New in November: Nicola Griffith, Richard Blanco, Hilton Als, and Christopher Hennessy
Author: Edit Team
November 4, 2013
November is upon us and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux is publishing Hild, a new book by the Lambda Literary 2013 James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize honoree Nicola Griffith. Hild is a riveting historical novel that details the ascension of one of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages.
From the publisher:
In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king’s youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.
But now she has only the powerful curiosity of a bright child, a will of adamant, and a way of seeing the world—of studying nature, of matching cause with effect, of observing her surroundings closely and predicting what will happen next—that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her.
Her uncle, Edwin of Northumbria, plots to become overking of the Angles, ruthlessly using every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Hild establishes a place for herself at his side as the king’s seer. And she is indispensable—unless she should ever lead the king astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, for her family, for her loved ones, and for the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can read the world and see the future.
Beacon Press is publishing For All of One Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey by Richard Blanco, an intimate memoir from the United States’s first openly gay Latino inaugural poet.
From Beacon Press:
For All of Us, One Today is a fluid, poetic memoir anchored by Richard Blanco’s experiences as the inaugural poet in 2013, and beyond. In this brief and evocative narrative, he shares for the first time his journey as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American. He tells the story of the call from the White House committee and all the exhilaration and upheaval of the days that followed. He reveals the inspiration and challenges behind the creation of the inaugural poem, “One Today,” as well as two other poems commissioned for the occasion (“Mother Country” and “What We Know of Country”), published here for the first time ever alongside translations of all three of those poems into his native Spanish. Finally, Blanco reflects on his life-changing role as a public voice since the inauguration, his spiritual embrace of Americans everywhere, and his vision for poetry’s new role in our nation’s consciousness. Like the inaugural poem itself, For All of Us, One Today speaks to what makes this country and its people great, marking a historic moment of hope and promise in our evolving American landscape.
Renowned author and cultural critic Hilton Als’s long delayed book, White Girls (McSweeney’s), is being released this month. Already hailed as one of the best books of the year, the collection is a panoramic, yet personal, reflection on race, gender, and American cultural history.
From the publisher:
White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since “The Women” fourteen years ago, finds one ofThe New Yorker’s boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of “white girls,” as Als dubs them—an expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Malcolm X and Flannery O’Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and non-fiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.
What do we talk about when we talk about poetry? In Our Deep Gossip: Conversations with Gay Writers on Poetry and Desire (University of Wisconsin Press) poet Christopher Hennessy interviews some of the country’s most beloved gay poets and astutely examines the ways in which queerness can shape aesthetics:
From Walt Whitman forward, a century and a half of radical experimentation and bold speech by gay and lesbian poets has deeply influenced the American poetic voice. In Our Deep Gossip, Christopher Hennessy interviews eight gay men who are celebrated American poets and writers: Edward Field, John Ashbery, Richard Howard, Aaron Shurin, Dennis Cooper, Cyrus Cassells, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Kazim Ali. The interviews showcase the complex ways art and life intertwine, as the poets speak about their early lives, the friends and communities that shaped their work, the histories of gay writers before them, how sex and desire connect with artistic production, what coming out means to a writer, and much more.
While the conversations here cover almost every conceivable topic of interest to readers of poetry and poets themselves, the book is an especially important, poignant, far-reaching, and enduring document of what it means to be a gay artist in twentieth- and early twenty-first-century America.
Tens across the board! Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin new book Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene (Duke University Press) provides a vivid pictorial examination of contemporary ball culture:
Gerard H. Gaskin’s radiant color and black-and-white photographs take us inside the culture of house balls, underground events where gay and transgender men and women, mostly African American and Latino, come together to see and be seen. At balls, high-spirited late-night pageants, members of particular “houses”—the House of Blahnik, the House of Xtravaganza—”walk,” competing for trophies in categories based on costume, attitude, dance moves, and “realness.” In this exuberant world of artistry and self-fashioning, people often marginalized for being who they are can flaunt and celebrate their most vibrant, spectacular selves.
From the quiet backstage, to the shimmering energies of the runway. to the electricity of the crowd, Gaskin’s photographs take us to the ball. Legendary, comprised of photos taken at events in the New York city area, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Washington, D.C., is a collaboration between Gaskin, a camera-laden outsider who has been attending balls for twenty years, and the house members who let him enter the intimate world of ball culture. In addition to an introduction by Deborah Willis, Legendary includes an essay, “The Queer Undercommons,” by Frank Roberts.
Also this month, expect new books from Radclyffe, Stacia Seaman, Perry N. Halkitis, and Mary Meriam.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- Fire Year by Jason K. Friedman, Sarabande Books
- The Forever Marathon by Jameson Currier, Chelsea Station Editions
- Hild by Nicola Griffith, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- One Hour by Q. Kelly, CreateSpace Independent Publishing
- The Missing Juliet: A Fisher Key Adventure by Sam Cameron, Bold Strokes Books
- Quivering Land by Roewan Crowe, Arbeiter Ring Publishing
- Rainbow Briefs by Sara Winters, CreateSpace Independent Publishing
- Reality Lesbian by Q. Kelly, CreateSpace Independent Publishing
- The Sacrifices We Make by Sophie Bonaste, Harmony Ink
- A Star in the Face of the Sky by David Haynes, New Rivers Press
- Takedown: Taming John Wesley Hardin by Dale Chase, Lethe Press
- Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray by Mitzi Szereto, Cleis Press
- A Visit to Priapus and Other Stories by Glenway Wescott, University of Wisconsin Press
- The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience by Perry N. Halkitis, Oxford University Press
- Ordinary in Brighton?: Lgbt, Activisms and the City by Kath Browne and Leela Bakshi, Ashgate Pub Co
- Our Deep Gossip: Conversations with Gay Writers on Poetry and Desire by Christopher Hennessy, University of Wisconsin Press
- Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic by Lucas Hilderbrand, Arsenal Pulp Press
- Male Homosexualities and World Religions by Pierre Hurteau, Palgrave Macmillan
- Sex Happens: The Gay Man’s Guide to Creative Intimacy by Arlen Keith Leight, Langdon Street Press
- White Girls by Hilton Als, McSweeney’s
- Emerging Lesbian Voices from Japan by Sharon Chalmers, Routledge
- Intimacy, Violence and Activism: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives on Australian History and Society by Yorick Smaal and Graham Willett, Monash University Publishing
- The Lesbian Muse and Poetic Identity, 1889-1930 by Sarah Parker, Pickering & Chatto Ltd
- The Other Orpheus: A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality by Merrill Cole, Routledge Press
- Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism by R.W. Holmen, Pilgrim Press
- Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities by Karma R. Chavez, University of Illinois Press
- Queer Sinophone Cultures by Howard Chiang and Ari Larissa Heinrich, Routledge
- Queering Marriage: Challenging Family Formation in the United States by Katrina Kimport PhD, Rutgers University Press
- Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence by Christina B. Hanhardt, Duke University Press
- Amor and More: Love Everafter edited by Radclyffe & Stacia Seaman, B0ld Strokes Books
- Deception by Grace R. Duncan, Dreamspinner Press
- Determination by Jamie Mayfield, Harmony Ink Press
- Going Down for the Count by Cage Thunder, Bold Strokes Books
- Etched in Shadows by KG MacGregor, Bella Books
- Homestead by Radclyffe, Bold Stroke Books
- How Sweet It Is by Melissa Braydon, Bold Strokes Books
- Last Salute by Tracey Richardson, Bella Books
- Long Time Gone by SE Jakes, Riptide Press
- Not As Easy As It Looks by Jaime Samms, Dreamspinner Press
- One Night Ever After by Tere Michaels, Elle Brownlee, and Elizah J. Davis, Dreamspinner Press
- The Reunion by Susan X Meagher, Brisk Books
- Gay Briefs by Fabian Black, CreateSpace Independent Publishing
- Nasty Boys: Rough Trade Erotica by Shane Allison, Cleis Press
- Scrum and Get It (Jonny Naughty Boy Series) by Rick Oliveira, CreateSpace Independent Publishing
- Straight No More: Gay Erotic Stories by Winston Gieseke, Bruno Gmunder Verlag
- Battle of Forces: Sera Toujours by Ali Vali, Bold Strokes Books
- The Demon Dog by Ally Blue, Samhain Publishing
- The Engineered Throne by Megan Derr, Less Than Three Press
- His Sacred Bones: Book Three of The Rifter by Ginn Hale, Blind Eye Books
- No Place for Little Ones by Daniel W. Kelly, Bold Strokes Books
- Selume Proferre by E.E. Ottoman, Less Than Three Press
- The Seventh Pleiade by Andrew Peters, Bold Strokes Books
- Cutie Pie Must Die: A Troy Murdock and Zane Ward Mystery by R.W. Clinger, Bold Strokes Books
- Turning on the Tide by Jenna Rae, Bella Books
- For All of One Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey by Richard Blanco, Beacon Press
- All the Heat We Could Carry by Charlie Bondhus, Main Street
- Alternative Medicine by Rafael Campo, Duke University Press
- Conjuring My Leafy Muse by Mary Meriam, Headmistress Press
- Chiaroscuro Kisses by G.L. Morrison, Headmistress Press
- Sisterhood by Julie R. Enszer, Sibling Rivalry Press
- Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene by Gerard H. Gaskin, Duke University Press
- Universal Hunks A Pictorial History of Muscular Men around the World, 1895-1975 by David L. Chapman, Arsenal Pulp Press
- The Warrior’s Boy by Zach, Bruno Gmunder Verlag