Books

article placeholder

‘Gay In America’ photographer Scott Pasfield visits Atlanta

Gay in America book signing event

Scott Pasfield’s “Gay In America” is a beautiful coffee-table photo book with an ambitious goal: shatter stereotypes by photographing gay men from all 50 states, while also including their first-person accounts of their lives.

Released Sept. 27 by Welcome Books, “Gay in America” consists of 140 gay men, all of whom responded to a call for photographic subjects. They encompass a range of ages and races, creating a colorful portrait of 21st century gay life.

Their stories are as compelling as their images — no coincidence, according to Pasfield, who will sign copies of the book Oct. 27 at Atlanta’s Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

article placeholder

Sapphire and ‘The Kid’ visit Atlanta

Sapphire reads from

Sapphire, author of "Push," read from her new novel, "The Kid," at St. Mark United Methodist Church on July 26, 2011. The novel, written 15 years after "Push," which was made into the Academy-award winning film "Precious," picks up on the day of Precious Jones' funeral.

Sapphire explained that "The Kid" is not a sequel to "Precious" in the traditional sense by continuing to follow the life of Precious Jones, but it is a sequel in that it continues to explore the "socioeconomic and cultural addictions that created the life and of, course the death, of Precious Jones."

This journey is told through the eyes of Precious Jones' son, Abdul, and "The Kid" opens on the day of his mother's funeral.

article placeholder

New book by Darian Aaron focuses on black gay men in committed relationships

Living OutLoud with Darian

Darian Aaron wants people to know that black gay men are in committed relationships with each other — something that that people don't typically see in the movies, TV shows, even in magazine ads.

As a black gay man in a committed relationship, he said he was tired of seeing images in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that did not represent him. So, he wrote his own book about black, same-gender male couples titled, "When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color."

"There's a quote from Toni Morrison that I truly believe in, 'If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it,'" Aaron says.

article placeholder

‘Big Sex, Little Death’ captures life of feminist sexpert Susie Bright

Author Susie Bright

Susie Bright is grateful President Barack Obama is not in Atlanta today. He's been making the same stops as her book tour for her memoir "Big Sex, Little Death" and wreaking all kinds of havoc.

"He's been stalking my tour. Holding up my plane, gridlock on the roads. It's been a mess," she says with a sigh.

Bright, famously known as "Susie Sexpert" from her days as editor of "On Our Backs," the feminist lesbian porn magazine, stops in at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse today to read from her new memoir. This memoir differs from other autobiographical books Bright has written because it casts a long glance back over her life instead of writing about the here and now.

In fact, while writing "Big Sex, Little Death" over the past few years, Bright said she relived moments even more clearly than when they occurred.

article placeholder

Photographer Tim Hailand and friend Jake Shears visit Outwrite this week

Counting Rufus Wainwright, Jake Shears and Daniel Radcliffe among friends makes Tim Hailand an icon in his own right, but it's the household names that take focus in his "One Day in the Life Of" series.

Hailand, who's openly gay, brings the latest of his photo books "One Day in the Life of Jake Shears" to Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse Friday, April 8, at 2 p.m.

Better yet, Shears himself will be on hand to sign and discuss the book as well. The Scissor Sisters perform later that evening at the Tabernacle.

"One Day in the Life Of Jake Shears" is the third in Hailand's series, following the publication of similar sets with Radcliffe and Wainwright. Next on the list is gay rugby player Gareth Thomas.

In an email interview with the GA Voice, Hailand discussed what goes on behind the lens and why, despite covering Wainwright, Shears and Thomas, his books aren't "One GAY in the Life."

article placeholder

Author Jodi Picoult explores a lesbian couple’s quest to have children

Author Jodi Picoult's latest novel focuses on lesbian couple in pursuit of a baby

The news best-selling author Jodi Picoult received while writing her latest novel,  “Sing You Home,” wasn’t exactly a surprise.

The novel, Picoult’s eighteenth, was released earlier this month and debuted at #1 on both the USA Today and New York Times book lists. It introduces Zoe, a music therapist who is divorced by her husband, Max, after their long-awaited baby is stillborn. After years of infertility, Max retreats into alcoholism and later a fundamentalist church, while Zoe stumbles through her days in a blur until Vanessa — a school counselor who just happens to be a lesbian — helps her find joy again.

In Picoult’s gently crafted romance, Zoe falls in love with Vanessa. After a Massachusetts wedding, the two women set out to have a baby using the embryos Zoe froze during her marriage to Max.