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Lesbianography: Lesbians and Sex, Out at CHM May 8 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 17, 2014 ) — The Chicago History Museum will conclude its eleventh season of the LGBT program series Out at CHM withLesbianography: Lesbians and Sex on Thursday, May 8. Scholars Juana María Rodríguez of UC Berkeley and LaMonda Horton-Stallings of IU Bloomington will lead a provocative discussion of lesbian identity, intersections of race and sexuality, and gender ...


-New-Evanston-independent-bookstore-to-open-in-June

New Evanston independent bookstore to open in June - Evanston, Illinois, April 14, 2014—Late this spring, a new full-service independent bookstore will debut in a downtown Evanston space already well known to a generation of area book-lovers. Bookends & Beginnings is slated to open in early June in the space formerly occupied by Bookman's Alley, a legendary local antiquarian bookstore. "Our goal is to create a vibrant cultural destination ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Falling-into-Place

BOOK REVIEW Falling into Place - By Catherine Reid. $24.99; Beacon Press; 184 pages, by Liz Baudler   Catherine Reid's essays, at their highest, hearken back to Leopold, Emerson and Thoreau. Her celebration of a life slowed and tied to the seasons of rural Massachusetts feels like something missing from the modern-day canon. Even as wetlands turn into strip malls and global temperatures creep up ...


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Gerber Hart Library and Archives book sale April 26-27 - From a press release - Gerber Hart Library and Archives is holding its annual book sale Saturday and Sunday, April 26- 27. Hours are 12-6 p.m. on Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. The sale is being held at the Gerber Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., Chicago. Hundreds of boxes with thousands of books have been donated to Gerber/Hart, making this year's ...


Comic-book-publishers-sever-Uline-ties-over-anti-gay-ads

Comic book publishers sever Uline ties over anti-gay ads - A Portland, Ore.,-based comics publisher announced April 8 that it is severing its relationship with Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.,-based Uline Corp. because of the office supply company's CEO's political ties. In a letter posted online, officials from Oni Press said they quickly decided to no longer purchase supplies from Uline when they heard about CEO Richard Uihlein's contributions to Family-PAC, which ...


Chicago-Humanities-Fest-names-Alison-Cuddy-Program-Director

Chicago Humanities Fest names Alison Cuddy Program Director - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL-April 10, 2014-The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Cuddy as its new Program Director. Cuddy, who comes to the Festival after more than 10 years as a producer and reporter with WBEZ 91.5 FM, will begin the full-time staff position May 5, 2014. "We're excited to have Alison join our ...


The-Summer-I-Wasnt-Me

The Summer I Wasn't Me - BOOK REVIEW - by Jessica Verdi, $9.99; Sourcebooks; 342 pages   This gripping YA ( young adult ) novel is a great read for OAs too! ( That's "older adults" in my lexicon. ) Its focus is on gay reparative therapy—or "de-gayifying" as Lexi ( the "I" in The Summer I Wasn't Me ) would call it. Seventeen-year-old Lexi is sent off by ...


Lavender-U-Balay-on-sexuality-gender-in-steel-mills

Lavender U: Balay on sexuality, gender in steel mills - Video links below - If you're like many gay urbanites in Chicago, living "out and proud" feels second nature, given the many gains of the mainstream LGBT-rights movement. But, for gay and trans steelworkers in northwest Indiana, it's a different world: one where masculinity and homophobia dominate workplace culture. Being open could cost them their dignity, their safety and even their jobs. Understanding that ...


BOOKS-Man-talks-about-being-gay-in-the-Colombian-army

BOOKS Man talks about being gay in the Colombian army - A gay Colombian man finds himself at the forefront of a war between his inner thoughts and emotions and outer portrayal of such as related to the army in which he serves. A book written first in Spanish and then in English with names changed to protect the innocent, Juan Cordoba's Steel and Velvet: A Soldier's Story ( CreateSpace ) ...


The-AIDS-Generation-Stories-of-Survival-and-Resilience

The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience - BOOK REVIEW - Some of the best experiences you had last year were with your friends. When you think back about the highlights, you remember dancing together, eating together, late-night bull sessions, parties, travels and idle man-watching. Those shared experiences are the glue that forever hold your friendship together. Or maybe, like the men in The AIDS Generation, by Perry N. Halkitis, your ...


