Here’s the stellar line-up for The Ninth Annual Rainbow Book Fair, taking place April 29, 2017, at John Jay College.

There’s still time to sign up.  Click here for more info.

Amelia Faulkner

Amelia Faulkner was born in Thame, Oxfordshire, and sprouted upward in short order. The ground around Thame is reasonably mucky, especially in the winter, and she can’t be blamed for wanting to get away from it.

Raised on a steady diet of Star Trek and Doctor Who, Amelia stood no chance in not becoming a grade-A geek. She has sat on the board of the British Fantasy Society, contributed fiction and fluff to various published roleplaying games, and written non-fiction for SciFiNow and SFX Magazines. For every positive there is an equal and opposite negative, and Amelia is forced to admit that she loves Wild Wild West.

In her spare time she enjoys travel, photography, walking her Corgi, and trying to convince her friends to replay the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game with all the Goblins decks.

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Antonia Aquilante

Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and, at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up.  After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan.  Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent—they all end in happily ever after.

She has a fondness for travel (and a long list of places she wants to visit and revisit), taking photos, family history, fabulous shoes, baking treats that she shares with friends and family, and of course reading.  She usually has at least two books started at once and never goes anywhere without her Kindle.  Though she is a convert to eBooks, she still loves paper books the best, and there are a couple thousand of them residing in her home with her.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work.  She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.

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Bold Stroke Books


Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer general and genre fiction.  Our fiction includes romance, mystery/intrigue, crime, erotica, speculative fic (sci-fi/fantasy/horror), general fiction, and young adult.  Since its inception in 2004, our mission has remained unchanged: to bring quality queer fiction to readers worldwide and to support committed authors in developing their craft and reaching an ever-growing community of readers via print, digital, and audio formats.

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Darrell’s Attic


“Darrell BlackandBlue” has a number of interconnected sites and businesses that feature parties, art events, vintage porn, used leather goods and nightlife and adult video production.  “Darrell’s Attic” buys and sells adult-themed memorabilia and is proud to make its Rainbow Book Fair debut this year.

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Deborah Emin


Deborah Emin is the author of the Scags Series, a set of 4 volumes (to be completed in 2018) about the life and growth of the eponymous character Scags who faces a number of challenges that help her learn who she is.  The latest volume in the Series, Scags at 30, which came out in 2016, was awarded the Q Spirit’s Best LGBTQ Christian Books of 2016 sward.

In 2018 when the entire series is published, Scags will take on the identity of a writer and publish a number of political thrillers that are about the queer peers she works with to eviscerate the horrible rot that is within the soul of the American political system.

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E. Davies


Bestselling gay romance author E. Davies grew up moving constantly, which taught him what people have in common, the ways relationships are formed, and the dangers of “miscellaneous” boxes.  As a young gay author whose role models were characters punished for their sexuality, Ed prefers his stories lightly dramatic, full of optimism and hope.

Now out and proud, he writes full-time, goes on long nature walks, tries to fill his passport, drinks piña coladas on the beach, flees from cute guys, coos over fuzzy animals (especially bees), and is liable to tilt his head and click his tongue if you don’t use your turn signal.

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great weather for MEDIA focuses on the unpredictable, the fearless, the bright, the dark, and the innovative.  We are based in New York City and showcase both national and international writers.  As well as publishing the highest quality poetry and short prose, we organize numerous readings and events in New York and across the country.

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Greg Fox


Greg Fox is the artist/writer of the comic strip “Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast,” the ongoing story of a group of gay guys living in a B&B in a picturesque harbor town, full of romance, drama, intrigue, and sheer wackiness.  The comic strip is currently syndicated to a variety of LGBT publications across North America, and widely read online at http://www.kylecomics.com, and on Facebook.  Fox has published four book collections of Kyle’s B&B, the first of which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and a collection of figure drawings, “Kyle’s B&B Presents: Drawings of Drew” featuring Kyle’s B&B character Drew Danvers.  Fox currently resides in Northport, Long Island, New York, busily working on new episodes of Kyle’s B&B, and several other book projects for Sugar Maple Press.

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Hans M. Hirschi


Great books deal with issues we can relate to, they tackle the big as well as the mundane questions facing humanity today, from parenting, family relationships, love, loss, but also difficult subjects like our environment, trafficking, abuse etc.

I write the kind of book I’d like to read myself, a book that makes me think, a book which takes sides, a book that leaves me in tears, a book that makes me laugh, and a book that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside when I’m done, or simply put, I write stories you’ll remember.

And since they all end on a positive, hopeful note, I guess that does make me the Queen of Unconventional Happy Endings…

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Headmistress Press

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Headmistress Press was co-founded by Mary Meriam and Risa Denenberg in 2013 and is an independent publisher of books of poetry by lesbians.  As a small press, HP is dedicated to honoring lesbian existence, discovering a range of lesbian voices, and promoting lesbian representation in the arts.

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Created by Brooklyn artist J. Morrison in 2010, HOMOCATS is a visual art project appropriating the modern popularity of the feline.

We aim to fight phobias, propose equal rights, combat cultural stereotypes, challenge social norms, and resist Trump.

