Tuesday, March 01, 2011

March Publishing Notes

The buzz: In September. 2011, Hyperion’s Voice will publish Glee star Jane Lynch's memoir Happy Accidents, covering her comedy career, from the Second City theater to movies Best in Show and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and dealing with "how she learned to her embrace her homosexuality and overcame alcoholism."

Also in September 2011, Magnus Books will publish Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla's The Two Krishnas, looking at infidelity and the nature of desire and faith.

Drollerie Press launches its new GLBTQ imprint, Flyleaf, with the publication of Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic, edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft and Catherine Lundoff. The collection features twelve fantastic tales by Connie Wilkins, Steve Berman, Jean Marie Ward and others. More details can be found here: http://drolleriepress.com/news-and-commentary/hellebore-rue-15-off/.

Raymond Luczak has uploaded a new video for his new book of poems Road Work Ahead. View it here: http://youtu.be/j2RH926KEa4.

Jee Leong Koh has just published his third book of poems, Seven Studies for a Self Portrait. You can read a poem about Frida Kahlo, from the book, on the Web site of Bench Press (http://www.benchpresspoetry.com).

Chelsea Station Editions (www.chelseastationeditions.com) has a brand new Web design up and running thanks to novelist and Web designer Andrew Beierle. Beierle, who recently moved from the east coast to the California mountains, has launched Design Serrano, a graphic and Web design initiative.

This month Chelsea Station Editions will reissue The March, Walter Holland’s 1996 novel about a group of friends impacted by AIDS, and later this year will publish For the Ferryman, a new memoir from Charles Silverstein, co-author of The Joy of Gay Sex, and Jameson Currier’s new novel The Third Buddha, set in Afghanistan post 9/11.

Speaking of new Web sites, author Felice Picano has launched www.felicepicano.net. Felice has a new memoir out this month (True Stories: Portraits from My Past) from Chelsea Station Editions.

Brent Hartinger’s new novel, Shadow Walkers, about astral projection, has just been published by Flux.

Steve Berman is now an Editorial Consultant for Bold Strokes Books, handling YA submissions.

Among the workshops scheduled for this year’s Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans, May 12-15, are "A Return to Joy-Remembering Why You Love to Write," led by Jen Voli, "Buidling Credible Worlds/Making Setting Work for your Story," with Jess Wells, and "Memoir Becomes History/History Becomes Memoir," with Felice Picano. Other authors scheduled to attend the festival are Achy Obejas, Aaron Hamburger, Aaron Anson, Farzana Doctor, Michael Thomas Ford, Tom Mendicino, and Jewelle Gomez. More details on the festival can be found at www.sasfest.org.

More than thirty independent presses have signed up as exhibitors for the Rainbow Book Fair, March 26, 2011 at the Lesbian and Gay Center in New York. The fair will also feature readings and panels. Visit http://rainbowbookfair.org/ for more details.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust have jointly acquired a collection of the prints, negatives, and letters of Robert Mapplethorpe.

Passages: Perry Moore, an executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia film series and the author of Hero, an award-winning novel about a gay teenager with superpowers, died February 17, 2011. He was thirty-nine years old.