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A New Trilogy from Marlon James, the Novel in the Age of Obama, and More LGBT News

A New Trilogy from Marlon James, the Novel in the Age of Obama, and More LGBT News

Author: Parrish Turner

January 15, 2017

In other LGBT news…

In a love letter to feminist bookstores, June Thomas examines her long history with bookish lesbians.

ABC officials announced the premiere date for the new miniseries When We Rise, based on activist  Cleve Jones’ celebrated memoir. The miniseries will be written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

2017 is looking to be a really good year for comic book fans. Here are 13 LGBT superheros to watch out for.

Also check out this list of highly anticipated new books for this year!

Malinda Lo is one of the faculty for this year’s Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat and she has some great tips for those who are interested in applying.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney led parallel lives in the same poor Miami neighborhood. But they never met –until they made the film Moonlight.

Marlon James announced his next project will be a fantasy trilogy entitled Dark Star:

It made me realize that there was this huge universe of African history and mythology and crazy stories, these fantastic beasts and so on, that was just waiting there. And I’m a big sci-fi geek — I love my Lord of the Rings, I love my Angela Carter and my Dragonslayer. I think the argument ended with me saying, “You know what? Keep your d— Hobbit.” And it made me start to think about the fantastic African epic traditions — some of the stories I grew up with, like Anansi the Spider. I just realized that there’s this huge pool of fantastic stories to draw from. It’s sort of like my being a scholar of African history and mythology, and my being a total sci-fi/fantasy geek who rereads things like The Mists of Avalon, they just sort of came together.

One of the most anticipated movie coming to Sundance is Call Me by Your Name, based on the gay-themed novel by André Aciman. Sony has already scooped up the release rights and Sufjan Stevens will be scoring the film.

Octavia E. Butler fans will be delighted to learn about the new graphic novel adaptation of her classic novel, Kindred.

The state of American politics has many wondering what it means for the state of American writing. Christian Lorentzen ponders this question in his essay “Considering the Novel in the Age of Obama.”

During this troubling political climate, many people have turned to the website Letters to the Revolution for inspiration. Contributors include Sarah Schulman, Kate Bornstein, Justin Vivian Bond, and more.


Feature imaged: Marlon James via NYT
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About: Parrish Turner

Parrish Turner is a queer writer who hails from Georgia. He holds his MFA from The New School, with a focus in creative nonfiction. His work has been featured on The Rumpus and Gertrude Press. You can learn more at

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