The Queer Bookshelf

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

I was 19, gay and ready to be ‘cured’ by conversion therapy

Many nice liberal audiences that have had no experience of those smaller places are completely incredulous<p>Here’s what Garrard Conley had to surrender the morning he arrived at the Love in Action facility in Memphis, Tennessee in 2004: his phone, his wallet, his driving licence and a Moleskine …

Edmund White’s Unerring Influence on Queer Writing

There’s a famous anecdote that finds the author and queer icon Gore Vidal in elegant decay, dining in a London restaurant with the book editor Jonathan Burnham. While groping for more wine, Vidal accidentally pours himself a large glass of olive oil; he takes a swig and, after much spluttering, …

Less by Andrew Sean Greer, review: Pulitzer Prize-winner is gorgeous and unforgettable

As a gay writer, you feel a huge responsibility to your audience. The LGBTQ community is so accustomed to being misrepresented, sold out or ignored, …

The Last Romeo by Justin Myers: romantic comedy with a modern twist

If tales of drunken online sexual encounters gone wrong appeal you’ll enjoy this story of a gay man seeking love

Nick White explores sexuality, identity, relationships in 'Sweet & Low'

Nick White signed his brilliant collection of short stories “Sweet & Low” at Off Square Books on June 21. Following his debut novel “How to Survive a …

James Baldwin on Being Gay in America

The <i>Voice</i> commemorated the fifteenth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising with a special section exploring “The Future of Gay Life.” For the lead …

The 25 Best LGBT Novels of All Time

In One City, 2,000 Years of Gay History

<b>QUEER CITY</b><b><br>Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day</b><br>By Peter Ackroyd<br>262 pp. Abrams Press. $26.<p>The first generation of lesbian and gay scholars after Stonewall compiled tomes of evidence proving that men had gone to bed with men, and women with women, early in history and often. Because the …

Die Stunde der Ambivalenz - Über John Rechys »After the Blue Hour

»Da ist nun einer schon der Satan selber<br>Der Metzger: er! Und alle andern: Kälber!<br>Der frechste Hund! Der schlimmste Hurentreiber!<br>Wer kocht ihn ab, der …

BBC Radio 4 - Books and Authors, Fiona Kidman, children's non fiction and celebrating 30 years of the Lambda Literary Award

Reportagen aus dem Randgebiet - Über Alexander Krützfeldts »Acht Häftlinge

<i>»Knast heilt niemanden.«</i> – Hans Eppendorfer stellte dies 1981 in seinem Buch <b>»Barmbeker Kuß«</b> ernüchternd fest. Seine »Szenen aus dem Knast« …

Lüge oder Flucht – Über Nnanna Ikpos »Fimí Sílẹ̀ Forever – Heaven Gave it to me«

Lüge oder Flucht - vor dieser Frage stehen viele schwule Männer in Nigeria. Der Debütroman »Fimí Sílẹ̀ Forever« des nigerianischen Anwalts und Autors …

L'écrivain John Rechy raconte sa vie de littérature et de fornication | Vanity Fair

Adulé par David Bowie comme par Bret Easton Ellis, auteur du cultissime « Cité de la nuit », John Rechy a mis sa main sur le genou d’Éric Dahan pour …

BOOKS Paperback hero, Iconic author John Rechy

Gore Vidal hailed John Rechy as "one of the few original American writers of the last century," and with good reason.

Queer gelesen - die Presseschau im Mai 2018

Der Mai hat seinem Beinamen »Wonnemonat« durchaus Ehre gemacht. Es waren sonnige Tage und so gibt es auch ein paar erfreuliche Meldungen aus der Welt …

Wenn die Identität ausradiert werden soll

Er sollte "entschwult" werden: Garrard Conley beschreibt in seinem autobiografischen Buch "Boy Erased" einen Teil der US-amerikanischen Gesellschaft, …

- The Washington Post

“Poetry makes nothing happen,” W.H. Auden famously announced, shortly after arriving in America in January 1939. Christopher Bram disagrees, and his new book, “Eminent Outlaws,” which breezily combines literary criticism and social history, is subtitled “The Gay Writers Who Changed America.” Bram …

Scandal Puts a Gay Father in Prison. What of His Gay Son, a Generation Later?

<b>THE SPARSHOLT AFFAIR</b><br>By Alan Hollinghurst<br>417 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $28.95.<p>Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel is a portrait of a man who isn’t there. It’s not that David Sparsholt doesn’t appear in the novel that bears his name. On the contrary, we’re continually getting glimpses of him and hearing …

Sons And Lovers

Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel traces a war poet’s legacy.<p>Most of the prose writers acclaimed for “writing beautifully” do no such thing; such praise is issued comprehensively, like the rain on the just and the unjust. Mostly, what’s admired as beautiful is ordinary; or sometimes it’s too obviously …

A Novel of Sex and Secrecy

Longing, wronging, and belonging in Alan Hollinghurst’s “The Sparsholt Affair.”<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Bless the soul who, under the sobriquet @Lollinghurst, maintains Lines of Beauty, a Twitter account devoted to irregularly …

Masters and Servants

May 8, 2018<p>20 Min read time<p>Neel Mukherjee is part of a new generation of Indian writers dissecting postcolonialism’s failed promise of a classless …

Exploring Marcel Proust's life in letters

Auction house Sotheby's is selling some of Marcel Proust's correspondence, in addition to his manuscripts. The author most famous for his monumental …

A Thing for Men in Uniforms

It was just over a week after a coalition of populist and right-wing parties won a majority of votes in Italy’s parliamentary election, and the …

The Einstein of Sex turns 150

Germans honor gay Jewish pioneer of LGBT rights.<p>><br>• ><p>Magnus Hirschfeld. (photo credit: WIKIMEDIA)<p>Germany’s Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation celebrated the …

How ‘Call me By Your Name’ reclaims Eden for gay people everywhere

Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar-nominated film, written by James Ivory, presents a brilliant and radical retelling of the biblical myth.<p>Every fiction, …

Alan Hollinghurst and his novels have not stood still

When his first novel, <i>The Swimming Pool Library</i>, was published in 1988, the stark honesty, not to mention artistry, of Alan Hollinghurst’s depiction not only of sex but intimate emotional relations between men, had a meteoric effect on a generation of readers, and on English literature itself. At a …

Years Before Stonewall, a Chef Published the First Gay Cookbook

It was the first to be marketed to gay men.<p>On January 21, 1966, <i>Time</i> magazine ran a story entitled “The Homosexual in America.” The anonymous author …

Richard Peck, Acclaimed Author for Young Readers, Dies at 84

Richard Peck, a former English teacher whose award-winning novels for young readers used historical fiction, horror and other genres to tell stories about difficult real-life subjects like rape, unwanted pregnancy and suicide, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 84.<p>His sister, Cheryl Peck, said …

How Alan Hollinghurst Helped Make ‘Gay Literature’ Mainstream

The unquestioned greatest bard of gay life has for decades been writing some of the finest fiction of our time, good enough in fact to make us forget …