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Awards

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov Wins Book of the Year Award

Paul Russell's novel won a silver medal in the gay and lesbian category of ForeWord's annual competition!


Take Me There Wins Lambda Literary Award

Tristan Taormino's groundbreaking collection of trans and genderqueer erotica won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction. Congratulations to the editor and all the authors!


We're Thrilled to Have Two Book of the Year Award Finalists

Both Drunken Angel (Autobiography & Memoir) and The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov (Gay/Lesbian) are finalists for the 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards!


The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov Is a Finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award for LGBT Fiction

Paul Russell's novel based on the extraordinary life of the gay brother of Vladimir Nabokov is among six finalists for the prestigious award. The winner will be announced on April 19th at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School for Social Research in New York.


Help! My Baby Came Without Instructions Wins 2011 Book of the Year Award

Blythe Lipman's guide for new parents was named a Book of the Year in the Nurturing Babies category by the moms, moms-to-be, and educators of Creative Child Magazine!


Sometimes She Lets Me Wins a Lambda Literary Award

Congratulations to Tristan Taormino and all the authors of Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch Femme Erotica, winner of the 2011 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Erotica.




Event

Author Events: Who's appearing in your hometown this week?

Find our authors in bookstores, libraries, conferences, and bars from San Francisco to London. Check the Cleis Press Event Calendar to see where our authors are reading next.




Radio, Podcasts, Video

Allen Klein on The Attitude Shift Show at Blog Talk Radio


Random Obsessions Audio Book Reviewed at Audio Book Review Mix


Carole Brody Fleet Featured as National Grief Expert for State Farm

The author of Happily Even After discusses the evolution of her work, how to be prepared for the worst, and more. "Carole and Michele never expected to be friends or partners in the business of helping women make connections, but they never expected to be widows at a young age either. This unexpected friendship and partnership developed after the loss of their husbands, and the work both of them feel so passionately about to help other women be prepared … because they weren't."


Billee Sharp on "Walking with Spirit" with Monique Chapman!

Don't miss the author of Lemons and Lavender on Wednesday, June 6th from 5 to 7 pm Pacific time. Listen live online as Sharp shares her radical common sense and revolutionary "freeconomics" approach to budgeting from her step-by-step guide to the good life.


Cleis Press on NBC News!

Felice Newman and Brenda Knight were both interviewed for NBC's Monday night news at 11 discussing Cleis Press and the way e-readers have boosted erotica sales.


John Michael Greer on Walking with Spirit with Monique Chapman

The author of Apocalypse Not will be appearing on America's premier metaphysical and personal growth talk show on Wednesday, February 1st! Listen in live at http://moniquechapman.com/radio-show.


Alan Kaufman Discusses Drunken Angel on Connie Martinson Talks Books

Check out parts one, two, and three of the interview with Connie Martinson to learn more about Kaufman's new memoir.


Rachel Kramer Bussel on The Gayle King Show

The editor of Women In Lust discusses cupcakes with Gayle King!


Lori Bryant-Woolridge on Blissville Radio

Listen in to the author of The Power of WOW discuss her new book on Monica Brinkman's Welcome to Blissville radio show!


Check Out This Phenomenal Trailer for Steamlust

"A love story shot in stopmotion, featuring desperadoes on the run, aerial romance, steampunk balloons, stolen hearts and an erotic circus."


Arthur Plotnik's Cleveland Radio Appearance

Regina Brett interviewed the author of Better Than Great on Wednesday the 14th to discuss "Words We Hate, Words We Love."


Mikaya Heart on Dr. Dick's Sex Advice

He says, "Today I have the honor of welcoming a woman of distinction; an award winning author, holistic healer, sought after public speaker, activist, shaman and even a kitesurfing instructor, don’t cha know. I have with me the one and only Mikaya Heart. Mikaya is the author of The Ultimate Guide To Orgasm For Women; How to Become Orgasmic For A Lifetime. It is by far the best book about women’s sexuality that I have read in the past decade, if not longer. And that’s saying a lot, sex fans."


Catch Arthur Plotnik on NPR

The author of Better Than Great discusses his volume of fresh superlatives on Here & Now!


Mitzi Szereto Releases Book Trailer for Red Velvet and Absinthe

Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance edited by Mitzi Szereto explores love and lust with otherworldly partners who, by their sheer fantastical nature, evoke passion and desire far beyond that which any normal human being can inspire. Although the greats such as Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier are long dead, these contemporary authors keep the Gothic spirit alive and well by interpreting it in new and exciting ways.


