September signals the start of the official fall book season, one of the busiest times of the year for publishers and authors alike.
Some exciting fiction titles this month include Monique Truong‘s Bitter In the Mouth (Random House)—we interviewed Truong last month—and Yield (Kensington), the exciting debut from Lee Houck.
In nonfiction, we’re excited about The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings (Pantheon), a brilliant collection of James Baldwin essays edited by Lambda Award Winner Randall Kenan and Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal), an updated classic edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman (both Lambda Award Finalists). — AG
J.R. Ackerly’s memoir of his 16-year relationship with the love of his life, a German shepherd named Tulip, is reissued in time for the release of a feature film by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger. (Movie Tie-In)
4. Crossing the Barriers:
The Autobiography of Allan H. Spear
by Allan H. Spear, forward by Barney Frank, afterward John Milton University of Minnesota Press
This is the memoir of a prominent Minnesota politician and one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials, with John Milton filling in the details of Allen H. Spear’s final political accomplishments.
Historical novel of two 19th-century Bavarian fathers brought together by the deaths of their eldest sons, while 15-year-old Jacob struggles with an obsession with a traveling Englishman.
5. I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth The Trip.
by John Donovan Flux Now
The 40th anniversary edition of a groundbreaking classic young adult novel, which centers around a 13-year-old, his dysfunctional parents, his dog, and his evolving friendship with another boy from school.
A young synesthete, who can taste words, returns home to Boiling Springs, North Carolina after many years in search of identity, only to uncover family secrets and the truth about her origins. (Read our interview here)
Amidst a violent and gritty Manhattan, Simon, twenty-something part-time hustler, part-time hospital worker, searches for meaning, love, and healing with the help of friends in Houck’s anticipated debut.
From the point of view of 5-year-old Jack, Donaghue tells the story of a mother and a son, both kidnapping victims who live in a 11-sq-foot soundproofed cell and their escape to the “outside.” (Man Booker Shortlist)
11. Children of the Sun
by Max Schaefer Soft Skull
The lives of two gay men intersect in this shocking debut that chronicles the growth and decline of the National movement in Britain from the 70’s to the present. (Green Carnation Longlist)
by William S. Burroughs; ed. by Oliver Harris Penguin
The autobiographical novel follows William Lee’s pursuit of sex from bar to bar in the American expatriate scene of Mexico City in the 1950’s. Written in 1952, but not published till 1985. (25th-Anniversary Edition)
13. Gender Outlaws
The Next Generation
Edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman Seal Press
Essays, commentary, comic art, and conversation from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people who live barrier-breaking lives, edited by two Lambda Award finalists.
14. The Cross of Redemption:
by James Baldwin, ed. by Randall Kenan Pantheon
Essays, articles, polemics, reviews, and interviews by James Baldwin that have never before appeared in book form, with an introduction by Lambda Award winning author Randall Kenan.
The Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project collective offers a critical analysis of the queer history, politics, and spaces of the Twin Cities told though oral history, archival research, and ethnography.