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: 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

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,

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

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

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: