New in August: Richard House, Walter Frank, Penny Mickelbury, and Pier Paolo Pasolini
Author: Edit Team
August 5, 2014
New month, new books! August is upon us, and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.
This month, writer Richard House delves into the “ashes of war-torn Iraq, Italy and areas in between“ in the Man Booker Prize longlisted novel The Kills (Picador).
An astonishing landmark novel in four books, The Kills is both a political thriller and a bravura literary performance. This title includes The Kills: Sutler, The Massive, The Kill, The Hit. The Kills is an epic novel of crime and conspiracy told in four books. It begins with a man on the run and ends with a burned body. Moving across continents, characters and genres, there will be no more ambitious or exciting novel published this year.
In his new book Law and the Gay Rights Story: The Long Search for Equal Justice in a Divided Democracy (Rutgers University Press), author and lawyer Walter Frank maps the seminal court cases that have shifted the tide of gay rights in the United States.
From the publisher:
For much of the 20th century, American gays and lesbians lived in fear that public exposure of their sexualities might cause them to be fired, blackmailed, or even arrested. Today, they are enjoying an unprecedented number of legal rights and protections. Clearly, the tides have shifted for gays and lesbians, but what caused this enormous sea change?
In his gripping new book, Walter Frank offers an in-depth look at the court cases that were pivotal in establishing gay rights. But he also tells the story of those individuals who were willing to make waves by fighting for those rights, taking enormous personal risks at a time when the tide of public opinion was against them. Frank’s accessible style brings complex legal issues down to earth but, as a former litigator, never loses sight of the law’s human dimension and the context of the events occurring outside the courtroom.
In A View from a Bottom (Duke University Press), scholar and queer theorist Hoang Tan Nguyen examines western cultural portrayals of Asian and Asian-American men and how those portrayals relate to western ideas of effeminacy and sexual roles.
From the publisher:
A View from the Bottom offers a major critical reassessment of male effeminacy and its racialization in visual culture. Examining portrayals of Asian and Asian American men in Hollywood cinema, European art film, gay pornography, and experimental documentary, Nguyen Tan Hoang explores the cultural meanings that accrue to sexual positions. He shows how cultural fantasies around the position of the sexual “bottom” overdetermine and refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in American culture in ways that both enable and constrain Asian masculinity. Challenging the association of bottoming with passivity and abjection, Nguyen suggests ways of thinking about the bottom position that afford agency and pleasure. A more capacious conception of bottomhood—as a sexual position, a social alliance, an affective bond, and an aesthetic form—has the potential to destabilize sexual, gender, and racial norms, suggesting an ethical mode of relation organized not around dominance and mastery but around the risk of vulnerability and shame. Thus reconceived, bottomhood as a critical category creates new possibilities for arousal, receptiveness, and recognition, and offers a new framework for analyzing sexual representations in cinema as well as understanding their relation to oppositional political projects.
This month, White Point Press is releasing Belle City by Penny Mickelbury, a novel detailing multi-generational familial strife and love.
About the book:
This interracial, intergenerational saga of love, land and loss is told from the disparate perspectives of Ruth Thatcher, who is Black, and Jonas Thatcher, who is White, and spans nearly a century. The story begins in 1917 when Ruth and Jonas are farm children and ends in 2005 as their descendants struggle to unravel and understand the legacies of this star-crossed pair. During the course of their two lifetimes, Ruth and Jonas– and their respective families– have evolved and ultimately have prospered, but it is left for their descendants to come to grips with the long-unacknowledged truth that the two families are actually one.
About the collection:
Most people outside Italy know Pier Paolo Pasolini for his films, many of which began as literary works—Arabian Nights, The Gospel According to Matthew, The Decameron, and The Canterbury Tales among them. What most people are not aware of is that he was primarily a poet, publishing nineteen books of poems during his lifetime, as well as a visual artist, novelist, playwright, and journalist. Half a dozen of these books have been excerpted and published in English over the years, but even if one were to read all of those, the wide range of poetic styles and subjects that occupied Pasolini during his lifetime would still elude the English-language reader.
