year. The press, SexIs magazine, and EdenFantasys are teaming to launch an online book club. Each month, the club will feature reviews of Cleis titles by members of EdenFantasys' online community. Participating authors include Rachel Kramer Bussel and editor Alison Tyler. Discussions are planned on the best sex writing of 2010, the best women's erotica of 2010, and other subjects. Books featured in the club will be for sale on EdenFantasys's Web site, and in SexIs. Membership in the club is free.

Monster Girl Media, a Latina-run, female-centered activist press emphasizing fiction and stories about individuals who don't have to "behave" to fit in, started by Erika Lopez and Kamala Lopez, is now distributed by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution:

Marshall Moore is in the process of starting a publishing company in Hong Kong: Signal 8 Press.

Kudos: Anthony Bidulka’s novel Aloha, Candy Hearts, is a nominee for the Arthur Ellis Crime Writers Award for Best Crime Novel.

Among the finalists for this year’s Locus Awards, presented at the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 25-27, 2010, is “It Takes Two” by Nicola Griffith in the Best Novelette category. Griffith also scored a Hugo nomination for the story.

Guests of honor at the recent Outlantacon included authors Cecilia Tan, Dariek Scott, Lee Martindale, and Greg Herren.

Among the nominees for the Shirley Jackson Awards, for outstanding achievement in literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic, are: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters for Best Novel, and “The Witnesses are Gone” for Best Novella by Joel Lane.

Among the recent Guggenheim fellows announced were performance artist Holly Hughes and author Monique Truong.

TLA has released the winners of its Gaybie awards: Among the winners are Best Gay Fiction: Diva, Las Vegas by Rob Rosen, Best Gay Non-Fiction: The Meaning of Matthew by Judy Sheppard; Best Photo Book: The Big Penis Book by Dian Hanson; Best Gay Mystery: Straight Lies by Rob Byrnes, Best Gay Comic: The Initiation #2: Higher Sex Education; and Best Erotica: Eight Inches by Sean Wolf. Awards also went to Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer of Glee and Gus Van Sant of Milk.

The winner of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Playwriting Contest is St. Louisian Jerry Rabushka for his play Brushup Ten. The winner of the Festival’s First Annual Short Fiction Contest is Wayne Lee Gay of Denton, Texas for his story “Ondine.” Runners-up are Danny Bracco of San Francisco for “Dancing Pink Roses” and James Driggers of Asheville, NC for “Jesus Is My BFF.” The winning stories, along with new stories by a few of the best names in GLBT literature, have been collected into an anthology, Saints & Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival, by QueerMojo, an imprint of Rebel Satori Press. A book release party featuring readings by the winners and others will be held on Thursday, May 13 as a fundraiser for the festival.

The James Duggins Mid-Career Author Award recipients are Lee Lynch and Noel Alumit.

Arsenal Pulp Press has been shortlisted for the Small Press Publisher of the Year Libris Award by the Canadian Booksellers Association. Winners will be announced at CBA's Libris Awards ceremony in Toronto on May 29.

The Finalists in each category for the 2010 Golden Crown Literary Society Awards for lesbian literature have all been posted on the Web site at http://www.goldencrown.org/site/index.php/awards-awards/2010shortlist. Winners will be announced at the Golden Crown Literary Conference in Orlando June 5, 2010.

The Lambda Literary Foundation has named Larry Kramer and Kate Clinton as this year's recipients of its Pioneer Award, to be presented at the Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony on May 27th, 2010 in New York City.

Among the nominees for the Lucille Lortel Awards, which honors off-Broadway's best shows are The Pride (with six nominations), The Temperamentals, Yank! A WWII Love Story and A Boy and his Soul.

The winners of the Publishing Triangle literary awards are: Lesbian nonfiction: American Romances by Rebecca Brown; Gay nonfiction: The Greeks and Greek Love by James Davidson; Lesbian poetry: Zero at the Bone by Stacie Cassarino; Gay poetry: Poems of the Black Object by Ronaldo V. Wilson; Debut fiction: The Bigness of the World by Lori Ostlund; LGBT fiction: The Hour Between by Sebastian Stuart.

