"Randall Kenan's first novel. Mr. Kenan is my favorite contemporary writer (not just my favorite black gay writer). If I were stranded on a desert island with ten books of my choice, this would be one."
"Examines the private hell of two people connected through a tragedy. Beautifully written with skill, lucidity and polish. This is REAL literature! This book did not get the attention it deserves. It is a MASTERPIECE! Melvin Dixon's name should be mentioned right alongside of James Baldwin's."
"Newly released anthology of work by G. Winston James and other members of the NYC based black gay writers collective "Other Countries". This is the fourth anthology published by "Other Countries". "Other Countries was founded in 1986. This book celebrates their twentieth anniversary (last year)."
"From the press release: Â“The screech is so horrific your skin crawls, but the whispering stops and the voice of HIV/AIDS is finally heard. Fingernails Across the Chalkboard is perhaps the first anthology of its kind to lend a poetic voice to the scourge of the modern world, one that goes beyond the raw empirical data so often associated with the language of this disease to speak from the soul.Â”"
"The debut novel of author Rashid Darden is well worth reading. His character-driven method of storytelling and acute observations of human nature show superior talent and skill. Keep your eyes on him."
"Third anthology published by the NYC black gay writersÂ’ collective "Other Countries". The writing is uneven, but the book contains enough moving writing to make it a good read overall, though. The book includes some striking full page reproductions of art work and photography by black gay artists."