Although the weather in New England hasn’t felt like summer, the season officially kicked off Memorial Day Weekend so I thought I’d share a few gay-themed books for those of you looking for some summer reading. Feel free to add your suggestions for summer reading in the comments section.
Six Neckties is Johnny Diaz newest book. Diaz describes the book as a literary postcard to Ogunquit, Maine where the story takes place, making this a must-read for those of you who love OGT. You can purchase this from Apple’s iBooks, Amazon’s Kindle or better yet, from your local LGBT bookstore.
Call Me By Your Name is a coming of age story that is beautifully written by Andre Aciman. The setting takes place on the Italian Riviera in the 1980s and the main character, Elio, is a curious 18 year old who falls hard for Oliver, a 24 year old postdoc teacher from Columbia who’s spends his summer with his family. The story has been made into a movie that will be in theaters this fall.
John Waters Hitchhikes Across America first came out in 2015 and is perfect for anyone looking for a good laugh. Waters chronicles as only he can his cross-country hitchhiking journey from Baltimore to San Francisco.
For those who prefer non-fiction, I recommend Michelangelo Signorile’s 2015 book, It’s Not Over now available in paperback. His book warns the LGBT community shouldn’t take for granted the progress we made over the past eight years. His comments seem prophetic in light of the current political climate.
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).
Johnny Diaz has said that this book is a literary postcard to Ogunquit, Maine where the story takes place, which may make this a must-read for those of you who love OGT. The book centers on his fictional character, Tommy Perez, who I first met several years ago when I read, Boston Boys Club.
Johnny Diaz use to live in Boston and work for The Boston Globe, but moved back to Southern Florida where he is from. However, he continues to write entertaining gay novels with settings here in New England. If you are looking for a new gay-themed novel for the summer, Diaz new book may be just what you are looking for.
Six Neckties by Johnny Diaz
A week ago I published a blog post asking for book suggestions so imagine my surprise when a professor from a local university who happens to live in my neighborhood reached out to let me know about a book he has collaborated, edited and recently published called, The Boys in the Band’: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics.
Inspired by the play / movie, this book includes a collection of essays on the 1970 film “The Boys in the Band” that would be of interest to those interested in queer studies and film. For those who may have never had a chance to see this groundbreaking film, I’d suggest you consider streaming it.
For more information visit: The Boys in the Band’: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics
Last week I asked for some book suggestions and as always happens when I put out such a request Call Me By Your Name was suggested. This is one of my favorite gay-themed novels so imagine my surprise when one of the people who left a comment said that the book is being made into a movie.
Elio the young man that the book centers on is played by Timothée Chalamet and the American graduate student who moves in with Elio’s family for the summer, Oliver, is played by Armie Hammer. If you are unfamiliar with the book, I would highly recommend reading it and then keep an eye out for the movie which according to IMDB will open in late November 2017.
Next Monday Boston’s Gay Men’s Book Club will meet in the Back Bay at the Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Newbury Street to discuss, Pale Fire, by Russian author, Vladimir Nabokov.
Nabokov’s 1962 999-line poem / novel titled “Pale Fire” is written by the fictional poet John Shade, with a foreword written by Shade’s neighbor and academic colleague, Charles Kinbote. Together these elements form a narrative in which both fictional authors are central characters.
I’m currently reading a great book that has captured my imagination called, A Discovery of Witches. It is an historical-fantasy novel by Deborah Harkness, that centers on Diana Bishop, an alchemical history professor at The University of Oxford who is compelled to embrace her magical heritage, which she has ignored and engage in a forbidden romance with a charming vampire.
If you’ve read anything lately that you enjoyed, please share it in the comments section of this blog, because at the rate I’m reading this book, I’ll be looking for suggestions very soon. I’m open to all genres.
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.