MARCH 2003 Newsletter
And the Nominees Are
Not to steal the Academy of Awards' thunder this Sunday, but our judges have finished their deliberations and we are happy to announce the following nominations for the 2003 Publishing Triangle Awards. (Do you think it's a copyright violation if we rename our awards the Osqueers?)
Bluestockings Is Back
Honoring books published in 2002, the Publishing Triangle awards will be presented the evening of May 8, 2003, at the New School University in New York City. The ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Also to be celebrated at this ceremony are the winner of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement (the oldest of the Publishing Triangle's literary awards), the Publishing Triangle Leadership Award, and playwrighting awards from the Robert Chesley Foundation.
Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction
Carol Anshaw, Lucky in the Corner (Houghton Mifflin)
Jane Eaton Hamilton, Hunger (Oberon Press)
Zoé Valdés, Dear First Love (Harper Collins)
Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for Gay Fiction
Michael Lowenthal, Avoidance (Graywolf Press)
Brian Malloy, The Year of Ice (St. Martin's)
Jamie O'Neill, At Swim, Two Boys (Scribner)
Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Magie Dominic, The Queen of Peace Room (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)
Suzanne Rodriguez, Wild at Heart (Ecco/HarperCollins)
Terry Wolverton, Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Woman's Building (City Lights)
Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Neil Miller, Sex-Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s (Alyson Books)
Richard Bruce Nugent, Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance: Selections from the Work of Richard Bruce Nugent, selected and with an Introduction by Thomas H. Wirth (Duke University Press)
Colm Toíbín, Love in a Dark Time: And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature (Scribner)
Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
Melanie Braverman, Red (Perugia Press)
Eloise Klein Healy, Passing (Red Hen Press)
Martha Serpas, Cote Blanche (New Issues Press)
Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Award for Gay Male Poetry
Rafael Campo, Landscape with Human Figure (Duke University Press)
David Groff, Theory of Devolution (University of Illinois Press)
Greg Hewett, Red Suburb (Coffee House Press)
The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement
This year's Bill Whitehead award winner is Christopher Bram, author of seven novels, including The Notorious Dr. August, Gossip, and Father of Frankenstein (from which the Academy Award-winning film Gods & Monsters
was adapted). His new novel, Lives of the Circus Animals, will be released in October 2003.
Chesley Playwrighting Awards
The Chesley playwrighting awards will go to Al Carmines and H. M. Koutoukis.
Publishing Triangle Leadership Award
For his ongoing contribution to the field of lesbian and gay literature, Jed Mattes will receive this year's Publishing Triangle Leadership Award. As an agent, his clients have included Urvashi Vaid, Michelangelo Signorile, and Vito Russo, among many others.
To view a complete list of past Triangle Award winners, visit publishingtriangle.org/awards.You will also find information about special privileges that Publishing Triangle members have in nominating books and authors for these literary awards.
After announcing in our last newsletter that Bluestockings Women's Bookstore was closing for good, we are happy to announce that the store has been purchased and just reopened after a brief renovation. The new owners, Brooke Lehman and Hitomi Materese, took over on March 1. They plan to broaden the focus of the store. To quote the Bluestockings website (www.bluestockings.com): "Though Bluestockings will remain a resolutely feminist space, we hope to make it a gender all-inclusive space. We also plan to expand the social justice mission of Bluestockings, to include more political programming and more resources for NYC activists. In addition, we hope to expand the café and to make a more comfortable seating area."
Welcome to Our Web
Lehman was quoted by PW Daily has saying that she hopes that "the community will bring fresh energy into the space" and that she welcomes suggestions. If you would like to comment on the Bluestockings mission statement or contact the new owners with ideas, you can reach them at Info@bluestockings.com.
