Tuesday, February 01, 2011

February Publishing Notes

The buzz: Knopf will publish Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel, The Stranger’s Child, an epic story of two families across the twentieth century.

Christopher Hennessy’s debut poetry collection, Love in Idleness, will be published later this year by Brooklyn Arts Press (BAP).

In Winter 2012, St. Martins will publish Robert Leleux's new memoir The Living End, about how his grandmother's unexpectedly humorous decline into Alzheimer's became an occasion to reconcile with her daughter -- Leleux's mother.

Later this year Modernist Press will publish two editions of Art from Art, an anthology of short stories inspired by art and edited by Stephen Soucy: a four-color paperback version and special numbered hardbound limited edition of 100.

In April Cleis Press will publish Saachi Green's Lesbian Cops: Erotic Investigations. In June, the Press will publish Neil Plakcy's The Handsome Prince: Gay Erotic Romance, a mix of traditional and contemporary stories, each with its own unique fairy-tale atmosphere, and in July the Press will publish Richard Labonté's Hot Jocks: Gay Erotic Stories. In Fall 2011 Cleis Press will publish Delilah Devlin's Girls Who Bite, lesbian vampire stories in a romantic erotica anthology.

Pseudonymous founder of Outserve.org, a closed, online social network for active duty LGBT military personnel, Air Force officer JD Smith's compendium of first-person stories from gays in the military and their experiences under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," will be published by Penguin Press.

Starbooks Press has released The Last Prince from Gaul by Anton Perrick, an erotic romp through ancient Rome, Blood Dreams by Jack Stevens, a dark, erotic story, set in England, and Homo Thugs, edited by Shane Allison.

Lemon Gulch Books has released The Importance of Having Spunk: A Lesbian Couple's Comic Search for the Perfect Donor in the Scandinavian Wilderness by Donovan O'Malley

Univited Books has released Willy, a new dark psychological thriller by Robert Dunbar.

Melissa Scott has begun work on new books in the Astrient series (earlier novels are Point of Hopes and Point of Dreams, both co-written with her late partner Lisa A. Barnett). Point of Knives is a novella detailing the adventures and romance between the two male leads of Hopes and Dreams. Fairs' Point will continue the series. The books will release from Lethe Press.

Simon & Schuster Children’s will publish Cheryl Kilodavis and illustrator Suzanne DeSimone's My Princess Boy, a mom's story about a young boy who loves to dress up, the challenges he faces, and the family that supports him no matter who he becomes or what he chooses to wear.
Magnus Books will publish in January 2012 Bob Bergeron's Connecting to the Right Side of Forty: A Guide for Gay Men at Midlife, an interactive program to help readers understand how their relationships with other men throughout their lives have an impact on successfully navigating the challenges of aging.

Joel Tan and Michael Samuel have joined the Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation. Judith Markowitz and David McConnell have assumed the role of Co-Chairs.

In March, Sibling Rivalry Press will publish Raymond Luczak's fourth poetry collection Road Work Ahead. Luczak has just posted a brand-new trailer [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptnlhsujuOw] in which he talks about the book. Even though Luczak "speaks" in American Sign Language (ASL), the clip is subtitled in English.

Edward Field has posted a video at youtube.com/fieldinski of 93-year-old writer and editor Diana Athill reading a poem about her mother’s dying. After Alfred Chester’s death (Athill was his editor) she became friends with Field and her letters over 30 years to Field will be published next year by Granta as Letters to a Friend.

Emma Watson and Logan Lerman are in talks to co-star in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, based on Stephen Chbosky's novel. Chbosky will direct his own script.

Carol Rosenfeld is one of the readers at Drunken! Careening! Writers! "Four Fabulous Writers!" Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m. at KGB, 85 East 4th Street, in New York.

David Pratt (Bob the Book) and Felice Picano (True Stories) will be reading from their new books on Tuesday, March 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia.

Shaun Levin, Eric Karl Anderson, and Anthony McDonald will read from Best Gay Erotica 2011, Thursday, February 10 at 7:00 pm at Gay's the Word Bookshop in London.

The Queer Foundation's annual High School Seniors English Essay Contest is now underway. Deadline is February 28, 2011. The top essayists are awarded $1,000 scholarships to attend the U.S. college or university of their choice. For more information visit http://www.queerfoundation.org/.

Open Calls: Eric Andrews Katz is seeking submissions from writers, artists/comics/photographers for the new anthology, Gay City. Vol. 4 - At Second Glance. Deadline July 31, 2011. For more details email anthology@gaycity.org or visit here: http://libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com/2010/10/26/submission-call-gay-city-vol-4-at-second-glance

Richard Labonté is seeking submissions for Erotica Exotica: Tales of Sex, Magic, and the Supernatural to be published by Bold Strokes Books. Deadline is April 15, 2011. Submissions to: boldexotica@gmail.com, with a 50-word bio and a mailing address in the body of the email.

Labonté is also seeking submissions for Best Gay Erotica 2012 to be published by Cleis Press. Deadline: April 30, 2011. Submissions to: mailto:bge2010@gmail.com. Include real name/address/ 50-word bio.

Labonté is also seeking submissions for Best Gay Romance 2012 to be published by Cleis Press. Deadline: May 31, 2011.Submissions to mailto:bgr2011@gmail.com.

Passages: Reynolds Price, author of many novels, memoirs, poetry, essays and plays and a member of Duke University's English department faculty for more than 50 years, died January 20, 2011 in Durham, N.C. He was 77.