On the longlist of works eligible for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award are Gentleman’s Relish by Patrick Gale, More of This World or Maybe Another by Barb Johson, The Bigness of the World by Lori Ostlund, and The Haunted Heart and Other Tales by Jameson Currier.

On the shortlist for the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for fiction are: The Bigness of the World by Lori Ostlund, Sugarless by James Magruder, and The Torturer's Wife by Thomas Glave.

Winners of the 2009 Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Awards are: Favorite Lesbian Fiction Writer: Ali Vali, Crystal Michallet-Romero, Gerri Hill, Georgia Beers, Melissa Good, and Radclyffe. Favorite Lesbian Fiction Anthology/Story Collection: Best Lesbian Love Stories 2010 edited by Simone Thorne, Outsiders by L Ames/G Beers/JD Glass/S Meagher/S Smith, Romantic Interludes 2: Secrets edited by Radclyffe/S Seaman, Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2009 edited by Nicole Foster, Year's Best Lesbian Fiction 2008 edited by Fran Walker. Favorite Lesbian Fiction Romance: Battle Scars by Meghan O'Brien, Breaking the Ice by Kim Baldwin, Sanctuary by I. Beacham, Secrets of the Stone by Radclyffe, The Veil of Sorrow by Crystal Michallet-Romero. Favorite Lesbian Fiction Erotica: Lesbian Cowboys Erotic Adventures edited by S Green/R Valencia, Night's Kiss: Lesbian Erotica by Catherine Lundoff. Favorite Lesbian Fiction Mystery: Death of a Dying Man by J.M. Redman, From Hell to Breakfast by Joan Opyr, The Scorpion by Gerri Hill, The Times That Bind by Andi Marquette, Thief of Always by K Baldwin/X Alexiou. Favorite Lesbian Fiction Adventure: Footsteps by Mickey Minner, Justice for All by Radclyffe, Renegade by Cheyne Curry, Stranded by Blayne Cooper, and Thief of Always by K Baldwin/X Alexiou. Favorite Lesbian Fiction Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Barking at the Moon by Nene Adams, Goldenseal by Gill McKnight, Iron Rose Bleeding by Anne Azel, Second Nature by Jae, The High Priest and The Idol by Jane Fletcher. Favorite Lesbian Fiction Humor/Comedy: From Hell to Breakfast by Joan Opyr, The Middle of Somewhere by Clifford Henderson, The Seduction of Moxie by Colette Moody, Winds of Heaven by Kate Sweeney. Favorite Lesbian Fiction General: Beggar of Love by Lee Lynch, Footsteps by Mickey Minner, The Children of Mother Glory by C.M. Harris, The Middle of Somewhere by Clifford Henderson, The Times That Bind by Andi Marquette. Favorite Lesbian Fiction Historical: Fireweed by Micky Minner, Kicker’s Journey by Lois Cloarec Hart, The Children of Mother Glory by C.M. Harris, The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody.

Open Calls: Seven Kitchens Press is accepting submission for the third annual Robin Becker Chapbook Prize for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript in English by a Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual, Transgendered or Queer writer. Submission deadline is May 15, 2010. For more details visit: http://sevenkitchens.blogspot.com/.

The Atlanta Queer Lit Fest is accepting entries for its Broadside Contest. Deadline is July 15th. The winner will receive $200 and 100 copies and a keynote reading invite at the festival. C. Dale Young will judge. Poetry, prose, hybrid genres all welcome, 250 word maximum. $5 per entry, max 5 entries. For more details visit http://www.atlqueerlitfest.com/.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April Publishing Notes

The buzz: A production of Terrence McNally’s play Corpus Christi, about a gay Jesus, has been canceled by Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, for “safety and security concerns for the students as well as the need to maintain an orderly academic environment,” as reported in The Austin Chronicle.

The Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s play, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, has been postponed after actress Megan Mullaly left the show.