Our Web committee is hard at work to improve and expand the content on www.publishingtriangle.org. If you haven't visited our site, please click through any of the links in this article. Our long-term goals are to make the site a national resource for those interested in lesbian and gay publishing and increase awareness of the scope and variety of queer letters. To that end, we have embarked on a linking campaign and are working on adding metatags to the site so it shows up more frequently on search engines.
Books, Booze, and Beads
On the homepage you will find current information on upcoming Triangle events. (Publishingtriangle.org)
We have also updated the list of previous Publishing Triangle award winners. (Awards)
By the end of March we will post Publishing 101, a quick guide to submitting work for publication. (Resources)
And be sure to check out our list of the 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Novels. (100 Best)
In the coming months you will also find a state-by-state directory of gay and lesbian bookstores around the country, with click-throughs to stores that have websites.
Other initiatives we are considering include partnering with an online gay bookstore so that anyone who discovers a book on our site can click through to purchase it, and also putting together a directory of lesbian and gay reading groups that are looking for new members.
"Saints and Sinners," a literary festival for the GLBT community, will take place May 9–11, 2003 in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The literary weekend will include workshops, panel discussions, and a series of readings that will appeal to both readers and writers alike. There will also be special events and book signings throughout the weekend. For more information, visit sasfest
March Merch Madness?
Every month PW Daily, an e-mail newsletter from Publishers Weekly, gives a Book Hooks list of national events and celebrations to inspire booksellers with display ideas.
Prepare for the Pink
February is African-American Heritage Month, March is Women's History Month, and June is Gay Pride; but the number of groups wanting a month of their own has obviously surpassed the number of slots available on the calendar. So we couldn't help being amused to learn that the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb is also National Lawnmower Tune-up Month, International Mirth Month, Keep Your Shoe Laces Tied Month, National Frozen Food Month, Humorists Are Artists Month, and National Talk with Your Teen About Sex Month. (Editors Note: Inclusion of the latter in this newsletter should not be construed as an endorsement of ephebophilia.)
Although we are all aware of St. Patrick's Day and beware of the Ides of March, we hope you don't mind learning that you recently missed International Pancake Day (March 4), the un-PC-sounding Uppity Women Day (March 8), and Awkward Moments Day (March 18). However, we can all still look forward to--yum!--Pecan Day (March 25). Oh, and don't forget Memory Day (March 21).
While we can envision how a bookseller might merchandize for National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week, we would hate to be put in charge of the display for National Toad Hollow Week.
We have announced plans for an extraordinary event in lesbian and gay publishing--the first annual Pink Ink: The Queer Book Expo.
Modeled after book gatherings such as New York is Book Country, Book Expo America, and others, Pink Ink will provide an opportunity for both readers and writers to meet, network, shop, and socialize, all in the context of building support for lesbian and gay authors and increasing awareness of lesbian and gay literature.
"We are thrilled to launch Pink Ink this year. We want to create an event that appeals to both LGBT readers as well as LGBT writers. We plan to champion our literary heritage as well as to celebrate the dynamic voices being published today," says Charles Flowers, Publishing Triangle co-chair.
Pink Ink will consist of two parallel events: The Book Fair, an exhibitor’s hall which will be free and open to the public, and Publishing 101, a series of pay-as-you-go sessions geared toward those interested in better publishing and professional development.
Presentations include "Publishing 101" by Sarah Van Arsdale (author of Toward Amnesia), "Self-Publishing" by Perry Brass (author of Warlock and How to Survive Your Own Gay Life), and "Agents 101." There will also be an Authors Signing Area in the main room, with authors scheduled for signings throughout the day. Paula Martinac (author of The Queerest Places: A National Guide to Gay and Lesbian Historic Sites) will lead a lesbian and gay literary walk through the village. Masterclasses in poetry (with Joan Larkin, author of Cold River and A Woman Like That: Lesbian and Bisexual Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories) and fiction will be offered. The day will end with a panel discussion--"In the Pink? The State of LGBT Publishing"--and a cocktail party.
