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About meI've been a bibliophile all my life.

About my libraryI still have books in my collection that I bought in junior high school. I have lots of ARCs that I've picked up at BookExpo and ALA. I own most of the books listed here but I also add things I borrow from the library and a few things that have been loaned/lost over time.

GroupsBooks on Books, Gay and Lesbian Bookstores, Gay Men, Gay Men's Book Discussion Group, GLBT History, GLBT Libraries, I Love Musicals!, Librarians who LibraryThing, M/M Romance... A cocky li'l group, Pittsburghersshow all groups

Favorite authorsChristopher Bram, Christopher Buckley, Robert Coover, Joan Didion, Julia Glass, Rupert Holmes, John Irving, Kim Powers, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Spanbauer (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresGiovanni's Room, Lambda Rising, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesUniversity of Pittsburgh Library System - Hillman Library

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Hi Dan,

I've gotten some nice play on the new novel's prologue. Please check it out at

Best Alex
Thanks, Dan. I'd be interested in reading what you might discover at the LA Conference. To my knowledge no one in my family has much interest in books, or has space. My home-town library refused my collection (too many books for too few shelves), and, as I said, local special-interest groups seem to come and go with the frequency of desert-devils.
That is GREAT news, and I thank you very much.
Thanks for your note about the GLCC library and the books that we share. I will check out both. Ran across your library as I was adding to my library.

Hey Dan-
I am going to see LA CAGE. Saw BILLY twice when it first opened and loved it.
Hi Dan
Hey thanks for the invite...but, I have other plans that night, have tix for a broadway show.
But enjoy, let me know all about it.
Thanks for saying hello. I'm looking forward to finding books through your library.

I live in New York City, but I'm originally from Finland. Thus the sprinkling of books in Finnish and Swedish in my library...

+ Kimmo

A small box of books is on the way to you. Of the couple hundred I started with, there were only a handful that were not already in the GLCC inventory. So I think the final count ended up being somewhere in the range of 12-15. I'm not sure that there are any great additions in this bundle, but perhaps someone will enjoy them.


I thought I might touch base with you to see if my book arrived in December. It was shipped in the middle of the month. Let me know that it arrived, if you can.


Hi Dan,

I've not forgotten about sending along books for the GLBT library, but life has prevented me from getting to that in a prompt way. Before I move forward at this point I wanted to check and assure that donations were still welcome.


M'sieur Iddings,

Thank you for your interest, and as I am leaving for a short trip in the morning, to Northern Germany, I will have to delay shipping the book until Monday. I do hope your readers will enjoy my writing, and I welcome their feedback.

Best wishes,

Hi Dan. Thanks for the note about possibly donating books. I have a bunch of things I'd be glad to send; they're boxed and taking up storage space I could use for other things at this point. Can you fill me in on the particulars of how I send them along?



No, King of Cats is Blake Fraina's book. Make sure you read it before you add it to your center's collection--it is very well done. He's a very daring writer. I don't think many writers (myself included) could write about some of the uncomfortable sexual situations he places at the center of his stories.



I just mailed my book to you, along with my partner's book, "Falling Off the Catwalk." It is a memoir that deals with coming out issues, alcohol and drug addiction, and reconciling being gay with one's religious beliefs (all set in the fashion industry in Europe).

I'm glad to help you guys out with your collection; please don't worry about reimbursing me for postage.

take care,

Hi Dan

Good to hear from you, and of your involvement with GLBT.

Your message came a little late as regards my old books! Earlier in the year I sold the majority of them, either on Amazon or eBay, and I've just disposed of those that did not sell. Probably the cost of shipping them to the US would not make it worthwhile. Unfortunately, as far as I know, we do not have any suitable libraries around here that I could have given them to.

Hey Dan!
Thanks for the message. I'll comb my library for any items worth sending.
The book you refer to,"The Golden Age of Gay Fiction" was published last month by MLR Press and is available on Amazon and other online bookstores or your local independent book store.
Dennis (LT: gaymystery)

I'd love to send you guys a copy of my book. Just send me the address and I'll get it in the mail after Thanksgiving. I moved to Oregon in August, so I weeded my library of old books a few months ago and donated them to my local library in LA.

good hearing from you!

Hi Dan,

Nice to hear from you again. I've only just come home from Amsterdam, where the annual meeting of the Dutch national GLTB organisation was held today. Since I'm a chairman of their organisation for the city of Eindhoven en surroundings, of course I went.

