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  • RATZ ARE NICE (PSP) by Braithwaite, Lawrence Christopher Patrick aka Ytzhak (1963 - 2008)
    Braithwaite, Lawrence Christopher Patrick aka Ytzhak (1963 - 2008)
    RATZ ARE NICE (PSP)

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Los Angeles: Alyson Books, (2000). SIGNED first edition - The second novel by this Afro-Canadian author, spoken-word artist, essayist, digital drummer, and short fiction writer. Dennis Cooper's blog notes that "Canadian literature has produced precious few genuine subversives, and Braithwaite black, gay, working-class, a drug user was perhaps the most subversive of them all. He wrote two of the most daring novels ever produced in this country: "Wigger" (winner of the Emerging Writers Competiton) and "Ratz Are Nice (PSP)."" Both books are composed in an invented patois, an ecstatic, deliberately confounding fusion of street slang, porn, typographical trickery, and song lyrics. Hip-hop, dub, heavy metal, reggae, and, above all, punk dictated his rhythms and sensibility. His priorities werent plot…

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    Los Angeles: Alyson Books, (2000). SIGNED first edition - The second novel by this Afro-Canadian author, spoken-word artist, essayist, digital drummer, and short fiction writer. Dennis Cooper's blog notes that "Canadian literature has produced precious few genuine subversives, and Braithwaite black, gay, working-class, a drug user was perhaps the most subversive of them all. He wrote two of the most daring novels ever produced in this country: "Wigger" (winner of the Emerging Writers Competiton) and "Ratz Are Nice (PSP)."" Both books are composed in an invented patois, an ecstatic, deliberately confounding fusion of street slang, porn, typographical trickery, and song lyrics. Hip-hop, dub, heavy metal, reggae, and, above all, punk dictated his rhythms and sensibility. His priorities werent plot and character, but speed and disorientation. He invited comparisons to transgressive writers like Cline and William S. Burroughs. SIGNED on the title page and very uncommon thus. Author notes and music, language and history references. 192 pp. ISBN: 1-555835546.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 82891
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  • ABIDE WITH ME. by E. Lynn Harris.
    E. Lynn Harris.
    ABIDE WITH ME.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, (1999). First edition - Fifth novel by this black - and gay - author. An exploration of the bonds of friendship and love, and learning to explore your own dreams. 353 pp. .

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 65824
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  • COLLECTED POEMS. by Gunn, Thom (1929-2004.)
    Gunn, Thom (1929-2004.)
    COLLECTED POEMS.

    Edition: Trade paperback - 2nd printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1997.). SIGNED - Powerful collection by this writer, born in England, but closely associated with San Francisco for most of his life (Edmund White described him as "the last of the commune dwellers [...] serious and intellectual by day and druggy and sexual by night".) In 2003, he was the first poet to be awarded the prestigious David Cohen British Literature Award for lifetime achievement. SIGNED on the title page. Postcript, notes, index of titles. 495 pp. ISBN: 0-374-524335.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (bookstore stamp inside front cover, otherwise as new, appears unread.) Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 54761
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  • SPEAK NO EVIL. by Iweala, Uzodinma.
    Iweala, Uzodinma.
    SPEAK NO EVIL.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Collins, (2018). First edition - The second award-winning novel (third book) by this Nigerian-American, who was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. In his letter to the reader bound in at the front, Iweala says that this is, among other things, a novel about police brutality and about immigration from an African perspective. The story of two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds, and a chain of events with devastating consequences. On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. . . . But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer- an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. When his father accidentally discovers Niru is gay, the fallout is brutal and swift.…

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    New York: Harper Collins, (2018). First edition - The second award-winning novel (third book) by this Nigerian-American, who was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. In his letter to the reader bound in at the front, Iweala says that this is, among other things, a novel about police brutality and about immigration from an African perspective. The story of two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds, and a chain of events with devastating consequences. On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. . . . But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer- an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. When his father accidentally discovers Niru is gay, the fallout is brutal and swift. As the two friends struggle to reconcile their desires against the expectations and institutions that seek to define them, they find themselves speeding toward a future more violent and senseless than they can imagine." 207 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers. An uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 83476
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  • RHAPSODIES OF A REPEAT OFFENDER. by Koestenbaum, Wayne.
    Koestenbaum, Wayne.
    RHAPSODIES OF A REPEAT OFFENDER.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Persea Books, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's second collection of poems. The first section in this book, "Erotic Collectibles" tells, in an unsentimental fashion, the story of a gay man's sexual awakening. 120 pp. ISBN: 0-89255-200X.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (spine of dj sunned.)

