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Polishing Cavafy’s Dazzle: A Conversation with Daniel Mendelsohn

Classical scholar and bestselling memoirist Daniel Mendelsohn explains why the time is right for his new translation of eminent gay poet C.P. Cavafy's collected works

Cheever’s Demons: A Conversation With Blake Bailey

In the life of fiction master John Cheever, biographer Blake Bailey finds a haunting tale of mid-century homosexual self-loathing.

Growing Up Is Hard to Do

Acclaimed lesbian author Stacey D'Erasmo's third novel, The Sky Below, charts her antihero's metamorphosis into a post-gay man.

The Loony Bin Trip: A Conversation With Norah Vincent

A journalistic Houdini, Norah Vincent follows up her best-selling book Self Made Man with Voluntary Madness, an account of her days inside a mental institution.

A Girls Own Story

Teresa Stores's third novel takes us back to the 1960s, where a young lesbian in Jacksonville, Fla., navigates religion, family, and politics.

Father Figure

One gay priest won the love and loyalty of New York City's fire department and, in the tragedy of September 11, became an icon.

A Bar With a View

Slava Mogutin's new book of photography captures the exotic nightlife of New York City go-go boys.

Daddy Dearest

Augusten Burroughs takes a long, cold look at his father in his new memoir A Wolf at the Table.

Tolliver's travels

Tales of the City's Armistead Maupin takes another trip down Barbary Lane.

Sunny words

What better way to beckon second glances this summer than with a book that signals your profound sophistication? Then again, how about a work you can still make sense of while sipping cocktails at the pool? To spare you the homework of finding the best books for your mood, wallet, and barbecue chatter, we asked folks at four of the country's best lesbian and gay bookstores for their predictions about the summer's most-anticipated titles. This short list is the result, with thanks to Philip Rafshoon of Outwrite Books and Coffeehouse in Atlanta, Ed Hermance of Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia, Kim Brinster of New York City's Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop, and Jason Galloway at San Francisco's A Different Light Bookstore.