gay literature

Jim Provenzano delivers a Message of Love

May 14, 2015

San Francisco author Jim Provenzano’s novel "Every Time I Think of  You" won a Lambda Literary Award in the Gay Romance category. The sequel, “Message of Love,” is a finalist this year for the same award. The books tell the tale of two high school boys who fall in love, and how they become adults as they deal with the aftermath of a sporting accident that leaves one of them paralyzed from the waist down. Jim reads from the books, speaks with host Eric Jansen about themes in his novels and shares stories from his life and career as a sports and entertainment writer.

While a young housewife with kids in the 1950s and ’60s, Ann Bannon was a paperback writer of lesbian love stories. Scorned by the literary elite, her and other authors’ pulp fiction helped build the gay rights movement, and reading them now gives us a historical glimpse into gay and lesbian life in those times. Monica Nolan just finished the fourth book in her Lesbian Career-Girl series, spoofs of 1960s high school girls’ career primers that humorously pay homage to lesbian pulp fiction like Ann’s from last century. They both join host Eric Jansen live tonight. We’ll also hear from comedy writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, now starring in 42nd Street Moon’s production of the 1939 musical Du Barry Was A Lady. Did you know he wrote a disco song for Eartha Kitt? You'll hear about that, too, in this special hour-long edition of Out in the Bay.