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Authors Speak Out About Writing LGBT Books and Characters in Tribute to Pride: VIDEO


Authors Christopher Bram, Dorothy Allison, Martin Duberman, Elana Dykewomon, Michael Nava, Joseph Caldwell, Ned Rorem, and Lisa Alther talk about being LGBT in a tribute to Pride Month from Open Road Media.


I hope you've enjoyed the book reviews we've been posting recently. If you missed them, check out Garth Greenwell's reviews of Gerbrand Bakker's Ten White Geese, Jonathan Kemp's London Triptych, Benjamin Alire Saenz's Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, and David McConnell's American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men.

What books have you been reading recently and recommend?

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  1. I really like the book reviews. Please keep posting them

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jun 14, 2013 12:41:33 PM

  2. "The Steel Remains" and its sequel, "The Cold Commands."

    It's fantasy-noir; Two of the three main POV characters are LGBT, neither are overtly sterotypica, all are culturally alien or alienated. And all three are exceedingly, unrepentantly violent.

    The third book is due soon (well soon in publishing time). I like the series. I especially like that, of the three, the main character, Ringil Eskiath, is gay, loves men, and has no agnst about it.

    He has a lot of bad memories, because people suck, but he isn't wondering "why is this happening to me." He has his sword, his fists, and his cynicism, and the tattered remains of a code of honor that he wraps himself in to bludgeon his way through an honorless society.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Jun 14, 2013 12:44:23 PM

  3. Loved "Songs for the New Depression" by Kergan Edwards-Stout. I got turned on to it by a friend--laughed and cried the entire read. Keep the reviews coming!

    Posted by: J.P. | Jun 14, 2013 1:10:33 PM

  4. Uh, Andy, there's something missing in the list of reviews ... oh, wait, just HALF the population! Not a single review of anything by a lesbian writer.

    I know some of you are allergic, but some of us dykes do occasionally read this blog (skipping the many varieties of beefcake in order to do so).

    Please try harder to find a lit-dyke to review dyke-lit.

    Posted by: Nanuq | Jun 14, 2013 1:52:25 PM

  5. What I would like to see is more LGBT novels actually sold in bookstores. I don't know about everyone else but there are a few bookstores in the local cities and none of them carry actual LGBT literature. Barnes & Noble in Florence has a Gay & Lesbian section, which is incredibly small and the books are either written about a time pre 1980s, or something weird like The Joys of Gay Sex. There aren't any real novels. If I want an actual novel or series I have to find it online.

    Posted by: Derrick | Jun 14, 2013 2:29:19 PM

  6. "Elana Dykewomon?" She brandishes this outrageous moniker, and I bet nobody bats an eye. Wonder what the reaction would be if a Black writer called herself "Beulah N*gger B*tch"? LGBT folk nowadays have some hella strange ways of expressing pride. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd mistake it for internalized heterosexism.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jun 14, 2013 3:27:09 PM

  7. E. Lynn Harris - Invisible Life & Just As I Am

    Ethan Mordden - How Long Has This Been Going On?, The Venice Adriana, and the 5-part Buddies' Cycle of novels. they changed my life, they're so amazing.

    and of course, Edmund White, Holleran, Maupin, Lorde, Walker, Vidal :-)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 14, 2013 3:45:47 PM

  8. When I saw lgbt authors, the first person I thought of was Christopher Bram. He has produced amazing work.

    Posted by: Jem (truly outrageous) | Jun 14, 2013 3:47:14 PM

  9. Great inspiring video and yes please keep posting the book reviews

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 14, 2013 5:18:45 PM

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