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LIBRARIES, From Previous Page
than 90 salaried positions and eliminated others.
As of Oct. 1, the number of hourly workers
known as pages dropped sharply. Remaining staff
and volunteers are taking on much of the work
once done by pages: sorting and shelving books
and other media, maneuvering heavy carts and
duck-walking between the low racks of the chil-
And new books are in short supply.
But that's enough whining. Let's get to the good
First I want to tell you about some terrific mys-
tery novels with gay angles that are now available
at the Oak Lawn Library. Some are just slightly
bent, while others are way over the edge, and two
or more are probably available at this very mo-
ment on Oak Lawn Library's LGBT shelves,
(Unless otherwise indicated, all are available
within days through the Dallas Public Library's
online catalog at Catalog.DallasLibrary.oig.)
My newest discovery is John Morgan Wilson,
whose main series character is a California writer
named Benjamin Justice, an edgy flawed and
therefore believable guy.
The series begins with Simple Jtistice and pro-
ceeds through Revision of Justice. By the time the
series reaches the book I just finished, Justice at
Risk, Ben is living like the Blanche DuBois of Hol-
lywood. Best you read the books in order to learn
where he began and why he fell so far.
My other new discovery is Matt Beynon Rees,
a Welshman who worked as a journalist through-
out the Mddle East for several years and, in 2006,
became a full-time fiction writer living in
The detective of his series is a Palestinian
schoolteacher who cannot walk down a street
without being pulled toward the most appalling
crimes. The book to read is the third in this series,
The Samaritan's Secret. The plot turns on a single
gay character and the effects his sexual proclivities
have on all those around him.
On the hunt for more LGBT mysteries, I did an
Internet search and came up with a list of recom-
mendations for five books that sounded good.
I ordered the two that were immediately avail-
able, whipped over, picked them up, devoured
them in a single Weekend and thus can recom-
mend both: R.D. Zimmerman's Closet and Mark
Richard Zubro's File Under Dead.
The Dallas system has other books by Zimmer-
man, all with one-word titles, and others by
Zubro, including one that is new.
But here's the thing: The system did not have:
three of the recommended books, including one
by Michael Nava, whom I had read years ago and
had liked a lot. So I went to DallasLibrary2.org
with mouse in one hand and charge card in the
other, then clicked on "Support Us" and chose to
"Be A Book Hero,"
A recent system upgrade allows me, you and
other booklovers to make purchases at the library
discount. The library contacts the bookseller and
the seller sends the book directly to the Central Li-
brary downtown. Central enters it into the system,
then sends the book to the designated branch and
contacts the "Hero? to pick the book up.
At the same time I bought Nava's The Little
Death, I bought a book that was favorably re-
viewed here in the Dallas Voice: Bronson Lemer's
The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hamnier-swinging
Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq. I just re-
ceived an email notice that the books await me.
Purchase and processing had taken less than three
When I read and return them, they will likely
stay at the Oak Lawn branch, which houses the
system's modest LGBT-specific collection.
I'm telling you all this because Dallas Public Li-
Hate Crimes Act
1 Hospital visitation
rights for couples
. End HIV travel
• End "Don't Ask,
^TMAMA DIDN'T ^
raise me to pur out
FOR EVeny CHARMER
WHO PROMISES ME
EVERYTHING BUT A
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E, WILLIAM P0D01IL
YOU CAN HELP | Want to be a Book Hero? Con-
sider buying a copy of E. William Podojil's 'The
brary has zero copies of books by two other gay
mystery writers who are highly recommended: E.
William Podojil and Greg Lilly.
If you decide to "Be A Book Hero" to yourself
and others, the recommended books are Podojil's
The Tenth Man, in which a guy's past live-ins and
other lovers are done away with one at a time, and
Lilly's Fingering the Family Jem§§ in which the tale
is more frightening but . less suggestive than the
More good news* The Friends of the Oak Lawn
Library just voted to spend $1,000 to freshen the
LGBT collection. The $1,000 came from ongoing
sales of library calendars and of gently used books
So whether you buy the former, donate the lat-
ter or order a newbie through the system, you're
helping our whole community.
Meanwhile, there must be mysteries: starring Ls,
Bs, and Ts. Yes. More soon. ■
Phyllis Guest is a longtime activist on political and
LGBT issues and a member ofStoneivall Democrats of
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