A bounty of new books for autumn reading

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Set for release in early 2012, "Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?" features contributors as D. Travers Scott, Thomas Glave, Horehound Stillpoint and Tommi Avicolli Mecca. (AK Press, 2011, $17.95).

Johnny Townsend's "Let The Faggots Burn: The UpStairs Lounge Fire" recounts the tragic 1973 Gay Pride Day fire in New Orleans' French Quarter that claimed the lives of 32 people. (Booklocker.com, 2011, $17.95).

Poetic justice

"Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems by David Trinidad" consists of three decades of out poet Trinidad's greatest hits from 1975-2007 and 40 new poems. (Turtle Point Press, 2011, $19).

Edited by out poet Julie R. Enzer, "Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry" features poems by Ellen Bass, Robin Becker, Marilyn Hacker, Bonnie Morris, Joan Nestle,  Achy Obejas and others. (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2011, $14.95).

"The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America" by gay poet James Schwartz, examines what it's like to be gay in an Amish community. (inGroup Press, 2011, $12.95)

The fourth collection of poetry by Devin Johnston, "Traveler" is rich in language and everyday life subjects. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011, $23).

Screen scene

Former actor, casting director and producer Alan Shayne and artist and "What Becomes A Legend Most?" ad man Norman Sunshine share their story in "Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood." (Magnus Books, 2011, $24.95).

Ageless, Oscar-nominated movie star Dyan Cannon writes about her tumultuous marriage to silver screen legend Cary Grant in "Dear Cary: My Life With Cary Grant." (itbooks, 2011, $25.99).

Picture this

The 2011 recipient of the Lambda Literary Award in the gay erotica category, "Teleny and Camille," by Jon Macy, is a graphic novel based on Oscar Wilde's "Teleny." (Northwest Press, 2011, $29.99).

Illustrated by Jen Hill, "The Boy With Pink Hair," which emphasizes self-acceptance and individuality, is gay gossip blogger Perez Hilton's entry into the children's book arena. (Celebra/Penguin, 2011, $17.99).

"A + E 4Ever," a graphic novel by I. Merey, "goes where few books have ventured, into genderqueer life" via "tough-talking dyke" Eulalie and androgynous Asher. (Lethe Press, 2011, $18)

"Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven's Comics," by David Kelly, goes back 20 years to collect these groundbreaking queer comic strips. (Northwest Press, 2011, $19.99).

The opposite of fiction

Award-winning gay humorist David Rakoff, author of "Fraud" and "Don't Get Too Comfortable," returns with the delightfully dark "Half Empty." (Anchor, 2010/2011, $14.95).

Writer, activist and Third Wave feminist Jennifer Baumgardner's new book "F'em!: Goo Goo, GaGa and Some Thoughts on Balls" includes essays and interviews with Amy Ray, Ani DiFranco, Björk and activist Shelby Knox. (Seal Press, 2011, $17).

In "At Home with Myself: Stories from the Hills of Turkey Hollow," David Mixner focuses on his return to nature at the age of 60 and looks back on his 40-year career of protest and politics. (Magnus, 2011, $18).

The title of "Conversations and Cosmopolitans: Awk-ward Moments, Mixed Drinks, and How a Mother and Son Finally Shared Who They Really Are," by Robert and Jane Rave, is a touching memoir of the relationship between a mother and her gay son. (St. Martin's Griffin, 2011, $14.99).

"Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere" is a series of linked personal essays about time, place, identity and more, by André Aciman, author of the gay-themed novel "Call Me by Your Name." (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2011, $25).

"The Deaths of the Author: Reading and Writing in Time," by Jane Gallop, includes references to gay men and queer people as well as much citing of the late literary theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. (Duke University Press, 2011, $21.95).

Arriving at the end of DADT, "Our Time: Breaking the Silence of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" is a collection of four dozen personal stories edited by Air Force officer Josh Seefried. (The Penguin Press, 2011, $24.95).

Hanne Blank includes lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans people in the revised edition of "Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationship Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them)." (Celestial Arts, 2000/2011, $15.99).

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