Tony Kushner’s latest play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures, will have its New York premiere next spring in a co-production by the Public Theater and the Signature Theater Company.

The movie version of Jim Grimsley’s novel, Dream Boy, recently opened in New York and is headed for Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, and Fort Lauderdale.

Sam J. Miller, Rob Stephenson, Stephen Greco, Timothy Young, Christopher Bram, Michael Graves, Paul Russell, and Ian Titus are among the readers of The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered, edited by Tom Cardamone, at Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street on April 16th, at 7 p.m.

Poets Richard McCann, Kim Roberts, and Bernard Welt will join editor Philip Clark for a reading of poems from Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS, with special guests Michelle Parkerson (director, A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde) and Wayson Jones (Essex Hemphill’s long-time performance partner). Wednesday, April 7th: Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW, Washington D.C. in the Lecture Hall.

Kate Bornstein, Sam J. Miller, Seth Clark Silberman, and Kathleen Warnock will be a part of Sideshow: The Queer Literary Carnival, hosted by Cheryl B. & Sinclair Sexsmith, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Phoenix, 447 East 13th Street at Avenue A, New York, NY, 10009.

Untreed Reads has published an ebook edition of Ruth Sims short story “The Lawyer, The Ghost and the Cursed Chair.”

St. Martin’s will publish Ethan Mordden's Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya.

Rick R. Reed’s Tales from the Sexual Underground, which collects the author’s steamiest fiction and non-fiction, is now available from MLR Press in both ebook and print editions.

Harper will publish Rahul Mehta's debut story collection, Quarantine, about the cultural experience of gay men of Indian descent, from India to America and in between.

Owen Keehnen’s novel, I May Not Be Much But I'm All I Think About, is now available on line from e-gaymag.com. His forthcoming horror novel, Doorway Unto Darkness, will be released by Dancing Moon Press.

Next Spring Harper will publish Allen Ginsberg's Howl: A Graphic Novel, with art by Eric Drooker.

STARbooks Press has released The Long Way Round by Peter Apps, a sexy romp with space heroes.

Seal Press will publish Elena Azzoni's A Year Straight, a memoir in which the author, who'd identified as a lesbian for over a decade, chronicles her first year of dating men.

Author Samuel Delaney praised Rob Stephenson’s novel, Passing Through, as “the most exciting book I’ve read in some time. I don’t know exactly why, but that only makes it more so. It has something to do with his pitch-perfect mastery of the underlying logic of association. It has something to do with his polished language and an observational eye that sweeps through sex, art, death, and obsession—an obsession that may be love or that may be the desire to kill—in words that toss up lyrical juxtapositions of objects you just don’t expect, the whole impelling you at mag-lev energies.”

Paul Russell’s novel, The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov, which was to be the lead title for Alyson’s spring list, has been canceled due to nonpayment of the advance.

Critic Amos Lassen has made the list of top 100 reviewers at Amazon. Lassen’s reviews focus primarily on works of interest to the GLBT community.

Details on guidelines, eligibility, and submissions for the 2010 Rainbow Awards can be found on Elisa Rolle’s blog at http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/993088.html.

The Lambda Literary Foundation has launched its revamped Web site at http://www.lambdaliterary.org/. The site is actively seeking feature essays, opinion pieces, author interviews, book reviews, and round-ups. Visit the Web site and its editorial calendar for more details.

Andrew Kirtzman, a political reporter and author of Betrayal, a book about Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, is one of the three owners/investors of FIP Ventures, LLC, which recently purchased the commercial properties near the ferry landing of Fire Island Pines.

Kudos: Among the shortlist for the Lost Man Booker Prize, honoring works published in 1970 that were not eligible for consideration for the Booker Prize at the time, are Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault, The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark, and The Vivisector by Patrick White. The winner will be announced May 19.

Vince A. Liaguno of Dark Scribe press and magazine received the President’s Richard Laymon Service Award given by the Horror Writers Association.

