This site, established in 1997, is devoted to Literature about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) experience. It is also the home of the LGBT Reading Group; and it includes original LGBT literature, film, music, and visual arts resources. The site map outlines all of the resources throughout this website.
NEW! Join us on Facebook. — PUBLICATIONS: NEW SECTION for LGBT Reading Group authors' publications. Also LGBT authors announce the publication of their books. — CONGRATULATIONS to longstanding Reading Group members J.L. Weinberg on the publication of his debut novel True Religion — and thanks for joining us on May 12, 21016 for a special Q&A of your book, and Bev Jafek for The Sacred Beasts. Special thanks to award-winning author Christopher Bram, who joined us on August 13, 2015 for a Q&A following our discussion of his acclaimed book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America. Thanks to filmmaker Ira Sachs for recommending the series QUEER/ART/FILM. LATEST book review: "You Can Tell Just by Looking": And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, and Michael Amico. And a special welcome to the LGBT book and film discussion groups springing up around the globe that use the resources here, including ones in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK and US. For suggestions on starting a group, or if you have any questions, email Jim.
The LGBT Reading Group (originally called the Gay & Lesbian Reading Group), based in New York City, is a friendly and diverse discussion group founded circa 1982, making this one of the longest continually-meeting LGBT book groups in the US. We welcome everyone interested in GLBT Literature, and appreciate all points of view. Join us the second Thursday of each month, 8:00pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, NYC. You may participate or just listen. Bring your friends too.
The entire group votes on the books we discuss, alternating monthly between female and male authors. Anyone may nominate a work by a LGBT-identified writer, or any title with substantial LGBT content. We read contemporary and classic works of fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry, ranging from Sappho to Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson to James Baldwin, and current writers too. Here are the books we've discussed since 1997, and links to LGBT Literature Resources. (There is also a separate monthly group that discusses LGLBT Science Fiction, Fantasy & Suspense Literature.) Remember, WWW can also stand for Whitman, Wilde and Woolf.
|September 8, 2016 at 8:00pm:
– Honoré de Balzac
(Free Public Domain Copy – ePub, Kindle, more)
|October 13, 2016 at 8:00pm:
Don't Tell Me To Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama's Presidency
– Kerry Eleveld
|November 10, 2016 at 8:00pm:
Bettyville: A Memoir
– George Hodgman
|December 8, 2016 at 8:00pm:
The Front Runner
– Patricia Nell Warren
Below are selected resources related to LGBT literature, including various reading lists — there is also a complete list of LGBT Resources, with additional materials. Many features are original to this Website. To see an overview of this and all interconnected sites (film, LGBT cinema, Fassbinder, Pasolini, Jarman, more), use the streamlined site map.
Encompasses fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction, from ancient classics to contemporary works. All public domain titles link to FREE unabridged copies.
Includes my reviews of selected LGBT-related literary, film, and social science books: NEW! > "You Can Tell Just by Looking": And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, & Michael Amico. > The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman by Niall Richardson, a study of Jarman's major films focused on their connections to gender, history, and politics. Also Jarman's experimental memoir Modern Nature (1992). > Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Berlin Alexanderplatz, edited by Klaus Biesenbach (a monumental, large-format 664-page analysis and tribute to Fassbinder's 16-hour masterpiece, including his complete screenplay in English translation, essays by Fassbinder, Biesenbach, and Susan Sontag, hundreds of color and black and white photos, more). Also reviews of > Alfred Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz, the landmark 1929 avant-garde novel that inspired Fassbinder's film. Another cinema-related review is for > Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and His Films by Joseph Lanza. Book reviews include: > Hero, about a gay teen superhero, by Perry Moore; > Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies in African Homosexualities, edited by Stephen O. Murray & Will Roscoe; > Queer Cowboys and Other Erotic Male Friendships in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Chris Packard.
|PLEASE NOTE that this new section is to highlight LGBT Reading Group authors' publications — the group's upcoming selections are listed above. Bev Jafek's new book will be published in October 2016, J.R. Weinberg's debut novel was discussed by the group, with the participation of the author, in May 2016. CONGRATULATIONS, Bev and J.R.!|
Bev Jafek has published about forty short stories and novel excerpts in the literary quarterly and university press publications. Some have been translated into German, Italian and Dutch and won many literary awards, including publication in the annual "prize" anthology, The Best American Short Stories. She also won the Carlos Fuentes Award and the Editor's Prize for fiction from Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry & Prose as well as first prize in the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation annual competition for "redemption of gay history" through creative writing. Her first story collection, The Man Who Took a Bite Out of His Wife, was published by Overlook Press (Penguin-Putnam).
