News Archive

FEBRUARY 2017 — Patty Dann's personal essays appeared in the Boston Globe: A widow honors her old life, amid her new one and Mom, memory care, and me. And she was interviewed about Butterfly Hours on the Studio A program in New York.

Last year's Center for Fiction winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen, presented Kia Corthron the Center for Fiction's 2016 First Novel Prize AWARD for THE CASTLE CROSS THE MAGNET CARTER. In the Jan. 30, 2017, issue of the New York Times Book Review, Nguyen said "This big, ambitious, challenging novel should have gotten much more attention. It tells the 20th-century history of the United States through the intersecting lives of two white brothers and two black brothers. It is, by turns, tender, brutal and redemptive.."

Stellar reviews continue for William J. Mann's THE WARS OF THE ROOSEVELTS: USA Today, Tulsa World, Iron Mountain Daily News, WAMC Radio and the History News Network.

A superb AudioFile review of the ALL THE RAGE audiobook read by Martin Moran: "Moran brings his appealing acting skills and keen sensitivity to the subtle ebb and flow of his story's pathos. He is absolutely engaging to hear, and his performance gracefully balances the moderation of an objective storyteller with the first-person intensity of an author-narrated memoir."

David J. Skal is nominated twice for his well reviewed SOMETHING IN THE BLOOD. He is up for the Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical and for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement for Nonfiction 2016.

Tom Santopietro's THE SOUND OF MUSIC STORY continues to have legs. How does a friend of Trump land the Austrian Ambassadorship? From The Palm Beach Daily News, Barbara Cook spent the last couple of years telling her story to Tom Santopietro. THEN AND NOW: A MEMOIR was published by Harper Collins in June. Read the New York Times' profile of Cook, watch an Arts in the City video or read gossip columnist Liz Smith's review of the book.

JUNE 2016 — Over 20 Baldi books publishing in 2016...............

Stay tuned for news of I AM CAITLIN series # 3 in 2017. Kate Bornstein grounded the E television I AM CAITLIN series in 2016.

Last fall 2015 Mary Cappello attended the American Academy of Berlin and read an excerpt from her forthcoming poetic and groundbreaking LIFE BREAKS IN.

Dogs, dogs and more dogs. The New York Times interviews Ray Coppinger!

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, 9/28, 6:30 p.m. @ SCHOMBURG CENTER New York Public Library 515 Malcolm X Boulevard. Kia Corthron, THE CASTLE CROSS THE MAGNET CARTER & Margo Jefferson, NEGRO LAND in discussion.

Glenn Kurtz received Kulczycki Book Prize and was awarded a 2016 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

William Mann's TINSELTOWN, KATE, WISECRACKER, and BEHIND THE SCENES are all in film/television/cable development.

Love Paris? Like Jazz? Mark your calendar Wednesday, 6/22 Joe Okonkwo (JAZZ MOON) in conversation with David Eberschoff, THE DANISH GIRL.

Liz Smith writes strong women rule! Who will play Eliza Jumel in the movie? Read Margaret Oppenheimer's THE REMARKABLE RISE OF ELIZA JUMEL. Barbara Cook's THEN & NOW to be published by Harper Collins in June. On Monday, 6/27 Tom Santopietro interviews Cook @ Eastside B&N: 86th Street & Lex at 7 p.m. Be there or be square.

On Monday, 6/20 Union Square Barnes & Noble hosts a tribute to Liz Swados. Taylor Mac & Meryl Streep will read from her last novel, WALKING THE DOG just published by published by the Feminist Press. Priority seating. Kirkus raves: "One of a kind. Deserves a big splash and lots of readers."

Manscaping, corporate/political beards, historical beards, it gets complicated. Read all about it in OF BEARDS & MEN by Christopher Oldstone-Moore. He's also part of a Wall Street Journal article and posts updates on Twitter.

NOVEMBER 2015 — TINSELTOWN {Harper Collins) by William J. Mann first-time nominee, is the winner of the 2015 for Edgar Best Fact Crime.

Always, always read the New York Times' Modern Love column because you never know! In an interview, Jones is asked, "Ever fix up a Modern Love columnist?" He said, "I'm not in the matchmaking business and wouldn't want to be, but one essayist, Patty Dann, who eight years ago wrote a column about being widowed in midlife, met the man who would become her second husband when he read her Modern Love essay and contacted her about it."

