LGBT Literature: Welcome

WWW - Whitman, Wilde & Woolf triangle graphic This site, established in 1997, is devoted to Literature about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) experience. It is also the home of the LGBT Reading Group; and it includes original LGBT literature, film, music, and visual arts resources. The site map outlines all of the resources throughout this website.

And visit our Facebook page. — PUBLICATIONS: NEW SECTION for LGBT Reading Group authors' publications. Also LGBT authors announce the publication of their books. — CONGRATULATIONS to longstanding Reading Group members Bev Jafek on the publication of her latest novel, A Kind of Paradise, a literary thriller with a long-term lesbian couple at its center, published in May 2018; and to J.L. Weinberg on the publication of his debut novel True Religion — and thanks for attending a May 12, 2016 Q&A for your book. And thank you, Bev Jafek for joining us for a Q&A when we discussed your latest novel on November 8, 2018 at 8:00pm (Bev had also joined us, in connection with the publication of her previous novel, The Sacred Beasts, for a special Q&A event). Special thanks to award-winning author Christopher Bram, who joined us on August 13, 2015 for a Q&A following our discussion of his acclaimed book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America. Thanks to filmmaker Ira Sachs for recommending the series QUEER/ART/FILM. LATEST book review: "You Can Tell Just by Looking": And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, and Michael Amico. And a special welcome to the LGBT book and film discussion groups springing up around the globe that use the resources here, including ones in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK and US. For suggestions on starting a group, or if you have any questions, email Jim.

LGBT Community Center NYC LGBT Reading Group

The LGBT Reading Group (originally called the Gay & Lesbian Reading Group), based in New York City, is a friendly and diverse discussion group founded circa 1982, making this one of the longest continually-meeting LGBT book groups in the US. We welcome everyone interested in GLBT Literature, and appreciate all points of view. Join us the second Thursday of each month, 8:00pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, NYC. You may participate or just listen. Bring your friends too. Voluntary contribution: $5.00.

The entire group votes on the books we discuss, alternating monthly between female and male authors. Anyone may nominate a work by a LGBT-identified writer, or any title with substantial LGBT content. We read contemporary and classic works of fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry, ranging from Sappho to Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson to James Baldwin, and current writers too. Here are the books we've discussed since 1997, and links to LGBT Literature Resources. (There is also a separate monthly group that discusses LGLBT Science Fiction, Fantasy & Suspense Literature.) Remember, WWW can also stand for Whitman, Wilde and Woolf.


Upcoming Reading Group Discussions

March 14, 2019 at 8:00pm:
In the Dark Room

– Susan Faludi
April 11, 2019 at 8:00pm:
Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the UpStairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

– Robert W. Fieseler
May 9, 2019 at 8:00pm:
The Song of Achilles

– Madeline Miller
June 13, 2019 at 8:00pm:
In a Shallow Grave

– James Purdy

You can get books from your library or preferred bookseller, but using any of this site's Amazon links — which include reviews with readers' comments (you can post your own too), as well as the popular Kindle ebook reader and accessories through my Kindle Store link — helps support the site at no additional cost to you. Thanks!


WWW - Whitman, Wilde & Woolf triangle graphic LGBT Literature Resources

Below are selected resources related to LGBT literature, including various reading lists — there is also a complete list of LGBT Resources, with additional materials. Many features are original to this Website. To see an overview of this and all interconnected sites (film, LGBT cinema, Fassbinder, Pasolini, Jarman, more), use the streamlined site map.

BookBook Recommendations – LGBT Literature

Encompasses fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction, from ancient classics to contemporary works. All public domain titles link to FREE unabridged copies.

BookBook Reviews

Includes my reviews of selected LGBT-related literary, film, and social science books: LATEST! > "You Can Tell Just by Looking": And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, & Michael Amico. > The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman by Niall Richardson, a study of Jarman's major films focused on their connections to gender, history, and politics. Also Jarman's experimental memoir Modern Nature (1992). > Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Berlin Alexanderplatz, edited by Klaus Biesenbach (a monumental, large-format 664-page analysis and tribute to Fassbinder's 16-hour masterpiece, including his complete screenplay in English translation, essays by Fassbinder, Biesenbach, and Susan Sontag, hundreds of color and black and white photos, more). Also reviews of > Alfred Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz, the landmark 1929 avant-garde novel that inspired Fassbinder's film. Another cinema-related review is for > Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and His Films by Joseph Lanza. Book reviews include: > Hero, about a gay teen superhero, by Perry Moore; > Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies in African Homosexualities, edited by Stephen O. Murray & Will Roscoe; > Queer Cowboys and Other Erotic Male Friendships in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Chris Packard.

