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.