Gratitude Power on the Air

Tune in to these radio shows to catch interviews with the authors and editor of The Gratitude Power Workbook.

August 4 : Inside Personal Growth at 9 pm PST

August 17 : Coach Betty LIVE at 3:30 pm PST and Life with Direction on VividLife Radio at 2 pm EST

August 20 : Queen of Dreams Radio with Tina Ferguson at 8 pm CST

August 23 : Questing Radio at 11 am PST

September 6 : Waves of the New Age Radio Show at 3:30 pm EST

September 28 : Voices of the Sacred Feminine with Karen Tate at 6 pm PST


Arthur Plotnik on the Jon Rappoport Show

Jon interviewed Arthur about his new book, Better Than Great. Listen in to hear what the buzz is all about!


Join Arthur Plotnik on Chicago Midday News

June 24, 2011 : Chicago, IL
Watch WGN Chicago Midday News at 12 noon to hear author Arthur Plotnik talk about his new book Better Than Great.




Recent News, Reviews, and Announcements

Beebo Brinker and 9 other lesbian pulp-fiction classics featured in Autostraddle article about hilarious and historical lesbian sex scenes! 


Who better for Relationship Advice than Romance Novelists? Rachel Kramer Bussel Shares Relationship Advice from 5 Best-Selling Romance Novelists on Cosmopolitan.com!


Rachel Kramer Bussel Writes the Truth, and Responds to Blogger Who Blames Other Women for Her Husband's Roving Eyes.


Billee Sharp, Author of "Lemons and Lavender" Was Quoted in today.com Article About Surprising Ways You Can Use Lemons i


Sacchi Green Interview with Dr. Richard Wagner, of Dr. Dick's Sex Advice!


What will you celebrate this week? Allen Klein Writes on the Importance on Celebrating Everyday.


Learn the therapeutic benefits of humor from Allen Klein


How to silence your inner critic — PsychCentral recommends SHE


Library Journals first erotica review column gives rave reviews to new Cleis titles Can't Get Enough, Flying High, and Women in Handcuffs!


Cocktails and Books is drunkenly in love with Alison Tyler's Dark Secret Love, giving it an almost perfect score. Find out why this book is so intoxiactly good.


Allen Klein is a best selling author, who focuses on the power of humor to change and uplift everyday lives. Find out more about this Viva Editions' author and jollytologist in a revealing interview on Ideamensch.


Tina Gilbertson, author of Viva's future release Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them, talks about how and why women deflect praise on the Huffington Post Live. 


Patricia Johnson and Mark A. Michaels weigh in on "The Truth About How Much a Happy Couple Should Have Sex" on Jezebel. You'll be surprised at what they recommend!


The Jungle of Life features BJ Gallagher, author of It's Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been, and her musing on the ageless possibilities of finding love.


Allen Klein, author of Always Look on the Bright Side, inspires one writer on Social Media Today to discuss visuals, the market, and campaigning.


6 Cleis Press books make Creative Loafing's top 10 most provacative books this month. Congratulations to all our authors!


Award winnning author Carole Brody Fleet talks about how Social Media can help aid in the grieving process for all impacted on the Huffingtonpost.


Rachel Kramer Bussel talks about fantasy and erotic fiction on Refinery 29 to help women find exactly what turns them on.


"Even when dealing with kink, discipline, and bondage, I strive to express the decadent beauty found in the powerful relationships between dominants and submissives" -Alison Tyler in an interview on Female First


The Examiner directs you to Violet Blue's Seal it with a Kiss for some handy love advice.


Can't get enough of some Contagious Optimism? Don't worry, they'll be here twice a month to give you the right lift and praise for any occasion.Follow their youtube channel for more videos and updates.


Lambda Litreary shares a blazing review for Radclyffe's Love Bruns Bright: A Lifetime of Lesbian Romance


RetailMeNot offers seven titles that are better than 50 Shades of Grey, featuring our very own Rachel Kramer Bussel's Big Book of Orgasms and Kristina Wright's xoxo:Sweet and Sexy Romance. 


The Examiner highlights Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel's Changing the Way We Die, as part of a new wave of conversations about death and grieving. 


Mark Nepo, author of Reduced to Joy, and other great voices share a little advice to lift you up on any day on the Huffington Post. 


