Category Archives: What’cha Reading

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.

Four books that are great gifts

I thought I’d use the holiday season as an excuse to plug several books that I have read and enjoyed. I thought they might appeal to you (nothing like giving yourself a holiday gift or two) or someone you care about.

The books cover a wide range of subject matter and are written by gay authors.

Cover photo by Richard Corman. Book design by Anthony Coombs.

Cover photo by Richard Corman. Book design by Anthony Coombs.

Madonna fans were treated to her Rebel Heart Tour this fall. The tour starts up again after the holidays in early January initially in Mexico City before coming back to the US.  For those who can’t get enough of the Pop Music Icon, boy culture blogger, Matthew Rettenmund’s, new book,  Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, might be something you’d like to purchase. Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 now available at Amazon.com.

Michelangelo SignorileFor those who prefer non-fiction, I would strongly recommend Michelangelo Signorile’s latest book, It’s Not Overwhich is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is currently on sale everywhere.

Signorile’s  book is a wake up call of sorts. He warns the LGBT community not to take for granted the amazing progress we’ve made by assuming equality is inevitable. He makes a persuasive argument pointing to how the conservative movement is reorganizing and how groups the LGBT community often view as allies are sometimes without even realizing it becoming complacent and as he puts it “become a roadblock to progress.” Definitely worth the read if social justice and politics are your thing.

Kenneth WalshOne of my favorite bloggers, Kenneth Walsh released a memoir last year called, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?  Gay men who grew up before the dawn of the Internet will likely find themselves relating to his memoir. The novel reminisces about the life of a gay Midwestern teenager coming of age in the 1980s and 1990s before the advent of  the Internet, mobile phones and apps.

South End by Russ LopezMy friend and neighbor, Russ Lopez, released a new book some of you may be interested in reading, Boston’s South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood.

This is the first book written about the history of the South End neighborhood – where I call home – in more than 100 years and it covers the neighborhood from the time of the retreat of the glaciers and the coming of the first people to the region to the explosion of development since 2000. I recently finished the book and loved every page.  I learned a lot about the history of the neighborhood and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this part of Boston. You can order Russ’ book online at South End Bookstore.

Boston gay book club discusses “Very Recent History”

Choire SichaDid you know there is a Gay Men’s Book Club that meets each month in the Back Bay at Trident Bookseller’s Cafe?  The next meet up is in two weeks on November 16th and they will be discussing Very Recent History.

The following is a partial description of the book from Amazon.com: Very Recent History by Choire Sicha is an elegant narrative that follows a handful of young men in New York City as they navigate the ruins of money and power—in search of love and connection.

If you’d like to learn more about this group or possibly attend their meet up on Monday, November 16th link here.