Alyson Books, formerly known as Alyson Publications, is a book publishing house which specialises in LGBT fiction and non-fiction. Former publisher Don Weise described it as "the world's oldest and largest publisher of LGBT literature" and "the home of award-winning books in the areas of memoir, history, humor, commercial fiction, mystery, and erotica, among many others". [1 ]
History [ edit ]
Founded in Boston, USA, in 1980 by
Sasha Alyson, Alyson Publications began in 1990 to sell LGBT-themed children's books, entitled [2 ] Alyson Wonderland. It was acquired by [3 ] Liberation Publications in 1995 and sold to [4 ] Regent Entertainment Media, Inc. in 2008, [5 ] and in November, as Alyson Books, named Don Weise its publisher. He works presently from the company's New York City office, having previously been Senior Editor at [6 ] Carroll & Graf, responsible for the launching of that publisher's gay and lesbian division, and also at Cleis Press. He has written of his commitment to Alyson's traditional areas of specialisation, but has stated that he is keen also to embrace "more serious nonfiction—particularly in the areas of [7 ] current affairs, politics, self-help, and autobiography—as well as literary fiction and works by today's most respected LGBT authors." More recently, Publishers Weekly announced that Alyson Books will switch to digital (e-book) publishing only, with plans to convert backlist titles in this fashion. [1 ] Don Weise is no longer with Alyson. [8 ]
Some books published by Alyson [ edit ]
101 Gay Sex Secrets Revealed ( ISBN 978-1555838515), by Jonathan Bass.
How to Get Laid: The Gay Man's Essential Guide to Hot Sex ( ISBN 978-1555838867), by Jonathan Bass.
( Finding H.F. ISBN 1-55583-622-4), a young adult novel by Julia Watts.
( Young, Gay and Proud ISBN 1-55583-001-3), edited by Sasha Alyson and Lynne Yamaguchi Fletcher. The
cartoon series, by Dykes to Watch Out For Alison Bechdel
The Second Coming: A Leatherdyke Reader ( ISBN 1-55583-281-4), edited by Pat Califia and Robin Sweeney
Melting Point ( ISBN 1-55583-162-1), short stories by Pat Califia
Doing it for Daddy ( ISBN 1-55583-227-X), short stories by Pat Califia
( Macho Sluts ISBN 1-55583-115-X), erotic fiction by Pat Califia
Doc and Fluff ( ISBN 1-55583-176-1), a novel by Pat Califia
( Latter Days ISBN 1-55583-868-5), novelization by T. Fabris for the 2003 major motion picture of the same name.
The First Gay Pope and Other Records, by Lynne Yamaguchi Fletcher
The Femme Mystique ( ISBN 1-55583-255-5), short stories edited by Lesléa Newman
Pillow Talk ( ISBN 1-55583-419-1), short stories edited by Lesléa Newman
Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache ( ISBN 1555837530), Los Angeles Times bestseller & 2004 [9 ] Lambda Literary Awards finalist, edited by Clint Catalyst and Michelle Tea [10 ] The
Lillian Byrd crime fiction series, by Elizabeth Sims
( Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology ISBN 1-55583-558-9), edited by Amy Sonnie.
The Trouble with Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement, by Stuart Timmons
, a novel by Half-Life Aaron Krach
Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity, by Shane Windmeyer
Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority
Best Lesbian Love Stories, 2003–2005, edited by Angela Brown
Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer, edited by Angela Brown
Love, Bourbon Street: Reflections of New Orleans, edited by Greg Herren and Paul J. Willis—winner 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Anthology [11 ]
( Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out ISBN 1-55583-174-5), edited by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahumanu
The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe, by Michael Szymanski and Nicole Kristal—winner 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual [11 ]
Entangled Lives: Memoirs of 7 Top Erotica Writers ( ISBN 1-55583-998-3), edited by Marilyn Jaye Lewis
a novel by First You Fall Scott Sherman, winner of the Lambda Literary Foundation Award, 2009, Best Gay Mystery.
Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide 2007 ( ISBN 978-1-55583-989-5) by Diana Cage
References [ edit ]
^ a b Weise 2009.
^ Fein, Esther B. (May 13, 1992). "Book Notes". The New York Times . Retrieved 2008-12-24.
^ Owen Keenhen, 'Moving On: Talking with Publisher Sasha Alyson', 1992
^ "The Advocate acquires book publisher. (Liberation Publications Inc. buys Alyson Publications)". Folio. June 1, 1995 . Retrieved 2008-12-24.
^ Bajko, Matthew (April 10, 2008). "Breaking news: PlanetOut to sell off magazines". Bay Area Reporter
^ "Planetout Inc · 8-K · For 8/13/08". Fran Finnegan & Company. August 13, 2008 . Retrieved 2009-02-03.
^ "Alyson Books Gets New Publisher". Gay News Bits. November 27, 2008. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009 . Retrieved 2009-02-03.
^ "Paperbacks; BESTSELLERS; LOS ANGELES TIMES LIST FOR March 14, 2004". Los Angeles Times. Mar 14. p. 11
^ Lambda Literary Foundation 2004 winners
^ a b http://www.lambdaliterary.org/ Lambda Literary Foundation
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