Ande Lyons spotlights Kristina Wright's Bedded Bliss: A Couple's Guide to Happily Ever After. 


Slixa talks orgasms, publishings dos and don'ts, and what makes erotica so special with Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of The Big Book of Orgasms:69 Sexy Stories and other Cleis favorites. 


Foreward Reviews feature Kristina Wright's Bedded Bliss, a guide on how to be Happily Ever After with the use of sensual suggestions, personal anecdotes, and steamy stories. 


Carole Brody Fleet, author of Happily Even After, gives several essential tips for widows managing loss while family and friends forget. Must have words as we progress into the new year.


Best Sex Writing 2013 covers a grand spectrum of sex, sex politics, and theory while illuminating its multifaceted nature. A must read for anyone looking for a critical collection to tease and inform the brain.


The Empress of Dirt is giving away a copy of The Edible Garden. Enter before December 20th!


Mitzi Szereto explores the multiple shades of Dorian Gray on USA Today's Happily Even After blog


Sharon Meers, author of Getting to 50/50, wrote an article for The Guardian about how to cure a sexist boss.


Latina Magazine featured Fast Girls by Rachel Kramre Bussel!


Mark Nepo was interviewed on Vibrant Living with Carla McCellan, where he discussed his new book Reduced to Joy, and his connection with Oprah.


David Mezzapelle explains the origin of the idea for Contagious Optimism and its connection to his alma mater, Fairfield University.


Technology in the bedroom? Rachel Kramer Bussel comments on a new app that messures your sex life.


Fresh Fiction reviewed Smokin' Hot Firemen as "filled with erotic stories that will leave you breathless."


Publishers Weekly featured the Insatiable line of audiobooks including The Ultimate Guide to Fellatio and The Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus in an article about the rise of erotic audio books, set up by sensational Susie Bright!


Mark Nepo reads from his new book of poems Reduced to Joy


Parenting Press offered helpful tips from Jump-Starting Boys for helping you child become a life-long achiever.


Peanut Butter and Whine reviewed Crafting Calm and completely connected with her style of crafting.


David Mezzapelle was interviewed on Good Enough Mother about Life Lessons.


Lambda Literary reviewed Wild Girls, Wild Nights!


Alan Kaufman's Acker Awards were covered by Vice


Look how yummy! Roasted brussel sprouts with garbanzo beans and almonds from our Two Lazy Gourmets.


The Magical Buffet reviewed Crafting Calm, and then created her own prosperity pouch


Jump-Starting Boys made the list of top books the Library Journal staff is reading!


Parents.com called Jump-Starting Boys a must-read for moms!


New and hot summer audiobooks from Cleis Press


Laura Antoniou guest post's on Rose Caraway's The Kiss Me Quicks about her novel The Killer Wore Leather being turned into an audiobook.


Glass Half Full featured some sage advice from David Mezzapelle, author of Contagious Optimism, for making your day better.


Lifestyle Mirror featured Serving Him and Sudden Sex as great erotic beach reads.


The Available Parent is Cyrus Webb's #1 book every man should read!


Polly Campbell shares the 5 Things to Make a Better Day on Huffinton Post.


Twice the Pleasure and Serving Him were featured as most provocative books out this month!


Best Sex Writing 2013 was featured in The Gloss!


Carole Brody Fleet discusses the challenges of life after loss on Huffington Post.


The Advocate interviews Laura Antoniou—kinky long before Fifty Shades!


Beliefnet featured 10 quotes from Allen Klein's Mom's the Word.


Bille Sharp, author of Lemons and Lavender, has some helpful tips for cheap home-made cleaner that will save the environment and your family.


Happily Even After author Carole Brody Fleet discusses the biggest fear for the widowed.


Best Sex Writing 2013 was featured as one of the top 10 most provocative books out this month.


Use Your Words is the April book club selection for Pregnancy and Newborn.


Polly Campbell, author of Imperfect Spirituality, discusses doing some spring cleaning on mental clutter.


Read Dr. John Duffy's advice on Psych Central about how to tell if a therapist just isn't right for you.


Read 13 alternatives to Fifty Shades of Grey, including some books by Rachel Kramer Bussel and Tristan Taormino.


M Marie reviewed Rachel Kramer Bussel's new E-Treat Instruments of Pleasure


Check out Life on the Swingset's review of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure


Listen to the audio book of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov, produced by the legendary Susie Bright!