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 Joe Cosentino


Bestselling author Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of 2015 by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen.  He also wrote the other novels in the popular “Nicky and Noah” mystery series: Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention) and Drama Cruise (Lethe Press); the “Dreamspinner Press” novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland; the “Cozzi Cove” series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (TBR Pile Book of the Month/Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, and Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); and the “Jana Lane” mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press).  He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards.  Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married.  Joe was voted 2nd Place for Favorite LGBT Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards.  Releasing June 1: Drama Detective, the fourth “Nicky and Noah” mystery.

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Gay Poetry

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Joseph Anthony is a twenty-six-year-old writer from New Jersey.  His is the author of four books: “An Uneaten Breakfast: Collected Stories and Poems”; a novel “The Alphabet of Dating”; the collection of short stories “Some College Somewhere”; and “poems of the modern gay boy.”  Anthony’s writing has been featured in Lavender Review, HEArt, Eleventh Transmission, Five 2 One Magazine, The Corner Club Press, Yellow Chair Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, and Samsara, among others.  He also runs the popular Instagram page: @gaypoetry.  When he is not busy writing, Anthony works with elementary school children in New Jersey.

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Interlude Press

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Interlude Press is a boutique publisher of award-winning novels featuring LGBTQ characters.  It publishes Young Adult fiction under its imprint, Duet Books.

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Liz McMullen

Liz McMullen has had a passion for history and world religions since she was a little girl looking up at her Dad as he told her stories.  She fed her addiction to politics, history, and mythology while at Mount Holyoke College and during her junior year abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  She went backpacking around Europe, visiting all the places she had been reading about.  Although her title as the Traveling Where’s Waldo of the family has been retired, her wanderlust lives on in her writing.  Liz’s debut novel, If I Die Before I Wake, is a Rainbow Award Finalist.  Liz and her co-author Shelia won a Goldie for their Young Adult novel, Finding Home.  Finding Fire, book two in the series, is a truly bombastic and breathless adventure.

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MadeMark Publishing

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MadeMark Publishing is a boutique book and audiobook publisher based in New York City offering quality fiction and nonfiction to the reading and listening audience.

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Michael Night


Michael Night, The New York Cowboy is the author of the Street Stories NYC series and a Queens, New York Native.  Night began writing in 2012 after driving around New York City one evening.  Night looked at the faces of people in the City and wondered what they were thinking.  Were they happy, sad, lonely, lost, hurt, betrayed?  Night was beckoned into the world of short stories where the Street Stories NYC series was born.  Night writes fictional short stories about the various happenings that can occur in the Big Apple.  To date, Night has written a 40-Book Collection of the Street Stories NYC series, some of which are: Street Stories NYC Ambulance Tales, Street Stories NYC Serial Killers, Street Stories NYC Domestic Violence, Street Stories NYC Yankee Stadium, Street Stories NYC The Morgue, Street Stories NYC Divorce Court.

When Night is not writing, he’s singing County Music with a New York “flavor” and a dash of “gospel”.  Night is also a musical artist, singer and songwriter who has dared to be different by writing and singing songs that capture his passion for the vibrant sounds of Country Music.  As a movie buff, Night’s favorite movies include: “Gone with the Wind,” “Forrest Gump,” and “The SpongeBob Movie.”

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OR Books


OR Books is a new type of publishing company. It embraces progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business.  “A radical, exciting response to Amazonian hegemony.” —Dazed

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Other Sheep


Other Sheep is an ecumenical Christian ministry that works worldwide for the full inclusion of LGBT people of faith within their respective faith traditions.

Richard Pearson

Richard Taylor Pearson is a triple threat: author, actor, and attorney.  He grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he appeared in many plays and musicals.  After graduating from Rhodes College, Richard went on to obtain a law degree from Rutgers School of Law.  While he works as an attorney by day, his nights and weekends are spent writing novels and performing in theatrical events all over New York City.  Richard lives in Jersey City with his husband, Brian, and their amazing daughter, Natalie.

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Scott Depalma


Scott Depalma has a BA in Journalism and a MFA in Design.  He has worked more than 20 years in the NYC consumer magazine industry.  Grandson of a Ghost is his first novel.

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The Center Library


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Georgette Gouveia

Georgette Gouveia is the author of “Water Music” (Greenleaf Book Group) and her upcoming “The Penalty for Holding” (Less Than Three Press).  Her novels are the first of her groundbreaking four-part series “The Games Men Play.”  For more on her book series, as well as her inspired entries on all things sports, culture and sex, visit her blog at TheGamesMenPlay.com.  By day, Georgette Gouveia is the editor-in-chief at WAG, a monthly luxury publication of Westfair Communications Inc. that has been named “Best Magazine” by the New York Press Association the last two years.

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The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide

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The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide is a bimonthly magazine of history, culture, and politics targeting an educated readership of GLBT men and women.  The G&LR publishes essays in a wide range of disciplines as well as reviews of books, movies, and plays.

Discounted subscriptions and back Issues will be offered.  If you’re a reader or a writer, be sure to stop by.  The editor, Richard Schneider, and the director of advertising and business development, Stephen Hemrick, will both be there to greet you.  Find out how you can get involved with this important publication!

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The Song Cave

The Song Cave is dedicated to recovering a lost sensibility and creating a new one by publishing books of poetry, translations, art criticism, and making art prints and other related materials.

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