New in March: Martin Duberman, Kelly Cogswell, Christopher Stoddard, Dan Lopez, and A.K. Summers
Author: Edit Team
March 6, 2014
New Month! New books! March is upon us and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.
Historian Martin Duberman’s new book, Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS, is being released this month by The New Press. The book serves as both a biography of two vital and beloved gay cultural figures, Michael Callen and Essex Hemphill, and as an astute snapshot of the early years of the AIDS epidemic.
From The New Press:
In December 1995, the FDA approved the release of protease inhibitors, the first effective treatment for AIDS. For countless people, the drug offered a reprieve from what had been a death sentence; for others, it was too late. In the United States alone, over 318,000 people had already died from AIDS-related complications–among them the singer Michael Callen and the poet Essex Hemphill.
Meticulously researched and evocatively told, Hold Tight Gently is the celebrated historian Martin Duberman’s poignant memorial to those lost to AIDS and to two of the great unsung heroes of the early years of the epidemic. Callen, a white gay Midwesterner who had moved to New York, became a leading figure in the movement to increase awareness of AIDS in the face of willful and homophobic denial under the Reagan administration; Hemphill, an African American gay man, contributed to the black gay and lesbian scene in Washington, D.C., with poetry of searing intensity and introspection.
The personal becomes political in a new memoir by writer Kelly Cogswell. In Eating Fire My Life as a Lesbian Avenger (University of Minnesota Press), Cosgwell recounts her years with the seminal queer activist group the Lesbian Avengers.
From the publisher:
At once streetwise and wistful, Eating Fire is a witty and urgent coming-of-age memoir as well as the first in-depth account of the influential Lesbian Avengers. A rare insider’s look at the process and perils of street activism, Kelly Cogswell’s story is an engaging blend of picaresque adventure, how-to activist handbook, and rigorous inquiry into questions of identity, resistance, and citizenship.
Artist A.K. Summers unpacks her “unique” first pregnancy in the new graphic memoir Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag (Soft Skull Press).
From the publisher:
First pregnancy can be a fraught, uncomfortable experience for any woman, but for resolutely butch lesbian Teek Thomasson, it is exceptionally challenging: Teek identifies as a masculine woman in a world bent on associating pregnancy with a cult of über-femininity. Teek wonders, “Can butches even get pregnant?”
Of course, as she and her pragmatic femme girlfriend Vee discover, they can. But what happens when they do? Written and illustrated by A.K. Summers, and based on her own pregnancy, Pregnant Butch strives to depict the increasingly common but still underrepresented experience of queer pregnancy with humor and complexity—from the question of whether suspenders count as legitimate maternity wear to the strains created by different views of pregnancy within a couple, and finally to a culturally critical and compassionate interrogation of gender in pregnancy.
Five fascinating tales linked by the sea. An aging architect must decide to give up his grief, even if it means losing the vestiges of a lover’s memory. An object of erotic fixation galvanizes men against the isolation of exile on a cruise liner. As he watches the disintegration of his picket-fence fantasy, an ex-soldier looks to the sea for absolution.
By turns urban and remote, the emotional landscapes navigated in this stunning debut collection offer a bold new meditation on love, loss, and isolation in our precarious present, and make visceral for us the duality of risk and salvation that attend our most passionate attachments.
This month, publisher and writer Christopher Stoddard is releasing three new titles through his new publishing outfit ITNA Press. “Founded in August 2013, ITNA PRESS is a Brooklyn-based company dedicated to publishing honest works of American literature deemed too provocative for the mainstream.”
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- Everything Must Go by La JohnJoseph, ITNA Press
- Kill Marguerite and Other Stories by Megan Milks, Emergency Press
- Limiters by Christopher Stoddard, ITNA Press
- Next to Nothing by Keith Banner, Lethe Press
- Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea by Dan Lopez, Chelsea Station Editions
- Waiting for the Violins by Justine Saracen, Bold Strokes Books
- 50 Shades of Kink: An Introduction to Kink by Tristan Taormino, Cleis Press
- The Homoerotics of Orientalism by Joseph Allen Boone, Columbia University Press
- Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low by C. Riley Snorton, University of Minnesota Press
- You Feel So Mortal: Essay on the Body by Peggy Shiner, University of Chicago Press
- Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives edited by Megan Milks and Karli June Cerankowsk, Routledge
- Gender Protest and Same-Sex Desire in Antebellum American Literature by David Greven, Ashgate Press
- Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity edited by Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker, Duke University Press
- Outlaw Fathers in Victorian and Modern British Literature: Queering Patriarchy by Helena Gurfinkel, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
- Rebecca Brown: Literary Subversions of Homonormalization by Lies Xhonneux, Cambria Press
- Reality Gendervision: Sexuality and Gender on Transatlantic Reality Television by Brenda R. Weber, Duke University Press
- Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing by Jeffrey Q. McCune, University of Chicago Press
- Because of Her by KE Payne, Bold Strokes Books
- Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton, Samhain Publishing
- Fortune Teller’s Daughter by Diane Wood, Bella Books
- Finding the Grain by Wynn Malone, Bywater Books
- Free Falling by SE Jakes, Riptide Publishing
- The Housemistress by Keira Michelle Telford,Venatic Press
- Trapped by Bella Donnis Faraday, CreateSpace
- Every Inch of the Way by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley, Riptide Press
- Love Between Men: Seductive Stories of Afternoon Pleasure edited by Shane Allison, Cleis Press
- The Rise of Alec Caldwell: Erotic Adventures of a Young Businessman by Casey K. Cox, Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh
- If It Drives by Aleksandr Voinov and LA Witt, Riptide Publishing
- Future Dyke by Lea Daley, Bella Books
- The Magic Hunt: A Midnight Hunters Novel by L.L. Raand, Bold Strokes Books
- The Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker, Bold Strokes Books
- Acquainted with the Night by Erica Abbott, Bella Books
- Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux, Riptide Press
- Desperate Measures by PJ Trebelhorn, Bold Strokes Books
- Family Issue by Nat Burns, Bella Books
- The Heat of Angels by Lisa Girolami, Bold Strokes Books
- Season of the Wolf by Robin Summers, Bold Strokes Books
- When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and JA Rock, Riptide Press
- Anna Howard Shaw: The Work of Woman Suffrage (Women in American History) by Trisha Franzen, University of Illinois Press
- Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly J. Cogswell, University of Minnesota Press
- The End of Eve by Ariel Gore, Hawthorne Books
- Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS by Martin Duberman, The New Press
- The Maggie and Me by Damien Barr, Bloomsbury
- Sweet Tooth by Tim Anderson, Lake Union Publishing
- Food Chain by Slava Mougtin, Inta Press
- Mysterious Acts by My People by Valerie Wetlaufer, Sibling Rivalry Press
- I Don’t Know You by Robert Montes, Ampersand Books
- This Life Now by Michael Broder, Midsummer Night’s Press
- This Way to the Sugar by Hieu Nguyen, Write Bloody Publishing
- When I Was Straight by Julie Marie Wade, Midsummer Night’s Press
Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag by A.K. Summers, Soft Skull Press