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James Magruder: Playwright's New Novel, 'Vamp Until Ready'

James Magruder: Playwright's New Novel, 'Vamp Until Ready'

By Gregg Shapiro | Jan 11, 2022

James Magruder is a funny guy. His wonderfully wicked sense of humor comes through in his plays, and in his new novel, "Vamp Until Ready."

Matthew Aucoin on 'The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera'

Matthew Aucoin on 'The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera'

By Timothy Pfaff | Jan 6, 2022

Matthew Aucoin's new book, "The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera," focuses on opera's mysteries, the alchemy of opposites that fires it, and, perhaps most surprising of all, its unique and lasting power.

'Better' Than Ever: Author Philip Dean Walker

'Better' Than Ever: Author Philip Dean Walker

By Gregg Shapiro | Jan 5, 2022

Washington, D.C.-based gay writer Philip Dean Walker's third book contains six short stories consisting of fictionalized situations involving characters whose names will be familiar to many readers.

Review: 'Garbo' Surveys the Film Icon's Life Anew

Review: 'Garbo' Surveys the Film Icon's Life Anew

By Lewis Whittington | Dec 31, 2021

She left the screen at age 36, the screen's most luminous star. Gottlieb writes that no one will ever know what was taking place behind those amazing eyes; "only the camera knew."

'Solid Ivory: Memoirs' - Gay Filmmaker James Ivory's Career Told

'Solid Ivory: Memoirs' - Gay Filmmaker James Ivory's Career Told

By Brian Bromberger | Dec 30, 2021

Prolific gay film director James Ivory's candid, urbane, and meandering book is a pastiche scrapbook of letters, diary entries, travelogue, magazine articles, sketches of famous show business personalities, and reflections on his childhood.

Sharon Gless: 'Queer as Folk' and 'Cagney & Lacey' Star on her New Memoir

Sharon Gless: 'Queer as Folk' and 'Cagney & Lacey' Star on her New Memoir

By Gregg Shapiro | Dec 28, 2021

Multiple Emmy Award-winning actress Sharon Gless shares highlights and low times in her new memoir, "Apparently There Were Complaints."

Tripping Through History: 'The Letters of Thom Gunn' as a Roadmap to San Francisco's Past

Tripping Through History: 'The Letters of Thom Gunn' as a Roadmap to San Francisco's Past

By Michael Flanagan | Dec 23, 2021

'The Letters of Thom Gunn' is both an intimate portrait of the poet and a window on the development of what would become gay and leather culture, and the rise of the hippies and drug culture.

Moving Memoir Recalls Life with Gay Dad

Moving Memoir Recalls Life with Gay Dad

Dec 21, 2021

Lisa Lucca has written a moving memoir in which she recalls coming to terms with her gay dad, coming to the realization that she and her dad loved each other as best they could.

Hidden Mercy: Untold Stories of Catholic Care in the AIDS Epidemic

Hidden Mercy: Untold Stories of Catholic Care in the AIDS Epidemic

By Brian Bromberger | Dec 15, 2021

Even before its publication, gay Catholic journalist Michael O'Loughlin's book "Hidden Mercy," about the ministry of Catholics during the height of the AIDS crisis, has generated publicity via his open letter to Pope Francis.

Deadly Entertainment: James Han Mattson's 'Reprieve'

Deadly Entertainment: James Han Mattson's 'Reprieve'

By Jim Piechota | Dec 14, 2021

James Han Mattson's new book encompasses themes of race, identity, greed, prejudice, and sexuality, all playing out within the dark dingy confines of a Nebraska "full-contact" haunted attraction.

Anne Rice, Author of Gothic Novels, Dead at 80

Anne Rice, Author of Gothic Novels, Dead at 80

By Jake Coyle | Dec 12, 2021

Anne Rice, the gothic novelist widely known for her bestselling novel "Interview with the Vampire," died late Saturday at the age of 80.

Review: 'Garbo' a Mesmerizing Look at Film's Greatest Enigma

Review: 'Garbo' a Mesmerizing Look at Film's Greatest Enigma

By Douglass K. Daniel | Dec 10, 2021

Coming a century after the Swedish actress' film debut, Robert Gottlieb's biography of Greta Garbo is a classic movie lover's dream.

Kal Penn's Engaging Yet Incomplete Memoir

Kal Penn's Engaging Yet Incomplete Memoir

By Brian Bromberger | Dec 8, 2021

South Asian film and TV actor and Obama advisor Kal Penn shares funny and touching tales of racism in Hollywood and misadventures in The White House, but turns shy in discussing his life as a gay man.

Review: 'Drama TV' Keeps Readers Guessing... and Wanting More

Review: 'Drama TV' Keeps Readers Guessing... and Wanting More

By Christopher Verleger | Dec 7, 2021

Nicky and Noah tackle the world of television, and the results are ratings gold in their 13th cozy mystery from Joe Cosentino.

New Views of Oscar Wilde

New Views of Oscar Wilde

By Tim Pfaff | Dec 3, 2021

Will we ever catch up to the genius of Oscar Wilde? Two new books, an expansive biography, and the letters the author wrote to Lord Alfred Douglas, offer new discoveries.

Review: 'Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life In Activism' Reminds Us That the Crisis is Not Yet Over

Review: 'Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life In Activism' Reminds Us That the Crisis is Not Yet Over

By Lewis Whittington | Nov 29, 2021

Peter Staley chronicles his personal journey of love, loss, and a movement that changed the course of a deadly epidemic.

Christian Siriano 2nd Edition Book Offers Fans More to Love

Christian Siriano 2nd Edition Book Offers Fans More to Love

By Kilian Melloy | Nov 28, 2021

The updated new edition of designer Christian Siriano's "Dresses to Dream About" offers more to love.

American Dreamer: 'App Kid' Author Michael Sayman

American Dreamer: 'App Kid' Author Michael Sayman

By Gregg Shapiro | Nov 25, 2021

Young, groundbreaking, queer tech wizard Michael Sayman's memoir is the kind of book that has something for almost everyone, not just tech nerds.

Visual AIDS: 'Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster'

Visual AIDS: 'Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster'

By Jim Provenzano | Nov 25, 2021

"Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster" documents selected graphic art posters used as preventative advice or protest art through the AIDS pandemic.

JK Rowling Slams Trans-Rights 'Activist Actors' Who Doxxed Her

JK Rowling Slams Trans-Rights 'Activist Actors' Who Doxxed Her

By Emell Adolphus | Nov 22, 2021

JK Rowling has slammed trans-rights 'activist actors' who posted a photo of her address. The "Harry Potter" author claimed that three demonstrators posed in front of her home with her address clearly visible and posted the photo to social media last week.

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