Lethe Press is an American book publishing company based in Maple Shade, New Jersey. Launched in 2001 by Steve Berman, a writer and a former employee of Giovanni's Room Bookstore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the company was originally launched to publish speculative fiction, primarily LGBT-themed, as well as rereleasing out of print titles from other LGBT publishers. 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.
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. Toby Johnson, also a noted writer, is the company's production manager.
In 2012, The Advocate published a piece by Berman criticizing the structure and organization of the Lambda Literary Awards. 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.
- "Steve Berman's Lethe Press Connects Queer Adolescence with Science Fiction". Philadelphia Weekly, April 30, 2013.
- "Interview: Publisher, Writer Steve Berman Sits Down with TNG". The New Gay, August 13, 2010.
- "Queering SFF: An Interview with Editor Steve Berman". tor.com, August 6, 2010.
- "LGBT publishing companies try to expand their audience". Philadelphia Gay News, December 21, 2011.
- "L.A. Gay Pride 2012: Author Toby Johnson Answers 'What Does It Mean to Be Gay?'". L.A. Weekly, June 7, 2012.
- "Op-ed: The Lambda Literary Awards Are a Shambles". The Advocate, October 5, 2012.
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