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!! OMG Book Club: ‘The Order of Nature’ by Josh Scheinert !!

The Order of Nature by Josh Scheinert

The Order of Nature by Josh Scheinert


What do you do when your love is illegal? There are still many places in the world where queer people have no government protection against harassment and physical harm. Most recently, Brunei has instituted a law that makes homosexuality punishable by death. The government of Chechnya has been hunting down its LGBTQ citizens. The Putin government in Russia passed an anti-gay propaganda law that prompted a spike in hate crimes in that country.

The Order of Nature is a gay love story that takes place in The Gambia, Africa. Its two protagonists, an American volunteer and a Gambian hotel bartender, meet by chance and pursue a relationship, facing mounting challenges and tragedies due to The Gambia’s culture of homophobia. The author, Josh Scheinert, spent a year teaching law at the University of The Gambia, which inspired the story. In his words:

I came to appreciate the real challenges LGBTQ people face in countries where laws criminalize who they are. During my time in The Gambia, I was in the closet. And even though my experience was wonderful, I knew that if there was ever a problem, I could easily return home, where home meant comfort and safety. For too many people, that luxury does not exist. I wrote The Order of Nature to provide readers a window into what it means to live a life that’s illegal.

The Order of Nature is available at Giovanni’s Room in Philadelphia, “The Oldest & Very Best LGBTQ & Feminist Bookstore in the Country.” Buy the book online here.

For our British readers, you can find the book at Gay’s the Word in London.

IN PERSON: Scheinert will be speaking on May 4 at the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

The OMG Book Club highlights new, must-read literature available at independent queer bookstores around the world.

!! OMG Book Club: ‘Jimmy Neurosis’ by James Oseland !!

Jimmy Neurosis by James Oseland
The OMG Book Club highlights new, must-read literature available at Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore (and a great Amazon alternative).

Jimmy Neurosis is a memoir by celebrated food editor and author James Oseland that spans a few years of his life as a gay teenager in 1970s San Francisco. Oseland dove headfirst into the punk scene where he adopted the moniker “Jimmy Neurosis,” exploring new social relationships, new compulsions and addictions, and embraced his own difference. He writes unflinchingly about his fraught relationship with his mother and his decision to move across the country to live with his much-older boyfriend and become part of the New York City art scene (there was a run-in with Andy Warhol in a stairwell).

This book is a vivid portrait of a counter-cultural moment told with an openness that’s astonishing at times. Jimmy’s perspectives and values were rapidly changing during those years, but there remained a deep enthusiasm and curiosity that drove him forward even in the book’s darkest moments. It’s an inspiring, frightening, and sweet tale that is particular in scope but universal in its humanity.

Buy the book now at Glad Day.

!! OMG Book Club: ‘Our Wretched Town Hall’ by Eric Kostiuk Williams !!

Our Wretched Town Hall comic by Eric Kostiuk Williams
The OMG Book Club highlights new, must-read literature available at Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore (and a great Amazon alternative).

Artist Eric Kostiuk Williams has released a new graphic short story collection called Our Wretched Town Hall, an incisive commentary on now with gorgeously surreal illustrations in his distinct style. Some of the stories were first published last year right here on OMG.BLOG as part of the Twink Rage Revue, Eric’s ongoing series for our site.

Buy a copy of the book, and stay tuned for more of Eric’s work coming this year!

!! OMG Book Club: ‘The Last Sun’ by K.D. Edwards !!

The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards
The OMG Book Club highlights new, must-read literature available at Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore (and a great Amazon alternative).

K.D. Edwards’s debut novel The Last Sun is the first story in his fantasy series The Tarot Sequence (cover art for book two has already been revealed). Set in the city of New Atlantis on the island we know as Nantucket, the tale revolves around a fallen prince named Rune (and his sexy bodyguard/BF Brand) who have been tasked with finding a missing member of the royal family.

There is magic, intrigue, mystery, and a lot of gay stuff, all set in a “historical world of staggering breadth and realization” (Scott Reintgen).

Buy the book now at Glad Day.

!! OMG Book Club: ‘I Can’t Date Jesus’ by Michael Arceneaux !!

I Can't Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux
The OMG Book Club highlights new, must-read literature available at Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore (and a great Amazon alternative).

“Before that day, I hadn’t been to church in five Beyoncé albums.”

And we’re off and running with the first essay in Michael Arceneaux‘s moving and funny collection I Can’t Date Jesus. If you’re a fan of David Sedaris, you’ll love Arceneaux’s humor, and we’re pretty sure you’ll learn something as you read story after story from his black, queer Texan perspective.

Arceneaux eloquently writes about coming out to his mother; growing up in Houston, Texas; being approached for the priesthood; his obstacles in embracing intimacy that occasionally led to unfortunate fights with fire ants and maybe fleas; and the persistent challenges of young people who feel marginalized and denied the chance to pursue their dreams.

Buy the book and let us know how you like it!

!! OMG Book Club: ‘Jonny Appleseed’ by Joshua Whitehead !!

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Welcome to the first installment of the OMG Book Club, where we highlight new, must-read literature available at Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore (and a great Amazon alternative).

Recently longlisted for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize, Jonny Appleseed is the debut novel by poet Joshua Whitehead. Described by Glad Day staff as “beautiful, mournful, and kickass,” it tells the tale of a two-spirit Indigiqueer man who moves to the city, starts doing cybersex work and has one week before he has to return to the reservation for his stepfather’s funeral and reconcile the different pieces of his life.

Buy the book and let us know how you like it!

!! OMG, a webcomic: The Twink Rage Revue #07 | The Twanking Hour !!

Twink Rage Review Issue 07

We’re back with the seventh installment of The Twink Rage Revue, a monthly comic strip by Eric Kostiuk Williams (@kostiukwilliams). The series, exclusive to our site, explores music, art, politics, and queer culture through sensuous line work, colors to melt ya fair eyeballs, and a caring (if occasionally snarky) spirit.

See the newest installment of The Twink Rage Revue “The Twanking Hour” after the jump (and check out the first six installments if you missed ’em)!

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