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Pride 2021 Nonfiction Reading List

Pride 2021 Nonfiction Reading List

By Gregg Shapiro | Jun 8, 2021

Pride festivities for 2021 still seem to be up in the air or not taking place. Nevertheless, there are other ways of displaying your pride in being a member of the LGBTQ+ community, including reading a book by a queer writer or ally.

Review: Cozy 'Drama Pan' Definitely a Quintessential Beach Reach

Review: Cozy 'Drama Pan' Definitely a Quintessential Beach Reach

By Christopher Verleger | Jun 3, 2021

The boy who refuses to grow up gets the Treemeadow College treatment in the latest Nicky and Noah mystery from series creator Joe Cosentino.

Creepy Queers: 'Unburied: A Collection of Queer Dark Fiction'

Creepy Queers: 'Unburied: A Collection of Queer Dark Fiction'

By Jim Provenzano | May 31, 2021

In 'Unburied: A Collection of Queer Dark Fiction,' Editor Rebecca Rowland has selected a diverse array of spooky stories, from the short and sweet to longer ruminative tales by some accomplished authors.

Gina Yashere on Her New Memoir and 'Not Waiting for the Gatekeepers to Validate You'

Gina Yashere on Her New Memoir and 'Not Waiting for the Gatekeepers to Validate You'

By Darian Aaron | May 29, 2021

Out comedian Gina Yashere talks about her new book, "Cack-Handed," her multi-faceted gig on "Bob Hearts Abishola," and how the internet and social media has helped her career.

Review: Charles Casillo's 'Elizabeth and Monty: The Untold Story of Their Intimate Friendship' a Heart-wrenching Triumph

Review: Charles Casillo's 'Elizabeth and Monty: The Untold Story of Their Intimate Friendship' a Heart-wrenching Triumph

By Bill Biss | May 26, 2021

Author Charles Casillo sheds new light on the friendship between Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.

Writer Paul Rudnick Scores with a Witty, Regal Romance Novel

Writer Paul Rudnick Scores with a Witty, Regal Romance Novel

By Mark Kennedy | May 25, 2021

Paul Rudnick has written a romantic comedy with a royal twist.

Review: Paul Rudnick's Charming 'Playing The Palace' Reminds Us To Be Careful What We Wish For

Review: Paul Rudnick's Charming 'Playing The Palace' Reminds Us To Be Careful What We Wish For

By Christopher Verleger | May 25, 2021

An event planner trades New Jersey for Buckingham Palace after he meets a soon-to-be king in Paul Rudnick's engaging romantic comedy.

Review: Frances Bingham's 'Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life' Impeccably Researched, Vividly Detailed

Review: Frances Bingham's 'Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life' Impeccably Researched, Vividly Detailed

By Lewis Whittington | May 25, 2021

Valentine was underrated in her time. In retrospect, her work should be appreciated for its craft and aesthetic impact, as well as vital documentation of her time as a nonbinary lesbian poet.

Review: Jeff Mann's 'Redneck Bouquet' a Garden of Intimate Delights

Review: Jeff Mann's 'Redneck Bouquet' a Garden of Intimate Delights

By Kilian Melloy | May 24, 2021

Openly gay Appalachian poet, essayist, and novelist Jeff Mann explores appetite, memory, rage, sorrow, loss, and lust in his deeply-felt and forthright poetry collection "Redneck Bouquet."

Michael Nava's 'Lies With Man' Brings Back the Mystery

Michael Nava's 'Lies With Man' Brings Back the Mystery

By Jim Piechota | May 19, 2021

Attorney and prolific author Michael Nava's impressive, engrossing ninth mystery novel in his Henry Rios detective series flashes back to the 1980s where big hair ruled, neon lit up the night, and the dark storm clouds of the AIDS epidemic began.

'Flower of Iowa' :: Playwright Lance Ringel Imagines Male Intimacy During WWI

'Flower of Iowa' :: Playwright Lance Ringel Imagines Male Intimacy During WWI

By Mark William Norby | May 18, 2021

Lance Ringel's expansive novel centers on native 18-year old Tommy Flowers, who was raised in rural Iowa and sent to France by the U.S. Military in June 1918, the final months of World War I.

Cuomo Set to Earn $5M from Book on COVID-19 Crisis

Cuomo Set to Earn $5M from Book on COVID-19 Crisis

By Marina Villeneuve | May 18, 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo disclosed Monday that he was paid a $3.1 million advance to write his COVID-19 leadership book last year and under his publishing contract will make another $2 million on the memoir over the next two years.

AIDS Activism by the Book: 'Let the Record Show' Captures a Movement's Rise and Decline

AIDS Activism by the Book: 'Let the Record Show' Captures a Movement's Rise and Decline

By Jim Provenzano | May 12, 2021

In the lengthy "Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993," author Sarah Schulman documents and analyzes the ideals, actions, successes, and failures of the people who made up the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power.

Review: Censored in the 1940s, 'The Man Who Lived Underground' is Just as Relevant Today

Review: Censored in the 1940s, 'The Man Who Lived Underground' is Just as Relevant Today

By Lewis Whittington | May 10, 2021

Wright's real-life depiction of what was commonplace across the U.S. - a j'accuse to white policing and Jim Crow laws of the era and pervasive societal racism - made it ripe for censorship.

TV's Growth is a Boon for 'Diverse Voices' Among Novelists

TV's Growth is a Boon for 'Diverse Voices' Among Novelists

By Lynn Elber | May 10, 2021

Growing up an avid reader, Kwana Jackson knew where to look for romance novels with Black characters: Segregated in the "African American interest" section where only determined shoppers would find them.

George Chakiris Tells His 'West Side' Story

George Chakiris Tells His 'West Side' Story

By Steve Duffy | May 6, 2021

Actor George Chakiris won an Oscar for playing Bernardo in "West Side Story" some 60 years ago. Recently the actor-turned-jewelry designer decided to tell his life story. EDGE spoke to Chakiris about "My West Side Story: A Memoir."

Queer Spring Non-Fiction

Queer Spring Non-Fiction

By Gregg Shapiro | May 5, 2021

After a brutal winter, made even more difficult by the pandemic and killer storms, the Spring Equinox has arrived and warmer weather days are in sight. The following new non-fiction books are a good way to welcome the new season.

Alan Moore Working on Short Stories, 5-Volume Fantasy Series

Alan Moore Working on Short Stories, 5-Volume Fantasy Series

May 3, 2021

Alan Moore has many, many stories still to tell.

'Top Chef' Alum Gregory Gourdet to Release New Cookbook

'Top Chef' Alum Gregory Gourdet to Release New Cookbook

By Matthew Wexler | May 2, 2021

"Top Chef" competitor and now judge Gregory Gourdet's new cookbook, "Everyone's Table," releases May 11, featuring 200 recipes from the out and sober chef.

Sam Rush's 'Swallow' - Poet Shatters the Mold of Identity

Sam Rush's 'Swallow' - Poet Shatters the Mold of Identity

By Mark William Norby | Apr 27, 2021

In the new poetry collection "Swallow," by Sam Rush (Sibling Rivalry Press), we're given a lot of content that wakes up the reader into identity, forms, breaking forms, and into freedoms that are part of our constant becoming.

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