Category Archives: What’cha Reading

The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story

gay literature, lgbt literatureLocal author, Scott Pomfret, has a new book that looks ideal for summer reading. While I’ve yet to read the book, I liked the review Edge Media shared and thought I’d pass this along to anyone looking for some light summer reading.

“Give my boy ninety-nine solid choices and one disastrous one, and he’ll choose disaster every time.”

Those harsh words are spoken by Loretta Stone, not out of judgment but concern and pity for her son, Peyton, the subject of Scott Pomfret’s exciting, touching new romance, “The Second Half: A Gay American Football Novel.”

Click here to read Edge Media’s full book review for The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story. You can purchase the book on Amazon.com here.

Boston Gay Men’s book club meets Monday, July 18th

Boston Gay Men's Book ClubBefore you head out for the long holiday weekend to celebrate July 4th, I wanted to let you know that Boston’s Gay Men’s Book Club will be meeting in a few weeks on Monday, July 18th at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe to discuss The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle.  If you are looking for some funny reading over the holiday, check out this month’s book by Federle.

About the Book: Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before the car accident that changed everything.

Enter: Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy— a hot guy—and falls, hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

You may purchase the book online but go out and support an independent bookseller, read the book and RSVP to join the group next month.

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Boston Gay Men’s book club meets Monday, June 20

gay literature, Boston LGBT book clubLooking for an alternative to bars? Boston’s Gay Men’s Book Club which meets each month at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe might be the perfect option. Each month this group gathers to socialize and discuss a different book in one of my favorite bookshops in Boston.

Next Monday this group will reconvene in the Back Bay to talk about the 2014 fictionalized biography of E.M. Forster, Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut.  The New York Times’ Thomas Mallon wrote this piece in praise of the book back in September 2014, “A Closet With a View” 

All are welcome to join when the group meets on Monday, June 20th at 7:00 PM at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe located near Mass Ave at 338 Newbury Street.  Be sure to sign up to the “Meet Up” group and RSVP, here.

You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon here.

Summer reading: Valentine and Lovelace

felony and mayhem, gay fiction, summer readingMemorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer here in New England and that means each weekend people will be heading en masse to the coast.  If you are like me, you will be looking for some light reading to pass the time as you lounge poolside or at the beach.

Earlier this year I wrote about four gay-themed murder mysteries set in Boston and Provincetown that were initially published in the 1980s. I thought it worth giving this series another shout out for those looking for summer reading suggestions. You need not read the entire series but if you like one you’ll probably like the others. The four book series from Felony & Mayhem publishers includes: Vermillion(1980), Cobalt(1982), Slate (1984), and Canary (1986). They are available for purchase on the publisher’s website or you may download them from Amazon.com and Apple’s iBooks.

Happy Reading

Boston Gay Men’s book club meets Monday, May 23rd

Boston Gay Men's Book ClubLooking for an alternative to bars? Boston’s Gay Men’s Book Club which meets each month at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe might be the perfect option. Each month this group gathers to socialize and discuss a different book in one of my favorite bookshops in Boston.

In May the group will reconvene in the Back Bay to talk about the 2015 Best Seller, 720-page A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.  The New York Times’ Jon Michaud wrote this piece in praise of the book back in April 2015, The Subversive Brilliance of “A Little Life”

All are welcome to join when the group next meets on Monday, May 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe located near Mass Ave at 338 Newbury Street.  Be sure to sign up to the “Meet Up” group and RSVP, here.

You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon here.

Lesbians in the attic by local author Stephen Syta

Lesbians in the attic by Stephen SytaOur friend, Stephen Syta, has published his first book called Lesbians In The Attic. The book is an outrageous autobiography about his mad life, crazy family, and perpetually insane friends. Strung around a holiday gathering, featuring several key players, this laugh-out-loud tale paints character vignettes that are wicked, fond and unforgettable.

Lesbians in the attic is currently available to Amazon Kindle readers, here.

Gay-themed Boston / Ptown murder mysteries reissued

Michael McEachem McDowell, Dennis Schuetz, gay literatureNathan Aldyne is the pseudonym for Michael McEachern McDowell, an American novelist and screenwriter who is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay Beetlejuice.  Under the pseudonym, Nathan Aldyne, four gay-themed murder mysteries with Dennis Schuetz  were penned and initially published in the 1980s Vermillion (1980), Cobalt(1982), Slate (1984), and Canary (1986).

Set in the pre-AIDS era the books capture what gay life in Boston and Provincetown was like. All four books have been been reprinted in handsome editions by Felony & Mayhem. They are available on the publisher’s website for purchase as well as Amazon.com and Apple’s iBooks. I’ve just downloaded the series and am reading them now. I am loving them. Pick up a copy.