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Delia Sherman (born 22 June) was born in Tokyo, Japan, and brought up in New York City. She has spent a lot of time in schools of one kind or another: Vassar College for undergrad, then Brown University where she earned a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. Delia lives with fellow author and fantasist Ellen Kushner in a rambling apartment on the Upper West Side of New York City. She is a social rather than a solitary writer, and can work anywhere, which is a good thing because she loves to travel, and if she couldn’t write on airplanes and in noisy cafés, she’d never get anything done. They met at a Boston Science Fiction Conference in 1985 when Delia was living in Boston and shopping a novella that would turn into her first book. One of the people she was directed to was Ellen who was living in New York and had unfortunately just left her editing job. She gave Delia a hand, anyway, and when Ellen moved to Boston a few years later, they became friends. In 1992, they finally began dating.

While Sherman was writing her dissertation, she started teaching, first at Boston University, where she taught Freshman Composition and Fantasy as Literature, and then at Northeastern University, where she was a Lecturer in Composition. She also worked in a bookstore for a while, and her short fiction appeared in WeirdBook and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

While she was still teaching, she wrote her first novel, Through a Brazen Mirror, which led to a 1990 nomination for the Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer. Her second novel, the historical The Porcelain Dove, was listed in The New York Times Notable Books, and won the Mythopoeic Award in 1994.

Delia Sherman earned a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies at Brown University. Delia lives with fellow author and fantasist Ellen Kushner in a rambling apartment on the Upper West Side of New York City. They met at a Boston Science Fiction Conference in 1985. One of the people she was directed to was Ellen who was living in New York. She gave Delia a hand editing a novella, and when Ellen moved to Boston a few years later, they became friends. In 1992, they finally began dating.

Delia also publishes short fiction for adults, most recently in Realms of Fantasy and Poe. Her short stories for younger readers have appeared in numerous anthologies. “CATNYP,” a story of a magical New York Between, inspired her first novel for children, Changeling. The sequel, The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen followed in 2009. The Freedom Maze, a time-travel fantasy set in Louisiana, will be published by Big Mouth Press in 2010.

Delia has judged the Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Novel, The James Tiptree, Jr. Award for Fantastic Fiction, and the World Fantasy Award. She has served on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and is a founding member and past officer of the Interstitial Arts Foundation.

As an editor of books and anthologies, Delia’s continuing quest is to get more of the kind of fantasy she likes out to readers. She has worked as a contributing editor for Tor Books and has co-edited the fantasy anthology The Horns of Elfland with Ellen Kushner and Donald G. Keller, as well as The Essential Bordertown with Terri Windling. She had co-edited two anthologies of Interstitial fiction: Interficitons 1, with Theodora Goss, and Interfictions 2, with Christopher Barzak. She continues to teach SF and Fantasy writing, including at Odyssey: the Fantasy Writing Workshop, the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and workshops at colleges and science fiction conventions all over America.

Delia Sherman is available to give readings, school and library visits, and teach workshops.


Ellen Kushner (born 6 October) weaves together multiple careers as a writer, radio host and performer. She is also a popular speaker at venues from synagogue pulpits to science fiction conventions and beyond.

Since 1996, she has been heard by audiences around the country as the host of PRI's award-winning national public radio series, Sound & Spirit ), which Bill Moyers called "the best program on public radio, bar none."

Her first novel, Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, was hailed as the progenitor of the "Mannerpunk" (or "Fantasy of Manners") school of urban fantasy. Her second novel, Thomas the Rhymer, won both the 1991 World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award. With Delia Sherman she co-wrote The Fall of The Kings. Her most recent novel, The Privilege of the Sword, a genre-crossing, gender-bending novel published by Bantam Books and Small Beer Press, was nominated for an eclectic range of honors, from New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, to the Nebula and Tiptree Awards (nominee), and won the Locus Award. Her work has been translated into many languages, including Japanese, French, German, Latvian and Finnish.

As a performer, her solo spoken word works include Esther: the Feast of Masks, and The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer 'Nutcracker' for Chanukah (with Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, on Rykodisc CD), which she revised and published in a longer version as a children's chapter book by Charlesbridge as The Golden Dreydl in 2007. In 2008, Vital Theatre in New York City commissioned her to script a fullscale theatrical version. "The Klezmer Nutcracker" played to sold-out audiences, with Kushner in the role of the magical Tante Miriam, throughout the 2008-09 holiday season. The 2009-10 holiday season features an all-new production of “The Klezmer Nutcracker” at Vital.

New projects include The Witches of Lublin, a live staged radio show with Elizabeth Schwartz & Yale Strom, and a musical, The Bone Chandelier, with composer Ben Moore. She is the co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, an organization supporting work that falls between genre categories. She now lives in New York City.

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

Date: 2010-03-03 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Another good rec. I've just ordered this and the previous volume. *bounces*

Date: 2010-03-03 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The previous is a Cross-Gender so I didn't list it as Top 100 Gay Novel, but indeed it's as good as well. Elisa

Date: 2010-03-06 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much for the spotlight!

I'd just like to point out that the featured novel, THE FALL OF THE KINGS, was written in collaboration with my partner, [ profile] deliasherman, who has herself written some gender-bending novels & short fiction well worth checking out. It's the only novel we've written together, and we enjoyed it thoroughly.

KINGS is one of three related novels whose somewhat confusing order & appearance I do my best to explain on a page called The World of Riverside (, which also lists short stories from the series.

Date: 2010-03-06 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for the comment. Indeed I listed the novel in the Top 10 List as a coauthored book (, but then I posted the spotlight only for you, sorry. I will update the post including Delia's bio.


Date: 2010-03-07 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!

Have you ever read THE GOD IN FLIGHT by Laura Argiri?

Date: 2010-03-07 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, indeed I haven't, but now it's in my Wish List. Thank you for the suggestion, Elisa.

Date: 2010-03-17 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am gutted I tell you! Gutted at the ending. I didn't see it coming and, due to being so invested in the characters, it's put me in a foul mood all day. *scowls at the book*

The whole thing was a delicious read: so rich and detailed, a stunning tapestry of characters, motives and desires, but I'm so deflated now. *goes off to sulk and find fluff to read*

Date: 2010-03-18 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Some of the books you don't forget are the one you didn't expect ;-) I usually dose that type of books with a lot of fluffy books!


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