Tuesday, June 23, 2009

City Lights Books Celebrates Pride Month

In celebration of June as Pride Month, City Lights Books is releasing three fantastic new books by gay, lesbian and queer authors. Starting with the publication of Allen Ginsberg's Howl in 1956, and continuing through the years with William S. Burroughs, Harold Norse, Juan Goytisolo, Matilda Bernstein Sycamore and others, City Lights has a long history of supporting queer voices. Smash the Church, Smash the State!, American Romances, and The Torturer’s Wife all follow in that proud tradition.

Smash the Church, Smash the State!: The Early Years of Gay Liberation Edited by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

June 28, 2009 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, three days of unrest in Greenwich Village that sparked the modern Queer Liberation movement. In commemoration, City Lights will release Smash the Church, Smash the State!, an anthology by the radical activists that formed the ranks of that movement.

"The personal is riotously political and the history is tangibly personal in these diverse, down-to-earth reflections on the early days of Gay Liberation, that heady era of Stonewall, getting stoned, and lobbing metaphorical (and actual) stones at our oppressors. Avicolli Mecca has woven a colorful tapestry of first-person accounts that is reflective and emotional, joyous and poignant – and ever defiant."
—Richard Labonte, Book Marks, Q Syndicate

American Romances By Rebecca Brown

American Romances, a new collection of essays, shows Brown at the height of her imaginative and intuitive powers. Fully embracing the theory of the literary Romance as a place where the probable opens up into the impossible, Brown lets her imagination run wild and envisions unlikely meetings and fantastical connections that span the course of America's cultural history: the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Nathaniel Hawthorne intersect as representatives of West Coast hedonism and East Coast Puritanism, Gertrude Stein presides over a same-sex religious movement, and H.G. Wells' Invisible Man reveals his/her secret sex life.

"She is one of the few truly original modern lesbian writers, one who constantly pushes both her own boundaries and those of her readers."
—San Francisco Chronicle

The Torturer's Wife By Thomas Glave

Thomas Glave is known for his stylistic brio and courageous explorations into the heavily mined territories of race and sexuality. In The Torturer's Wife, he expands and deepens his lyrical experimentation in stories that focus—explicitly and allegorically—on the horrors of dictatorships, war, anti-gay violence, the weight of traumatized memory, secret fetishes, erotic longing, desire and intimacy. Glave's work has earned many honors, including two Lambda Literary Awards, and an O. Henry Prize (he is the second gay African American writer, after James Baldwin, to win this award).

"Glave is a gifted stylist… blessed with ambition, his own voice and an impressive willingness to dissect how individuals actually think and behave." —New York Times Book Review

Check out these fine books and others at: http://www.citylights.com/
Thanks for your support of queer literature!

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