Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Books: Here Is What You Do

A yacht races to outrun a tsunami. A young man jailed on a drug charge forms a relationship with his cellmate that is both loving and savage. A teen raised by his out-and-proud father, a Turkish immigrant, is displaced after violence fractures his life, forever altering his sense of time and memory. A wistful mother escapes her reality and regret by losing herself in the miniature worlds she finds at the edge of the woods.

Perfect for readers of Carmen Maria Machado, Garth Greenwell, and A.M. Homes, Here Is What You Do is a powerful, timely short story collection by a vital new voice in queer fiction. Dennis’s debut is a bravura work of muscularly robust prose that captures the primal need, desire, cruelty, and promise of people trying to connect with, and consume, each other. The stories’ complex themes—trauma, addiction, the prison system, queer identity, isolation and crushing loneliness, validation, and everything in between—are tackled with an unfailing eye for human drives and frailties.

Dennis’s characters have immense psychological depth and each story drills toward their darkest emotional centers, resulting in moving prose that embraces vulnerability and grit. “In Motel Rooms” sees a fictionalized Coretta Scott King stalked and harassed by the FBI and considering the costs of her life with her husband, who is lifted up as a hero by the public, but still painfully human behind closed doors. In “Nettles,” a married couple moves out of the city and buys a rural slaughterhouse. But the strange, unnameable tension with their religious neighbors quickly escalates, and the couple struggles to retain their shaky facade of domesticity.

By turns heartrending and hopeful, Here Is What You Do refuses to shy away from the harsh realities of the flaws and saving graces that make us human.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Books: Shut Up, I'm Talking

Shut Up, I’m Talking chronicles the life and career of actor and comedian Jason Stuart. It's the funny, poignant story of a gay Jewish boy whose life changed after seeing Funny Girl at second-run movie theatre in Hollywood. It’s about surviving a crazy family who survived the Holocaust and clearing up the wreckage of one's past while learning how to become a man.

Jason has appeared in over 150 films and TV shows and has had a long and varied career, from my coming out in 1993 on the Geraldo Rivera Show to having a major supporting role in the historical drama The Birth of a Nation playing “Joseph Randall” a white, heterosexual, christian, slave owner in 1891 while being a gay liberal Jew!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Books: Fire Island Photographs

As summer crashes ashore with full abandon, New York’s most titillating island gets its time in the sun in FIRE ISLAND: PHOTOGRAPHS (Glitterati) by Alex Geana, who spent four years capturing its most intimate and indomitable moments. Ripe with seductive images of luminous locations and luscious lords, the 224-page book shows Fire Island in all its unrepressed glory. “Alex focuses his lens on the tribal spirit involved in poolside romping, … and is there to clock the ritualized exhibitionism, glamor and inclusion,” crows Michael Musto, the LGBT community’s most ubiquitous scribe.

FIRE ISLAND: PHOTOGRAPHS is a provocative, unabashed journey into the island’s psyche, filled with unexpected moments, famous and infamous figures and the celebration of youth, sex and beauty. Inspired by the works of legends like Slim Aarons and Herb Ritts, Geana’s images are at once supple and serene, bathed in carnal sunlight that is both impeccably simple and deeply complex. It’s that contradiction that makes every image its own story … left to the reader to imagine.

“Fire Island is not just a place, it’s a memory, escape, dream, haven. It represents so much to so many people, and capturing its essence was a labor of love,” said Geana. “The setting is unmistakable, but it’s the scenery that tells the story – the people, the places, the time of year, the friends you make, the connections you forge and the beauty of love, spontaneity and free -spirited recklessness. I was so awed by the trust, honesty and excitement I encountered when making this book. The final result is a photographic diary of the Fire Island experience through a sun-lit lens."

FIRE ISLAND: PHOTOGRAPHS is available in two versions: the 9x12” hardback retailing for $50.00, and a special 11x14” hardback version with a slipcase. The Collectors Edition, of which there are only 20 copies available, retail for $2,500. The book can be ordered on Amazon (NSFW) as well as purchased at the General Store in The Pines by calling 631-597-6500.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Books: Simply Gourmet

Simply Gourmet — the title says it all. Open this beautiful cookbook and prepare to be transported to the wonderful world of Rivky Kleiman’s SIMPLE to prepare yet GOURMET in taste recipes. Rivky is the co-author of the very popular Bais Yaakov Cookbook and is celebrated in the kosher culinary world for her passion in presenting recipes that really work.

