Books

Out writer and playwright Kathy Anderson with read from her debut short-story collection, “Bull and Other Stories,” Pride weekend at Giovanni’s Room. Her short stories have appeared in numerous online literary reviews, literary journals and anthologies.

Tom Cardamone has crafted an excellent array of protagonists in wild situations in “Night Sweats: Tales of Homosexual Wonder and Woe,” where guys are looking for love, or living alone, just broken up and exploring fresh sex or living a fantasy. Not all stories have an obvious gay character, and the ones that don’t can be interpreted as having one easily.

In “Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation,” historian and author Jim Downs sets out to prove there was a more intricate historical narrative to the gay-liberation movement of the 1970s and the subsequent AIDS epidemic of the 1980s than gay men having sex. His extensive research, which began at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia in 2005, helps to further prove his argument that gay men were involved in a wide variety of community events that allowed them to explore their identities beyond their sexual lives.

Local gay author Paul Lisicky is very busy these days. When he’s not teaching in the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden, he’s on the road promoting his new memoir, “The Narrow Door.”

Out writer and music critic Rashod Ollison dives deep into the past with his new memoir, “Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues, & Coming of Age Through Vinyl,” in which he chronicles growing up as a young gay black man in the projects of central Arkansas during the 1980s and ’90s. With a father who wasn’t always in the picture and a tough mother and grandmother running the household, Ollison took refuge in the soul and R&B music of the day, which influenced his outlook on life and his queer sexuality.

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