Women-Children-First-plans-April-author-events

Women & Children First plans April author events - From a press release - Sunday, March 30th - Peggy Shinner 4:30 pm You Feel So Mortal A Read Local Author Reading In You Feel So Mortal, a collection of twelve provocative essays, Peggy Shinner examines her own body, those of her parents, and the collective body, with all its historical, social, and political implications. In trying to discern what this whole mess of ...


Women-Children-First-Bookstore-hosts-Jimmy-Carter-book-signing

Women & Children First Bookstore hosts Jimmy Carter book signing - Former president Jimmy Carter signed copies of his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, on Thursday, March 27, 6-8 p.m. Women & Children First Bookstore hosted the event at the Swedish American Museum. Hundreds, the Rev. Jesse Jackson among them, lined up with copies of the book to be autographed. The book is about women's ...


Knives-and-autopsies-just-the-start-in-new-Peggy-Shinner-book

Knives and autopsies just the start in new Peggy Shinner book - Local lesbian author Peggy Shinner's new book, You Feel So Mortal ( University of Chicago Press ) is a daring collection of 12 thoughtfully crafted and executed essays pertaining to body image and introspective interpretations of one's multifaceted beauty in relation to its original form. The compilation of personal triumphs and hardships in You Feel So Mortal is dynamically inclined—from ...


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Gay Colombian soldier tells story in new book - Steel and Velvet is the true story of a gay man in the Colombian army. The author, Juan Cordoba ( a pseudonym ), has been granted U.S. asylum and is now living in Chicago. The book, subtitled A Soldier's Story, has been released in English. Stationed on the border of Egypt and Israel, part of an international peace-keeping mission, Cordoba ...


Harry-Nimmo-deciphers-fact-from-fiction-in-Before-Summer

Harry Nimmo deciphers fact from fiction in 'Before Summer' - BOOK - Perhaps best beloved in the LGBT community for his in-depth depiction of The Andrews Sisters, anthropologist author Harry Nimmo is back in the forefront with a new work of fiction called Before Summer ( Prairie Avenue Productions ). Before Summer is described as a collection of 16 interrelated short stories about a gay youth's coming of age in small town ...


Library-commissioner-talks-changes-technology

Library commissioner talks changes, technology - In the time he has headed the Chicago Public Library ( CPL ), openly gay Commissioner Brian Bannon has made quite a few changes. Among the implementations is the YOUMedia program, which provides teens across Chicago with digital learning experiences. It was these changes that resulted in CPL being recently named the top library system in the country— and the ...


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GLSEN, Matthew Shepard Foundation release Shepard curriculum - From a press release - NEW YORK, Mar. 18, 2014—GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Lesléa Newman and Candlewick Press are excited to announce the release of new classroom curriculum titled He Continues to Make a Difference: Commemorating the Life of Matthew Shepard. Based on the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime ...


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BOOK REVIEW Teaching the Cat to Sit - By Michelle Theall $24.99; Gallery Books; 273 pages What is it about a memoir that is often so compelling? An account of a real person's life journey, recounted with considerable writing talent and courage, can convey more punch ( because it is real? contemporary and therefore more relevant? ) than a well-crafted fiction tale. Theall's memoir is a prime example. ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Off-the-Rocks

BOOK REVIEW Off the Rocks - Vol. 17, edited by Allison Fradkin $13; NewTown Writers Press; 159 pages I always look forward to reviewing the annual volume of this anthology series, put out by Chicago's NewTown Writers Press. This year's theme: subtext. We all recognize what that is, right? Maybe, maybe not, hidden under the surface as it is. As the Press puts it, subtext ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Days-of-Anna-Madrigal

BOOK REVIEW The Days of Anna Madrigal - By Armistead Maupin $26.99; Harper; 270 pages In his final Tales of the City novel, Armistead Maupin's The Days of Anna Madrigal returns to the colorful characters that have delighted readers for more than 25 years. The book begins with the now-fragile and bawdy 92-year-old transgender matriarch Anna Madrigal, who is determined to "leave like a lady" and weaves ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Pee-Shy

BOOK REVIEW Pee-Shy - BOOK REVIEW - By Frank Spinelli $15; Kensington; 353 pages Sometimes, you wish you had a better memory. You would never, for instance, forget appointments. You could tell better jokes, win more arguments, save more money. You'd remember faces of the people you met and events that happened when you were too small for it to matter. Then again, as you'll see ...