Simply Gourmet
features over 135 recipes from appetizers, salads, and brunch, lunch & beyond, to soups, fish, meat, poultry sides, and desserts. Each of Rivky’s recipes is beautiful to serve, delicious to eat, and, with its clear instructions and easily available ingredients, so simple to prepare!

“Life has become so fast paced that one aspect of my goal in creating this cookbook is to alleviate the stress of feeding families in record time,” Rivky says. “I wrote this cookbook after being urged by friends and readers for a complete cookbook with easy, doable recipes that simply work! My style and niche have always been traditional leanings with an updated twist. I tried very hard to develop recipes that will work with our very fast-paced society, where the average home cook has the desire to turn out nutritious and delicious meals but always is short on time.”

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Books: Om the Enchanted

Author Mera Malik has released her first children’s book titled Om The Enchanted: Big World, Little Om.

When Om’s mother calls him in from playing in the yard one day he has no idea how his life is about to change! The eleven-year-old boy uses his vivid imagination to cope with, instead of running from, life’s challenges and he needs every ounce of imagination that he can muster to make the best of what comes up. A new friend and new family members help Om through in unexpected ways while he sees the reality of life for a school bully and finds courage and strength in himself that he didn’t even know was there. Om’s life goes from enchanted to exploded and back to enchanted in this profound book that thoughtfully explores diversity, compassion and love.

There remains a lack of positive representation for LGBTQ families and children. The team behind Om the Enchanted: Big World, Little Om wants to change that by showing children what it is like to live in an LGBTQ family or to be different than other children you go to school with.

“I was in a same sex relationship for nine beautiful years,” states Malik. “Our relationship ended not for any lack of love, but because she could no longer handle the discrimination she faced in her community or the disapproval of her family. Our child lost one of his moms and no doubt was confused by the whole situation. All he knew was the two of us and the love that was our family. I don’t want that to happen to any other family or child.”

Malik says that the world she wants to live in and raise children in doesn’t discriminate when it comes to love or family; a world where everyone’s story has power and importance, where hearts and character are more important than skin color and gender. She believes that begins through representation and community building. Om the Enchanted: Big World, Litte Om shows how wonderful –but sometimes challenging—the lives are for unique families. “It can be a child who has a disability, a refugee family,” she says, “I’m not excluding anyone. I want these kids to see themselves on media in a positive, uplifting way.”



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Books: A Better World Starts Here

Today we live in a world of activism. From the Me Too movement to the environment, people everywhere are fighting to make their world better. In her new book, A Better World Starts Here: Activists and Their Work, author Stacy Russo presents the stories of activists contributing towards the common good.

A Better World Starts Here: Activists and Their Work presents activists doing inspiring work in their communities and beyond through an inclusive and far-reaching examination,” Stacy explains. “It is a book of struggle, but also a book of hope, joy, and liberation. This unique and diverse collection provides an intersection of different forms of activism that are all committed to eradicating various types of injustice and oppression.”

Examples of the activism Stacy profiles include anti-racist action, feminist and women’s rights work, art activism, animal rights work, LGBTQ activism, environmental activism, food justice action, human rights work, and mindfulness practice within an activist context. The book includes interviews with the following inspiring individuals:

Carol J. Adams, Writer
Helene Aylon, Artist
Ruth Behar, Anthropologist
Steve Bell, Prison Library Project
Kameke Brown, Farm Sanctuary
Julia Feliz Brueck, Sanctuary Publishers/Vegans of Color Community Project
Michelle Carrera, Chilis on Wheels
Celeste Chan, Foglifter Journal and Press/Queer Ancestors Project
Yago S. Cura, Los Angeles Public Library/Hinchas de Poesia
Ardeth DeVries, Old Dog Haven
Sarah Rafael Garcia, Barrio Writers/LibroMobile
Marisela Gomez, Public Health Professional/Physician Scientist
Judy Grahn, Poet
Michelle Habell-Pallan, Women Who Rock
Janet Holmes, Photographer
Aquila Hope, Trans Activist/Certified Holistic Life Coach
Hilary Kinavey, Be Nourished
Lark Lo, Blk Grrrl Book Fair/Feminist Preschool/Black Kids in Outer Space
Beth Pickens, Consultant for Artists and Arts Organizations
Edwin Ramirez, Stand-up Comedian/Poet
Kate Jessica Raphael, UltraViolet/KPFA Women's Magazine
Bamby Salcedo, TransLatin@ Coalition
Sonya Renee Taylor, The Body is Not an Apology
Sandi Torkildson, Room of One's Own Bookstore
Sara Vander Zander, Facing Homelessness/BLOCK Project