For the first time, Anglophones will now be able to discover the many facets of this singular poet. Avoiding the tactics of the slim, idiosyncratic, and aesthetically or politically motivated volumes currently available in English, Stephen Sartarelli has chosen poems from every period of Pasolini’s poetic oeuvre. In doing so, he gives English-language readers a more complete picture of the poet, whose verse ranged from short lyrics to longer poems and extended sequences, and whose themes ran not only to the moral, spiritual, and social spheres but also to the aesthetic and sexual, for which he is most known in the United States today.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
|by Ryka Aoki|
- Belle City by Penny Mickelbury,, White Point Press
- Beneath the Surface: The Elesin Vollan Story by R.S. Kee, Tate Publishing & Enterprises LLC
- Best Friends Perfect: Book Two by Liam Livings, Wilde City Press
- He Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song by Ryka Aoki, Topside Press
- Home Fires Burning by Charlie Cochrane, Lethe Press
- A Hundred Little Lies by Jon Wilson, Lethe Press
- The Kills by Richard House, Picador
- My Beautiful Enemyby Cory Taylor, Text Publishing Company
- Rest Home Runaways by Clifford Henderson, Bold Strokes Books
- Rumble by Ellen Hopkins, Margaret K. McElderry Books
- Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Mann, Lethe Press
- Law and the Gay Rights Story The Long Search for Equal Justice in a Divided Democracy by Walter Frank, Rutgers University Press
- Primary Stein: Returning to the Writing of Gertrude Stein edited by Janet Boyd and Sharon J. Kirsch, Lexington Books
- The Right to Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood by Carlos A. Ball, NYU Press
- The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village by John Strausbaugh, Ecco
- Hispanic (LGT) Masculinities in Transition edited by Rafael M. Mérida-Jiménez, Peter Lang
- The Lesbian and Gay Movements: Assimilation or Liberation? (Dilemmas in American Politics) by Craig A. Rimmerman, Westview Press
- Odd Women?: Spinsters, Lesbians and Widows in British Women’s Fiction, 1850s-1930s by Emma Liggins, Manchester University Press
- Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church (New Approaches in Sociology) by Amanda Udis-Kessler, Routledge
- Queer Times: Christopher Isherwood’s Modernity (Studies in Major Literary Authors) by Jamie M. Carr, Routledge
- Sexuality in School: The Limits of Education by Jen Gilbert, University of Minnesota Press
- Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture by James Joseph Dean, NYU Press
- There Goes the Gayborhood? (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology) by Amin Ghaziani, Princeton University Press
- Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning: A Lacanian Approach by Oren Gozlan, Routledge
- Understanding Narrative Identity Through Lesbian and Gay Youth by Edmund Coleman-Fountain, Palgrave Macmillan
- A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation by Hoang Tan Nguyen, Duke University Press
- Willful Subjects by Sara Ahmed, Duke University Press
- Bedtime Stories by Anna Martin, B Snow, Blaine D. Arden, Kit Mullender, Liam Livings, MJ O’Shea, and Tia Fielding, Wilde City Press
- Blindsided by Karis Walsh, Bold Strokes Books
- Charm City by Mason Dixon, Bold Strokes Books
- Double Up by Vanessa North, Riptide Publishing
- Filigrane by Y.L. Wigman, Bella Books
- First Exposure by Alan Chin, Bold Strokes Books
- Forever Man by A.J. DeWall, Interlude Press
- From the Ashes by Daisy Harris, Samhain Publishing
- Junk by Josephine Myles, Samhain Publishing
- I Can’t Dance Alone by Maggie Brown, Bella Books
- Let the Lover Be by Sheree L. Greer, Bold Strokes Books
- Serendipity by Jackie Calhoun, Bella Books
- Spring Fever by Eternal Press, Bold Strokes Books
- All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica and Romance edited by Andi Marquette and R.G. Emanuelle, Ylva Publishing
- Hersband Material 2: Jailhouse Butch (The Cartel Publications Presents) by C. Wash, The Cartel Publications
- Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions edited by Shane Allison, Cleis Press
- Mississippi Hustler: Gay Pulp Fiction by Rod Bellamy, Bruno Gmünder Group
- Out of Uniform: Gay Erotic Stories edited by Winston Gieseke, Bruno Gmünder Group
- Studs: Gay Erotic Fiction edited by Richard Labonté, Cleis Press
- Turner’s Point by Gordon Osmond, Secret Cravings Publishing
- When She Was Good: Best Lesbian Erotica edited Tristan Taormino and Ali Liebegott, Cleis Press
- Amazonia: An Impossible Choice by Sky Croft, Regal Crest
- Bliss by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau Riptide Press
- Blackstone: The Arravan Series: Book Two by Shea Godfrey, Bold Strokes Books
- Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction edited by Melissa Scott and Steve Berman, Lethe Press
- My Haunted Blender’s Gay Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales by Abigail Roux, Anne Tenino, and Andrea Speed, Riptide Publishing
- Out of this World by Maggie Morton, Bold Strokes Books
- Wilde Stories 2014: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman, Lethe Press
- About Face by VK Powell, Bold Strokes Books
- Anniversary Killer by Alexandra Allred, The Writer’s Coffee Shop
- The Flesh Cartel, #18: The Long Road by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau, Riptide Press
- Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield, Riptide Publishing
- Adam′s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays by Jimmy Creech, Duke University Press Books
- After Woodstock by Elliot Tiber, Square One Publishers
- Walking the Bridgeless Canyon by Kathy Baldock, Canyonwalker Press
- The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini by Pier Paolo Pasolini, University of Chicago Press
- The Men of inkedKenny edited by inkedKenny, Bruno Gmunder