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Burn-Proof Edition of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Up for Auction

Burn-Proof Edition of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Up for Auction

By Hillel Italie | May 24, 2022

On Monday night, timed for PEN America's annual gala, Atwood and Penguin Random House announced that a one-off, unburnable edition of "The Handmaid's Tale" would be auctioned.

Anthony Veasna So Wins Posthumous Award for LGBTQ Fiction

Anthony Veasna So Wins Posthumous Award for LGBTQ Fiction

May 11, 2022

Anthony Veasna So's posthumous debut story collection "Afterparties" is among the winners of the 34th annual Triangle Awards, given for outstanding LGBTQ literature.

Librarians, Authors, Publishers Form Anti-Book Ban Coalition

Librarians, Authors, Publishers Form Anti-Book Ban Coalition

May 11, 2022

The American Library Association, the American Federation of Teachers and more than a dozen other organizations have formed a coalition to fight the nationwide wave of book bans and challenges.

Strong: Gay Weightlifter Inspires New Kids' Book

Strong: Gay Weightlifter Inspires New Kids' Book

By David-Elijah Nahmod | May 10, 2022

Gay author Eric Rosswood wants LGBT kids to believe in themselves. In his new children's picture book "Strong," Rosswood tells the story of Rob Kearney, a gay strongman who trains himself to lift hundreds of pounds.

King of Filth: John Water's 'Liarmouth'

King of Filth: John Water's 'Liarmouth'

By Jim Piechota | May 5, 2022

Step aside, Dawn Davenport. There's a new bitch in town and she means business. Her name is Marsha "Liarmouth" Sprinkle, and she dominates all the depravity in filthy filmmaker and bestselling author John Waters' debut novel, "Liarmouth."

Paul Mendez's 'Rainbow Milk' - an Auspicious Literary Debut

Paul Mendez's 'Rainbow Milk' - an Auspicious Literary Debut

By Brian Bromberger | May 5, 2022

Raw and transcendent are the words applicable to Paul Mendez's semi-autobiographical debut novel "Rainbow Milk," a multi-generational dissection of sexuality, race, and religion on the rocky evolution of a young gay Black man set in England.

Pandemic Prose: Excerpts from 'Arlene Francis & Me - Pandemic Diaries from Castro Street 2020'

Pandemic Prose: Excerpts from 'Arlene Francis & Me - Pandemic Diaries from Castro Street 2020'

By Mark Abramson | May 3, 2022

While we holed up indoors in 2020 — which now seems like much more than two years ago — prolific local gay author Mark Abramson took notes.

Gran Fury's Glory: Jack Lowery Discusses His Book, 'It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic'

Gran Fury's Glory: Jack Lowery Discusses His Book, 'It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic'

By Jim Provenzano | May 3, 2022

In "It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic," author Jack Lowery fully explores the history of Gran Fury, the ACT UP activist-artist collective that cleverly incorporated advertising styled messaging.

Ocean Vuong's Rainbow Afterglow: Poet Returns with 'Time Is a Mother'

Ocean Vuong's Rainbow Afterglow: Poet Returns with 'Time Is a Mother'

By Tim Pfaff | May 3, 2022

One true way to envision Ocean Vuong is as, if not The Survivor, a survivor. His newly released second book of poems was occasioned by the silence that enveloped him after the death of his mother.

Books About LGBTQ+ and Race Issues Face Censorship. Is It Constitutional?

Books About LGBTQ+ and Race Issues Face Censorship. Is It Constitutional?

May 1, 2022

Most books targeted for banning in 2021, says the American Library Association, "were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons." Whether these efforts are unconstitutional censorship is a complex question.

Homecoming Queen: Alejandro Varela's 'The Town of Babylon'

Homecoming Queen: Alejandro Varela's 'The Town of Babylon'

By Jim Piechota | Apr 26, 2022

The problematic return of a gay Latinx man to his hometown after decades away is supreme fodder for an engrossing and melodramatic novel, and debut author Alejandro Varela seems more than happy to seize the moment.

Toni Mirosevich's 'Spell Heaven'

Toni Mirosevich's 'Spell Heaven'

By Miah Jeffra Milla | Apr 19, 2022

Toni Mirosevich's collection of linked stories, "Spell Heaven," tells of working-class fishing family and the author's own balance of that life and academia, a position she loves for the students and loathes for the politics.

Meet Queer Working Class Hero, Booker Award-Winning Novelist Douglas Stuart

Meet Queer Working Class Hero, Booker Award-Winning Novelist Douglas Stuart

By Billy McEntee | Apr 18, 2022

Scottish novelist Douglas Stuart looked back to his own upbringing for his latest novel, "Young Mungo," and to his working-class Glasgow roots. EDGE spoke to the Booker Award-winning author.

'Coming Out and Coming Home' - Gay Catholic Minister Head Pens Memoir

'Coming Out and Coming Home' - Gay Catholic Minister Head Pens Memoir

By John Ferrannini | Apr 12, 2022

In his new memoir, Stan JR Zerkowski writes about how he never intended to be a national spokesperson for LGBTQ Roman Catholics. But, "There is a plan in the end" we can't necessarily control.

A Wee Boy's Own Story: Douglas Stuart's 'Young Mungo'

A Wee Boy's Own Story: Douglas Stuart's 'Young Mungo'

By Tim Pfaff | Apr 12, 2022

Douglas Stuart has carried forward from his Booker Prize-winning debut novel Shuggie Bain into its follow-up, "Young Mungo." What it shares with its predecessor is a brutal honesty about some lurid familial connections.

'Bridgerton' Books are Popular Again, Thanks to Netflix Show

'Bridgerton' Books are Popular Again, Thanks to Netflix Show

By Alicia Rancilio | Apr 7, 2022

Shonda Rhimes was on vacation when she stumbled upon the first book in the Regency-era "Bridgerton" book series, "The Duke & I," by Julia Quinn and quickly was all in.

Paul Gallo's 'Coloring Extravaganza of Healing'

Paul Gallo's 'Coloring Extravaganza of Healing'

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Apr 5, 2022

In his creative coloring book, artists Paul Gallo presents images he has drawn from his childhood to the present day. Most of the images are drawings of people dressed in a wide array of styles.

Library Study Finds 'Challenged' Books Soared in 2021

Library Study Finds 'Challenged' Books Soared in 2021

By Hillel Italie | Apr 4, 2022

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, has never been so busy.

Wayne Hoffman's 'The End of Her'

Wayne Hoffman's 'The End of Her'

By Gregg Shapiro | Mar 30, 2022

For his new book, "The End of Her: Racing Against Alzheimer's to Solve a Murder," Wayne Hoffman called on his skills as a journalist and a storyteller to unravel a family mystery.

Richie Hofmann's New Orbit of Intimacy

Richie Hofmann's New Orbit of Intimacy

By Mark William Norby | Mar 30, 2022

San Francisco poet Richie Hofmann combines memoir and fiction in order to detail the character's interior monologue in his new book of poems, "A Hundred Lovers."

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