J.L. Weinberg was born and raised in San Francisco. He moved to New York City to become a film critic, but was sidetracked by stints as a model and actor. He returned to movie journalism, writing for New York, Premiere, The Village Voice, Interview, American Cinematographer, The Advocate, and The New York Native. True Religion is his first novel.
Congratulations to these LGBT Authors, who have written to announce the publication of their books. Guidelines: If a LGBT author writes directly, with a one-sentence summary of your latest book and a link to your Website or Web page, I'll be happy to include your work. Disclaimer: Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement; this is a service to help promote new LGBT writing in its diversity. Happily, this list has grown so large since its debut in 2006 that only new entries appear here, while the complete New LGBT Authors list has its own page.
NEW LISTINGS (updated July 27, 2016) (Author's name links to their Website, where available):
- NEW! Ryan Berg's No House to Call My Home (from the author: "I hope this book will raise awareness about LGBTQ youth homelessness and help evoke some change in these young people's lives.")
- LATEST! Amy DeMeritt's Love Triumphs Pain (from the author: "I am a newly self-published lesbian fiction author. My book is about a high school senior that goes through a brief period of depression in trying to understand her new feelings and attraction to a girl in school and the many highs and lows she experiences after coming to terms with who she is.")
- NEW! Kellie Doherty's Finding Hekate (from the author: "My novel is about a spaceship captain who's being hunted and she has to decide whether to kill her crew and run like she's done many times before or stick with her crew and fight. But the problem is, her time as herself is running out.")
- Jaime Harker's Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America (from the author: "This is how Christopher Isherwood reinvented himself as an American writer through gay print culture of the postwar United States") [Isherwood is the author of the classic autobiographical Berlin Stories, that was musicalized as Cabaret].
- Bev Jafek's novella The Sacred Beasts appears in the Winter 2009 issue of the New Madrid Journal of Contemporary Fiction.
- Karen Kondazian's The Whip (from the author: "This novel is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte 'Charley' Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the old west. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first known woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man).").
- Bruce Littlefield's Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage (from the author: "This is the true story of fixing up a historic old house in the country with my partner Scott, one of NYC's top realtors. Our baptism by fire, flood, mouse poop, and poison ivy is often riotously funny. Think gay Green Acres." — book trailer video at YouTube).
- Timothy McGivney's Vampalicious (from the author: "After barely surviving the first brutal days of a zombie apocalypse, doomsday lovers Joey and Walt find themselves at the mercy of two blood deprived vampires. Also caught in the crossfire is a lone vigilante, fearlessly searching for her beloved's killer.") and Timothy's first novel, Zombielicious (from the author: "In order to survive, five strangers band together amidst a zombie outbreak, where an anything-goes attitude has become the law of the land and lust, betrayal, true love, and redemption are all just a gunshot away.").
- LATEST! Stephen Mead's According to the Order of Nature (We too are Cosmos Made): Art and Text for Gay Spiritual Sensuality (from the author: This is an art-text hybrid book that explores and celebrates LGBT sensuality for its spiritual roots and profound bonding, more so when people risk their lives in order to have and to hold love.")
- André Carl van der Merwe's Moffie (from the author: "My debut novel Moffie (a derogatory Afrikaans term for a gay man) is a result of my need to make sense of the madness around me while I was doing compulsory military service in South Africa during the 1980's. I had nowhere to turn for help or understanding — not to my parents, my Church or my friends.").