How to practice mindfullness at mealtimes from Polly Campbell and Imperfect Spirituality.


Therapists Spill: Dr. John Duffy, author of The Available Parent, talks about success in parenting.


Tony Burroughs, author of Get What You Want, talks about how to follow your calling.


Read this great review of DL King's Seductress!


Find out what turns your brain on from Crazy Little Thing author Liz Langley.


Find out what Imperfect Spirituality author Polly Campbell has to say about success.


She Knows listed some of the best things ever said about love from Allen Klein's new Words of Love


She Knows featured Carrie's Story by Molly Weatherfield as a top 12 must-read erotic novel.


Read the Columbian's review of Lemons and Lavender by Billee Sharp.


Check out this excerpt from Lemons and Lavender of the recipes for healthy home remedies on Mother Earth Living.


Check out this excerpt from Lemons and Lavender of the recipes for Kombucha Tea on Mother Earth Living.


Happily Even After by Carole Brody Fleet was reviewed by Spirituality & Practice


Whole Life Times featured Phil Counsineau's The Painted Word.


Cleis Press Announces Release of E-Treats: E-Book Originals

Cleis Press announces two of the leading lights in erotica and sexuality on the E-Treats debut list for January 2013, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Tristan Taormino.


The Edge gave a great review of Best Lesbian Erotica 2013.


Susie Bright reviewed Going Down, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel.


The key to becoming more optimistic from Polly Campbell's imperfect Spirituality on Psych Central.


Dr. John Duffy gives advice about what to do when you don't like your teen's friends.


The Fatigue Prescription blog tour moves to The Adventures of Supermom blog


San Francisco Book Review gave The Painted Word a 5-Star review!


Write to connect spirit and self with these suggestions from Polly Campbell of Imperfect Spirituality.


Allen Klein offers his inspiration for Inspire Me Today.


Book Riot really likes the cover of Cheeky Spanking Stories. For Reasons.


Lemons and Lavender got someone to start reading again after four years.

And she's giving away a copy. Enter before 11/9 for a chance to win!


Fresh Fiction reviewed Cowboy Lust.


Carole Brody Fleet talks about critics and grief on the Huffington Post.


Behind the Chintz Curtain reviews Please, Sir and Yes, Sir.


John Duffy, Author of The Available Parent, Quoted at PsychCentral


Learn about Australian aboriginal "Dreamtime" from Global Spirit and Phil Cousineau, author of The Painted Word


Liz St. John reviewed The Painted Word on Radio Alice.


Dr. John Duffy on The Steve Harvey Show!

The author of The Available Parent answers tech questions on the new TV show.


Sinclair Sexsmith Interviewed on Bed, Body and Beyond


On The Issues Quotes Rachel Kramer Bussel, Best Sex Writing Series Editor


Publishers Weekly Reviews Imperfect Spiritualty by Polly Campbell


Phil Cousineau is Shelf Awareness's Book Brahmin!

The author of The Painted Word shares his favorite authors, favorite line from a book, and more in Friday's Shelf Awareness.


Cowboy Lust Editor Discusses Her New Anthology

In her guest post on USA Today's "Happy Ever After," Delilah Devlin says, "There's just something about a cowboy. The grooves in his face, carved from too many years spent working under a scorching sun. The leanness of his frame from tough, physical work. The roughness of his hands ... the hands always get me."


The Ultimate Guide to Kink Featured on CNN

"I'm always careful to make clear that while the adventures of Ana and Christian may make for a compelling erotic yarn, their story is by no means an accurate depiction of BDSM relationships...nor is "Fifty Shades" any sort of guide book. For instruction on that topic, you'll need to turn to the works of true sex-positive educators," says Ian Kerner of CNN. Tristan Taormino's The Ultimate Guide to Kink is the place to go if Fifty Shades of Grey got you interested in the real thing.


Brenda Knight Discusses Fifty Shades Phenomenon

Las Vegas Weekly interviewed Associate Publisher Brenda Knight as well as editor and author Tristan Taormino about the recent popularity of kinky erotica.


Girls Who Score in Miami New Times!

Ily Goyanes discusses her new collection of lesbian erotica, Girls Who Score. "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll probably want to read it alone or with a lover -- naked. It celebrates the female athlete. It's porn for smart people."


Cleis Press in Lambda Literary's Cliterotica

The Ultimate Guide to Kink, Girl Fever, and Stripped Down are all featured in the summer erotica roundup!


