Are you looking for an alternative to bars to get out and meet people? Boston’s Gay Men’s Book Club which meets each month at the Trident Booksellers & Cafe might be worth checking out. Each month this group gathers to socialize and discuss a different book in one of my favorite bookshops in Boston.
Later this month they will reconvene in the Back Bay to talk about the 2014 book by John Waters, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhkes Across America. You can read The New York Times’ review here.
All are welcome to join when the group meets on Monday, January 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.
With the holidays in full swing and Christmas in less than two weeks a lot of you may be hopping on planes and traveling to get back to family. Should you be looking for recommendations for gay themed novels to pass the time while you are traveling or off from work, I wanted to point out the blog Gay Book Reviews.
Most of the reviews are of gay romance novels, which isn’t exactly my favorite genre but there are some mysteries and suspense novels interspersed. I want to see more LGBT-themed literature regardless of the genre so I wanted to give the site a shout out to encourage anyone looking for book suggestions to check out the blog. Links are provided to Amazon.com for the books that are reviewed to make it easier to download to your kindle or order online for delivery.
Gay Book Reviews blog
Gay Book Reviews is a permanent link in my Blogroll
By day I’m a marketing schmuck who works for a consulting firm where I address the role data plays (or should play) in organizations to help them gain better insights into everything they do so when I saw this word cloud I thought it was pretty cool. The website informationisbeautiful.net has a bunch of different word clouds on a wide variety of topics.
This word cloud was compiled from a consensus of top book lists and prizes. If you click on the link below you can interact with the word cloud by looking at the demographics and gender. Each book also provides a link to its page on Amazon.
Novels Everyone Should Read
My reading preferences err towards books few have read in part due to genre preferences so I was surprised to see that I read 37 of the suggested novels.
For those of you who are nervous about a Trump Administration, I would recommend you buy Michelangelo Signorile’s book, It’s Not Over.
Signorile postulates that the progress the LGBTQ community has made during the Obama Administration has infuriated the Right and stiffened the resolve of social conservatives who are determined to win this cultural war. He also turns a critical eye to many of our supposed “allies” in Washington, the media and Hollywood who too often remain complacent and in the words of the book “become a roadblock to progress.”
While I doubt Signorile could’ve predicted a Trump victory, much of what he warns of happening in his book does appear to unfold. Take heart by taking a closer look at his suggestions for how to combat those darker forces in our society and politics, which now feel emboldened by a Trump Presidency. With roughly half of all Americans casting their vote for Donald Trump, the next two years must be spent building bridges with those who voted for Trump as a protest against Clinton but typically vote Democrat and also rallying those who opted not to go to the polls to ensure even more Americans vote in 2020.
Boston’s monthly book club, featuring literature by and about gay men has selected Salón de Belleza by Mario Bellatin for the November book. All are welcome to the monthly get together on Monday, November 14th at 7:00 PM at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Newbury Street in the Back Bay.
Boston’s Monthly LGBT Book Club
Monday, November 14th at 7:00 PM
Trident Booksellers & Cafe at 338 Newbury Street
More information and to RSVP
ABOUT BEAUTY SALON: “Like much of Mr. Bellatin’s work, Beauty Salon is pithy, allegorical and profoundly disturbing, with a plot that evokes The Plague by Camus or Blindness by José Saramago.”–New York Times
The Boston Book Festival takes place this Saturday, October 15th in Copley Square. This annual book festival has grown significantly over the years and attracts 25,000 people. If you’ve never attended this free, public event in Boston, I’d encourage you to check it out. More information about this year’s Boston Book Festival may be found on their website, www.bostonbookfest.org.
Gay Anglophiles may want to add this new hardcover to their reading list. I was sent a copy of A Very English Scandal by John Preston to review and while I’ve only just started I can tell you this is a page turner.
Preston’s novel is based on the true scandal that rocked all of the United Kingdom when Jeremy Thorpe a British politician who served as Member of Parliament was tried at the Old Bailey in May 1979 on charges of conspiracy and incitement to murder, based on his earlier relationship with Norman Scott, a former model. The book may be based on real life, but it reads like a thriller filled with hypocrisy, deceit and betrayal.
Published by Other Press the story unfolds in 323 pages and is available starting Monday, October 10th.