Category Archives: What’cha Reading

Summer reading

With the July 4th holiday around the corner and beach weather in the forecast, you may be looking for some quality summer reading materials. As in past years, I wanted to share a few books for you to consider. While all these books are available via sites like Amazon.com, consider purchasing one or more of these books from your local LGBT bookstore (if you still have one).

LGBTQ history, gay literature, gay non fictionThis book is most likely going to appeal to those who reside or hail from New England. Published earlier this year by Shawmut Peninsula Press, The Hub of the Gay Universe: An LGBTQ History of Boston, Provincetown and Beyond, was written by my friend and neighbor, Russ Lopez. The 300+ page soft cover starts in the early 1600 when Pilgrims landed first in Provincetown and soon after in Plymouth and concludes with the progress the LGBTQ community has made in present day. Lopez beautifully captures moments in history and shares story after story about pioneers – many of whom you’ve never heard because American queer history is virtually unknown and barely taught.

fiction, gay fiction, greek mythologyFor those looking for an escape from reality, I definitely suggest Madeline Miller’s NYT Bestselling novel, The Song of Achilles, which chronicles the story of Achilles – the son of Thetis the cruel sea goddess and Kink Peleus who is doomed to die on the battlefield and destined to be Ancient Greece’s greatest hero. Miller doesn’t shy from the companionship and love between the hero and Patroclus, an unassuming exile who is made famous in Greek mythology because Achilles names him Therapon, ‘brother-in-arms’. Miller’s talent cannot be denied. I promise you will find yourself turning page after page, staying up late to finish the novel.

gay fictionHaving recommended a new nonfiction book on LGBTQ history followed by an historical fiction novel of sorts it seems only fitting to conclude with the gay classic, Tales of the City.  I can vividly remember watching in secret the TV series in the early 1990s up in my parent’s bedroom. And later buying the books in an out-of-the-way bookstore so I wouldn’t run into anyone I knew. If you’ve never read the series or if it has been a few years, add this to your summer reading list. The novel captures a time that no longer exists and as the NY Times review says, reads like “an extended love letter to a magical San Francisco”.

If you have a book that you’d like to suggest, please leave the title and author in the comments section of this post. And as I mentioned previously, while all these books are available via sites like Amazon.com, consider purchasing one or more of these books from your local LGBT bookstore (if you still have one).

Boston Gay Men’s book club is reading Kens

Boston Book Festival, BBFHeterosexuality is so last season in Raziel Reid’s book, Kens, which was published this past September.

The book has been described as a gay Heathers meets Mean Girls. Kens is a about the three Kens of Willows High who rule the school and Tommy Rawlins who so desperately wants to be accepted by the Kens. This is a funny and provocative story about identity and acceptance.

Boston’s Gay Men’s Book Club will meet Monday, November 26th at The Trident Cafe & Booksellers on Newbury Street in the Back Bay to dish on this novel. All are welcome. For more information click on the link below.

Boston Gay Men’s Book Club
Kens by Raziel Reid
Monday, November 26th at 7PM

If you’re open to supporting local bookstores, try one of the links I’ve shared below, which takes you right to the book’s page so you can order it online in just a couple of clicks!

razel reidBrookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner
Harvard Bookstore in Harvard Square
Papercuts JP in Jamaica Plain
Porter Square Bookstore in Porter Square
Trident Bookseller’s & Cafe in Back Bay

 

Gay Men’s Book Club is reading The Disintegrations

shirtless guy, man with glasses, reading, bookNext month Boston’s Gay Men’s Book Club meets on Monday, October 29th in the Back Bay at Trident Bookseller’s & Cafe on Newbury Street. If you’re looking for something to read and interested in meeting gay men in a more social setting that doesn’t involve a gym, bar or an app this may be worth checking out.

This month the group is reading The Disintegrations by Alistair McCartney. The book was the winner of the Publishing Triangle’s 2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ fiction and named one of the best works of fiction for 2017 by The Seattle Times and Entropy Magazine.  This enigmatic novel confronts both the impossibility of understanding death and the timeless longing for immortality.

Gay Men’s Book Club
Monday, October 29th at 7PM
At Trident Booksellers & Cafe

The Disintegrations can be purchased online at major resellers but you may also buy this from one of our wonderful independent bookstores. If you’re open to supporting local bookstores, try one of the links I’ve shared below, which takes you right to the book’s page so you can order it in just a couple of clicks!

Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner
Harvard Bookstore in Harvard Square
Papercuts JP in Jamaica Plain
Porter Square Bookstore in Porter Square
Trident Bookseller’s & Cafe in Back Bay

Patrick Horrigan reads from his novel Pennsylvania Station

gay authors, gay literature, The History Project, gay boston

Later this month this month  The History Project will be hosting a reading of  Patrick Horrigan’s novel, Pennsylvania Station, that is free and open to the public but does require registering to ensure space will be available. You can reserve your space through Eventbrite.

Thursday, September 27th
Doors open at 6:00PM
Book reading begins at 6:30PM

Horrigan will also share how he weaves together the history of New York’s old Penn Station, the historic preservation movement, and the pre-Stonewall gay rights movement. Horrigan’s book is available for sale everywhere but help support Boston’s local and independent bookstores by placing an online order for his novel at these locations:

Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard Street by Coolidge Corner
Harvard Bookstore  1256 Mass Ave in Harvard Square
Porter Square Bookstore 25 White Street in Porter Square
Trident Bookseller’s & Cafe 338 Newbury Street in Back Bay

Summer readin’

gay pulp  fictionPublished in 1970 I can only imagine this gay pulp fiction novel must’ve been a real page turner (I’m joking BTW).

Summer readin’

gay pulp fictionOMG, can you imagine reading this book while commuting on your way to work?

Summer readin’

gay pulp fictionPublished in 1970 this gay pulp fiction novel shows just how far we’ve come. Can you imagine any gay man introducing his husband to someone as his wife?