Katy-Perry-adds-second-show-at-United-Center

Katy Perry adds second show at United Center - Katy Perry will now also perform Aug. 8 at Chicago's United Center, following the sold-out Aug. 7 show in the same venue. The shows are part of the Prismatic world tour. Part of the tour will be with lesbian musical duo Tegan and Sara ( although the Chicago shows will feature Capital Cities instead ). See www.KatyPerry.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. ...


Women-of-Letters-at-Mayne-Stage-March-21

Women of Letters at Mayne Stage March 21 - Women of Letters is an evening dedicated to the art of letter writing, with live reads of letters written by a lineup of women who have received prompts. This event's prompt is, "A letter to the moment the lights came on." The event takes place March 21 at Mayne Stage, Chicago, 8 to 10 p.m. The evening is co-curated by ...


CPL-Commissioner-Bannon-at-Gerber-Hart-event

CPL Commissioner Bannon at Gerber/Hart event - Brian Bannon, the commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, was the special guest speaker at "Nerd Talk," a fireside chat to benefit Gerber/Hart Library. The event was held at the home of Derek Truesdale, a Gerber/Hart board member, and his partner Michael Gisondi. About two dozen people attended the event. Bannon, who is gay, spoke at length about "The Future ...


Strub-reflects-on-past-and-present-AIDS-activism

Strub reflects on past and present AIDS activism - For writer and activist Sean Strub, the early days of AIDS activism were about "getting people together and building communities." Though those years were stressful and difficult, activists "showed the best face of what the broader community was about." Strub, who founded both the Sero Project and Poz Magazine, visited Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., March 12 to ...


-Jimmy-Carter-coming-to-Andersonville-on-March-27

Jimmy Carter coming to Andersonville on March 27 - Former President Jimmy Carter is coming to Chicago to promote his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, on Thursday, March 27, 6-8 p.m. Women & Children First Bookstore is hosting the event at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. The event will be a signing only. Tickets are required. A purchase of A ...


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Sean Strub to make two Chicago appearances - AIDS activist Sean Strub will be at Center on Halsted and Test Positive Aware Network to promote his memoir, Body Counts, Wed., March 12. Photo by Greg Gorman See coverage of the events at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Strub-reflects-on-past-and-present-AIDS-activism/46618.html . ...


-Orchid-show-in-Glencoe-through-March-16

Orchid show in Glencoe through March 16 - The Orchid Show will take place at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, through Sunday, March 16. Among other things, there will be classes, hula dances ( Feb. 15-16 ), a weekend marketplace and a rare-book exhibition. See www.ChicagoBotanic.org. ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Legally-Wed

BOOK REVIEW Legally Wed - By Rick R. Reed. $13.49; Dreamspinner Press; 216 pages   Everyone loves a wedding, right? The author doesn't disappoint, but it's not what you think. Marriage has just been declared legal in Seattle and Duncan Taylor is in the mood. He proposes to the man he loves and gets turned down. That's where the delightful novel Legally Wed begins. ...


BOOKS-Jackie-Collins-True-Confessions

BOOKS Jackie Collins: True 'Confessions' - One might think that, after selling 500 million books, Jackie Collins would change some things in her life. However, sometimes ( as the saying goes ), "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." "After all these years, I still write in longhand," Collins said during a recent conversation at Chicago's Ritz-Carlton Hotel. "However, I love the Internet. I do my ...


It-Gets-Better-with-Tamale-at-Guild-Complex

'It Gets Better' with Tamale at Guild Complex - Chicago: Guild Literary Complex ( the Guild ) continues its mission of bringing diverse voices to the fore in its upcoming event, "Applied Words: It Gets Better." Taking place on Tuesday, March 11, It Gets Better is the first of four comedy-based Applied Words series, and will take place at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Addressing ...


LGBT-Writers-in-Schools-brings-writers-into-classrooms

"LGBT Writers in Schools" brings writers into classrooms - From a Lambda Literary Foundation: press release - Lambda Literary Foundation, in partnership with the Gay/Straight Educators Alliance and the National Council of Teachers of English, is proud to announce a new pilot program aimed at including LGBT issues and texts in English studies and English language arts classrooms. LGBT Writers in Schools will connect authors with classrooms via free Skype or inclass visit to discuss the author's ...


