New in April: Larry Kramer, Mark Doty, Roz Kaveney, Sassafras Lowrey, and Dale Peck
Author: Edit Team
April 4, 2015
New month, new books! Spring is here, and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.
This month, Farrar, Straus and Giroux is releasing the long-awaited new novel from author and activist Larry Kramer, The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart: A Novel. The American People is an irreverent tragicomedy that provides a counter-narrative to the standard North American historical mythology, with a decidedly gay bent.
From the publisher:
In this magisterial novel’s sweeping first volume, which runs up to the 1950s, we meet prehistoric monkeys who spread a peculiar virus, a Native American shaman whose sexual explorations mutate into occult visions, and early English settlers who live as loving same-sex couples only to fall victim to the forces of bigotry. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton revel in unexpected intimacies, and John Wilkes Booth’s motives for assassinating Abraham Lincoln are thoroughly revised. In the twentieth century, the nightmare of history deepens as a religious sect conspires with eugenicists, McCarthyites, and Ivy Leaguers to exterminate homosexuals, and the AIDS virus begins to spread. Against all this, Kramer sets the tender story of a middle-class family outside Washington, D.C., trying to get along in the darkest of times.
Poetry fans rejoice! W.W. Norton & Company is releasing Deep Lane, a new book from celebrated poet Mark Doty.
Deep Lane is a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. But these poems seek repair, finally, through the possibilities that sustain the speaker aboveground: gardens and animals, the pleasure of seeing, the world tuned by the word. Time and again, an image of immolation and sacrifice is undercut by the fierce fortitude of nature: nature that is not just a solace but a potent antidote and cure. Ranging from agony to rapture, from great depths to hard-won heights, these are poems of grace and nobility.
This month, Team Angelica is releasing Roz Kaveney’s Tiny Pieces of Skull, a darkly comic snapshot of 1970s underground trans culture.
In the 1980s, poet and activist Roz Kaveney wrote a novel, Tiny Pieces of Skull, about trans street life and bar life in London and Chicago in the late 1970s. Much admired in manuscript by writers from Kathy Acker to Neil Gaiman, it has never seen print until now… Funny and terrifying by turns, and full of glimpses of other lives, it is the story of how beautiful Natasha persuades clever Annabelle to run away from her life and have adventures, more adventures than either of them quite meant her to have…
In a new collection of essays, Visions and Revisions (Soho Press), author Dale Peck unpacks a seminal point in the ongoing AIDS crisis.
Novelist and critic Dale Peck’s latest work—part memoir, part extended essay—is a foray into what the author calls “the second half of the first half of the AIDS epidemic,” i.e., the period between 1987, when the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) was founded, and 1996, when the advent of combination therapy transformed AIDS from a virtual death sentence into a chronic manageable illness.
Reminiscent of Joan Didion’ s The White Album and Kurt Vonnegut’s Palm Sunday,Visions and Revisions has been assembled from over a dozen essays and articles that have been extensively rewritten and recombined to form a sweeping, collage-style portrait of a tumultuous era. Moving seamlessly from the lyrical to the analytical to the reportorial, Peck’s story takes readers from the serial killings of gay men in New York, London, and Milwaukee, through Peck’s first loves upon coming out of the closet, to the transformation of LGBT people from marginal, idealistic fighters to their present place in a world of widespread, if fraught, mainstream acceptance.
This month, Peter Pan gets a queer makeover in Sassafras Lowrey’s new novel Lost Boi (Arsenal Pulp Press).
Prepare to be swept overboard into a world of orphaned, abandoned, and runaway bois who have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the fearless leader of Neverland, and to the newly corrupted Mommy Wendi.