Pink Ink will take place on Saturday, June 7 at the LGBT Community Center in Greenwich Village (208 West 13th Street), 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All proceeds of Pink Ink will go toward the Triangle Awards for LGBT writing, which will be held this year on May 8, 2003 at the New School.
Pink Ink is sponsored by the Publishing Triangle, InsightOut Books, University of Wisconsin Press, Poets & Writers, and The Academy of American Poets. For more information about sponsorship and exhibitor information, please contact Charles Flowers.
Here are some other opportunities over the next few weeks to get together with other gay men and lesbians in the New York publishing community:
A Note on the Text
On Monday, March 24, Out Professionals presents “When Can a Gay Play Cross Over?” Jonathan Tolins, author of "The Last Sunday in June," and Ted Snowdon, producer of the new hit comedy, talk with theatre journalist Brian Scott Lipton. Tolins says that he wrote his new play "as an homage to gay theatre. We are at a new stage in our relationships. Our unions are reported in the ‘Style' section of The New York Times and our lives are fodder for primetime sitcoms. What do we do, now that we are no longer fighting for recognition?" The panel will take place from 8:00–9:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street. Expected attendance is 35–65 people. The admission fee for Out Professionals and Publishing Triangle members is $6.00; for nonmembers, $9.00. For details, visit OutProfessionals.org.
Also on Monday, March 24, Live Out Loud presents Gay Poets: The Voice of a New Generation, the next in the series of Live Out Loud conversations dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The guest poets are Staceyann Chin, Def Poetry Jam on Broadway; Dermot Hannon, a high school English teacher; Vanessa Tobar, Youth Board Member of Urban Word NYC; and Emanuel Xavier, author of Americano. The panel will be moderated by Eric Marcus, author of Making Gay History: The Half Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights. The discussion will be held at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 5 Union Square West, 7th floor. Reception at 5:00 p.m., program promptly at 6:00 p.m. This is a free event. No reservations necessary. Please arrive early as seating is limited. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For more information about the event or Live Out Loud, contact Live Out Loud.
One of the nation’s leading book fairs for independent publishing will take place on March 29 and 30 in New York. The Fifteenth Annual Small Press Book Fair will feature more than 200 small presses from around the country. Special events include: a program featuring readings by noted writers from The Paris Review; panels entitled "Small Presses: Champions of World Literature" and "The Publishing Game: How to Find a Literary Agent and Other Publishing Secrets"; book arts demonstrations; an exhibit and program on "Small Press Author of the Year--Mark Twain"; a literary café; a co-op bookstore; and readings by a selection of small press authors. The Fair will take place at the Small Press Center, 20 West 44th Street, New York City, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Every visitor to the Fair gets a free literary map of New York. Admission to the Book Fair and all special events is free. For details, visit Small Press Center.
On Monday, April 14, at 8:45 p.m., Out Professionals presents Christian de la Huerta, author of Coming Out Spiritually: The Next Step (Penguin Putnam, $14.95). According to Library Journal, Coming Out Spiritually positions the gay community "as particularly prepared to bring about a spiritual change in our society." In the author's view, "Sexuality and spirituality are inseparable." Two years ago, at its first printing, Coming Out Spiritually was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the year's ten best books in its category. The admission fee for Out Professionals and Publishing Triangle members is $5.00; for nonmembers, $8.00. De la Huerta will sign books; cash and credit-card book sales by Oscar Wilde Bookshop. For details, visit OutProfessionals.org.
Our April newsletter will have information on Lambda Literary readings in New York and Washington, D.C.
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The purpose of the Publishing Triangle is to further the publication of books and other materials written by lesbian and gay authors or with lesbian and gay themes. Founded in 1988, The Publishing Triangle works to create support and a sense of community for lesbian and gay people in the publishing industry. We offer forums, as well as networking and social opportunities, for our members. In addition we sponsor programs to increase awareness of and appreciation for lesbian and gay literature.
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