Among the finalists of the Indies Choice Book Awards is Brooklyn by Colm Toibin for Book of the Year (Adult Fiction).

Among the winners of the National Book Critic Circle awards was Blake Bailey's Cheever: A Life.

Among the nominees on the Orange Prize shortlist are The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters and The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.

Among the Oscar winners was The New Tenants, for Live Action Short, with a screenplay by David Rakoff.

The 2009 Tiptree Award winners are Greer Gilman, Cloud and Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales, and Fumi Yoshinaga, Ooku: The Inner Chambers, volumes 1 & 2. Among the honor list was Maureen F. McHugh, for “Useless Things.”

TLA has launched its first Gaybies Awards, a voter’s choice award for movies and books in 18 categories. Among the book categories are Best Gay Non-fiction, Best Gay Mystery, Best Gay Fiction, Best Gay Erotica, Best Gay Comic, and Best Photo Book. Nominees and voting instructions can be found at http://www.tlavideo.com/gaybies/a-2.

Blanche Wiesen Cook will receive the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award from the Publishing Triangle. The Leadership Award will presented to Michele Karlsberg. Literary finalists for lesbian nonfiction are: Rebecca Brown, American Romances; Mary Cappello, Called Back; and Joan Schenkar, The Talented Miss Highsmith. For gay nonfiction are James Davidson, The Greeks and Greek Love; Chap Heap, Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940; and David Plante, The Pure Lover. Finalists for lesbian poetry are Stacie Cassarino, Zero at the Bone; Kristin Naca, Bird Eating Bird; Lee Ann Roripaugh, On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year. Finalists for the gay poetry are Brent Goodman, The Brother Swimming Beneath Me; D.A. Powell, Chronic; and Ronaldo V. Wilson, Poems of the Black Object. Finalists for debut fiction are Elise Moser, Because I Have Loved and Hidden It; Lori Ostlund, The Bigness of the World; and Rakesh Satyal, Blue Boy. Finalists for LGBT fiction are G. Winston James, Shaming the Devil; Barb Johnson, More of This World or Maybe Another; Eleanor Lerman, The Blonde on the Train; Vestal McIntyre, Lake Overturn; Jill Malone, A Field Guide to Deception; and Sebastian Stuart, The Hour Between. The awards will be presented Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Tishman Auditorium, New School University, 66 West 12th Street, New York City. The ceremony is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

The Lambda Literary Awards will be presented Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City. A complete list of the finalists can be found on the Foundation’s Web site at http://www.lambdaliterary.org/.

Passages: H. M. Koutoukas, a playwright who helped create the Off Off Broadway theater movement in the 1960s with a wildly surreal style of drama, died on March 6 at his home in Manhattan. He was 72. Among his plays, many which were presented at the Caffe Cino and La MaMa and which the author called “camps,” were Medea in the Laundromat, The Last Triangle, and Awful People Are Coming Over So We Must Be Pretending to Be Hard at Work and Hope They Will Go Away. Koutoukas also acted in many productions of Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

March Publishing Notes

The buzz: Little, Brown and Company will release David Sedaris's next book this October, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a book of animal fables, with cover and interior artwork by Ian Falconer.

This month, the University of Arkansas Press will publish Harm’s Way, Eric Leigh’s first book of poetry. The collection was a finalist for the inaugural Miller Williams Prize. More details can be found here: http://www.uapress.com/titles/sp10/leigh.html.

A Midsummer Night's Press is publishing two new books in April as part of its Body Language imprint of queer poetry: Handmade Love by Julie R. Enszer, a first collection from the founder of the lesbianpoetryarchive.org and Mute by Raymond Luczak, a collection exploring deaf gay experience. The Press is offering free shipping on US orders via its website: www.amidsummernightspress.com.

OR Books will publish Eileen Myles's The Inferno, a poet’s novel.

QNY will publish Laurie Rubin’s Do You Dream in Color, a blunt take on being blind by a thirty-year-old Jewish lesbian who sings opera around the world and designs her own jewelry line.

