Who needs glitches from Amazon when one of the nation's leading book reviewers informs a curious reader that basically there are no new gay books? The Washington Post's "Summer Reading Issue" features a Q&A section to solve life's eternal question, What should I read?, including this exchange:
Dennis Drabelle: Does it have to be a new gay book? Not many of these are being published anymore, mostly, I think, because the great gay storyline -- coming out -- isn't such a big deal anymore and has been done to death. But here's a classic you may not have read: Michael Campbell's Lord Dismiss Us, set in an English boarding school. You can find used copies online, and it's well worth doing. A masterpiece!
Disappointing, insulting, and untrue. It's really shocking that Drabble has to reach back 42 years to 1967 for a suggestion of "a new gay book." A more helpful answer might have steered readers toward the annual Lambda Literary Awards, the Publishing Triangle Awards, the ALA gay book prize, and the revamped Alyson Books. As for specifically new gay titles (in hardcover or paperback), 2009 has seen NYT bestsellers from Andrew Sean Greer, E. Lynn Harris, and Tom Rob Smith, as well as widely praised reads from Stacey D'Erasmo, Ali Smith, Christopher Rice, Peter Cameron, Benjamin Taylor, P. E. Ryan, James Hannaham, Dennis Cooper, Frank Polito, Neil Plakcy, Elinor Lipman, Dale Peck, and Alex Sanchez.