That's great news, you becoming the chair of the Library Committee at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh. When I have duplicates of books, I'll remember you. Since I use to buy hardcovers when I see them, and replace a paperback copy that I already own of that same title, I do have duplicates now and then.

Sorry to hear that you were not able to go to the opera in Paris, but there will be other times, I'm sure. I recently went to see Renee Fleming, when she performed in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Enjoyed it immensely. I watched her perform in Thais last year in the Metropolitan Opera, and been a fan of her since.

Speaking about the Met: I'll travel to New York City next month. I've booked a ticket for Les Contes d'Hoffmann in the Metropolitan, with Anna Netrebko. Looking forward to it!
And there's an exhibition in the Morgan Library about Jane Austen, for which I also bought tickets online. Next to that I plan to go to the Museum of Arts and Design to see an exhibition of Madeleine Albrigh's collection of pins, and an exhibition on American 19th century art in the Metropolitan Museum.

So, I'm going to drown myself in culture once again in NYC. A perfect conclusion to 2009!

Great to hear that you're coming to Amsterdam next fall. Let's try to meet then, that would be nice.

Cheers, Leo
Have you seen the "what can bookstores do on LT" section of the About?

I think the best thing they could do would be to "claim" their page on LT Local, and start adding a photo, hours, upcoming events, etc.

Thanks for your message. I read the Boswell book many years ago, so I have to confess that I remember only the outline of the argument.

You are correct about me having more books not listed here. It will take me a while to get through them all, if indeed I do.

I teach English, Dramatic Arts, and Philosophy in an alternative high school in the public school system of Toronto.
Hi Dan.

I added you because you have this new Arthur Russell bio Hold on to Your Dreams. I just finished reading an advance copy, and I'm curious to hear your reaction to it. Once I looked at your profile, I discovered you have a pretty interesting library, as well.

See you around.

Hey Dan!
My pleasure-you've got great taste in books! I like to read multiple titles at a time - currently reading "Dark Light : Electricity and Anxiety from the Telegraph to the X-ray" and "Kalooki Nights" (hilarious novel about growing up Jewish in a suburb of Manchester, England).
You are so lucky to be able to attend the annual Frankfurter Buchmesse. I went in 1990, but haven't been able to get back since then.
Take care,
I wish I could go to ALA in Chicago but my university doesn't send us there. I will be going to a few law conferences and to AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) in July.

Thank you for the note. I am a law librarian at Santa Clara University located right in the heart of the Silicon Valley. I see you work for the University of Pittsburgh. Do you know Jeff, a librarian at the law library there?

Thanks again,

Hey Dan,

Just sent the e-book to you via e-mail. Thank so much for agreeing to take a look. The publisher is the University of West Alabama. It's a somewhat small university press, so I'm having to do lots of promotion myself, but to be honest, I really don't mind. And the promotion seems to be paying off because we've sold a bunch of books so far (thanks in large part to people like you who are willing to help spread the word).

Thanks again,


Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked Paris Trout, and I thought you might like my novel since it's also southern and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


I haven't read it yet. Heard a review of it on Nancy Pearl's podcast and she gave it a great review. So, I added it to my long list of "to be read" books.
Thanks for your kind words of advice and support. I would be happy to let you read and critique my book. I'm still in the finding-an-agent phase. I just looked for and joined the gay writers group on facebook, and am now looking for the lambda literary web page.

Thanks again.

I wish I'd kept lists of all the books I read starting in about high school. Since I choose to keep my LT primarily focused on books I've read (plus some I own and keep in my TBR-theoretically pile)there are oodles of borrowed (from family, friends, the library) books that have fallen off my radar. It is fun then to happen across them in someone's library, which is how I am often reminded of them it seems. I realize too how some books that I read long ago -- _Marathon Man_ and _Falconer_, for example -- I just didn't really get. And my recollections of them are not fond enough that I would ever bother with them again.

Currently (starting last night) I am reading Elliot Perlman's _Seven Types of Ambiguity_. I'm not far into it and suspect it would be more appropriate for vacation, when I could maybe spend several hours at a time with it, as opposed to 30 minutes before sleep. It's long and will likely be wanted by the library before I am finished! We'll see. I understand that it takes off and zooms, but I'm not there yet.

Read on!

Hi Dan,

Thanks for the recommendations. And for your kind way of making the age reference. I'm hoping now to remain somewhere between 40 and death for many many years!

