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Join Bold Strokes Books, Cleis Press, Dreamspinner Press, MLR Press, and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, fantasy, and nonfiction: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also learn about Library Journal’s recent coverage for the community, which ranges from LGBTQ memoir to erotic fiction.
Victoria Oldham - Editor, Bold Strokes Inc
Victoria Oldham has a Masters in English Composition and Literature, with specialties in the Classics and Women’s Studies. She has presented papers at universities in Hawaii, New York, California and Iowa on the uses of mythology in contemporary literature and is pursuing her PhD in feminine mythological figures in current literature. She has published several short stories as well as more than fifty articles and has edited many books for Bold Strokes Books.
Brenda Knight - Publisher, Cleis Press
Brenda Knight is a twenty-year publishing veteran, starting at HarperCollins and is the author of the American Book Award-winning Women of the Beat Generation, Wild Women and Books and The Grateful Table. Publisher of Cleis Press and founder of Viva Editions, Knight lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Damon Suede - Writer, Dreamspinner Press
Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year.
Kris Jacen - Executive Editor, MLR Press
Kris Jacen is the Executive Editor and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints. She was invited to join the MLR staff in 2008 and has never looked back. Working with over thirty-five phenomenal authors such as Laura Baumbach, Kendall McKenna, Stephani Hecht, Diana DeRicci, Jackie Nacht, S.J. Frost has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. Kris also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for new authors. With an amazing stable of talent under her guidance, Kris is quick to tell anyone who will listen that she loves her job.
Sarah Frantz - Senior Editor, Riptide Publishing
Sarah Frantz is Senior Editor at Riptide Publishing. Before joining Riptide, she was a tenured professor of English literature at Fayetteville State University and reviewed m/m and BDSM romance for the popular review site Dear Author. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, edited two academic anthologies, is founder and past president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, and has published academic articles on Jane Austen, J.R. Ward, Suzanne Brockmann, Joey W. Hill, and popular romance fiction.
Lisa Johnston - Associate Director of Libraries and Media Services, Sweet Briar College
Lisa N. Johnston is Associate Director, Sweet Briar College Library, VA. She chaired the 2011 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award Committee and serves on the editorial board of Alexander Street Press’s LGBT Thought and Culture. She is also a longtime DVD reviewer for Library Journal.
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