Dr. John Duffy Featured in Good Housekeeping

The author of The Available Parent discusses how to talk to kids about difficult topics like job loss, divorice, and disease. "Kids need to know only what they need to know: what will change in their lives because of the situation and, more important, what won't change."


Elements of Expression Reviewed by Foreword

"This isn’t a book about grammar, punctuation, rules, or even about getting anything “right” on the page; as the author points out, there are plenty of those books around. Rather, what Plotnik is concerned about—no, make that fervent, ardent, zealous, even fanatical about—is making the language of the written word as interesting and precise as possible. ... Plotnik’s effort fulfills the writer’s hope for such a book—to weather well on the shelf, from whence it can be plucked at moments of needed inspiration or dread perspiration, and skimmed, flipped through, thumbed."


SF Weekly Interviews Tristan Taormino

Every wondered how Tristan became a sex educator? Find out how books like The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women came about, what turned her course from law school to sex writing, and more!


Kate Hopper's Use Your Words Reviewed in Redbook

"Whether you’re a mother wondering how to write about her kids, or a writer trying to lovingly exploit some available subject matter, I highly recommend using Use Your Words to help you better use your own words," says Amy Shearn of Redbook.


Kristina Wright Interviewed by USA Today

The editor of Lustfully Ever After discusses fairy tale erotica, saying, "Reading an erotic fairy tale is like watching the director's cut of your favorite film—the story you love is still there, but it's been enhanced under a new vision. Details have been filled in, scenes have been added, characters have been given more motivation."


Cleis Authors and Editors at BookExpo America

Rachel Kramer Bussel, D.L. King, and Kristina Wright all made appearances at BEA this year, and in this article from RT Book Reviews, they share "What type of spicy food best represents your writing?"


Small Press Reviews Raves About Use Your Words

"Kate Hopper puts her expertise as a writer with a MFA in creative writing, Literary Mama editor, blogger, Loft Literary Center instructor, and mother to good use in a guide meant to be underlined, highlighted, reread, bookmarked, carried around, shared, by countless mothers."


Anderson Cooper Recommends Best Women's Erotica

"Graduated from the James trilogy [50 Shades of Grey]?" asks Anderson Cooper. "Why not try some of the erotica that's been sitting on the shelf for years," including Best Women's Erotica 2011.


One and Only in The Evergreen Review

"Celebrated author and Kerouac biographer Gerald Nicosia is the white knight of Beat scholarship, rescuing another damsel from the distress of obscurity, marginalization and an undeserved bad reputation. In his new book he illuminates the life and central importance of Lu Anne Henderson, Mary Lou of On the Road, Neal Cassady’s first wife, who largely narrates the book; Nicosia’s encyclopedic knowledge and rigorous documentation have enabled him to present what was just a box of cassette tapes as a riveting narrative with much of the drive and most of the action of On the Road, only with actual names and events."


Kate Hopper Featured on Savvy.mn

The author of Use Your Words was featured on the Minnesota women's website. "Hopper validates women's stories of motherhood through her blog, writing seminars focused on motherhood and now through her recently published book, Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers. It teaches the craft of writing using motherhood as a guide."


Sinclair Sexsmith Interviewed on Autostraddle

Find out what the editor of Say Please has to say about the new anthology! Ever wonder how Sinclair picked the stories, got interested in BDSM, or became a writer?


Olivia Named Among 10 Best LGBT Romances

Flavorwire named the classic Olivia, republished in 2006 by Cleis Press, in its list of "The 10 Best LGBT Romances in Literature," saying "The story of first love at a French boarding school, Olivia is a semi-autobiographical tale of a young girl’s romantic obsession with her headmistress, Mlle. Julie...This novel is not one to miss."


Dr. John Duffy in Redbook

The author of The Available Parent has plenty to say about "Kids on Facebook."


Cleis Press Featured in The Wall Street Journal

Brenda Knight and Rachel Kramer Bussel are quoted discussing erotica and eBooks! Read the whole article here. "Kindles, iPads and Nooks 'are the ultimate brown paper wrapper,' says Brenda Knight, associate publisher at Cleis Press, of Berkeley, Calif., a publisher of erotica since 1980."


A Cleis Classic, Back In Print

Louise Rafkin's classic collection Different Daughters is now back in print! Writing about families, community, religion, grandchildren, bisexuality, transgender issues, and coming out, the authors of Different Daughters raise questions shared by all mothers: How can we accept our children for who they are? How can we love our children even when they are different from us?