    Book ID: 53635
    Keywords: gay, Poetry
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  • Koestenbaum, Wayne.
    RHAPSODIES OF A REPEAT OFFENDER.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Persea Books, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's second collection of poems. The first section in this book, "Erotic Collectibles" tells, in an unsentimental fashion, the story of a gay man's sexual awakening. 120 pp. ISBN: 0-89255-200X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 4383
    Keywords: gay, Poetry
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  • Mars-Jones, Adam.
    THE WATERS OF THIRST.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. dj. Hardcover first edition -

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 2758
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  • A SON CALLED GABRIEL. by McNicholl, Damian.
    McNicholl, Damian.
    A SON CALLED GABRIEL.

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    New York: Pegasus Books, (2017). SIGNED first edition - The author's award-winning first novel, originally published in 2004 but revised for this edition. Set in the 1960s and 1970s, it weaves together two story lines: Gabriel's struggle to come to terms with who he is throughout a loving but often brutal childhood, and a family mystery that Gabriel intuitively senses but cannot solve. Both issues are intrinsically related to growing up Catholic in a small town in Northern Ireland. SIGNED by the author. Includes a new afterword for this edition in which he explains why he made the changes he did. 390 pp. ISBN: 978-1681775043.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 83473
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  • A DIFFERENT PERSON: A Memoir. by Merrill, James.
    Merrill, James.
    A DIFFERENT PERSON: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "A great American poet - winner of every major prize America can offer its poets, from the Pulitzer to the Bollingen-opens his life to us in a memoir that puts wit, sensibility, and elegance of mind to the service of unflinching autobiographical truth." A presentation copy, INSCRIBED on the title page "with love to J -- from her old neighbor." 271 pp. ISBN: 0-679-423176.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (some rubbing to the folds of the dj.)

    Book ID: 56637
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  • Powell, Patricia
    A SMALL GATHERING OF BONES

    Edition: Uncorrected proof for this trade paperback original.

    London & Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1994. First edition - A title in the Caribbean Writers Series. First novel (second book) by this young writer who was born in Jamaica, described as 'a frank and sensitive novel exploring the complexity of homosexuality' set at in the late 1970's when a mysterious illness was just beginning to threaten the gay community. 139 pp. .

    Condition: Fne in white printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 35135
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  • Shyer, Marlene Fanta .
    THE RAINBOW KITE.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Marshall Cavendish, (2002.). First edition - Young adult novel about the struggles of a 15 year old boy to come to terms with his homosexuality, told from the viewpoint of his younger brother.

    Condition: Near fine in pink printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 31497
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  • A SIGNAL VICTORY; by Stacton, David Derek (1923 - 1968)
    Stacton, David Derek (1923 - 1968)
    A SIGNAL VICTORY;

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1960) dj. Hardcover first edition - Uncommon first edition of the first novel in his American Tryptich, a story of the last days of the Maya and one which gives a "vivid picture of the impact of two great civilisations upon each other. Guerrero was a Spanish soldier, shipwrecked on the shores of Yucatan. Years later the Spaniards came as conquerors - but by this time Guerrero was a prince, had married a king's daughter, and would be a spearhead of resistance to the white-skinned invaders from the west. [This] is Guerrero's story - that of a man who found where his true loyalties lay, and pursued them to their inevitable end." The Telegraph called it…

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    New York: Pantheon, (1960) dj. Hardcover first edition - Uncommon first edition of the first novel in his American Tryptich, a story of the last days of the Maya and one which gives a "vivid picture of the impact of two great civilisations upon each other. Guerrero was a Spanish soldier, shipwrecked on the shores of Yucatan. Years later the Spaniards came as conquerors - but by this time Guerrero was a prince, had married a king's daughter, and would be a spearhead of resistance to the white-skinned invaders from the west. [This] is Guerrero's story - that of a man who found where his true loyalties lay, and pursued them to their inevitable end." The Telegraph called it "A strange, outlandish, fearsomely intelligent novel." 224 pp.

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    Condition: Good in beige cloth in a good dust jacket (a tight copy with clean covers but some crlnkling to the upper edge of the textblock in a dj with some rubbing, chips and wear to the ends of the spine)

    Book ID: 85413
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  • THE STORY OF THE NIGHT. by Toibin, Colm.
    Toibin, Colm.
    THE STORY OF THE NIGHT.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1997) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Set in Argentina, in the time of the generals, this is both a suspense novel and a love story. Richard Garay is enabled by Falklands War to discard the "Britishness "he inherited from his mother and to take chances, both sexual and professional. SIGNED by the author. 224 pp. ISBN: 0-8050-52119.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 59903
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