Margaret Oppenheimer celebrates Eliza Jumel on Halloween!

David J. Skal is back with a vengeance in Fall 2016, just in time for the Presidential elections. Dover reissues his HALLOWEEN compendium and Centipede Press will publish a new & updated biography of Tod Browning, DARK CARNIVAL written with Elias Savada.

MARCH 2015 — The hills are alive with good news about Tom Santopietro's THE SOUND OF MUSIC STORY! Check out the articles by the Wall Street Journal and USA Today and a quiz in USA Today.

Fall 2015 publications include Sandy Langer's groundbreaking ROMAINE BROOKS biography from University of Wisconsin Books. Two new books full of ideas forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press — everything you wanted to know about dogs & some — WHAT MAKES A DOG TICK by Mark Epstein and Ray Coppinger and Chris Oldstone-Moore's OF BEARDS AND MEN: THE REVEALING HISTORY OF FACIAL HAIR.

David J. Skal, author of THE MONSTER SHOW, returns with his impeccable SOMETHING IN THE BLOOD: A BIOGRAPHY OF BRAM STOKER.

Newly under contract, playwright, songwriter & author Liz Swados has signed with the Feminist Press. WALKING THE DOG, a novel about women in prsion and the love of dogs will be published in 2016.

Mary Cappello's multi-disciplined mood study has been acquired by the University of Chicago Press.

NOVEMBER 2014 —Glenn Kurtz book tour begins with a riveting NPR interview. Follow this link to listen in.

Aaron Kaplan & Tracy Katsky Acquire Hot Hollywood Mystery Book, William J.  Mann's TINSELTOWN For TV Series Adaptation, big name film director to be announced soon...

Felice Picano's memoir NIGHTS IN RIZZOLI can be ordered NOW from OR Books — follow this link.

BIOPICS!!!!

Bettina Berch's RADICAL BY DESIGN: The Life & Style of Elizabeth Hawes has been optioned by Sideshow writer/producer Ramini Niami. Click here to check out the New York Times' T Magazine tribute to Hawes.

Richard Akel & Company has optioned William J. Mann's KATE: THE WOMAN WHO WAS HEPBURN, Henry Holt 2004: read more.

THREE NOVELS BY NEW CLIENTS
HAVE BEEN PLACED!

Playwright Kia Corthron's first novel, THE CASTLE CROSS THE MAGNET CARTER has been acquired by 7 Stories. In September, Corthron's work was honored at Yale: read more.

Roy Dimond's mystery SILENCE & CIRCUMSTANCE will be published by Untreed Reads in 2015.

Wilde City Press will publish A.C. Burch's THE HOMEPORT JOURNALS. It is pitched as TALES OF THE CITY meets AUNTIE MAME, about a young gay man who hides from an abusive lover in off-season Provincetown, where — aided by a reclusive artist and an irrepressible drag queen — he investigates a decades-old disappearance, redefines his notions of family, and revives his capacity to love.

JUNE 2014 — On June 2nd, at the Lammy Award Ceremony held in the Cooper Union Auditorium, Barrie Jean Borich's BODY GEOGRAPHIC published by the University of Nebraska Press received the 2014 Lambda Lesbian Memoir/Biography Award.
Kate Bornstein was presented the Pioneer Award by her life partner, Barbara Carrellas who said that when people are asked what Kate Bornstein means to them, "the overwhelming answer is 'Kate Bornstein saved my life.'" Bornstein's call to action to stop the history of shaming with regard to sex and gender brought the audience to a standing ovation. Follow this link to read more.

Dan Callahan's first novel, TAKE THEM DOWN, will be published by Magnus Books. About VANESSA: The Life of Vanessa Redgrave, David Thompson writes that Callahan "seems to me a leader among young writers on film. No enthusiast will pick up this deceptively modest book without going to the video resources and tracking the turbulent career of our most challenging actress."

William J. Mann signed contracts with Random House for THE CONTENDER: The Life of Marlon Brando (2018) and ALICE & ELEANOR: The War of the Roosevelts (2016) with Harper Collins.

