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J.K. Rowling puts Antigay Fan in His Place.

A great story in The Advocate about how “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

responded to a fan who tweeted how disappointed he was with her revelation that the Dumbledore character in the series is gay. The writer certainly puts the fan in his place. Read the whole story here.

Nepantla for Queer Poets of Color Launches Sept. 4.

This month you can revel in the beauty of some well-honed lyricism with the debut of Nepantla, a new poetry e-journal, dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, curated by Christopher Soto in collaboration with The Lambda Literary Foundation. The mission of Nepantla is to nurture, celebrate, and preserve diversity within the queer poetry community. The journal is groundbreaking collection of some the best poetry from the QPOC community. The e-journal will launch on the Lambda Literary site on September 4th . In addition, to celebrate the launch, Nepantla will be hosting a series of journal launch readings in NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco this month. Click here for a full list of launch reading times and locations.

I was tagged by Pam Platt on Facebook with this fun exercise.

In your status, list 10 books that stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the “right” books or great books of literature, just ones that have affected you in someway. Tag 10 friends including me so I can see your list. Here are mine, they’re in no particular order:

1. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
2. The Lone Hunt by William O. Steele
3. Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
4. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
5. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus
6. Lincoln by Gore Vidal
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
8. Beloved by Toni Morrison
9. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
10. Maurice by E.M. Forster

And I’m going to tag … Gina Marinelli, Mary Bowers, Anne Zidonis Straub, David Jackson, Melissa Lynn, Donna Schaneen, Billy Cox, Bruce Kendall Hickman, Tammy Morgan, Michelle Newby, Brian Equality Thomason.

Children’s Book Titles are Hilarious and Disturbing At Same Time

The website Trend Junky has posted a list of children’s books “gone wrong.” See what you think about some of the titles. “Who Will Toss My Salad?”

Test Your Knowledge of Literature with This Fun Little Quiz

How well do you know contemporary literature? Wanna waste a few minutes while at work or elsewhere? Take this quick quiz and find out how well you can match authors to their titles. .

Talking with NPR’s Terry Gross, Hillary Clinton Defends Her Support of LGBT Rights

The mainstream media characterized Hillary Clinton as being “testy” while discussing her book “Hard Choices” with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Yet, listening to the interview, the future Madam President doesn’t sound miffed or testy or any other adjective that connotes anger. She was merely defending herself, her record and how her stance has evolved, along with the entire country’s, on the issue of marriage equality. Nobody puts Hillary in a corner. Not even you, Terry Gross Listen to the entire interview here.

Salon talks to Neil Gaiman About Current State of Book Publishing and Selling

“I think that books are special. Books are sacred. And I think that when you are selling books, you have to remember that in all the profits and loss, in all of that, you are treading on sacred ground. Again, it’s complicated by the fact you’re dealing with giant multibillion-dollar book corporations.” That’s just one quote from Gaiman who is asked about the continuing dispute between Amazon and Hachette. To read the interview go to Salon.com.

Lammys Awarded Monday

This year’s list of Lambda Literary Awards nominees is astounding and shows just how rich and diverse LGBT literature has become with nominations for everything from best LBGT memoir, to mystery children’s books and this year’s newest category, the graphic novel. The awards will be given out by the Lambda Literary Foundation this Monday, June 2 in New York. We hope to review some of the winners here on Oscartude. Meanwhile, for a list of this year’s nominees, check out the Lambda Literary Foundation website.

NPR’s Fresh Air Conducts Gripping Interview with Edward St. Aubyn

The winner of the United Kingdom’s only literary prize for comic fiction was awarded earlier this month to Edward St. Aubyn for his new book, a satire about Britain’s most prestigious literary award. The novel is called Lost for Words and it was just published in the U.S.

Edward St. Aubyn

Edward St. Aubyn

St. Aubyn is best known for his five semi-autobiographical novels about the character Patrick Melrose, who, like St. Aubyn, is from an upper-class family that was posh but monstrous. St. Aubyn and his character, Patrick Melrose, were sexually abused by their fathers, and their alcoholic mother didn’t seem to notice.

New Yorker literary critic James Wood wrote this about the Patrick Melrose novels: “The striking gap between, on the one hand, the elegant polish of the narration, the silver rustle of these exquisite sentences, the poised narrowness of the social satire and, on the other hand, the screaming pain of the family violence inflicted on Patrick makes these books some of the strangest contemporary novels.”

St. Aubyn tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross about writing novels that mine his personal tragedies.

Lowdown from the Lammys

Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel

Comic books and graphic novels were recognized as winning LGBTQ genres when the Lambda Literary Foundation awarded its Lammys Monday. Alison Bechdel took the  Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Literature for her body of work, from her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For to graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother? After accepting, Bechdel aptly presented the first Lammy for the new category of best LGBT Graphic Novel to Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges. Other big winners for the night included Luis Negron for Mundo Cruel: Stories,  translated by Suzanne Jill Levine(Seven Stories Press) and Nik Nicholson for Descendants of Hagar (AuthorHouse). See a list of all the winners at the LLF website.

 

 

 

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