Category Archives: What’cha Reading

Summer reading list: Kenneth Walsh and Johnny Diaz

Are you contemplating what to bring with you when you head out of town for vacation?  Whether it is for a long weekend or a week long break, there are two new LGBT books that provide just the right mix of humor and entertainment to make them perfect options for summer reading.

Kenneth WalshNYC blogger, Kenneth Walsh, earlier this year released his memoir, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? which I wrote about in May, here.

Kenneth’s first novel reminisces about what life was like for a gay Midwestern teenager coming of age in the 1980s and 1990s before the advent of  the Internet, mobile phones and apps.

 

looking for providence johnny diazMiami-native and former Boston resident, Johnny Diaz is back with another fiction novel Looking for Providence - this time set in Providence, RI. Diaz has written several novels (some set here in Boston) all are easy, enjoyable reads and perfect for bringing to the beach.

Earlier this month he posted an interview with the main character, Ronnie Reyes, that provides some insight into the main character and nicely shows his easy writing style.

While you can easily purchase these books at your favorite online shop, I would like to encourage readers to visit Boston’s sole remaining LGBT bookstore, Calamus Bookstore at 92B South Street in Boston or call them to order a copy at (617) 338-1931.

Armistead Maupin at The Crown & Anchor Bear Week

Tales of the CityArmistead Maupin will be returning to Provincetown during Bear Week this year.  He’ll be reading from his latest work and sharing anecdotes and insights at The Crown & Anchor Sunday, July 13th.

I love this photo of Sergio hanging with Armistead at the Crown & Anchor back in 2012. He is a very friendly and approachable guy.

Click here for more info about the event and to purchase tickets.

 

 

 

Kenneth Walsh: Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? a memoir

Kenneth WalshKenneth Walsh, the man behind the uber popular gay blog, Kenneth in the 212, recently released his book Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? a memoirGay men who grew up before the dawn of the Internet will likely find themselves relating to this memoir that is told through the lens of a young man who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s.   

Here is an excerpt of text I pulled from the book’s Amazon.com page. 

In the summer of ’77, while other boys in the Midwest were busy playing Little League and flocking to see Star Wars, young Kenny Walsh was obsessed with Chris Evert and Woody Allen movies — and daydreamed about moving to New York City. But when his family headed west from the suburbs of Detroit to Phoenix, it was the first in a series of events that set his Big Apple ambitions on the wrong course.

With Memorial Day Weekend now just weeks away, this maybe the must read book to add to your summer reading list.

Book review: The Conversion

LGBT literatureI don’t regularly share book reviews because I think there are a lot of great sites that do this far better than me.  However, every once in awhile I read a book that I really like and want to share with others.

Earlier this year, I paid a visit to Boston’s sole remaining LGBT Bookstore, Calamus Bookstore, and picked up a handful of books. One of those books was Joseph Olshan’s The Conversion. I thought this story about Russell Todaro – a young American translator who wakes up in a hotel in Paris to find his lover (a world renowned poet) has died in his sleep – hard to put down.

Russell’s story unfolds in a villa in Italy after he accepts an unexpected offer from a celebrated Italian author to recover from the shock. While in Italy, Joseph Olshan shares more about Russell’s quest for love and overcoming a persistent writer’s block that he (Russell) learns his former lover attributed in his yet unfinished memoir to his fixation on failed relationships – Ouch!

Joseph Olshan lives in Vermont and is perhaps best known for his books, Nightswimmer and Clara’s Heart.  You can learn more about the book and the author, here.

 

Meet Christopher Hennessy at Calamus Bookstore

Christopher HennessyBoston’s Calamus Bookstore is hosting a “meet  the author” tonight at 7PM at their store on 92B South Street, near South Station in the Leather District.

Christopher Hennessy is the author of Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets and a collection of poems, Love-In-Idleness, which was a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. He is the associate editor for The Gay & Lesbian Review-Worldwide and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

For more details call Calamus Bookstore at 617-338-1931.

Calamus Bookstore SALE

Calamus Bookstore

Calamus Bookstore coupon

Boston’s only remaining LGBT bookstore over in the Leather District by South Station, Calamus Bookstore, is holding a killer sale.  

Buy any full price (non-discount) item at any price and get a second item of equal or lesser value for half price with the digital coupon I’ve included in this post.

Print this coupon or show it on your phone and start your holiday shopping by supporting this fantastic local bookstore.  The BOGO sale is currently in effect and runs through November 30, 2013.

Calamus Bookstore is located at 92B South Street and can be contacted via phone at 617-338-1931. They are open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday 12pm – 6pm.

PERV: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

The Welcoming CommitteeThat fun gang over at The Welcoming Committee (TWC) is hosting an event in conjunction with the Museum of Science on Thursday, November 7th that you just might want to check out.

TWC members will be heading over to listen to Author Jesse Bering Ph.D talk about his new book, PERV: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us, while sipping cocktails at Bo Concept – located at 999 Mass Ave just outside Harvard Square.

When: Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 PM

Where: Bo Concept 999 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA

Register: You Must Register to Attend!