Monday, October 03, 2011

October Publishing Notes

The buzz: In May 2012 Beacon Press will publish gender theorist and performance artist Kate Bornstein's A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy who Joins the Church of Scientology, and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today, recalling her childhood as a Jewish American Prince on the Jersey Shore, entering Brown pre-med and graduating with Brown's first ever degree in theater; later, abandoning the theater for a life on the road and hippiedom, finding solace in the Church of Scientology and becoming one of their most successful salesmen and highest ranking officers; after three marriages, fatherhood and gender reassignment surgery the author comes of age in the lesbian community during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s; the final chapter is a letter to her daughter, a high level official in the Church of Scientology who is forbidden to speak to her father.

Also in May 2012, Scribner will publish a posthumous memoir from Reynolds Price, who was working on his "fourth and final memoir," Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir, when he died this past January at age 77. Anne Tyler, who studied under Price at Duke, will write a foreword.

Scribner will publish activist POZ publisher's Sean Strub’s memoir of the AIDS pandemic, encompassing his work with ACT-UP and other organizations, as well as personal loss and survival.

In September 2012, Duke University Press will publish Sarah Schulman's Salt on Green Almonds: Israel/Palestine and The Queer International, about the emerging Palestinian LGBT movement and its impact on both the Global LGBT and the broad politics of the Middle East.

Transworld will publish John Irving's In One Person, the author's thirteenth novel and his most political since The Cider House Rules, featuring a bisexual man, marking Irving's return to the territory of "sexual suspects" he explored in The World According to Garp.

This month Lethe is releasing A Night at the Inn, A Day at the Palace, a short and fantastical fiction collection by two-time Golden Crown Literary Award winner Catherine Lundoff featuring stories about swashbuckling female pirates, opera singers and mercenaries. Also releasing this month from Lethe Press is Night Chant, a collection of poems by Andrew Demcak. Next month the press will release Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Mann.

This month Vanilla Heart Publishing will release the eBook version of Collin Kelley's second novel, Remain In Light, the second installment in his Venus Trilogy. The trade paperback will be released in January.

Also releasing this month from Chelsea Station Editions is For the Ferryman, a new memoir from Charles Silverstein, and Personal Saviors, a new novel by Wesley Gibson.

This month Brooklyn Arts Press is publishing Christopher Hennessy's debut collection of poetry, Love-In-Idleness.

Rob Rosen’s fourth novel, Southern Fried, has been published by MLR Press and is available as both a paperback and an ebook: Rosen’s first novel, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love, has just been rereleased as a 10th Anniversary Edition.

The new issue of Icarus is out featuring stories by Alex Jeffers, James Bennett, Richard Bowes, an interview with Ginn Hale, and a new column by Tom Cardamone.

Rob Stephenson will read with Debra Di Blasi and Lance Olsen Sunday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave (between Dean St & St Marks Ave) in Brooklyn.

Eleanor Levine and Joanna Hoffman will read from Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry will read Monday, October 10th, at 7:00 p.m. at Bluestockings, 172 Allen in Manhattan. New York, NY. Sandra Tarlin, Hilary Lustick, Rose Fox, and Sima Rabinowitz will read their work from the anthology Tuesday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. at The City College of New York, sponsored by The Simon H. Rifkind Center, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY.

On October 12 at 6:00 p.m., SAGE will host a reading with authors Felice Picano and Jameson Currier at the LGBT Center in Manhattan at 208 West 13th Street. Picano will read from True Stories, a series of memoirs in which he recounts meeting Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden, Bette Midler, Diana Vreeland & others.ᅠCurrier will read from his latest novel, The Third Buddha.

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.

Contributors to the Collective Brightness poetry anthology from Sibling Rivalry Press will read Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. at 446 West 36th Street in Manhattan.

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 p.m.

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.

Atlanta Queer Literary Festival will partner with the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) for a special Drink In Design even on Thursday, Oct. 20, 6-9 p.m. LGBT poets from Atlanta will be reading poems crafted in response to posters in the Graphic Intervention exhibition.

Authors Michael Graves and Michael Schiavone will read from their new works October 25, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, Massachusetts.

LGBT book award submissions are now open for the Publishing Triangle ( and Lambda Literary Foundation (

Audible audio books has lined up Annette Benning to narrate Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe, Jennifer Connelly to narrate The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, and Anne Hathaway to narrate The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The books will be released in 2012.

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

Deadline for Issue 2 of Chelsea Station, a new magazine of gay writing, is December 1, 2011. The magazine includes 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. 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