A Better World Starts Here will inspire those who wish to feel more empowered in their activism; support current activists in their own important work through the stories of others; and ultimately provide promise for a better world for all readers.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Books: Heroes: A Tribute

Tra Publishing announces the June 2019 release of a new hardcover trade edition of HEROES: A Tribute by Doug Meyer. In 1981, conceptual artist and designer Doug Meyer lost a dear friend to a mysterious new disease we now know was AIDS. Over the next few years, Meyer went to 79 funerals. In HEROES: A Tribute (Tra Publishing, June 4, 2019) he pays homage by way of portraiture to some of the first victims of AIDS and AIDS-related diseases — brilliant creative figures such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, Rudolph Nureyev, Freddie Mercury, Rock Hudson, John Duka, Tina Chow, Klaus Nomi, Halston, and Angelo Donghia, whose contributions may be unknown to a younger generation. Printed in multiple papers with pops of neon color and painted edges echoing the artist’s work, Doug Meyer’s HEROES is a gorgeous feast for the eyes and soul that not only honors the creative geniuses who died too soon, but immortalizes their work for generations to come.
“I find it so sad and horrifying that these 50 Heroes seem to have fallen out of contemporary cultural memory,” says Meyer. “My intent for both the Heroes Project and this book is to expose a younger generation to these Heroes whose contributions, talent and even existence have been forgotten or perhaps nearly lost in today’s digital world.”
Originally conceived as an installation for the annual DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation to Fight AIDS) dinner, Meyer’s Heroes Project went on to show in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. In creating each portrait, Meyer conducted extensive research, ploughing through books and newspaper archives to gain intimate knowledge of the men and women he was depicting. “I immersed myself in their lives,” he says. HEROES includes biographies of each figure based upon his research.
To create his 3D portraits, Meyer blended new and old techniques ranging from terracotta to eglomise to papier-mâché to computer-generated collage, to name only a few. He felt it important that the technique, materials and style of each work be as diverse as possible. He says, “I employed everything I could muster up, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography — all combined in various forms to create works that were uniquely different —to give the appearance that each object was made by different hands.”
The book is distributed worldwide by Simon & Schuster and is also available on amazon and through Tra Publishing’s website at www.trapublishing.com.  Collector’s and Art editions of the book are also available from the publisher.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Books: Dungeons and Drag Queens

If you like to read more than just your friends at brunch, why not check out Greg Scarnici's latest book on Amazon right here. Dungeons and Drag Queens is a collection of humorous essays set on Fire Island with lots of drugs, sex and drag that also weaves in some history about what makes Fire Island such an amazing destination for the queer community.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Books: A Baker's Passport

Baking is an international language, an art form, and for some, a calling. The term applies to everything that comes out of the oven: soufflés, meat and poultry, cakes, sweet and savory pies, breads, and of course cookies. Food writer, pastry chef and educator, Susie Norris believes that home-baked meals and mood-lifting sweets unite communities and families around the world. In her new cookbook, A Baker’s Passport, Susie shares over 200 technique-driven recipes culled from her global travels and her award-winning blog, Food Market Gypsy, designed to inspire home cooks as well as experienced chefs.

“I’m a lifelong, culinary road-tripper traveling through the world’s great food towns and traditions to explore what is baking where. This book visits beautiful countries with artisan baking traditions,” says Norris. “By exploring recipes in their regions, we help keep those traditions alive and relevant.”

A Baker's Passport presents recipes with easy-to-follow steps and measurements. The photography is beautifully simple and highlights the detail of each dish, often with travel photos from its region. Recipes include sweet and savory favorites such as Black Forest Cake from Germany, Enchiladas from Mexico, and French classics like Quiche Lorraine, Coq au Vin, and Creme Brûlée.

“My goal is to bring the joy of regional baking home. Take an international culinary excursion without leaving your kitchen with A Baker’s Passport and taste the world! With this book as your passport, we’ll bake together.”

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Books: Dungeons and Drag Queens

Greg Scarnici's latest book, Dungeons and Drag Queens, is now available for pre-sale on Amazon. 