This spring Rebel Satori press will publish a new collection of poetry from Emanuel Xavier and reissue Trebor Healey's poetry collection Sweet Son of Pan, as well as bringing out new titles by jj hastain, Chad Helder, and Dennis Mahagin. On the fiction front are works by Stephen Beachy, Kevin Killian, Rob Stephenson¦ and others. Also up for the press are Chick Band by Rakelle Valencia, winner of the Project QueerLit, Contraband by Charlie Vazquez and Slut Machine by Shane Allison.

This month the University of Wisconsin Press will publish Jerry Rosco’s Glenway Wescott Personally, a biography of the author of The Pilgrim Hawk and other novels.

This Spring Chelsea Station Editions will publish The Wolf at the Door by Jameson Currier, a novel set in a haunted gay-owned guesthouse in New Orleans.

Out this month from Fiction Collective 2 is Rob Stephenson’s new novel, Passes Through.

This Spring Alyson will publish Ken O'Neill's The Marrying Kind, about a couple whose decision to boycott weddings until all couples can get married.

In June Cleis will publish James Lear's Sticky End: A Mitch Mitchell Mystery, the third erotic novel in series about a murder mystery.

Out this month from Bear Bones Books, an imprint of Lethe Press, is Bears in the Wild, an anthology of erotic stories edited by R. Jackson. Lethe will also publish Marshall Moore’s forthcoming novel, An Ideal for Living.

This October Agate Bolden will publish Terrance Dean's Straight, From Your Gay Best Friend, a humorous and soulful advice guide for straight women from the vantage point of a gay man.

Teachers College Press will publish Mollie Blackburn's LGBTQ Students Reading the Word and the World in the Fall of 2011.

Among the new gay literary Fan pages launched recently on Facebook are ones for literary journal Bloom, Amos Lassen’s Literary Pride, and GLBT Bookshelf.

The sixth issue of Bloom, the literary journal for queer writers, readers and artists will debut next month at the AWP conference in Denver.

Creating a lot of blog traffic recently was a publisher’s decision to cancel a proposed book of gay zombie stories. Editor Vince Liaguno weighed in on the controversy on his blog at http://vinceliaguno.blogspot.com/2010/02/of-zombies-and-stupidity.html.

Reports have surfaced that London’s gay bookshop, Gay's the Word, is again facing a rent increase. The bookstore is located in busy shopping street in the Bloomsbury neighborhood.

New York’s Second Annual Rainbow Book Fair will take place March 27, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Concourse of the City University of New York headquarters at 34th Street. The Second Annual Rainbow Book Fair is hosted by CLAGS, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY. For more details visit: http://rainbowbookfair.org.

Among upcoming events are OutlantaCon 2010 April 30-May 2 in Atlanta; Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, May 13-16 in New Orleans; and Gaylaxicon 2010, an international science fiction, fantasy and horror convention, in Montreal October 20-31.

The Lambda Literary Awards will take place Thursday, May 27 in Manhattan. Over 430 books have been submitted for consideration for the awards.

The Publishing Triangle awards will be presented Thursday, April 29 in Manhattan.

TnT Classic Books has published Short Plays to Long Remember, compiled and edited by Francine L. Trevens, featuring 27 plays by 14 American authors including Perry Brass, Jane Chambers, Michael Devereaux, Paul Dexter, Victor Gluck, David Brendan Hopes, David Johnston, David J. Mauriello, Sidney Morris, William F. Poleri, Daniel P. Quinn, Francine L. Trevens, Doric Wilson and George Zarr.

Broadway diva Patti Lupone is running a contest on her Web site pattilupone.com to come up with a name for her memoir. The New York Times reported the winner will get an autographed copy of the book, two tickets to Lupone’s next Broadway show (or major show in a city near you), and the actress will congratulate the winner personally at the theater. Contest ends March 30, 2010.

Patrick Dennis’s novel, Auntie Mame, has become an unlikely bestseller in Italy. The novel was published in 1955 and penned by Edward Everett Tanner III, an idiosyncratic social observer and satirist who wrote under several pseudonyms. The Italian director Luca Guadagnino is reportedly interested in a film remake that would star the British actress Tilda Swinton in the title role.

