Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Great Night

Congratulation to Chris Adrian on his latest novel, The Great Night, which hit bookstores last month. From the San Francisco Chronicle review:

With a terrible honesty, making us laugh with tears in our eyes, Adrian reminds us that "it won't be all right, not exactly, not ever." Try as we might, and perhaps as we must, we won't be able to extract a satisfying, let alone permanent and profound, meaning from our lives, our losses and our death.
But, as with Adrian's other works, that doesn't mean there's not some ribaldry and fun along the way.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Remembrance of Things I Forgot: A Novel

Comedian and writer Bob Smith has a new novel out, and it's available via Amazon this week. It's got some great press. My favorite comment is from Edmund White:
If H. G. Wells had been funny and Oscar Wilde obsessed with time travel they might have mated and produced Bob Smith, who has written the funniest and wildest ride imaginable through the recent past and near future.

Bob may be best known for his humorous Openly Bob. Looking forward to the next chapter in his writing.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

With Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson won the Whitbread Award for a First Novel in 1985. She has said that she doesn't consider Oranges are Not the Only Fruit to be lesbian literature. The story is based on her life as a girl in a religious family. From Winterson's website:
Brought up to preach the gospel alongside such spiritual giants as Testifying Elsie and Pastor Spratt, Jeanette is destined for the missionary field, but her high success rate of converts turns into a charismatic encounter with one girl in particular. Love and sex were not scheduled into her timetable, but at 16, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves.
Winterson is an acrobatic and prolific writer. This early work demonstrates her skill as a writer and thinker. Winterson's later works are more conceptual and experimental.

Easily accessible, the book became the basis of a BBC series by the same name. For an excellent lesbian coming-of-age story, read Oranges are Not the Only Fruit.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

2011 Lammy Awards

On May 26, attend the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards in New York City. This year's recipients include Edward Albee and Val McDermid.

Lamda Literary is the leader in LGBT book reviews, author interviews, opinion and news since 1989.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tales of the City

What better gay book to start with than Tales of the City. Author Armistead Maupin has captured the charm of San Francisco in the 1980s in this series of books.

From the Wikipedia page on Tales of the City:

Because installments were published so soon after Maupin wrote them, he was able to incorporate many current events into the plot of the series, as well as gauge reader response and modify the story accordingly. At one point Maupin received a letter from a reader who pointed out that one of the characters' names was an anagram, providing Maupin with one of the more memorable and surprising plot twists in the book. Maupin's books are also some of the first to deal with the AIDS epidemic. 
Real life people such as Jim Jones and a thinly veiled Elizabeth Taylor are mentioned in the story lines. A prominent closeted gay celebrity is represented as "______ ______" throughout the third novel, with sufficient detail available to deduce that it could be Rock Hudson.
A great read, and be sure to watch the videos, too!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Reading Gay Books

This blog provides quick gay reading suggestions. No detailed reviews, but ideas for GLBT readers. Enjoy.