In it, he recounts some of his shocking and scandalous experiences over twenty-five seasons on New York’s Fire Island. From tea dances in Fire Island Pines to drag competitions in Cherry Grove, Greg paints a picture of what a typical summer on the island of misfit boys is like.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Books: Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Vol. 4

Much like a fine wine the Best Gay Erotica series just keeps getting better with each passing year—and this year’s volume is no exception! With M/M erotic stories about dominant men standing tall and powerful over their submissive, to dashing men with looks to kill for, to the rough-and-tumble type who is just asking for you to get down-and-dirty. So, pour yourself a glass and curl up with Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volume 4. Clothing is optional.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Books: We Make It Better

We Make It Better profiles all the people, places, and events that show just how awesome and inspiring the LGBT community is.

LGBT people have always played important roles in society. We have served our country, served in office, pushed for the protection of human rights, and have impacted all fields of study, sport, art and industry.

We Make It Better offers biographies of some of the most famous gay thinkers and changers in history from Bayard Rustin, Alan Turing, Dr. Sally Ride, and Oscar Wilde to present day innovators and world changers such as Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Cook, the Wachowski sisters, Sir Ian McKellen and more.

But, more than a “who’s who” of LGBT history, We Make It Better is also a vibrant chronicle of the events in history where the LGBT community came together to fight for equality and to save lives.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Books: 'Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror'

Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror is the first volume of a short fiction anthology series edited by award-winning queer writer and editor Andrew Robertson.
Published under Riverdale Avenue Books’ Afraid imprint, it features many members of the Horror Writers Association along with writers from all over the world.

Dark Rainbow contains 15 tales of dark appetites, hidden fantasies, sex and slashers including new work from Angel Leigh McCoy, Jeff C. Stevenson, Sèphera Girón, Julianne Snow, Derek Clendening, Spinster Eskie, Lindsay King-Miller and many more.

"There has always been a special relationship between queer culture and horror, said Writer and Editor Andrew Robertson. “ Horror is a genre about the ‘other’ and being a part of queer culture often comes with feelings of ‘otherness’ or being an outsider based on your desires…maybe you see a freak on screen during a midnight madness screening and you think to yourself, Well, I feel like a freak too. Maybe the monster is just misunderstood. We are all hunger for something, right?”

Downloads are available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and wherever e-books are downloaded.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Books: Keep YourEyes on the Skies for Colorado UFOs

Embark on a whirlwind tour of contemporary UFO phenomena occurring in eleven locations throughout the state via Richard Estep's new book Colorado UFOs

From the Rocky Mountains to the Denver International Airport to a lonely and isolated UFO Watchtower in the San Luis Valley, join paranormal investigator Richard Estep and other leaders in the field of Colorado Ufology to uncover some of the state's most harrowing stories. Are we alone in the universe, or is there something more to these stories from the Centennial State?

Richard Estep has been investigating claims of the paranormal on both sides of the Atlantic since 1995. Relocating to the United States in 1999, he feeds his fascination with all things ghostly and extraterrestrial with regular field trips to mysterious locations. He is author of several books and his work has been filmed for the TV series Haunted Case Files. When he isn't traveling strange highways, Richard makes his living as a paramedic. Hailing originally from England, he now lives in Colorado with his wife, Laura, and a menagerie of rescued animals.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Books: “the AIDS activist project”

A powerful new book of unique photographic portraits of AIDS activists from around the world, including members of ACT UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) chapters in the United States and Europe, has just been published. the AIDS activist project is a 28-year project by veteran photographer and AIDS activist Bill Bytsura.

the AIDS activist project is a memorial to the brave men and women who struggled and died while fighting the epidemic and government neglect,” Bill Bytsura said. “But this book is also a renewed call to action, because the AIDS epidemic is not over. Infection rates are rising again, and the Trump Administration, like Reagan and Bush, is ignoring the dangers.”


From 1989 to 1998, Bytsura photographed AIDS activists from around the globe, beginning with members of the New York City chapter of ACT UP, and branching out to capture members of other ACT UP chapters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami and Puerto Rico. Bytsura subsequently traveled to AIDS conferences in Europe to photograph ACT UP members and other AIDS activists from Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris.

the AIDS activist project features a foreword by David France, the Academy Award-nominated director of the 2012 documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” and author of the award-winning 2016 companion book of the same name.

The genesis for the AIDS activist project came when Bytsura, a longtime New Yorker, lost his life partner Randy Northup to AIDS in 1989. Filled with anger and helplessness, Bytsura attended an ACT UP/NY meeting. Eventually, he channeled his grief into protests and began photographing the group’s raucous street demonstrations. During that time, Bytsura conceived the idea for the AIDS activist project.