Jon Robin Baitz is currently at work on a new play about Hollywood figure Robert Evans. The play is expected to premier on Broadway within the next year. Baitz will also make his Broadway playwriting debut with Love and Mercy.

Monday night performances of Jon Marans’ off-Broadway play The Temperamentals, based on Harry Hay and the founding of the Mattachine Society, will be followed by post-show discussions with special guests including Larry Kramer, Paul Rudnick, Derek and Romaine, Bill C. Davis, Tom Viola, Charles Kaiser, John Loughery, Elizabeth Ashley and Michael Wilson. For schedules, see the Web site: www.thetemperamentals.com.

Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner have joined the producing team of the upcoming Off Broadway show My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, written by and starring Leslie Jordan, with performances beginning April 14.

Kate Clinton will join Lily Tomlin for Back 2 Back on April 17 and 18 at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, NY.

Portia de Rossi’s forthcoming book will detail her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres and her battle with bulimia. Her partner Ellen DeGeneres will become a comic book next month. Bluewater Productions’ Female Force is releasing a biographical comic book on the star.

Kudos: D.A. Powell was awarded the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Powell’s poetry collection, Chronic, is also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Among the nominees for the 2009 Strand Magazine Critics Awards, recognizing excellence in mystery fiction, is The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters for Best Novel.

Among the finalists for the Bram Stoker awards given by the Horror Writers Association are Martyrs and Monsters by Robert Dunbar and In the Closet, Under the Bed by Lee Thomas, both in the category of Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.

Among the finalists for the 2009 Nebula Awards from the SFWA are “I Needs Must Part, The Policeman Said,” by Richard Bowes for Best Novelette; The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzak for Best Novel, and Ash by Malindo Lo for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The 2010 Alice B. Medals were presented to Catherine Friend, JM Redmann, and Kate Sweeney and the 2010 Lavender Certificates to D.L. Line for On Dangerous Ground, Colette Moody for The Sublime & Spirited Voyage of Original Sin, Carsen Taite for truelesbianlove.com.

Among the winners of the Black Quill Awards, given by Dark Scribe Magazine, are Kelland by Paul G. Bens Jr. for Best Small Press Chill-Editors' Choice, and The Haunted and Other Tales by Jameson Currier for Best Dark Genre Fiction Collection-Editors' Choice.

Finalists for the annual fiction and playwrighting contests sponsored by the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival include: For fiction: Danny Bracco, Nathan Burgoine, Emily M. Danforth, James Driggers; Jack Fritscher, Wayne Lee Gay, William Holden, James Nolan, Steve Scott, and Shawn Syms. For playwriting: Suzanne Bachner, Fengar Gael, Jewelle Gomez, John Greenwell, , Kim Hanna, Joseph M. Paprzycki, Felice Picano, Jim Provenzono and Jerry Rabushka.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

February Publishing Notes

The buzz: Anthony Bidulka’s Date With a Sheesha, the seventh Russell Quant mystery, has been moved up from May to March, 2010. The home town launch at McNally Robinson Saskatoon has been booked for Thursday, April 15th.

This spring, Kensington will publish Robin and Ruby, by K.M. Soehnlein, a sequel to the author’s bestselling The World of Normal Boys.

Now out in bookstores is Elliott Mackle’s new novel, Captain Harding's Six Day War, published by Alyson books.

Forthcoming from Alyson this spring is Why Are You Telling Me This? Christopher Isherwood's Commonplace Book, 1940–1985, edited by Don Bachardy and James White, which publishes for the first time the novelist's record of his personal readings over 45 years; and Once a Marine: A Memoir of Coming Out Under Fire by Eric Alva with Sam Gallegos. Alva, the first casualty of the Iraq War, risked his hero status and challenged “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” by coming out as gay. Also forthcoming is For the Love of the Dead, gay zombie erotica by Hal Bodner.

