Lethe Press

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Lethe Press is an American book publishing company based in Maple Shade, New Jersey.[1] Launched in 2001 by Steve Berman, a writer and a former employee of Giovanni's Room Bookstore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[1] the company was originally launched to publish speculative fiction, primarily LGBT-themed,[1] as well as rereleasing out of print titles from other LGBT publishers.[2] In recent years, with numerous LGBT-oriented publishing companies folding, the company has also expanded its line to include new LGBT-themed non-fiction, poetry and anthology titles.[3]

The company also runs Bear Bones Books, a separate imprint edited by Ron Suresha which publishes bear-themed titles, and Tincture, a separate imprint for LGBT people of color.[4] Toby Johnson, also a noted writer, is the company's production manager.[5]

In 2012, The Advocate published a piece by Berman criticizing the structure and organization of the Lambda Literary Awards.[6] His criticism included the fact that while many categories have separate awards for gay men and lesbians, the award offers no transparency in its judging and maintains only a single gender-neutral category for both speculative fiction and anthologies.[6]


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