NEW! LGBT Reading Group Authors

PLEASE NOTE that this new section is to highlight LGBT Reading Group authors' publications — the group's upcoming selections are listed above. Bev Jafek's new book was published in October 2016 and she joined us for our discussion of it on September 14, 2017; J.R. Weinberg's debut novel was discussed by the group, with the participation of the author, in May 2016. CONGRATULATIONS, Bev and J.R.!

Bev Jafek


J.R. Weinberg


SPECIAL EVENT! Bev Jafek will join us for a Q&A when we discuss her latest novel on November 8, 2018 at 8:00pm.

From the publisher: Jean and Red, librarians in San Francisco and life partners, have traveled the world but found their paradise in a lovely village in Mexico. Young and influenced by 1960s idealism, they decide to build a dream house there in their old age. When they retire in 1993 and begin building the house, they encounter a new Mexico filled with political corruption, police brutality and violence against women. A serial murderer is loose in the village, inspiring Red and Jean to attempt arming and defending the women of Mexico.

This complex and exciting literary thriller brings many perspectives to the reader: the changing roles of men and women in Mexico, the violence of third-world men, the endemic political corruption of the wealthy ruling class and its hit men, the ancient Indian cosmos and its fiestas, the world of Mexican brujos and their magical powers. Moving from palaces of the wealthy to the huts of brujos to the most criminal haunts of Mexico today, the novel challenges the power of Red and Jean's feminism and first-world liberalism.

For them, however, the effort is harrowing: can they save the village women? Will they even get out alive?

Bev Jafek has published about forty short stories and novel excerpts in the literary quarterly and university press publications. Some have been translated into German, Italian and Dutch and won many literary awards, including publication in the annual "prize" anthology, The Best American Short Stories. She also won the Carlos Fuentes Award and the Editor's Prize for fiction from Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry & Prose as well as first prize in the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation annual competition for "redemption of gay history" through creative writing. Her first story collection, The Man Who Took a Bite Out of His Wife, was published by Overlook Press (Penguin-Putnam).

From the publisher: An unexpected encounter with an otherworldly spirit at a holiday party in the Orenda Valley sends Seth Davis, a gay journalist from Manhattan, on a profound religious journey. Along the way, Seth stumbles into a quarreling coven of witches in the charming tourist town of Hope Springs, Pennsylvania, formerly known as Hell's Ferry, and one of the most haunted destinations in America. As Seth learns more of the town's remarkable history, he also uncovers his own shocking past, and in order to seek peace for his troubled soul, he must determine the fate of the coven, the town, and the entire Orenda Valley. True Religion, J.L. Weinberg's debut novel, is a genre-bending fusion of paranormal horror, spiritual therapy, American history, and New Age enlightenment.

J.L. Weinberg was born and raised in San Francisco. He moved to New York City to become a film critic, but was sidetracked by stints as a model and actor. He returned to movie journalism, writing for New York, Premiere, The Village Voice, Interview, American Cinematographer, The Advocate, and The New York Native. True Religion is his first novel.

From the publisher: Ruth, a brilliant zoologist and geologist, has just retired with her lover, Katia, to her family home in the southern tip of Argentinean Patagonia. Ruth conceives a unique way of dealing with her grief over Katia's sudden suicide with the creation of an outdoor art garden made of cast-off objects and garbage. Sylvie, a young French artist, is drawn to the art garden and she and Ruth discover that they are kindred spirits. They travel to Spain's Costa Brava and then on to Barcelona — Ruth filtering the world through her feminist political and environmental theories and the concept that liberated women are sacred beasts, and Sylvie capturing the world around her with a vivid, penetrating artist eye.


Moffie by Andre Carl van der Merwe

Prairie Springs by LR Williamson
Vampalicious by Timothy McGivney

BookLGBT Authors

Congratulations to these LGBT Authors, who have written to announce the publication of their books. Guidelines: If a LGBT author writes directly, with a one-sentence summary of your latest book and a link to your Website or Web page, I'll be happy to include your work. Disclaimer: Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement; this is a service to help promote new LGBT writing in its diversity. Happily, this list has grown so large since its debut in 2006 that only new entries appear here, while the complete New LGBT Authors list has its own page.