Take Me There Featured in Original Plumbing

Stephen Ira reviews Tristan Taormino's collection of trans and genderqueer erotica Take Me There!


On the Road Film to Show at Cannes

The forthcoming film version of On the Road will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival along with a 90 minute documentary called Le Retour de la Beat Generation (The Return of the Beat Generation), which features a lengthy interview with One and Only author Gerald Nicosia.


Tristan Taormino Chimes in on Newt Gingrich's Open Relationship Request

The author of Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships is featured on Salon.com and elsewhere as an open relationship expert since Newt Gingrich asked his second wife for one.


The Lo-Down Visited Alan Kaufman at St. Mark's

The site shows us "Scenes from Alan Kaufman's Recent Reading." If you couldn't be there, check these photos out!


Best Sex Writing 2012 Book Trailer Featured as Book Trailer of the Day on Shelf Awareness

Check out the trailer at YouTube here!


Paul Russell Interviewed on Lambda Literary

The author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov gives a terrific interview. As Lambda Literary says, "Russell brings an almost forgotten witness to history back to life: the younger brother of the great writer Vladimir Nabokov, a gay man who lived in the shadow of his famous family and his tumultuous relationships with the most daring artists of the 20th century."


The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov Named One of the Washington Post Book World's Notable Fiction Titles of 2011

“The title of Russell’s splendid novel hints at its contents: Sergey Nabokov was the younger, homosexual brother of Vladimir, and in this fictional biography, we learn of his mingling among the greats in Parisian salons and of the difficulty of living in his brother’s shadow.”—The Washington Post Book World


Take Me There Listed Among Top Ten Trans Books

Tristan Taormino's groundbreaking new anthology of trans and genderqueer erotica is already listed as a top trans book on About.com!


BlogHer Features The Lazy Gourmet

Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin's cookbook is "the perfect gift for the person in your life who wants to be able to throw great dinner parties, but just doesn't know where to start."


"Kink Your Kindle" with Violet Blue

The editor of Best Women's Erotica 2012 turns up the heat with this list of sexuality and erotica books available on Kindle. She says, "This edition is inspired by some really hot new books—and formerly hard-to-find sex books new to Kindle—that I think you’ll really like."


Portland Book Review Interviews Arthur Plotnik

The author of Better Than Great discusses why he writes about words, how he worked on the book, and his upcoming projects.


The Wall Street Journal Reviews The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov

"In real life, Vladimir Nabokov had a younger brother, Sergey, who was gay, a fact that distressed and embarrassed the older sibling. Like his brother, Sergey grew up in the privilege and wealth of imperial Russia; unlike Vladimir, he was always a bit of an outsider, 'nearsighted, clumsy and cursed with a stutter that only grew worse' as he aged. But Sergey lived an extraordinary, if sadly brief, life: He had a romance with Jean Cocteau, became a devotee of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and was sent to a Nazi labor camp during World War II, where he died. This fictional memoir is a tender account of a troubled soul trying to slip out from under the shadow of his big brother."


The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov Scores Starred Review in Library Journal

"A story that will make you laugh and smile then breaks your heart, this is a rich tapestry of the human condition. Highly recommended."


ForeWord Reviews The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov

"Through the perspective of the real, but little-known Sergey Nabokov, younger brother of Lolita's creator, Vladimir Nabokov, Russell brings his readers on a wild romp through the gay and artistic cliques that were changing the face of the art and literary worlds in the 1920s and 30s…{a} subtle, dark wit makes The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov a pleasure to read."


Lambda Literary Chimes In On The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov

"The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov displays linguistic artistry through portraying ruin in all its forms—the scattering of family ties, the loss of one’s country, and the consequences of war, death, addiction and forbidden love. It’s a life story that does, in fact, seem 'unreal,' and is made all the more remarkable for its veracity. Kudos to writer Paul Russell for presenting the historical persona of 'the gay Nabokov' in a fictional format that succeeds at drawing the reader into Sergey’s improbably true life."


Publishers Weekly Features Apocalypse Not and Interview With Associate Publisher Brenda Knight

"Apocalypse Maybe

The end of the Mayan calendar in December 2012—and the predicted end of the world as a result—has been a hot topic for several years. There were notably fewer 2012-related titles submitted this year, but books dealing with possible apocalypses aren’t likely to disappear anytime soon.