The University of Chicago Press acquires two titles: ANSLINGER NATION: A Documentary History of Harry J. Anslinger and Prohibitionist Drug Policy by Alexandra Chase (2015) and BRAVE FACE: Beards, Shaving & The Cultural History of Manliness by Christopher Oldstone-Moore.

APRIL 2014 — Nothing changes, everything changes and bookstores close. OR Books acquires Felice Picano's NIGHTS IN RIZZOLI, a memoir chronicling his bookstore manager experience in its glamorous heyday as a New York City cultured hotspot. The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission declined to protect the Rizzoli interior and exterior. After much community outrage about the demolition, Rizzoli is set to close in April. Follow this link for Picano's web site.

Open Road Media reissues William Mann's ALL AMERICAN BOY, THE BIOGRAPH GIRL, OBJECT OF DESIRE, and his classic MEN FROM THE BOYS. Click here to go to Mann's site.

In 2015 on the 50th anniversary, St. Martins will publish Tom Santopietro's The Story of 'The Sound of Music': How One Young Nun, One Handsome Austrian Captain and Seven Singing Children Inspired the Most-Loved Film of All Time. Santopietro's web site can be found here.

David J. Skal's BRAM STOKER: THE FINAL CURTAIN will be published by Liveright in 2015. A homecoming of sorts, W.W. Norton first published Skal's HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC, THE MONSTER SHOW and SCREAMS OF REASON over twenty years ago to great praise. Follow this link for Skal's web site.

In 2016, Beacon will publish Martin Moran's ALL THE RAGE. It redoubles his courageous exploration of the human frailty and anger felt in THE TRICKY PARTFollow this link to read Moran reminisce in the New York Times about acting in the play Titanic. Click here for Moran's site.

Awards and nominations
For Borich, Bornstein and Whitaker

Barrie Jean Borich's Body Geographic: A Memoir, is one of the top ten books included in The American Library Association's LGBT Round Table list of 71 queer books for adults on its 2014 Over the Rainbow List. The memoir is also nominated for a Lambda Lesbian Memoir/biography award. Borich's web site can be found here.

One of the top ten The ALA's Rainbow Project (a joint committee between the LGBT-RT and Social Responsibilities Round Table) announced the 2014 Rainbow List consisting of about 30 titles for young readers is Kate Bornstein's My New Gender Workbook. Follow this link for Bornstein's web site.

Rick Whitaker's AN HONEST GHOST published by Jaded Ibis Press is  nominated for the 2014 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction as well as the  Lambda Literary award for Gay General Fiction. Click here for Whitaker's site.

JANUARY 2014 — Kate Borntein is one of Out Magazine's OUT 100 for 2013. Follow this link to read more.

Read this stellar review in Publishers Weekly for Partners in Passion.

According to Readers Digest, John Ashbery and Slate Magazine, An Honest Ghost is the book to read in 2013-14:
Follow this link to read an excerpt on The Nervous Breakdown.
Read John Ashbery's pick in The Times Literary Supplement.
Click here to read Readers Digest's pick of An Honest Ghost as one of "6 Great Books to Read (That You Might Have Missed."
• Slate.com staffers and contributors named An Honest Ghost amongst its "Most Striking Queer Culture of 2013."

OCTOBER 2013 — The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill includes an essay by Kate Bornstein. Brown University is co-publishing it with Simon & Schuster, due out in spring 2014.
Guess who is reading Gender Outlaw? Follow this link to the New York Times' Sunday Book Review.
Read Bornstein' s letter to Chelsea Manning.

A wonderful announcement in Sibling Rivalry Press about Erebus by Jane Summers. Her first volume of poetry will disturb and enrapture you in 2015. Audible releases her work The Silk Road as an audio book in 2014.

Congratulations to Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson who were honored with various awards for Great Sex Made Simple, published by Llewellyn earlier this year:
• 2013 IPPY Awards Gold Medalist in Sexuality/Relationships
• 2013 International Book Awards Winner in Self Help: Relationships
• 2013 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Silver Medalist in Self Help and Finalist in Family and Relationships
• 2013 Living Now Awards Silver Medalist in Femininity/Sexuality
• 2013 Eric Hoffer Awards Honorable Mention in Health

MARCH 2013 — Recently Farrar Straus and Giroux acquired Glenn Kurtz's THREE MINUTES IN POLAND: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Home Movie. Last year Kurtz donated his grandparent's home movie of a trip to Poland to the Holocaust Museum. Staff and visitors viewed the short film and some recognized living relatives. In his multi-layered book Kurtz shows how archival film is saved and how the language of memories becomes history. Click here to see the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's video about Kurtz and his movie.