NEW LISTINGS (updated April 23, 2019) (Author's name links to their Website, where available):

BookGLBT Literature Resources (Complete List)

Lists all of the original materials at this site — including several not included in this highlights selection — plus anthologies, reference works, various "best GLBT books" lists, awards, and more. New! GLBT Resources Links to external sites.

BookGLBT Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror & Suspense/Mystery Literature

Features annotated lists of works in these four interrelated genres, and more resources. GLBT authors have created many classic genre works, from Dracula to Peter Pan to Conan the Barbarian to Woolf's Orlando.

GargoyleDiscussion Group: The GLBT Genre Literature Discussion Group, founded in January 2000 and meeting each month for ten years, the group focused on a GLBT-related work of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror or Suspense that members selected. You can't keep a good group down, so we may move to online discussions at some point in the future. There would also be the possibility of occasional in-person meetings held in Manhattan, if the group so decides. Click here for more information.

GilgameshOutline of Gay Literature

From Gilgamesh (2,000 BCE) to today, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama written in Europe, North and South America, the Near East and more.

BookOverlooked LGBT Non-Fiction and Fiction Authors

Overlooked LGBT Non-Fiction Authors highlights outstanding writers on art, film, theatre, history, literature, music, philosophy, science, and more not included on the Publishing Triangle's list of 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Non-Fiction Books. There is also Overlooked LGBT Fiction Authors.

SontagResources for Selected LGBT Authors

These resources, for over a hundred authors, have been chosen from among all Websites devoted to each writer — at the page Books Discussed Since 1997.

BookTop 10 List

Introduces the diverse LGBT literary tradition, through ten outstanding and representative books. If you're new to LGBT literature, this is one place to start exploring!

SapphoWebsite of the Month

LGBT-related sites usually connected to literature; currently exists as an archive, with several years' worth of entries.

ShakespeareWhy a LGBT Focus?

Brief essay that looks at why gay/lesbian/bi/trans aspects of a work are of interest.

BaldwinWords of Wisdom from LGBT Authors

Including Sappho, Plato, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Melvlle, Whitman, Cather, Stein, Woolf, Cocteau, Baldwin, Kushner, and many more.


Fassbinder, Kahlo, Beethoven triangle graphic LGBT Film and Arts Resources

EisensteinLGBT Cinema

Many resources, including 50 outstanding LGBT films and great directors, a Recommended LGBT Film of the Month, linked sites devoted to gay filmmakers/ authors/ artists Rainer Werner Fassbinder (The Merchant of Four Seasons), Derek Jarman (Edward II), and Pier Paolo Pasolini (Teorema).

FilmLGBT Cinema is part of my Jim's Film Website, that includes 50 landmarks of film history, an original guide to film (covering dramatic structure, visual and sound aesthetics), 10-best lists in over 30 categories, and more resources — as well as dozens of original film-on-DVD reviews. LATEST REVIEWS: Four works by or about filmmaker/ artist Derek Jarman: his memoir Modern Nature (1992), his film War Requiem — based on Benjamin Britten's stunning choral work, Derek — the 2008 documentary about Jarman from filmmaker Isaac Julien and writer/ narrator/ actress Tilda Swinton, and the book The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman (2008) by Niall Richardson; James Whale's delightfully disturbing comedy The Old Dark House (1932 — Whale also made the 1930s Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and musical Show Boat; he's the subject of Christopher Bram's novel Father of Frankenstein, and its film version Gods and Monsters); Pasolini's horrific masterpiece about fascism, Salo. Recent Reviews: Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4, a major collection of Jarman features new to DVD: The Angelic Conversation, Caravaggio, Wittgenstein, Blue and Glitterbug, plus many special features (2008 has truly been Jarman's year on DVD), Fassbinder's magnum opus Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), Phil Jutzi's 1931 film of Berlin Alexanderplatz, The Films of Kenneth Anger, Donna Deitch's Desert Hearts, Alain Resnais's Muriel, author Jean Genet's only film as a director: Un Chant d'Amour, Tony Palmer's documentary Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was (about the great gay composer), Fassbinder's Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (for which I wrote the DVD's liner notes), Murnau's Phantom, Robert Houston's Shogun Assassin, Wolfgang Petersen's The Consequence, Jarman's The Last of England, more.


TchaikovskyLGBT Composers

Encompasses chamber and orchestral music, ballet, art songs, choral works, opera, musical theatre, and experimental pieces.

LeonardoLGBT Visual Artists

Painters, sculptors, architects, designers, and photographers, from the ancient world to today.

BookPersonal Recommendations

Thirty books, films, and works of music that have changed and enriched my life; not all are LGBT-related.


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