“I saw ACT UP members as brave people taking a stand,” Bytsura recalled, “but the public and media saw them only as sinners, lawbreakers and disease carriers. My goal was to photograph a series of studio portraits of these warriors, to show the world their heroic and mournful sides.”

the AIDS activist project book also includes candid shots of AIDS activists at picket lines across the nation, in well-orchestrated protests. Bytsura's images capture the resistance of activists that drew national attention, forcing the medical establishment and government to act — and, ultimately, elicited empathy from the public at large.

Bytsura’s complete collection of 225 photographic portraits and original negatives, plus the activists’ personal statements, are now archived at Fales Library at New York University, as part of The Downtown Collection.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Books: Raised by Unicorns: Stories from People with LGBTQ+ Parents

In recent years, the world has been saturated by endless blogs, articles, and books devoted to the subject of LGBTQ+ parenting. On the flip side, finding stories written by the children of LGBTQ+ parents is akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. Now that the world is more accepting than ever of non-traditional families, it's time to create a literary space for this not-so-unique, shared, but completely individual experience.

In Raised by Unicorns: Stories from People with LGBTQ+ Parents, Frank Lowe has carefully edited an anthology that reflects on the upbringing of children in many different forms of LGBTQ+ families. From Baby Boomers to Generation Z, it features diverse stories that express the distinctiveness of this shared journey and of each particular family. It's visceral, raw, and not always pretty, but love is always the common thread.

Lowe candidly reveals true accounts of this particular niche of humanity, while simultaneously creating a moving snapshot of the world in which we live. Raised by Unicorns guides the reader through an empathetic journey that is nothing short of compelling and poignant. We've all heard the phrase "raised by wolves." Now we have a window into the complex world of being Raised by Unicorns.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Books: Let Me Dream

With the gay literature market rapidly growing, authors such as Harry Lavis are inspired to release new emotion-rich novels that explore a variety of themes such as inclusion, HIV, immigration, racism and environmentalism.

Let Me Dream is certainly no exception; a cocktail of multiple genres that ultimately pulls readers into an intense love story between two men who, while at odds, refuse to give up on their growing bond.


“I have definitely used this book to force readers to confront many important and prevalent issues,” explains Lavis. “For example, one of our main characters’ ex partners is HIV positive and it gets plenty of attention in the narrative; HIV is of course a vital societal issue, so why not use literature as a vehicle to raise its profile and acceptance?

Ultimately, the book was written to address my passion for inclusion and acceptance among all people, everywhere. The many issues intertwined into the story will push readers outside their comfort zone and hopefully see them turn the last page with a refreshed view on how we can all live together, happily, no matter what we believe.”


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Books: Love Activism

Today it seems our world is filled with dissension, divisiveness, and a lack of kindness toward one another. In her new book, Love Activism, author Stacy Russo presents a radical way to live through what she calls Love Activism. This is realized through how we perform our work, what we do in our communities, and the decisions we make each day.

“What is Love Activism? The easiest definition is that it is a daily, radical, and holistic activism of kindness,” Russo says. “It is alive by caring deeply for our own needs, as much as it lives in what we do for others. Love Activism brings positive changes and rewards since it is a wide-ranging form of activism that we are able to infuse in everything we do every day.”

Love Activism provides inspiration and support for activists. Through stories, examples, and lists of practices, readers discover the different elements of this form of activism and how they can bring these practices into their lives.

The book also includes interviews with ten activists throughout the United States who are involved in various types of activism in their communities. These individuals include the founder of a community garden organization; an art therapist; the founder of a food justice organization; and an individual involved with educating his community on printmaking as a form of activism.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Books: Two Journeys to One Wondrous Life

The seventh of eight children, Lee Klein was born in 1924 in Lincoln, Nebraska. In “Two Journeys to One Wondrous Life,” he shares his story of being a closeted gay man in the military and his life moving forward.

In the aftermath of repealing “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” the book offers a fascinating look into the past and what it was like for a gay man to serve in the military.

“The book is the sharing of blocks of time in my life revealing how I had to live two separate lifestyles, so I could keep my security clearance and keep my gay life in the closet for most of my adult life,” said Klein. “I also hope to influence young gay men and women by letting them know that it gets better.”


Friday, May 11, 2018