Thursday, July 07, 2011

July Publishing Notes

The buzz: Simon & Schuster will publish Better Nate Than Ever, Billy Elliot kid coach and Broadway dancer Tim Federle's debut novel and a gentle coming-out story about a small-town middle-grader, who sneaks onto a Greyhound bus and spends two glorious days in New York City, where he tries out for ET: The Broadway Musical, and learns a lot about casting calls, stage mothers, unforgiving wardrobe choices, his heroic aunt... and himself.

Marshall Moore’s BookCyclone imprint has released e-book versions of Neal Drinnan’s Glove Puppet, Pussy's Bow, Quill, and Izzy and Eve; Juliet Sarkessian’s Trio Sonata; Trebor Healey’s Through It Came Bright Colors; Andy Quan’s Six Positions; Jerome Kugan and Pang Khee Teik’s Body 2 Body: A Malaysian Queer Anthology, and Moore’s The Concrete Sky and Black Shapes in a Darkened Room.

Bastille Day Films has optioned David Groff's Nobody’s Child, in which a single New York mother and a doggedly unattached gay man find their friendship rocked by her diagnosis of cancer and the needs of her young son.

Nathan Manske’s I'm From Driftwood is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aimed at helping LBGT youth.

Yale University recently announced the establishment the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes, funded by the estate of the late writer.

The winner of the 2011 Atlanta Queer Literary Festival Broadside Contest chosen by poet Mark Doty is Brent Calderwood.

Author Norman Prentiss was one of the recent winners of the Bram Stoker Awards given out by the Horror Writers Association. Prentiss was honored for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction for Invisible Fences.

Editor Vince Liaguno of Dark Scribe Press co-chaired the recent Stoker Awards weekend in Long Island which included a panel discussion on queer horror. Dark Scribe Press has also recently released Butcher Knives & Body Counts: Essays on the Formula, Frights, & Fun, edited by Liaguno, and Chad Helder's The Vampire Bridegroom: Poems and Tales.

Forthcoming from Lethe Press is a short story collection by Hal Duncan, a new novel by Lewis DeSimone, and the newest edition of Best Gay Stories, edited by Peter Dubé.

Next month Chelsea Station Editions will publish Jameson Currier’s new novel, The Third Buddha, set in Afghanistan post 9/11. The press will also release Michael Grave’s debut collection of short fiction, Dirty One, set in Leominster, Massachusetts.

Blue Rider Press will publish Simon Doonan's Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, a stylishly slimming discourse that proves gay men really are French women: prone to disdain, favoring cheeky underwear, convinced of their own artistic brilliance, and (of course) calorie-obsessed.

Perry Brass’s new novel, King of Angels, set in Savannah of 1963, will be published by Belhue Press in the Spring of 2012.

William Johnson is the new managing editor of the Lambda Literary Foundation Web site.

The OutWrite Book Fair will be August 6, 2011 at the DC Center, 1318 U Street NW in Washington DC, from 10 AM to 8 PM. Book readings, book vendors, book discussions, poetry readings and more are scheduled. For more information visit: