The Queer Bookshelf

By krimiblogger | Flipping about lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender literature.

James Baldwin’s Black Queer Legacy

What the documentary ‘<i>I Am Not Your Negro’ does and doesn’t get right</i><b>James Baldwin:</b><i></i> But that demands redefining the terms of the western world…<b>Audre</b> …

Black History

The Young Queer Writer Who Became Greenland’s Unlikely Literary Star

The first Greenlandic novel—a Rip Van Winkle-like tale called “Singnagtugaq,” or “The Greenlander’s Dream,” by a priest named Mathias Storch—was published just over a century ago. In the time since, the island’s modest literary output has tended to hew closely to traditional themes—what one …

Popular Fiction

Costa winner Sebastian Barry: ‘My son instructed me in the magic of gay life’

Days Without End, about an Irishman who fights in the American civil war, cross-dresses and marries a man, has won the Costa prize. Do Barry’s family mind their stories being plundered?<p>Days Without End is a short book about a vast subject – several vast subjects actually, from Irish emigration to …

Books

Cruising The City Boy.

I have just finished my third reading of <i>City Boy</i> by Edmund White. I bought the paperback shortly after it came out in 2010. It was a mix and match …

Saleem Haddad: 'I put everything into this novel and it was a relief'

Guapa portrays a gay man struggling with shame amid the wreckage of a failed uprising in an unnamed Arab country. The author explains how this ‘fluent and passionate’ debut is and isn’t his own story<p>Beneath all the blood and the smoke in Saleem Haddad’s debut novel Guapa lies an overwhelming shame. …

Middle East

28th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

The 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards–or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known–kick off another record-breaking year with today’s …

Books

Lambda Literary Awards laud best gay, lesbian and transgender books

The 27th Lambda Literary Awards were presented in New York on Monday night, celebrating the best gay, lesbian and transgender books of the year. A parade of actors, celebrities and activists presented the awards, which were hosted by comedian Kate Clinton.<p>Two writers were honored with lifetime …

Book World: ‘Finders Keepers’ by Stephen King

Stephen King’s superb new stay-up-all-night thriller, “Finders Keepers,” is a sly, often poignant tale of literary obsession that recalls the themes of his classic 1987 novel “Misery.”<p>At the center of this story is John Rothstein, a novelist whom Time magazine once crowned “America’s Reclusive …

Authors

Rita Mae Brown, awarded as pioneer of lesbian literature, scoffs at the term

Rita Mae Brown, author of the classic lesbian novel “Rubyfruit Jungle” (1973) and the ongoing Mrs. Murphy mystery series, will receive a Pioneer Award at the Lambda Foundation awards ceremony in New York on June 1. She spoke last week by phone from her home in Afton, Va.<p><b>The Pioneer Award recognizes</b> …

Literature

Life after Vera: Patrick Gale’s hero finds happiness towards the end of the Saskatchewan line

What prompted Patrick Gale’s great-grandfather to abandon his English family and up sticks suddenly to Canada? A Place Called Winter provides a convincing (fictional)answer<p>Patrick Gale’s first historical novel is inspired by a non-story, a gap in his own family record. His great-grandfather Harry …

Patrick Gale: ‘I turned my great-grandfather gay’

Enthralling and irreverent, Gale‘s granny was full of family gossip – about everyone except her father. In his latest novel, the author tells the story of this enigmatic man who left his home for the life of a cowboy on the Canadian prairies<p>We were imaginatively brought-up children so of course we …

Books

Reading as Kissing, Sex with Ideas: “Lesbian” Barebacking? - Los Angeles Review of Books

MARCH 8, 2015<p><i>The following essay is part of the</i> Los Angeles Review of Books <i>special series “No Crisis”: a look at the state of critical thinking and</i> …

The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists

<b>27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced</b><p><b>Another Record-Breaking Year of Submissions</b><p><b>Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 1, 2015 in New York City</b><p>…

Édourd Louis: Das Ende von Eddy über Hass auf Schwule in Frankreich

Echte Kerle sind hart im Nehmen, prügeln sich, saufen - und verachten Schwule: In "Das Ende von Eddy" erzählt Édouard Louis herzzerreißend von den …

EF Benson, his life and times. An appreciation by Walter Mason

<b>This literary figure from a forgotten age retains a cult following for his charmingly sharp-eyed novels, which may even have curative powers.</b><p>‘We will …

Damon Galgut | In Conversation

Damon Galgut: In Conversation<p><i>Arctic Summer</i>, Damon’s Galgut’s ninth novel, reimagines the life of EM Forster as he struggles to write his great novel <i>A</i> …

George RR Martin: women beg me to write more gay sex scenes for Game of Thrones

George RR Martin says writing is 'not a democracy', joking that if he gave fans control they would kill off hated characters<p>His books are not known for shying away from carnal urges of human nature, but George R R Martin has revealed female fans of Game of Thrones have begged him to write more sex …

No Gay Bond Yet, but Authors Richard House and Tom Rob Smith Are Gay and Crafting Best Thrillers Around

<i>Illustration by Thomas Allen</i><p>When Richard House’s multilayered, four-part novel <i>The Kills</i> was nominated for last year’s Booker Prize, writer Philip …

Hans Christian Andersen by Paul Binding – review

The hang-ups and huge influence of Mr Fairytale: according to this infectiously enthusiastic study, there are traces of the Danish writer everywhere<p>Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales (he soon dropped the designation "for children") have captivated generations with their blend of plain language, …

Literature

Secrets of “The Normal Heart”: Behind the scenes as Larry Kramer’s historic AIDS play made it to the stage

As the groundbreaking play becomes an HBO film this weekend, a look back at its long journey to the Public Theater<p><i>The blood that is coursing through “The Normal Heart,” the new play by Larry Kramer at the Public Theater, is boiling hot. In this fiercely polemical drama about the private and public</i> …

Debütroman von Fabian Hischmann: Ab und an macht es Peng

Hischmann ist mit „Am Ende schmeißen wir mit Gold“ für den Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse nominiert. Es geht um einen melancholischen Loser.<p>Vielleicht …

Die Scham des Schwimmers

Nach dem Erfolgsroman "Nur eine Ohrfeige" schrieb Christos Tsiolkas mit "Barrakuda" sein zweites Sittenbild des modernen Australien.

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Inside a Pearl by Edmund White, book review: Chronicles continue with

Edmund White has approached the business of autobiography at a tangent, eschewing the predictable straightforward chronological arrangement and …

“Tales of the City” author Armistead Maupin: “The Google Bus is the emperor’s carriage”

Maupin on how San Francisco has changed, and ending the series that made the world fall in love with it<p>Few writers have seen their work as wholeheartedly loved as Armistead Maupin. His “Tales of the City” series, the saga of an assortment of unconventional characters searching for love and …

Edmund White recalls a night at the opera with Michel Foucault in 1981

Author Edmund White looks back at his friendship with the late Michel Foucault<p>By the time this photo was taken in <b>Paris</b> in 1981 I knew Foucault fairly well. In the late Seventies I had been director of the New York Institute – a think tank involved with the university – where Foucault had lectured. …

Armistead Maupin discusses his Tales of the City - books podcast

The novelist Armistead Maupin visits the Guardian book club to talk about his portrait of San Francisco life, Tales of the City<p>Armistead Maupin started writing Tales of the City in the San Francisco Chronicle, flying by the seat of his pants, "pumping out 800 words a day, five days a week, in …

Books

Roman - Brutale Gewalt als Neubeginn

RomanBrutale Gewalt als Neubeginn<p>Fabian Hischmann: "Am Ende schmeißen wir mit Gold"<p>Autor Fabian Hischmann (picture alliance / dpa / Rabea Edel)<p>Von …

Fabian Hischmann: Am Ende schmeißen wir mit Gold

Bye-bye Jugend: Fabian Hischmanns "Am Ende schmeißen wir mit Gold" beginnt wie ein schwuler Erweckungsroman - und entwickelt sich dann zur Geschichte …