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Former Outwrite owner speaks out on new gig with AJC Decatur Book Fest

Philip Rafshoon

Philip Rafshoon, the former owner of the now shuttered Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, has been named the new program director for the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

“I'm studying right now and trying to figure out what exactly has been done at the festival in the previous years and talking to people about what they want to see changed and what will work,” Rafshoon told GA Voice today. “I'm celebrating right now that I have this great position but the work begins right away.”

Rafshoon will officially take up the position Jan. 1 and will replace outgoing program director Terra Elan McVoy.

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Books: Last minute ideas for your gay bibliophile

Give a book this holiday

“Alexander McQueen: The Life and Legacy”
Judith Watt (Harper Design, 2012)

An incredible telling of visionary designer Alexander McQueen’s personal and professional life, from his modest childhood to top runway shows.

“Are You My Mother?”
By Alison Bechdel (Harcourt, 2012)

Lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel explores her complicated relationship with her mother in this intellectual, introspective graphic novel.

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Straight author plays gay to understand homophobia

Author Timothy Kurek

What happens when a lesbian breaks down outside of a karaoke club and comes out to her fundamental evangelical friend, telling him how she was thrown out of her church and home?

In “The Cross in the Closet,” author Timothy Kurek describes his journey from condemning his friend to becoming accepting of all LGBT people. The process included his “becoming gay” for a year (or rather pretending to be gay) and really coming out to his family, friends and church.

Since “The Cross in the Closet” was published earlier this month, Kurek’s experiment has garnered interviews on CNN, MSNBC, ABC’s “The View,” Fox News Radio and more.

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Interview: Mystery writer Patricia Cornwell on her latest novel, the election, coming out and more

Patricia Cornwell

Internationally acclaimed bestselling author Patricia Cornwell comes to Atlanta’s Carter Center this Friday to promote her 25th novel, “The Bone Bed” (Putnam).

In “The Bone Bed,” Cornwell’s hero, forensic investigator Kay Scarpetta, her cranky macho partner Marino, helicopter-flying hacker-genius lesbian niece Lucy, and her festive personal assistant Bryce are on the trail of a killer who e-mails Scarpetta a chilling video clip featuring a woman’s severed ear.

Cornwell spoke at length with GA Voice about gay marriage, the presidential election, writing, and tolerance. No spoilers, mystery fans — so read and enjoy!

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Lesbian author hits mainstream success with trilogy set on the streets of Atlanta

Amanda Kyle Williams

Amanda Kyle Williams typically begins writing her acclaimed mystery novels with a first scene and then a last scene.

“And then about 110,000 words in between,” she says.

Years after writing lesbian mysteries for Naiad, a small press, Williams has found mainstream success with a series set in Atlanta.

Conceived as a trilogy, the series centers around Keye Street, a Chinese-American former FBI profiler who was fired from her job due to alcoholism. Street now runs her own detective agency and does odd jobs while also consulting with the Atlanta Police Department on some of the more heinous crimes to hit the city.

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David Sedaris delivers more than laughs with ‘Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk’

An Evening with David Sedaris

If you haven’t read “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” yet, you are cheating yourself of an important moral guide for these troublesome times. Also, you’ll miss the opportunity to laugh so hard that you snort. How often can you get a two-for-one deal like this?

“Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” is the most recent book by gay humorist David Sedaris, who brings his sardonic wit and intellectual humor to Atlanta Symphony Hall on Oct. 27.

“Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” is a collection of 17 fables, little stories featuring animal characters illustrating some moral lesson, set in contemporary urban America.  You’re free to interpret them as taking place in New York City, but Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, or Miami would work just as well.

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Fall Preview: Make your LGBT reading list for fall

Books fall preview

Whether you prefer fiction, non-fiction, celebrities or even cookbooks, there are plenty of options to fill your fall LGBT reading list. Some are newly out this season, while others debuted earlier this year.

Novel thoughts

• Picking up where “Captain Harding’s Six-Day War” left off, the period gay romance “Captain Harding and His Men” (Lethe Press, 2012) by Atlanta author Elliott Mackle follows more of Harding’s “adventures and misadventures” in a military setting.

• Arriving on bookshelves around the same time that the similarly-themed NBC sitcom “The New Normal” makes its debut, Michael Lowenthal’s “The Paternity  Test” (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012) explores gay fatherhood and  surrogate motherhood.

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Charis welcomes gay author Eric Sasson tonight

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As a lesbian-owned feminist bookstore, Atlanta's Charis Books & More sometimes gets a bad rap for not showing the love for queer and progressive men. The fact is, the bookstore — the oldest feminist bookstore in the South — continually gives recognition to gay men and their works.

Tonight, Charis welcomes gay author Eric Sasson from Brooklyn, NY, to the store to read from his book, "Margins of Tolerance," the 2011 Tartt First Fiction Award runner-up. Sasson reads at the store from 7:30-9 p.m.

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Check out these new LGBT reads for hot summer days

Too hot to do anything but sit inside? These new offerings from LGBT writers will give you plenty to read whether in the midst of a heat wave, or if you’re lucky enough to be on the beach or by the pool.

Rocking and reeling

• Hal Leonards’s Music on Film series presents books about two movies close to queer readers’ hearts: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Limelight Editions, 2012) by  Dave Thomson examines what is, to this day, still one of the gayest movie  music musicals of all time, cult or non-cult; and “Purple Rain” (Limelight  Editions, 2012) by John Kenneth Muir looks at Prince’s groundbreaking 1984  movie debut.