I'll have to spend some more time reviewing your library. I love discovering books that way.

Hi Dan,

My book group's been around for a while -- since the early nineties, perhaps. There are no original members left, so I'm not sure; I've been attending for about ten years. We're struggling a bit right now, with just three core members. Several guys left last year for various reasons, and it's hard to find compatible replacements. There are a couple of other guys who attend occasionally.

This month we're reading Colm Toibin's The South, having read most of his other books as they came out. Previously we spent two meetings re-reading At Swim Two Boys to see how it stood up after seven or eight years. Very well, we all felt.

Other recent titles that we've enjoyed: Call Me By Your Name; The Night Watch; Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love; The Uncommon Reader; The Book of Salt.


It's very sad that we're losing the Oscar Wilde Bookshop. We've already lost so many great book stores.

It's going to be 60 degrees in the Motor City tomorrow. Does this mean spring is here?

Dear Dan,

I also loved _Light Fell_. I rated it 5 stars. It deals with real life issues in a realistic way.

Hope all is well in Pittsburgh. I can see you're a man of excellent taste.

Hi Dan,

Thanks for your message. I just bought the Back Passage very recently on amazon and I've started reading the Orton Diaries now. I'll take on the back passage next. I've got two more books by James Lear and one expecting to arrive in the mail soon.

Keep up the reading!!


My book is already outdated! When I visited Budapest, Hungary had joined the EU only a few months previously; there still was restricted travel across the borders. Quite a few of the shop windows were decorated to commemorate the event. I've wanted to go back so badly, but I haven't had the time or money to travel too much in the last couple of years.

The Lambda Awards announce the finalists in each category in March, so I think I'll decide then if I want to go to New York. I've wanted to read The End of the World Book, but haven't managed to order a copy yet. I've been reading a lot of books from the 40s and 50s lately--I'm a bit obsessed at the moment with mid-century history and literature. I haven't been in the mindset to read too much contemporary literature.

Thanks so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

Hey Dan,

No, I don't know the museum you mentioned in Munich. Never went to Munich. Seems to be one of the more beautiful cities of Germany. I notice that you like Opera. In December I went to to Massenet's Thais in the Metropolitan Opera in New York, starring Renee Fleming. Wow, she was so good! Just beautiful to watch and listen and be in that famous Music Hall. Let me know when you should read The Magician's Assistent, would you? Would like to hear your thoughts on it.

Hi Dan,

How thoughtful, that you remembered me going to NYC! I did indeed buy books, mainly art catalogues of exhibitions I went to, luckily I was not charged on JFK for overweight luggage on my way back. The last book I bought in the USA this time was at JFK, where I bought Ann Patchett's "Bel canto". That same morning my friend Aaron Krach, who lives in NYC and whom I had breakfast with (If you have not read it yet, he wrote a beautiful novel, nominated for the Lambda Award a few years ago, "Half-Life"), recommended it to me, because we were talking about another of Patchett's novels "The magician's assistant", which we both have read recently, and has a main character who has married a gay man and lived with him and his boyfriend. Beautiful book. And Bel Canto is also that great. Have you read novels by her?
Hope you had good holidays too. NYC was as wonderful as always.

Take care, Leo
Hello Daniel

I regret not responding quickly after the receipt of your mail; I haven't checked on Library Thing with any frequency.

I have been to London, as well as Paris and Dublin, but I have not been to other capitols. My maternal ancestors came out of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire via Bratislava in the 1890's, and having a Czecho-phone grandmother has increased my desire to see Prague.

I am currently unemployed, but was once working at the public library in town.

I like that you added operqa programs to your collection there; I should do that with my Broadway that I have saved. Why is is that other people's book collections are so much more interesting?

Thanks you for the letter, nevertheless


Thanks for the message. You're my first LibraryThing friend!

I'm not working on anything new yet. I'm waiting until the new year to give myself a little time off of writing.

