Thursday, September 01, 2011

September Publishing Notes

The buzz: In Fall 2012, Jonathan Cape will publish Breakfast with Lucian by Geordie Greig’s based on the author’s regular Sunday breakfasts with Lucian Freud, and on many hours of recorded conversations, including discussions between the two of them on subjects as diverse as art, debt, enemies, death threats, poetry, escaping from Nazi Germany, falling out with Jerry Hall, why he hated his brother Clement, painting David Hockney, his first love, sleeping with horses, escaping the Krays, hanging with the Queen, his role as a father, why Velazquez was the greatest painter, and dancing with Garbo, illustrated with some of Greig's own photograph.

This month Sibling Rivalry Press will publish Nocturnal Omissions by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard and Eric Norris, a dialogue on love, sex, and art and inspired by correspondence between the two authors. In October, the press will publish Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality, edited by Kevin Simmonds and including work by Franklin Abbott, Ellen Bass, Jeffery Beam, Regie Cabico May Chowdhry, Danielle Feris, Reginald Harris, Jee Leong Koh, Jeff Mann, Kamilah Aisha Moon, D. A. Powell, Ruben Quesada, Maureen Seaton, and Megan Volpert, among others.

Next month Chelsea Station Editions will publish For the Ferryman, a memoir by psychologist Charles Silverstein and co-author of The Joy of Sex, and Personal Saviors, a new novel by Wesley Gibson, author of the memoir You Are Here. The press has also released an e-book edition of Chelsea Boy, a collection of debut poems by Craig Moreau.

This fall Lethe Press will release Night Chant, a new poetry collection by Andrew Demcak. The press has also issued a + e 4EVER, a graphic novel by Ilike Merey. Lethe has also released an e-book edition of Tom Cardamone’s The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered which includes 28 essays about gay books which are out of print.

Next Summer, 2012, Henry Holt will publish a memoir by Bravo channel’s Andy Cohen, about his growing up with a love of pop culture and landing a job in the television business, which enabled him to meet many of the stars he admired. The as-yet untitled book will also detail how Mr. Cohen, who is gay, suppressed his sexuality as a boy.

This month, Cheyenne publishing will bring back into print The Pride Pack, a series of four mysteries for LGBTQ kids penned by Ruth Sims under the pseudonym R. J. Hamilton. Alyson originally published the first two books in the series but the series was dropped when the publisher was sold. The new editions from Cheyenne will include an afterword by Wayne Gunn.

Uninvited Books has reissued a paperback version of Martyrs & Monsters by Robert Dunbar.

This month Magnus Books releases The Two Krishnas, a novel by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla and At Home With Myself, a collection of essays and stories by David Mixner.

Kensington will publish Where You Are by Janet Trumble, about a gay teacher who crosses the line of propriety with a male teen who is four months away from graduating high school.

Wayne Hoffman will be reading from his new novel, Sweet Like Sugar, on Monday September 12th, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble at 82nd and Broadway. This event is sponsored by Tablet Magazine, and will include a Q&A with Tablet editor Alana Newhouse after the reading. Hoffman is also reading at a number of other venues. Check for a full listing.

Several gay and lesbian authors and editors are participating in the West Hollywood Book Fair, October 2, 2011 in Los Angeles. Among them are: Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla, Charles Flowers, Felice Picano, Jeanne Cordova, David Francis, Claire McNab, Terrance Dean, Terry Wolverton, and Christopher Rice.

Authors Felice Picano and David Pratt will be reading from their new books at Calamus bookstore in Boston on Friday October 14, 2011 at 7 pm. Picano will also read at a SAGE sponsored event on October 12, 2011 at the Lesbian and Gay Center in Manhattan. Picano’s newest book, Contemporary Gay Romances, a collection of short stories, releases in October from Bold Strokes Books.

Chad Helder is doing a Halloween book tour for The Vampire Bridegroom: which includes an October 15, 2011 reading at the Q Center in Portland, Oregon and an October 29th event at the Village Books in Fairhaven, Washington.

The Stonewall Inn will be the site of a book launch on October 13 for Well With My Soul, a debut novel by Gregory G. Allen.

David Rakoff is among the finalists for the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor for Half Empty.

Vertigo Theatre Productions in Manchester, England is planning a stage version of Matthew Rettenmund’s novel Boy Culture in 2012.

Previews begin October 5, 2011 at CAP21 Theater Company in Manhattan for Southern Comfort, a new musical based on the award-winning documentary about transgender friends in rural Georgia.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission awarded Lambda Literary Foundation an $11,400 grant.

The Queer Foundation's annual High School Seniors English Essay Contest is now underway. Deadline is February 18, 2012. The top essayists are awarded $1,000 scholarships to attend the U.S. college or university of their choice. For more information visit

Open Calls: Submissions are now being accepted for the Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival’s Third Annual Short Fiction Contest. SAS Fest is seeking original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 words with GLBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” For more details, visit

In November 2011 Chelsea Station Editions will launch Chelsea Station, a magazine of gay writing. The magazine will be published four to six times a year and will include original and unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, memoir, humor, narrative travelogue, interviews, and reviews (books, theater, television, and film) relating to gay literature and gay men. Deadline for Issue 1 is October 1, 2011. Deadline for Issue 2 is December 1, 2011. Submissions should be sent to Manuscripts should be emailed as Word attachments. Please include your name, address, and e-mail contact information on the first page of your document. Please also include a brief bio. Please do not send more than one prose work or more than four poems for consideration. Please query if you would like to submit work for consideration in more than one genre for an issue. For more information visit