Other new books on the horizon this year includes My Queer War by James Lord, published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux, about the author’s experiences during World War II; The Bucolic Plague: From Drag Queen to Goat Farmer: An Unconventional Memoir by Josh Kilmer Purcell, author of I Am Not Myself These Days, published by Harper Collins; Insignificant Others, a new novel by Stephen McCauley, published by Simon & Schuster; and a reissue of Native, a novel by William Haywood Henderson, published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Paul Lisiky’s new novel, The Burning House, will be published in 2011 by Etruscan Press.

This fall Globe Pequot will publish former assistant to Jimmy Carter and Zell Miller social historian Rick Hutto's A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia, the chronicle of a tenuous last link to a proud Southern aristocracy, and the murder of his wife, the secret of his love affair with his male black chauffeur, and his stunning Pyrrhic end.

In 2012, Farrar, Straus, Giroux will publish Francesco Pacifico's The Story of My Purity, the first translated novel by this Italian writer, about an unhappily married Roman intellectual who falls under the spell of Jews, gays, MDMA, and beautiful women in nightclubs (and not exactly in that order).

In 2011, Atlas will publish Sigrid Nunez's Susan, an intimate portrait of Susan Sontag by a novelist who lived with Sontag's son, the writer David Rieff, in the 1970s, and saw herself as a disciple, observantly noting the influential critic's passage through the hazards of New York literary life.

Howl, a movie based on the infamous Howl trial, starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, had its premiere at the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and also stars David Strathairn, Alan Alda, and Jeff Daniels. Howl and Other Poems remains City Lights Press’s bestselling title.

Ashe Journal 8.2 has been released and features an essay by Mitch Shenassa on “The Occult William S. Burroughs.”

Several items from William Burrough’s “Bunker” at the YMCA in the Bowery are part of photographer Peter Ross’s Web portfolio at http://heypeterross.com/.

This spring Haiduk Press will publish The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered, edited by Tom Cardamone, which includes appreciations by 28 contemporary writers of significant books long out of print on the gay experience during the 20th century.

Ryan Richardson has collected an archive of gay paperback artwork from the 1950's and 60's at http://www.gayontherange.com/.

Author Peter Cameron has launched Wallflower Press, a small private press that will publish limited-edition chapbooks featuring the work of Cameron, as well as the work of authors he admires. Each book will be edited, designed, and crafted by Cameron in editions limited to ten copies. Five books will be included in the Series I: 2010. The first to appear will be Dog Stories: Homework & The Secret Dog. These two early stories were written by Cameron in the early 1980s and first published in The New Yorker and The Kenyon Review. The signed limited editions are available for $100 each. For more information or to reserve a copy, please email: info@wallflowerpress.com or visit wallflowerpress.com.

Christopher Sieber will appear in The New Group's Off-Broadway musical The Kid, based on a book by Dan Savage, based on Savage's book The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant. Previews begin in April. Music is by Andy Monroe, book by Michael Zam, and lyrics by Jack Lechner.

The White Horse Theater Company will be staging Tennessee Williams’s Clothes for a Summer Hotel, which depicts an ethereal meeting between the restless ghosts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda. Performances begin Feb. 5 at the Hudson Guild Theater and run through Feb. 21.

On the Late Show with David Letterman Robert Downey, Jr. hinted at a homoerotic subtext in the relationship between his Sherlock Holmes character and Jude Law's Dr. Watson. The comments reportedly infuriated Andrea Plunket, who controls the remaining U.S. copyrights to the Holmes story, and she has threatened to withdraw permission for a sequel if the detective becomes more than just friends with his sidekick.

Velvet Mafia has launched its 8th anniversary issue with prose by Eric Karl Anderson, Tina Anderson, Donald Webb, Mykola Dementiuk, Shane Allison, Nathan Sims, Jennifer Greidus; poetry by Jeff Mann and Brian Brown; an interview with Dennis Cooper by Craig Gidney, and an excerpt from Dancing with the Devil by Taylor Siluwé.

The winter issue of Mary, a quarterly literary magazine showcasing queer writing and art, is scheduled to be published March 2010, and is still accepting submissions up until Feb 30, 2010. Submissions should not be any longer than 5,000 words, and can be submitted electronically at maryliterary@gmail.com.

The Fresh Fruit Festival is now accepting submissions for the Seventh Annual Fresh Fruit Festival. The deadline is February 6, 2010. The Eighth Annual Fresh Fruit Festival will be held in NYC in July, 2010. The Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBT lives as expressed in performance, dance, theatre, video, film, spoken word, visual and music arts. Full-length pieces will be presented a minimum of four performances. Shorter performance works will have a minimum of one or two performances. For details and application: http://www.freshfruitfestival.com/.

Tony Valenzuela has been named the Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation. Antonio Gonzalez is the new Web Producer.

Author Michael Nava hopes to make history in 2010 by becoming the first openly gay Latino judge ever elected to a California court. Donations can be made to his campaign website at http://www.navaforjudge.com/.

Kudos: Among the nominees for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were Edmund White for City Boy in Autobiography; and Blake Bailey for Cheever: A Life and Brad Gooch for Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor in Biography.

The 2010 Stonewall Awards from the American Library Association are: Barbara Gittings Literature Award to Stray Dog Winter by David Francis; Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award to The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd; the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award to Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America by Nathaniel Frank. The Stonewall Honor Books in Children & Young Adult are 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert; Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman; Gay America: Struggle for Equality by Linas Alsenas; Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman, and Sprout by Dale Peck. The Stonewall Honor Books in Literature are God Says No by James Hannaham and Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin. The Stonewall Honor Books in Non-Fiction are Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman By Stuart E. Weisberg; Black Bull, Ancestors and Me by Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde; The Greeks and Greek Love: A Radical Reappraisal of Homosexuality in Ancient Greece by James Davidson; and I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde, edited by Rudolph P. Byrd.

Ash by Malinda Lo was an honor book for the William C. Morris Award, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

GLAAD does not present book awards during their annual fetes, but they do recognize several writing categories. Among the nominees for Outstanding Comic Book are Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger, Doug Petrie, Joss Whedon; Detective Comics by Greg Rucka; Madame Xanadu by Matt Wagner; Secret Six by Gail Simone ; and X-Factor by Peter David . For Outstanding Los Angeles Theater, the nominees are 40 is the New 15, book and lyrics by Larry Todd Johnson, music by Cindy O'Connor; Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins by Brian Christopher Williams; Battle Hymn by Jim Leonard; Bingo with the Indians by Adam Rapp; and Lydia by Octavio Solis. The nominees for Outstanding New York Theater are A Boy and His Soul by Colman Domingo; The Brother/Sister Plays by Tarell Alvin McCraney; Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts; Soul Samurai by Qui Nguyen; and The Temperamentals by Jon Marans. The off-off Broadway nominees are Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party by Aaron Loeb; Devil Boys From Beyond by Buddy Thomas; The Lily’s Revenge by Taylor Mac; She Like Girls by Chisa Hutchinson; Wickets, created and conceived by Clove Galilee and Jenny Rogers, adapted from Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes.

Among the 2009-2010 Isherwood Fellows is Tennessee Jones, who received the James C. McCormick Fellowship.

Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn won the Costa Novel of the Year award.

Val McDermid won the Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger award for outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. She was also inducted into the Crime Writers' Hall of Fame and elected to an honorary fellowship at St Hilda's College, Oxford.

Passages: J. Frederic "Fritz" Lohman, the partner of 48 years of Charles W. Leslie, died on December 31, 2009. In lieu of other remembrances, expressions of sympathy be sent to the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (LLGAF) referencing the new Fritz Lohman Museum Fund. As the co-founder of The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation and Gallery, Lohman’s name will now grace a new fund dedicated to the next significant growth phase-the establishment of the Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Contributions can be sent to LLGAF, 26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013, Attn: Fritz Lohman Museum.