- E.S. Parkinson's Somethin' Else (from the author: "Set on the cusp of the 60s, when everything seemed grey and staying put felt as scary as getting out, this is the story of Jim, a British working class lad determined to get to university, but dreaming of nights on the town and the promise of rock and roll. Jim feels trapped in the post-war housing development, the routine of work and school, and with the girlfriend he can't quite manage to fall in love with — until he meets Edward, full of passion and possibility, and in an instant, the world is turned upside down.").
- Scott D. Pomfret's The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story (from the author: My novels tells the story of a Division I college football coach who's fallen in love with the starting quarterback and military veteran Brady Winter. Both men soon learn that love is no mere game and confront a hard choice between victory and integrity while time is running out.")
- LATEST! Julia Diana Robertson's Beyond The Screen Door (from the author: "This is a new YA Supernatural series, which tells the coming of age story of best friends Nora Lee and Joanne who live in the small Washington State town of Hoquiam, a place with many secrets and spirits hidden behind closed doors.")
- Mark Tedesco's I am John I am Paul: A Story of Two Soldiers in Ancient Rome (from the author: "This is the true story of two 4th century soldiers; it is almost a blend between a subtle Brokeback Mountain with Ben-Hur.").
- LATEST! Robert Thomson's Tiny Grievances (from the author: "My book presents a series of alternative anti-heroes doing everything they can to survive and thrive with varying degrees of awareness of self and others.")
- LATEST! Sarah Van Arsdale's In Case of Emergency, Break Glass (from the author: "This is my new collection of three novellas, with bisexual protagonists in two of the stories, featuring contemporary American women traveling in Europe, and the third set in the Arctic in roughly 1000 BC, featuring a character who is what we today would call 'gender variant.'")
- Timothy Wang's Slant: A Novel (from the author: "An Asian student from MIT will do anything to get his first boyfriend back while negotiating the pitfalls of the gay clubs, appeasing his tiger mom, and managing his own insecurities.").
- May Water's Seaside Surrender series (from the author: "Follow the bisexual foursome Molly, Jess, Michael and Evan as they explore their love and friendship while tackling the stresses of women's oppression, gay rights, and same sex marriage in turn of the century New England.").
- NEW! J.L. Weinberg's True Religion (from the author: "My debut novel is an exploration of the supernatural, with a distinctly gay and New Age slant. An unexpected encounter with an otherworldly spirit at a holiday party in the Orenda Valley sends Seth Davis, a gay journalist from Manhattan, on a profound religious journey. Along the way, Seth stumbles into a quarreling coven of witches in the charming tourist town of Hope Springs, Pennsylvania, formerly known as Hell's Ferry, and one of the most haunted destinations in America. As Seth learns more of the town's remarkable history, he also uncovers his own shocking past, and in order to seek peace for his troubled soul, he must determine the fate of the coven, the town, and the entire Orenda Valley.").
- James Whalley's two new books: Flying Lobsters and Magic Tagines ("A comic adventure in Morocco... A young man decides to buy a house in order to learn Arabic and winds up with a horrific hotel!"), and The Hellespont ("A tragic love story of two schoolboys who decide to copy Lord Byron and swim the Dardanelles straits"). Mr. Whalley's exceptional career includes having produced Derek Jarman's first two classic films, Sebastiane and Jubilee, and having collaborated on the others. As Mr. Whalley wrote on March 24, 2012, he is currently "writing about Iran, before the revolution, where I spent 2 years."
- L.R. Williamson's comic novel Prairie Springs ("a young Jewish woman... and her gay best friend" move from Manhattan to a small Texas town; more than secrets come out).
- Cayr Ariel Wulff's Circling the Waggins; How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness (an unflinchingly honest portrayal of two women and their life together, founded on the love of dogs. Her previous book is Born Without a Tail, the true-life adventures of two animal rescuers living with an ever-changing house full of pets).
- LATEST! Victor Yates's A Love Like Blood — WINNER 2016 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction (from the author: "My novel is about a half Somali and Cuban 17-year old, dealing with the intricacies of sexuality, race, Americanism, syncretism, and migration under his dying father's abusive hand.")