-Lambda-book-finalists-announced

Lambda book finalists announced - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - The 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - or the "Lammys," as they are known - mark another record-breaking year and usher in the debut of the new category of Graphic Novel. Finalists for the Lammys were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation ( LLF ) in Los Angeles after reviewing a record 746 submissions ( ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Ill-Take-You-There-Mavis-Staples

BOOK REVIEW I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples... - BENT NIGHTS: BOOKS - By Greg Kot, $19.71; Scribner; 320 pages As one of Chicago's most influential and celebrated figures in music, it could be expected that a biography of Mavis Staples would appear at some point. With a career that has spanned 50 years and is showing no signs of slowing down, Staples has not only flourished as an artist but her ...


Women-Children-First-bookstore-March-events-honor

Women & Children First bookstore March events, honor - Nominated for Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year - From a press release Women & Children First has been named one of five finalists for this year's Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year Award. We are delighted that our hard work and vision is being recognized by our industry peers in this way. Other finalists this year include Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle; Green Apple Books, San Francisco; McLean ...


HIV-AIDS-activist-Sean-Strub-visiting-March-12

HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub visiting March 12 - HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub will visit Chicago on Wed., March 12, to promote his memoir, Body Counts. Strub will be at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., on Wed., March 12, 2-3:30 p.m. He will then be at Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ), 5050 N. Broadway, 6:30-8:30 p.m. See a recent Windy City Times interview with Strub ...


Events

Events - 'The New Black' at Facets thru Feb. 27 The documentary The New Black will run at Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., through Feb. 27. The New Black digs deeply into the role of African-Americans in the wake of a successful Proposition 8 in California, which opposed marriage equality, leading many to brand African-Americans as hostile or indifferent to gay ...


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VIEWS: MOMBIAN 'Jacob's New Dress' adds to growing genre - A new picture book by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, Jacob's New Dress ( Albert Whitman, 2014 ), is a welcome addition to the small but growing number of books for and about young gender nonconforming and transgender children. The authors, a wife and husband who have a gender nonconforming child themselves, tell the story of a young boy who first ...


Driehaus-Museum-observes-Womens-History-Month

Driehaus Museum observes Women's History Month - From a press release - CHICAGO, February 24, 2014 — The Driehaus Museum ( 40 East Erie Street ) offers fascinating lectures, concerts, tours, and more. In honor of Women's History Month, the Driehaus Museum proudly presents special programs exploring the world of Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios through the eyes of the "designers in the Women's Glass Cutting Department." Author Susan Vreeland will ...


Chicagos-NewTown-Writers-puts-out-Off-the-Rocks-Anthology

Chicago's NewTown Writers puts out Off the Rocks Anthology - From a NewTown Writers Press news release - NewTown Writers Press proudly presents Volume 17 of Off the Rocks, an annual anthology series by, for, and about the queer community. Since 1980, NewTown Writers has published, performed, and promoted the work of GLBT writers and artists. Created by Randy Gresham, NTW continues to uphold its mission to foster queer literature and its commitment to provide the local, national, ...


Queer-Clergy-author-in-Chicago-area-this-week

'Queer Clergy' author in Chicago area this week - From a news release - Pilgrim Press announces the release of Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism by Minnesota author, RW Holmen. The book chronicles the journey of gay and lesbian Christians to be fully accepted and fully included in the congregations of mainline Christianity. Tracing the twisting pathway, the book encounters the gay and lesbian pilgrims and prophets ...


Tom-and-Lorenzo-Always-in-fashion

Tom and Lorenzo: Always in fashion - BOOKS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After years of stargazing with a critical eye, and lampooning more than a few star personas in the process, fashion bloggers Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez offer a step-by-step guide on celebrity swag in their literary debut, Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me. The book hit shelves Feb. 4. Since the 2006 launch of their original blog, "Project ...


-Philomena-A-Tale-in-Two-Tellings

Philomena: A Tale in Two Tellings - by Angie Koenig - Philomena, the movie, is not that unusual for being loosely based on the book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, but the difference between the two highlights how a shift of focus obscured an unusually clear insight into recent American politics. Rarely since the fate of nations ceased being subject to the whims of princes has one life shown so ...


