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Christopher Hewitt Awards 2016: Winners Announced

Time & Telling The 2016 Hewitt Award winners for Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction are marked by three strong, distinct voices, but the connective tissue...

The American People Volume 1: Review

The American People Volume 1: Search for My Heart by Larry Kramer Farrar, Straus & Giroux Reviewed by John Francis Leonard Recently, I’ve been on something of a...

She Came Late to Writing: Poetry by Davi Walders

She Came Late to Writing She came late, her wheelchair hooked to a Critikon, her smile still slightly there, a bright red bandana tight around her head. She...

Lust and Wonder: Review

Lust and Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs St. Martin's Press Reviewed by John Francis Leonard We all are looking for someone to love and to love us...

Peeling Back the Layers: Review

Peeling Back the Layers: A Story of Trauma, Grace and Triumph by Lawayne Childrey Outskirts Press Reviewed by T.J. Banks God, someone once said, comes through the wound....

Stella: Nonfiction by Hank Trout

Stella by Hank Trout I first met Jim the day I tried to pick up his boyfriend at the Polk Gulch Saloon. The Gulch was a...

Magic and Mercury: Nonfiction by D.W. Anderson

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”—H.P. Lovecraft Eighth grade,...

Black Deutschland: Review

Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney Farrar, Straus & Giroux Reviewed by John Francis Leonard When I recently began to publish book reviews for A&U, one thing was very...

Stand by Me: Review

Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation by Jim Downs Basic Books Reviewed by Hank Trout Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation is...

Our Young Man: Review

Our Young Man by Edmund White Bloomsbury Reviewed by John Francis Leonard Two seminal novels have been written about gay life in Manhattan and Fire Island in the...