- COMPLETE LIST — including earlier titles.
Lists all of the original materials at this site — including several not included in this highlights selection — plus anthologies, reference works, various "best GLBT books" lists, awards, and more. New! GLBT Resources Links to external sites.
Features annotated lists of works in these four interrelated genres, and more resources. GLBT authors have created many classic genre works, from Dracula to Peter Pan to Conan the Barbarian to Woolf's Orlando.
Discussion Group: The GLBT Genre Literature Discussion Group, founded in January 2000 and meeting each month for ten years, the group focused on a GLBT-related work of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror or Suspense that members selected. You can't keep a good group down, so we may move to online discussions at some point in the future. There would also be the possibility of occasional in-person meetings held in Manhattan, if the group so decides. Click here for more information.
From Gilgamesh (2,000 BCE) to today, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama written in Europe, North and South America, the Near East and more.
Overlooked LGBT Non-Fiction and Fiction Authors
Overlooked LGBT Non-Fiction Authors highlights outstanding writers on art, film, theatre, history, literature, music, philosophy, science, and more not included on the Publishing Triangle's list of 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Non-Fiction Books. There is also Overlooked LGBT Fiction Authors.
These resources, for over a hundred authors, have been chosen from among all Websites devoted to each writer — at the page Books Discussed Since 1997.
Introduces the diverse LGBT literary tradition, through ten outstanding and representative books. If you're new to LGBT literature, this is one place to start exploring!
LGBT-related sites usually connected to literature; currently exists as an archive, with several years' worth of entries.
Brief essay that looks at why gay/lesbian/bi/trans aspects of a work are of interest.
Including Sappho, Plato, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Melvlle, Whitman, Cather, Stein, Woolf, Cocteau, Baldwin, Kushner, and many more.
Many resources, including 50 outstanding LGBT films and great directors, a Recommended LGBT Film of the Month, linked sites devoted to gay filmmakers/ authors/ artists Rainer Werner Fassbinder (The Merchant of Four Seasons), Derek Jarman (Edward II), and Pier Paolo Pasolini (Teorema).
LGBT Cinema is part of my Jim's Film Website, that includes 50 landmarks of film history, an original guide to film (covering dramatic structure, visual and sound aesthetics), 10-best lists in over 30 categories, and more resources — as well as dozens of original film-on-DVD reviews. LATEST REVIEWS: Four works by or about filmmaker/ artist Derek Jarman: his memoir Modern Nature (1992), his film War Requiem — based on Benjamin Britten's stunning choral work, Derek — the 2008 documentary about Jarman from filmmaker Isaac Julien and writer/ narrator/ actress Tilda Swinton, and the book The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman (2008) by Niall Richardson; James Whale's delightfully disturbing comedy The Old Dark House (1932 — Whale also made the 1930s Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and musical Show Boat; he's the subject of Christopher Bram's novel Father of Frankenstein, and its film version Gods and Monsters); Pasolini's horrific masterpiece about fascism, Salo. Recent Reviews: Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4, a major collection of Jarman features new to DVD: The Angelic Conversation, Caravaggio, Wittgenstein, Blue and Glitterbug, plus many special features (2008 has truly been Jarman's year on DVD), Fassbinder's magnum opus Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), Phil Jutzi's 1931 film of Berlin Alexanderplatz, The Films of Kenneth Anger, Donna Deitch's Desert Hearts, Alain Resnais's Muriel, author Jean Genet's only film as a director: Un Chant d'Amour, Tony Palmer's documentary Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was (about the great gay composer), Fassbinder's Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (for which I wrote the DVD's liner notes), Murnau's Phantom, Robert Houston's Shogun Assassin, Wolfgang Petersen's The Consequence, Jarman's The Last of England, more.
Encompasses chamber and orchestral music, ballet, art songs, choral works, opera, musical theatre, and experimental pieces.
Painters, sculptors, architects, designers, and photographers, from the ancient world to today.
Thirty books, films, and works of music that have changed and enriched my life; not all are LGBT-related.
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