Colombian-gay-soldier-tells-story-in-new-book

Colombian gay soldier tells story in new book - From a news release - CHICAGO - "Steel and Velvet" is the true story of a gay man in the Colombian army. Author Juan Cordoba has been granted U.S. asylum and is now living in Chicago. The book, subtitled "A Soldier's Story," has been released in English. Stationed on the boarder of Egypt and Israel, part of an international peace-keeping mission, Cordoba ( a pseudonym ...


Colombian-gay-soldier-tells-story-in-new-book

Colombian gay soldier tells story in new book - CHICAGO - "Steel and Velvet" is the true story of a gay man in the Colombian army. Author Juan Cordoba has been granted U.S. asylum and is now living in Chicago. The book, subtitled "A Soldier's Story," has been released in English. Stationed on the boarder of Egypt and Israel, part of an international peace-keeping mission, Cordoba ( a pseudonym ...


Jimmy-Carter-coming-to-Women-Children-First-Books

Jimmy Carter coming to Women & Children First Books - Former President Jimmy Carter is coming to Chicago to promote his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, Thursday, March 27, 6-8 p.m. The event is hosted by Women & Children First Bookstore, at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark. The event will be a signing only. Tickets are required. A purchase of A Call ...


Queen-Anne-The-Politics-of-Passion

Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion - BOOK REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - by Anne Somerset $24.63; Alfred A. Knopf; 621 pages Was she or wasn't she a lesbian? This is the publicist's hook to the gay media for this hefty biography of Queen Anne of England ( 17th century ), last of the Stuarts to reign and the first married queen to rule. The author has penned many scholarly works, including ...


Janet-Mock-redefines-Realness-for-Center-on-Halsted-audience

Janet Mock redefines Realness for Center on Halsted audience - At the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's Gender and Sex Development Program teams of specialists in disciplines that include Endocrinology, Adolescent Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychology currently work with 66 transgender, intersex, gender non-conforming, gender fluid and gender questioning children and their families. According to Program Coordinator Jennifer Leininger, the young participants range from four to twenty-two years old and usually ...


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Janet Mock gets 'Real' about trans identity, Piers Morgan - "I have to tell you something," Janet Mock says to her boyfriend, Aaron, at the start of her new memoir, Redefining Realness. Mock is sitting on Aaron's bed in an apartment in New York City, a pillow between her legs, avoiding his eyes. She is about reveal her trans identity, but before she does the chapter ends, and the reader ...


Janet-Mock-author-Redefining-Realness-at-Center-Feb-11

Janet Mock, author Redefining Realness, at Center Feb. 11 - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago brings famed transgender writer and activist Janet Mock to Chicago. Lurie Children's Gender & Sex Development Program and Project Life Skills is hosting famed transgender writer and activist Janet Mock. Mock, author of Redefining Realness, is a founder of the #girlslikeus project and the former staff editor of People magazine's website. ...


In-the-Frightened-Heart-of-Me-Tennessee-Williamss-Last-Year

In the Frightened Heart of Me: Tennessee Williams's Last Year - BOOK REVIEW - By Tony Narducci, $21.95; iUniverse, Inc.; 302 pages "Would you like a kind stranger to help?" The year that defined Tony Narducci's life started with words he borrowed from his literary hero's work when he spotted Tennessee Williams stumbling on the stairs at a nightclub in Key West, Fla. in February 1982 and offered him an arm. Narducci's memoir, ...


BOOKS-Political-powerhouse-Rebecca-Sive-on-the-GOP-womens-rights

BOOKS Political powerhouse Rebecca Sive on the GOP, women's rights - As a writer, public speaker and political strategist for women in politics, Rebecca Sive is setting the trend for successful female entrepreneurs from New York to L.A., Chicago to the Bay Area, and everywhere in between. Her distinct brand of no-holds-barred straight talk coupled with serious brainpower and constitutional wherewithal have landed her numerous awards and accolades. Rebecca is currently ...


Gacy-survivor-Dati-on-life-and-new-book-I-Am-Me

Gacy survivor Dati on life and new book, I Am Me - As a 9-year-old, Patrick Dati's life changed forever when serial killer John Wayne Gacy raped him in the men's bathroom of the now defunct Goldblatt's department store on a winter morning in January 1972. It took Dati, who is openly gay, 35 years to reveal this information; he details that event as well as other events that have shaped his ...