“On December 12, 2012, there will still be books to publish—and for our money the world isn’t going to end at the end of the Mayan calendar,” says Brenda Knight, associate publisher of Cleis Press/Viva Editions.
 
The publisher is so certain that in October it will publish John Michael Greer’s Apocalypse Not: Everything You Know About 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture Is Wrong. The title tackles theories about the end of days from a historical and sociological perspective, and has proved popular with science and space museum stores in pre-pub orders. Knight notes that all the theories discussed have one thing in common: “None of them is true!”
 
Red Wheel/Weiser continues to see strong reader interest in the end-times, noting healthy sales for such backlist titles as Barbara Hand Clow’s The Alchemy of Nine Dimensions: Decoding the Vertical Axis, Crop Circles, and the Mayan Calendar and Drunvalo Melchizedek’s Serpent of Light: Beyond 2012. Coming from the Hampton Roads imprint are this month’s Surfing Aquarius: How to Ace the Wave of Change by Dan Furst, discussing the new era that will begin in 2012; Joseph Felder’s The Myth of the Great Ending: Why We’ve Been Longing for the End of Days Since the Beginning of Time (Mar.) explains what such predictions have to say about humanity.
 
Jan Johnson, Red Wheel/Weiser publisher, says, “I doubt there’s anyone in book publishing, bookselling, or conducting spiritual workshops and healing sessions who hasn’t heard of—and has their own take on—2012 predictions.”
 
For its part, Inner Traditions/Bear & Company offers a different take on apocalyptic change. Timothy Wylie’s The Return of the Rebel Angels: The Urantia Mysteries and the Coming of the Light (Aug.) provides angelic reassurance that “Armageddon has been canceled,” while previewing the large-scale transition on the way with the return of the fallen angels."

—Gwenda Bond, Publishers Weekly, Volume 258 Issue 39 09/26/2011

Dr. Duffy Weighs In on Giving Children Independence

Care.com asks, "With Halloween approaching, is it a safe idea to allow kids to go out on their own?" "'Independence is the one of the primary goals of childhood,' says Duffy. 'A sense of independence creates a sense of competence and resilience. Otherwise our children will be reliant on others in some ways for the rest of their lives.'"


Lori Bryant-Woolridge Offers Advice From The Power of WOW on iVillage

"Rather than focus on what you don’t have or don’t like about yourself, concentrate on what’s uniquely yours. Maybe you’ve got glossy hair and peaches-n-cream skin or an ability to speed through Sudoku puzzles and fire off one-liners that rival Kathy Griffin’s. 'When you build your self-image on your strengths, people react positively to what’s real and true about you, and that helps build confidence,' says Bryant-Woolridge.


Shelf Awareness Enjoys Red Velvet and Absinthe

"Evocative and provocative and a whole host of other adjectives, all of them good."


Portland Book Reviews Recommends The Courage Companion

"With this Portland rain we all hold on to the hope that the sun will soon appear to lift our spirits. Before that sun arrives there is a way to provide your spirit with the infusion it needs. Read the book The Courage Companion: How to Live Life with True Power. A handy, compact book whose size belies the big impact its many stories hold within. These true stories of ordinary people who have acted with extraordinary courage encourage you to act with the same kind of strength."


TIME Magazine Features Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts

Another Jane Austen classic gets a rewrite, and TIME Magazine chimes in on the sensation.


Woman's Day Features Marriage Tips from Every Day Love Author

Judy Ford chimes in on "9 Things You Should Never Say To Your Husband" with advice from her book Every Day Love.


Get An Eye Into the Writing Process of Carnal Machines Contributor Elizabeth Schechter

"A sex scene has to ring right, or it will throw the reader right out of the story. So I can spend days working on one sex scene, going over it in my head, researching positions, making sure the reactions are appropriate."


Pride and Prejudice Debate Continues as a Critic Interviews Mitzi Szereto

Vic says, "I had struck an attitude of silence and indifference to her sexy parody of Pride and Prejudice (Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts) until I read her fighting words. Then I realized, why not debate each other and find out what we really think? Mitzi has graciously agreed to a discussion about her book and sequels in general."


Edible East Bay Loves The Lazy Gourmet

"In the course of advising how to set up a party-worthy pantry, hone basic skills, and tool up for success in the kitchen, they artfully weave pithy humor and spot-on wisdom, dispensing such pearls as, “Cooking a great meal can be just as easy as cooking a crappy meal.” This dictum, like the recipes and advice, is equally applicable to gala affairs and daily dinner fare."