Kate Bornstein's A QUEER & PLEASANT DANGER is to be released shortly in Germany and is a finalist for the Judy Grahn nonfiction 2013 Publishing Triangle award. Bornstein's revamped MY NEW GENDER WORKBOOK is due out from Routledge this spring.

Many great and wonderful reviews abound for Barrie Jean Borich's stunning BODY GEOGRAPHIC just published by the University of Nebraska Press. Click here to check out the book trailer.

Suzanne Scanlon's PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN is part of the Dorothy Project's great 2012 launch.

Ray Coppinger's new and improved FISHING DOGS will be reissued by Skyhorse Publishing in September. The University of Chicago Press will issue his next two books on dog ethology and behavior.

Turkish rights have already been sold for Joe Markulin's first novel, MACHIAVELLI: A Renaissance Life is to be published by Prometheus Books in September.

Also in September: ALL OR NOTHING: The Art & Life of Romaine Brooks by Cassandra Langer will be published by The University of Wisconsin Press.

Patty Dann, Kate Bornstein, Martin Moran, William Mann and Felice Picano have audio books in the works with Audible.com.

William Mann's WISECRACKER, HELLO GORGEOUS, and KATE have been optioned for film and/or musical development.

Diversion Books has picked up Geoffrey Huntington's RAVENSCLIFF fantasy series for an ebook launch this fall.

SEPTEMBER 2012 — William Mann's TINSELTOWN: Murder, Morphine and Madness in Hollywood was acquired by Harper/It Books for six figures. It is scheduled to be published in the summer of 2014. A film development deal and musical is in the works for Mann's WISECRACKER. Also recently optioned for film development are Mann's KATE: The Woman who Was Hepburn and HELLO GORGEOUS: Becoming Barbra Streisand due out in Fall 2012.

The Dorothy Project is the workingest publisher of all! Check out the recent Pank interview with Suzanne Scanlon about PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN.

Whatever happened to Cher's character Mrs Flax in the movie MERMAIDS? Find out early next year when Green point press publishes STARFISH by Patty Dann.

Everybody loves PYG stateside. Check out what the Washington Post wrote.

Bornstein book rights have sold in Germany, China and Korea. In early 2013, Taylor & Francis/Routledge releases a totally revised & updated edition of MY NEW GENDER WORKBOOK.

Just in time for the holidays, GREAT SEX MADE SIMPLE: Tantric Tips to Deepen Intimacy & Heighten Pleasure by Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson. Check it out here.

JANUARY 2012 — Swedish, Turkish, Italian and Canadian rights have been sold for Russell Potter's Pyg. Penguin US publishes in August 2012.
Canongate UK just released a stunning audio download recording of Simon Callow reading Pyg. Click here to check out the excerpt.

Barbra Streisand matters a lot in 2012 — because HMH publishes Bill Mann's long-awaited Hello, Gorgeous. Like Moss Hart's Act Two, Hello, Gorgeous is for everybody that is a little bit in awe of Barbra and that loves to read page-turning Broadway-bound biographies. Click here to read Mann's essay about why Barbra matters.

NOVEMBER 2011 — Canongate UK releases Russell Potter's Pyg. Click here to hear an excerpt read by Simon Callow. Penguin Makes Paperbacks publishes Pyg in the U.S. Summer 2012. Read more at pygnovel.blogspot.com.

APRIL 2011 — RHODE ISLAND WINS!!! Providence-based Mary Cappello, author of Night Bloom, Awkward, Called Back and Swallow has been awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction to work on her new book-length essay on "mood."

Also, Canongate's Jamie Byng acquired world rights to Pyg, a first novel by Russell Potter, a fellow Providence neighbor. Pyg is a faux memoir based on the true story of Toby, an exceptional 18th century pig in England who escapes the butcher's knife. Toby packs theaters and concert halls with his ability to count, spell and read the minds of ladies "only with their permission," Toby's sensitive and wise nature and his empathy for those around him make him come across as ironically more human than some of the humans he meets; pitched as if Henry Fielding had thought of writing Babe.