Chicago-Public-Library-named-best-in-country

Chicago Public Library named best in country - A new international study ranks the Chicago Public Library ( CPL ) number one in the United States and number three in the world, ahead of Shanghai ( 5th ), Singapore ( 7th ), New York ( 9th ), Beijing ( 13th ), Hong Kong ( 17th ) and London ( 30th ), according to a press release. The empirical ...


Filmmaker-James-Franco-poet-Frank-Bidart-Feb-19

Filmmaker James Franco, poet Frank Bidart, Feb. 19 - From a news release - Poetry Foundation and Chicago Humanities Festival Present James Franco and Frank Bidart in Conversation with Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito. Polito Discusses Film and Poetry with the Actor and the Poet CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival will present James Franco and Frank Bidart, Off the Shelf at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 ...


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Borich, Baim books on ALA Over the Rainbow list - From a news release - The 2014 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table ( GLBTRT ) of the American Library Association ( ALA ), has been decided at ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Among the Top 10 books for the year are Barrie Jean Borich's Body Geographic and Tracy Baim's Gay Press, Gay Power: The ...


Shes-Gone-Santa-Fe

She's Gone Santa Fe - BOOK REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Maida Tilchen. $11.69; Savvy Press; 328 pages If you're interested in anthropology, Navajo culture or lesbian dude ranches, this book has much to offer. The second novel by Tilchen is based on the life of Henrietta Schmerler, an actual female anthropology student who traveled to the Southwest in the 1930s to do fieldwork. ( Tilchen moves the story ...


Shes-Gone-Santa-Fe

She's Gone Santa Fe - BOOK REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Maida Tilchen, $11.69; Savvy Press; 328 pages If you're interested in anthropology, Navajo culture or lesbian dude ranches, this book has much to offer. The second novel by Tilchen is based on the life of Henrietta Schmerler, an actual female anthropology student who traveled to the Southwest in the 1930s to do fieldwork. ( Tilchen moves the story of ...


Queer-Clergy-book-author-to-speak-at-three-Chicago-venues

Queer Clergy book author to speak at three Chicago venues - From a press release - Since 1640, the Pilgrim Press has published cutting-edge books that challenged convention and angered church and crown. That edgy tradition continues as Pilgrim Press announces the release of Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism by Minnesota author, RW Holmen. The book chronicles the journey of gay and lesbian Christians to be fully accepted and ...


BOOKS-HIV-AIDS-activist-Sean-Strub-talks-Body-Counts

BOOKS HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub talks 'Body Counts' - Book review, event dates below - Sean Strub has lived at the crossroads of the LGBT Movement and the AIDS Epidemic most of his life. One easily finds his influence in many seminal events of the two overlapping spheres. From the first serious financial solicitation by the Human Rights Campaign—he talked Tennessee Williams into signing the organization's letter to donors—to the founding of POZ magazine, his ...


Trans-authors-book-employs-right-wing-hate-speech

Trans author's book employs right-wing hate speech - Transgender author Gretchen Blickensderfer has written The Last Circle, a book that has radical, right-wing, Christian conservatives taking over America in what a press release calls a "chilling and brutal account." In creating her characters, Blickensderfer researched far-right websites such as the American Family Association, and drew the policies detailed in The Last Circle directly from sources such as the ...


Back-to-You-by-Rebelle

Back to You by Rebelle - 'BOOKISODE' REVIEW - $2; Live Justified Books 19 pages ( estimated ) From the first sentence of this premiere "bookisode" ( "Bullets and blood are the norm here" ), the new author Rebelle has our attention. Writing in an easy-flowing style, Rebelle begins us on a journey that neither she nor we know the end of just yet. At two bucks, we get ...


My-Brother-My-Sister-by-Molly-Haskell-2695-Viking-213-pages

My Brother, My Sister by Molly Haskell, $26.95; Viking; 213 pages - BOOK REVIEW - Mom always said you were two of a kind. You and your favorite sibling: yin and yang, two halves of a whole. A lot of film was spent documenting your lives. A lot of memories are shared when you get together. Once upon a time, you knew exactly what your sib was thinking—or did you? Read the new book My ...