Beebo Brinker's Seattle Stage Debut

Don't miss The Beebo Brinker Pulp Cabaret in Seattle this August!

"Be there as we introduce you to Beebo Brinker: one of the most iconic characters of all lesbian pulp fiction. Called "The Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction," Ann Bannon is best known for her landmark series of five original paperback novels known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. Written from 1957 to 1962, they tell the stories of young lesbians in love and lust in the gay mecca of New York."


Check Out What Night Owl Reviews Has To Say About Gotta Have It

"If you like quickies and like checking out a lot of authors, get this book. Word of warning, you may find yourself hot, bothered and looking at people in a whole different way."


Lesbian Cops Is "hot as hell and very well-written."

According to Night Owl Reviews, "If you love sexy, daring, strong women who love other women then you will love Lesbian Cops: Erotic investigations."


Great Kindle Reads Recommends Where The Girls Are

"Brilliant Concept, Marvelous Stories" raves the blog!


Readaholics Anonymous Interviews Mitzi Szereto

Mitzi discusses what it was like to write her new book, Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, from where she got the idea, to emulating Jane Austen's writing style.


The New Gay Reviews Handsome Prince

Topher Burns at TNG enjoyed the bawdy tales in Handsome Prince: "For me the fun of these types of stories is as a jumping off point for the reader’s imagination."


Pride and Prejudice Featured In Glamour Magazine

"The author, Mitzi Szereto takes all our favorite characters and puts them in the sexiest situations imaginable. It’s a mash-up similar to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in style, except there aren’t any walking dead. But there is definitely some head."


The Herb Companion Features a Recipe From The Lazy Gourmet

Learn how to make an easy homemade salsa from Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin, authors of The Lazy Gourmet!


Author and Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel Writes on Being Bisexual in Sexis Magazine

"I'm Still Bisexual Even Though I'm Dating a Guy," says the editor of Gotta Have It.


Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts Featured in The Huffington Post

The debate continues on Mitzi Szereto's erotic retelling of Pride and Prejudice as The Huffington Post chimes in, saying "Jane Austen Porn: We're All Guilty."


Night Owl Reviews Enjoys Carnal Machines

"Carnal Machines is a wonderful exploration of erotica in the Steampunk genre. I've read a fair amount of Steampunk erotica and this book, edited by D L King, is one of the best out there."


The Available Parent in Publishers Weekly

Upcoming title The Available Parent by John Duffy was included in a Publishers Weekly article on trends in writing on parenting.


Wordcatcher on 2010 Picks List

Phil Cousineau's Wordcatcher was chosen on the Indie Booksellers 2010 Favorite Picks List on NPR. Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee says, "This kind of book is the kind you dip into, but I read it cover to cover, not wanting to miss an entry."


Rachel Kramer Bussel Interviewed on Jewcy

The prolific editor of Surrender and Gotta Have It discusses what it's like to be a sex writer.


Vitality Magazine Reviews The Courage Companion

"Without exception, every personal experience, motivational quote, and expert piece of advice in this book provides the reader with practical and inspirational tools to find and enhance courage in themselves. If you are facing a tough situation where courage is required, or you just need a spiritual boost, this book is one you will want to read." —Susannah Kent of Vitality Magazine


Sexis Magazine Features an Article by Rachel Kramer Bussel on Sex Education

"When It Comes to Sex Education, There Are No Stupid Questions" says award-winning Cleis Press author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel.


The Guardian Writes On Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts

Mitzi Szereto's erotic reimagining of Jane Austen's classic is garnering lots of interest!


Ann Bannon Interview in Curve Magazine

March 2011
Ann Bannon, reknowned lesbian pulp fiction writer and author of the Beebo Brinker collection, was interviewed by Curve magazine.


Violet Blue in Harper's Magazine

January 2011
Harper's calls The Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus a "pleasant surprise."


Can't Help the Way That I Feel Chosen as a Best of 2010

January 2011
Lori Bryant-Woolridge's Can't Help the Way That I Feel was chosen as a Best Review Book in 2010 by Urban Reviews.


Twitch Interview With Phil Cousineau

Catch an insider's scoop on what intrigues Phil Cousineau, author of Wordcatcher, in this interview on Twitch.






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