Pan’s best boi Tootles narrates this tale of the lost bois who call the Neverland squat home, creating their own idea of family, united in their allegiance to Pan, the boi who cannot be broken, and in their refusal to join ranks with Hook and the leather Pirates. Like a fever-pitched dream, Lost Boi situates a children’s fantasy within a transgressive alternative reality, chronicling the lost bois’ search for belonging and purpose, and their struggle against the biggest foe of all: growing up.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- 100 Days by
- Apocalypse Baby by Virginie Despentes, Feminist Press
- The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart: A Novel by Larry Kramer, FSG
- Batty Bwoy by Max-Arthur Mantle, Max-Arthur Mantle
- The Brink by Austin Bunn, Harper Perennial
- The Butcher’s Sons by
- Fool’s Gold by Jess Faraday, Bold Strokes Liberty Editions
- Hard by Wayne Hoffman, Bear Bones Press/Lethe Press
- Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey, Arsenal Pulp Press
- The Man with the Overcoat by David Finkle, nthposition press
- An Older Man by Wayne Hoffman, Bear Bones Press/Lethe Press
- Taking the Stand by Juliann Rich, Bold Strokes Soliloquy
- Tiny Pieces of Skull by Roz Kaveney, Team Angelica
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens by , Balzer + Bray
- A Shot of Malaria by
- Sphinx by
- When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid, Arsenal Pulp Press
- The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin (Cambridge Companions to Literature) by Michele Elam, Cambridge University Press
- It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality by Michelangelo Signorile, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial by
- Visions and Revisions by Dale Peck, Soho Press
- Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism (Gender and American Culture) by
- Picturing the Closet: Male Secrecy and Homosexual Visibility in Britain by
- Planning and LGBTQ Communities: The Need for Inclusive Queer Spaces edited by Petra L. Doan, Routledge
- Sight Unseen: Gender and Race Through Blind Eyes by
- Full Circle by Dillon Watson, Bella Books
- I Love My Life by AJ Adaire, Desert Palm Press
- Just Three Words by Melissa Brayden, Bold Strokes Books
- Lay Down the Law by Carsen TaiteBold Strokes Books
- Love’s Bounty by Yolanda Wallace, Bold Strokes Books
- Playing in Shadow by Lesley Davis, Bold Strokes Victory Editions
- The Song in My Heart by Tracey Richardson, Bella Books
- Struck! A Titanic Love Story by Tonie Chacon, Regal Crest Press
- Twice Lucky by Mardi Alexander, Bold Strokes Books
- The Revelation of Beatrice Darby by Jean Copeland, Bold Strokes Books
- Winds of Change by Melissa Good, Regal Crest Press
- Hersband Material 2: Jailhouse Butch edited by C. Walsh The Cartel Publications
- Depths of Blue by Lise MacTague, Bella Books
- Down by Ally Blue, Riptide Press
- Every Dark Desire by Fiona Zedde, Bold Strokes Books
- The Demon Within by Linda Kay Silva, Sapphire Books Publishing
- Guarding January by
- The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones, Bella Books
- Soul Selecta by Gill McKnight, Bold Strokes Books
- Slow Burn by Marlene Leach, Bella Books
- The Indivisible Heart by Patrick Roscoe, Bold Strokes Liberty Editions
- The Kookaburra Gambit by Claire McNab, Bella Books
- Lessons for Suspicious Minds (A Cambridge Fellows Mystery) by Charlie Cochrane, Riptide Press
- A Dark Horse by Blayne Cooper, Bella Books
- Another Little Piece of My Heart by Richard Goldstein
- Dangerous When When Wet by Jamie Brickhouse, St. Martin’s Press
- Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX by, Beacon Press
- James Merrill: Life and Art by Langdon Hammer, Knopf
- Smash Cut by Brad Gooch
- Angel Park by Roberto F. Santiago, Lethe Press/Tincture
- Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn, Harper Perennial
- Deep Lane by Mark Doty, W.W Norton & Company
- Pansy by Andrea Gibson, Write Bloody Publishing
- Pelvis with Distance by Jessica Jacobs, White Press Pine
- Rebels by Jeff Mann, Lethe Press
- Tapping My Arm for a Vein by Jim Elledge, Lethe Press
- Where the Words End and My Body Begins by Amber Dawn, Arsenal Pulp Press
ART BOOKS/GRAPHIC NOVELS
- The Completely Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green by Eric Orner, The Northwest Press
- The Satyr of Capri (Boys of Imperial Rome) by Zack, Bruno Gmunder Verlag