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Blackmail, My Love has been nominated for a Lamda Literary Awards

Katie Gilmartin's debut novel of the queer underground of San Francisco in the 1950s has been nominated for the Gay Mystery category. The winner will be announced on June 1st.

Partners in Passion won Best Sex Book of 2014-2015 from the Sex & Medicine Awards

Mark Michael and Patricia Johnson's book that helps couples forge lasting intimacy was chosen over all other contestants in March at the Sex & Medicine Summit.

Mark Michael and Patricia Johnson's book that helps couples forge lasting intimacy was chosen over all other contestants in March at the Sex & Medicine Summit.


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.


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

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

Recent News, Reviews, and Announcements

Jenny Block shares her coming out story on

Library Journal reports that Come Again embodies "the sexy, silly attitude" of sex toy use

Joan Price featured on Marie Claire—What should you keep in that drawer?

Toasts called "an exercise in enthusiastic sincerity" by the San Francisco Book Review

Best Sex Writing of the Year, Volume 1 featured on

Paula Rizzo, listmaker extraordinaire, featured in an outsourcing how-to on 

Alison Tyler gets excited about the Penthouse Variations series edited by Barbara Pizio

Hungry Curious is featuring a giveaway of Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose's Veganish: The Omnivore's Guide to Plant-Based Cooking

Violet Blue discusses Jennifer Lawrence's new status as a star of revenge porn on

Rachel Kramer Bussel gives sex advice about timing in the Philadelpha City Paper

Rachel Kramer Bussel explores how kinky women enjoy healthy sex lives, unlike their film representations

Patricia Johnson & Mark Michaels discuss the benefits of tantric sex on

What's Life? The Intelligent Optimist highlights some of their favorite gems from Allen Klein's Having the Time of Your Life.

Lesbian Lit 101. Curve magazine mentions our very own Ann Bannon in their recommendations for lesbian literary classics.

Kristen Moeller discusses her alternative lifestyle of choosing to live in a tiny home.

Portland Book Review called A Princess Bound "delightfully naughty!"


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!

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 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! 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.

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

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