Autobiography-of-My-Hungers

Autobiography of My Hungers - BOOK REVIEW - By Rigoberto Gonzalez. $19.95; Univ. of Wisconsin Press; 113 pages   Your life is full. The days are jammed with work and home; evenings, with hobbies and projects and no time to breathe. Between friends and family, chores, and engagements, weekends are back-to-back packed, too. Yes, your life is full … and yet, sometimes, you notice a lingering feeling of ...


Barry-Gifford-Landscape-of-an-unconventional-friendship

Barry Gifford: 'Landscape' of an unconventional friendship - BOOKS - It was 1980, three years after Anita Bryant launched her "Save Our Children" campaign that equated homosexuals to child molesters. According to the General Social Survey, approximately 70 percent of U.S. residents believed homosexuality to be "always wrong." The power of Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority was burgeoning and helped to put Ronald Reagan into office. Stories were emerging from California ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Beauty-of-Men-Never-Dies

BOOK REVIEW The Beauty of Men Never Dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - You never thought you'd get this old. When you were five, for instance, 12 was a big age. At 12, you thought 21 was the height of maturity. At 21, 80 seems unattainable. Yet, somewhere along the line, you learn what it takes to use the years well. Does wisdom come with age? Is it something else? Or, in the ...


Bad-Idea

Bad Idea - BOOK REVIEW - by Damon Suede $16.19; Dreamspinner. Press; 334 pages   Bad Idea is full of many bad things—bad-ass sex, clever badinage and several seemingly bad decisions, some of which lead to good things. All set in the two worlds of comics creation and FX makeup creation. Balls and boyfans, man! Trip Spector is the comics artist and the character whose outcome ...


Raising-My-Rainbow

Raising My Rainbow - BOOK REVIEW - by Lori Duron $15; Broadway . Books; 278 pages One in a million... That's the best way to describe your kid. Not that you're biased or anything, but it's true. He's smarter than other people's children, very definitely cuter, and he has more talent in his left foot than most adults possess in their entire bodies. No child can compare ...


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Gaga's fans make voices heard in 'Heal This Way' - BOOKS - Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta ( more famously known as singer Lady Gaga ) measures a petite 5'1" in stature, but her personality is disproportionate, to say the least. A case in point is Madison Square Garden, Feb. 22-23, 2013. The words "Lady Gaga: Cancelled" were unapologetically dished out across the Internet. The "Born This Way" eccentric singer was out of ...


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Gerber/Hart to re-open, promises transparency - Members of the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives board of directors met with the public Dec. 5 to discuss new directions it intends to take as the library recovers from nearly two years of turmoil. The library will be open to the public for the first time at its new location, 6500 N. Clark St., Dec. 7, then every Thursday for ...


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Author Andrew Solomon in Winnetka Dec. 4 - An event featuring LGBT-rights activist Andrew Solomon will take place Wed., Dec. 4, at Winnetka's New Trier High School, 385 Winnetka Ave., at 7 p.m. Solomon is the author of Love, No Matter What: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. The event's sponsors include the Family Action Network ( FAN ) and the New Trier Parents' Association, in partnership ...


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Witches, Warlocks and Ice Cream Trucks: An Interview with Joshua Safran - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Not many people could say they were born in a coven, raised in an ice cream truck, and were considered warlocks from a young age, but one man can. His name is Joshua Safran, and he's written to tell the tales of yesteryear … the good, the bad, and the ugly. Windy City Times: Why was it time to write ...


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Trans Bodies, Trans Selves book planned - From a press release - New York, NY — Transgender authors have come together from around the country to publish Trans Bodies, Trans Selves by Oxford University Press in June 2014. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a book project inspired by Our Bodies, Ourselves, a pamphlet-turned-international-book-phenomenon organized by the Boston Women's Book Collective starting in the late 1960s. Just as women came together to share ...


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Andrew Solomon at New Trier High School Dec. 4 - From a press release - Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, Love, No Matter What: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, 7 p.m., New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus, Gaffney Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Ave. Andrew Solomon's magnificent 2012 book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, is an account of how families integrate children with physical, mental and social differences and ...


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Nicola Griffith on 'Hild,' a medieval novel with a bisexual protagonist - For a woman who once earned her beers by challenging bargoers in arm-wrestling competitions, British-born author Nicola Griffith has grown into the world of fine wine and international literary acclaim with surprising ease. Her sixth and most recent novel, Hild ( a thick, gold-embossed item containing the tumultuous life story of Saint Hilda, a gifted young leader and warrior of ...







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