Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Pride reading list:
Prose & poetry


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Prose pages: When it comes to fitting Pride reads, few books can compare to The Days of Anna Madrigal (Harper), the ninth installment in Armistead Maupin's beloved Tales of the City saga. After taking a break from the series and the characters, Maupin resumed writing about the inhabitants of 28 Barbary Lane again in 2007, with the latest book focusing on everyone's favorite "transgender landlady," Anna Madrigal.

It seems like almost everyone wants to have a June wedding, and when it comes to same-sex marriage, June weddings take on even more meaning since it is also Pride month. Prolific novelist Rick R. Reed adds his own distinctive twist to the gay marriage spectrum with his romance novel Legally Wed (Dreamspinner Press).

Swiss-born, Sweden-based writer and gay dad Hans M. Hirschi's epic Living the Rainbow: A gay family triptych  (Yaree) combines three novels – Family Ties, Jonathan's Hope  and The Opera House  – under one cover.

Queer novelist and filmmaker Dia Felix's debut novel Nochita  (City Lights/Sister Spit), recipient of praise from Mary Gaitskill and CA Conrad, follows the title character from her unstable home life to the streets, where she becomes "a runaway with nothing to run from."

In Mr. Loverman (Akashic), Bernadine Evaristo, employing regional dialect, introduces us to Antigua-born Barrington, now living in London, balancing relationships with Carmel, his wife of 50 years, and Morris, his childhood buddy and male lover for 60 years. As one relationship fizzles, the other flourishes, and Barrington must obey his instincts to make the most of his golden years.

Now available in paperback, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells (Ecco) by Andrew Sean Greer, which was named one of the 100 notable books of 2013 by The  New York Times Book Review , tells of the time-traveling journey (via hypnosis) of Greta following the death of her gay twin brother Felix and the end of her relationship with boyfriend Nathan, taking her from 1985 to 1918 to 1941 and back again.

Best-known as the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning crime novel series featuring gay criminal defense attorney Henry Rios, Michael Nava sets his new novel The City of Palaces  (Terrace Books) during the period just prior to the Mexican Revolution, populating it with a fascinating array of characters.

Arts writer Stephen Greco writes what he knows in his new novel Now and Yesterday (Kensington), a cross-generational love story between Peter, 59, and Will, 28, set in the whirlwind realm of advertising and media in New York.

Poet's corner: Award-winning lesbian poet and essayist Julie Marie Wade, a creative writing faculty member at Florida International University, is the author of the chapbook When I Was Straight (A Midsummer Night's Press), in which she addresses the coming out process, before and after, with wit, woe, wisdom and wonder.

Maryland-based Lambda Literary Award nominee Hailey Leithauser is the recipient of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation for her debut book of poems Swoop  (Graywolf Press).

Poet and Pennsylvania State University professor Robin Becker won a Lambda Literary Award for her 1996 collection All-American Girl. Her latest collection, Tiger Heron (U. of Pittsburgh Press), has been praised by Alison Bechdel, Ellen Bass and Maxine Kumin.

Separated into three distinct sections, "My First Ten Plague Years," "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Sodomite" and "This Life Now," Michael Broder's debut poetry collection This Life Now (A Midsummer Night's Press) marks the arrival of an important gay poet.

Described as "one of the most important and challenging texts of 20th-century literary modernism" and a "touchstone work of radical modernist poetry," Gertrude Stein's 1914 book Tender Buttons (City Lights) has been reissued in a "corrected centennial edition," including facsimile images, "A Note on the Text" by Seth Perlow, and Juliana Spahr's afterword.

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