LGBTQ Book Club Debuts at the Towson Library

Haruki Murakami once wrote, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” If you’ve ever been to a branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL), you’ll know they encourage readers to explore different authors and perspectives not always seen on bestseller lists or celebrity book clubs. Their yearly Reading Challenges, events, and programs promote diversity and inclusion, and the Towson Library continues this with their new LGBTQ book club beginning March 26th. “BCPL as a system has a goal to cultivate a connected, inclusive community,” says Rhiannon […]

The Early Bird Gets the (Book)worm

With the new year upon us, it’s never too early to begin assembling a reading list for 2019. Visit your favorite independent bookseller or the love-it-or-hate-it to reserve and order copies of these forthcoming LGBTQ books for readers of all (rainbow) stripes. Owen Keehnen’s Dugan’s Bistro and The Legend of the Bearded Lady (Out Tales, 2018) came out at the end of 2018, but it still deserves to be read in 2019 and beyond. To Keehnen’s credit, he achieves something notable by creating a fond feeling of nostalgia for those who remember original club-kid the Bearded Lady and Chicago’s […]

Your Castle, Your Refuge

For Joanna Gaines, designing a home is less about style rules and more about telling a story. A home can be curated for perfection, but it can also be designed to tell the story of the people who inhabit it – their lives, travels, interests, personality, and more. That narrative is what turns a building into a place that people want to live in and love instead of being a modern version of the “nice room” at grandma’s house that was only for special company. Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave is tailored to help […]

A Health Resort from Hell Nine Perfect Strangers – a novel about health-seekers at a sanitorium

Health resorts sound delicious. Days of pampering, exercise, rest, and meditation would bring a “Hell yes, sign me up today!” out of anyone. The cast of characters in Nine Perfect Strangers certainly thought a ten-day trip to a health resort would help make them healthier and happier while they transformed into their best selves. However, in true Liane Moriarty fashion, the solution isn’t always that easy. Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, explores the obsession with “fixing” oneself in her new book, Nine Perfect Strangers. Nine people – a romance author, a family of three, a […]

RuPaul is This Fall’s GuRu

Add some fierce to your shelves this fall with the wit, wisdom, and beauty that is RuPaul. Fans of the Glamazon are familiar with his sharp tongue and fearless nature, and his new book, GuRu, does not disappoint. Full of 80 stunning never-before-seen photos, RuPaul shares the insights and philosophies that have guided him through his life and career. For over 35 years, RuPaul has broken down barriers and helped shape the drag culture as we know it. As Jane Fonda says in the foreword of this book, “He has done this by being who he really is, but finding […]

Don’t Be Dull Jack

Living in a highly connected world can be both exciting and stressful. There are so many fun and unique ways to communicate with people, learn and explore topics, stay informed on events, and more. On the other hand, it is difficult to “turn off” the constant messages, news updates, unfiltered opinions of loved ones and strangers, and work. Discovering the balance between being connected and being a person is becoming more and more crucial with every new app. Author and artist, Marlee Grace is here to help those who have difficulty striking that balance. Her new book, How to Not […]

Paging READERS! Baltimore Book Festival features bisexual memoirist Anthony Moll, Sept. 29th & 30th

The 23rd annual Baltimore Book Festival returns to the Inner Harbor on Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the festival features local, regional and national authors. This year’s lineup includes White House correspondent April Ryan, New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs, Hurston / Wright Legacy Award recipient Tayari Jones, and many others. Baltimore author Anthony Moll is excited to be included in the festival. His book, Out of Step: A Memoir, is about a bisexual boy that enlists in the army during the era of “Don’t ask, don’t […]

Picking Up the Pieces

Actors in general are brave souls. If it were easy to deliver a performance – an interpretation of a script or character – in front of a camera or on stage for an audience to critique, then more people would do it. It takes more than bravery to embrace the art of the memoir. Opening yourself and your perspective to the world takes grit and resolve. In her memoir, In Pieces, Sally Field demonstrates that she not only has bravery from being an actor, but the grit to be a true memoirist. In Pieces is different from most Hollywood memoirs. […]

Dead but not Powerless

It took nearly a decade for Josh Aterovis’s fifth novel in the Killian Kendall mystery series to be published but it was worth the wait. Three publishers in a row went out of business, leading to the delay in the next installment in the young-adult mystery/paranormal genres that feature the gay teenage private investigator Killian Kendall. Aterovis’s third book, All Lost Things, was a 2010 Lambda Award finalist for Best Mystery. MLR Press, an independent LGBT publisher, expressed interest in the acclaimed series, which is back in print with updated editions, setting the stage for the fifth book’s arrival. With […]

A Road Trip of Acceptance

A road trip across America is the perfect balm needed to mend a broken heart. Or it’s an interesting way for a lost person to discover the things they didn’t know about themselves. This idea of “road trip” takes on a slightly different meaning in the novel America for Beginners. Instead of a stereotypical group of artists or lost twentysomethings, this story features a Bengali widow and her guides as she travels across the US to uncover the truth about her son and decide on whether she wants to live or die. In her debut novel, author Leah Franqui tells […]