Hey Dan,

I am coming to NYC, but not to the Book Expo America. I will be there in December, right after Christmas and coming back on January 1st. No work, just for fun, Manhattan is my favorite place on earth. Looks like you had a busy schedule in Europe! And the Bavarian State Library, I guess that's a really grand place for starting a conference.
Well, maybe we can meet on a conference someday, somewhere..
Hi Dan,

Did you go to the Frankfurter Buchmesse last week? I did go and apart from work, tried to check the publishers of gay literature that were represented there. Not much I'm afraid. Only two German publishers and Kensington Books in the American pavillion. And Kensington only having 3(!) gay novels at their stand. No Allyson to be found. But for the rest, it was fun and interesting. But I was surprised by the lack of knowledge on new developments at the main information desk for librarians. Ebook-readers seems to be the hottest news at the moment. Are you planning to go to the Ifla in Milan next summer?
It's an indication of how busy I've been the past few months that this is the first time I've come to LibraryThing and seen messages since you left me a message in May. Yes, I am an actor, living and working (though not nearly enough) in Nashville, Tennessee. And yes, I am a fan of Christopher Bram's books. Actually, I have a personal connection, because his partner is someone I've known all my life and who is also a cousin by marriage. I haven't actually met Chris, though I have communicated with him by e-mail, and I admire his work very much. Many authors tend to write the same book over and over, yet each of his books is unique, utterly unlike any of his other books, which shows a rare versatility.

And thanks for the friends invitation!
Hi Dan,

I forgot to ask you about your work, which sounds really interesting. Which library consortium do you direct?

Hey Dan,

Nice to hear so soon from you, thanks for the accept. I was pleasantly surprised to come upon a fellow librarian/avid reader! I'm a member of the management of an academic library. The University of Technology of Eindhoven, a city in the south of the Netherlands. Head of public services to be precise. A really nice job, we are right in the middle of planning for a whole new library building in which the central library and 5 faculty libraries will integrate into one, so it's exciting.

I've just finished "Selfish and perverse" by Bob Smith, which I bought in my all time favorite gay bookstore, Lambda Rising in Washington D.C. That funny title, combined with the cover art made me pick it off the shelf immediately. I understand that Smith is a comedian on television in the States, I watched him on Youtube, and he's indeed funny. And out on television: thumbs up for him!

Currently I'm reading this new novel that I bought in Amsterdam a few weeks ago, in the American Bookcenter (if you ever stay over in Amsterdam: it's the biggest American/English bookstore in Europe): "Netherland" by Joseph O'Neill. I've only read about 60 pages, but I think it's beautifully written. About a Dutch immigrant living in New York, now that's a combination I was attracted to, as you may understand. Funny to read Dutch names and phrases now and then in an American novel. And it takes place in all those places that I know, NYC, The Hague, London, that makes it all the more fun reading.

I think my next try will be Anthony Giardina's "Recent history", or Picano's "Like people in history", or..
Oh, all those choices ;-)

Besides my own reading, I read, usually once a month, a gay novel together with a friend of mine, Kay (kaysbooks on Librarything), we see to it that we both have or buy the same book. It's fun to do, it makes you read differently somehow when you know you are going to talk about it with someone afterwards.

I read that you schlepped 100 pounds of books with you when you came home from LA, very funny because very recgonisable: last year I once had to pay $100 to Delta Airlines for taking my waay too big and heavy suitcase out of the USA on my flight back to Amsterdam. All those books I bought...


All the best, Leo
Actually, I have never been to the ALA conference. It's a goal of mine to make it some day.
Thank you for reviewing Family Outing. I will have to check it out. I am also in the library field (elementary media specialist) and have been trying to find good books about children with gay parents. My husband and I are in the adoption process right now and any books or insight on this subject matter is helpful. I will definitely check this one out!

Hey Dan,

This is somewhat late in coming, but I did want to thank you for recommending "Selfish and Perverse". I very much enjoyed it. I read it on the plane when going on vacation at the beginning of April and it made the flight go by so very swiftly. I haven't yet gotten around to the Jay Quinn books, since other books seem to have been urgently calling to me. So many books, so little time!

All the best, Matt
You add favorite authors from the author page, actually. If you go to any author page, there's a place in the right hand green box column to add as one of your favorites.

Thanks for accepting my friend request! I have my Masters of Library and Information Science degree (from Kent in Ohio), but I'm not currently working in a library. I work for, researching and helping manage their movie database though. I graduated last year and never really found the right opening in an audio/visual department in a library or archives. So I won't be attending the ALA conference, hope it goes well.
I haven't read Broadway Babylon, but it does sound like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation!

Hey Dan,

I haven't read Selfish and Perverse, but with such a glowing review I'll move it up the queue and read it next. I seem to be acquiring books at a much faster rate than I can actually read them. What did you think about "Back Where He Started" (another book that we share that I haven't had a chance to read yet)? I hope that all is going well with you. All the best, Matt.
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