The rise of LGBT YA, millennial writers and an interview with Eamon Loingsigh.
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The Rise of LGBT YA Popularity

By Rachel Gold

Something's happening in the world of LGBT YA literature. Interest has surged during the past year, and shows no signs of stopping. YA, or Young Adult books, are books intended for readers 14 and older, and, unlike "teen" books, usually deal frankly with sex, explore social issues, and examine the complexities of adult relationships. The increase of LGBT books in this category reveals much about society's increasing tolerance for the full spectrum of sexual identity.

In 2015, LGBT YA fiction is very much on the rise with 148 books on Goodreads and counting. There was a 59% increase amongst mainstream publishers from 2013 to 2014 in regards to publishing LGBT YA books.

Plus, in recent months there has been a huge emphasis in the news and media about transgender equality, which has further opened the stage for transgender books, especially ones for children, as the New York Times notes: “This year, children’s publishers are releasing around half a dozen novels in a spectrum of genres, including science fiction and young adult romance, that star transgender children and teenagers.” Read more

Coming Friday, Sept. 4th

Who Wants to Be a Millennial?:

Young Writers Reading!

Three Rooms Press presents a celebration of young writers and the much-maligned Millennial with WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLENNIAL?: Young Writers Reading on Friday, September 4, 2015. 

The event features seven young poets and fiction writers: Meagan Brothers (author of Weird Girl and What’s His Name, Debbie Harry Sings in French, and Supergirl Mixtapes); Zac Hill (COO of The Future Project; former Lead Game Designer, Magic: the Gathering); Mike Demyan (editor, Denim Skin); Ashley Kreutter (poet, New England College); Rachel Gold (MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College); Matt Proctor (poet, creator Scenes from a Life); and Constance Renfrow (Editor, Three Rooms Press).

Doors open at 5:45. Admission is $9, which includes a free drink. Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, in the West Village, between W. 4th Street at Bleecker (

Author Profile

Catching Up with Eamon Loingsigh

An Interview with the author of Light of the Diddicoy and Exile on Bridge Street

Eamon Loingsigh, author of Light of the Diddicoy and its upcoming sequel Exile on Bridge Street, discusses books, writing, and Irish-American history with Three Rooms Press editor Constance Renfrow.

Eamon Loingsigh’s debut novel Light of the Diddicoy was celebrated as a “historical fiction at its best.” And now, we at Three Rooms Press are ecstatic to announce the sequel: Exile on Bridge Street, due out April 2016, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland. We had a chance to sit down with Eamon to discuss writing and reading, Irish history and the Easter Rising. Eamon Loingsigh’s family emigrated from Ireland in the late 19th century, and his grandfather and great-grandfather ran a longshoreman’s saloon on Hudson Street in Manhattan from 1906 to the late 1970s. In addition, he is the author of numerous articles on Irish–American history, as well as the novella An Affair of Concoctions and the poetry collection Love and Maladies.

3RP: Let’s start off with the question usually reserved for last. Of course, we know you as a writer, but what do you do for fun that’s not writing?

EL: I wander around New York City and enjoy its offerings as well as exercise my love as a low budget, semi-professional gourmandise and partaker of liquescent intoxicants and watch and talk and listen to all peoples.  Read more.

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY! Enter to Win a Free Signed Copy of WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT'S HIS NAME by Meagan Brothers

Meet the Press:

Peter Carlaftes

Co-Director, Three Rooms Press

Ed. Note: We're proud to report that 3RP co-director Peter Carlaftes, was recently chosen by Westview News as the "West Village Original" for the month of August. Check out his fascinating story!

Growing up in the Bronx after his parents divorced, writer Peter Carlaftes did a lot of bouncing around. “I lived with all my relatives and was all over the place,” he says. “It’s not much of a tale, though. I enjoyed my handball and the streets, but the Bronx never really appealed to me. I always came down to the city and a lot of times I’d wind up in the West Village. I was always looking up so much I’m surprised no one cut my throat!” He laughs. “My upbringing certainly affected me as a person, but it’s nothing I haven’t dealt with and put into perspective.” Read more.

Congratulations to our Shelf Awareness Contest Winners! Five lucky winners each won a signed copy of WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT HIS NAME. Interested in this book? Enter our special, limited edited PRE-ORDER. Info here:

Save the Date

Upcoming Three Rooms Press events:

September 4, 6 pm: Who Wants to be a Millennial? Readings by fresh new writers at the Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street (between W. 4th and Bleecker) hosted by Constance Renfrow

September 5, 7 pm: London Launch of MAINTENANT 9: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, Vogue Fabrics in Dalston (66 Stoke Newignton Road, London N16 7XB)

September 8, 7:30 pm: Paris Launch of MAINTENANT 9: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art at Au Chat Noir (76, Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris)

September 12, 7:30 pm: Brussels Launch of MAINTENANT 9: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art at WIELS: Centre for Contemporary Art (Av. Van Volxem 354, 1190 Bruxelles) Hosted by Kat Georges & Peter Carlaftes.

September 20: Brooklyn Book Festival, come check out our booth and get your copy of Weird Girl and What's His Name signed by Meagan Brothers from 1:00-2:00 pm.

October 9, 6 pm: NYC Launch of Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers at Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street between W. 4th and Bleecker) Hosted by Peter Carlaftes & Kat Georges

October 13: Skylight Books West Coast Launch of Still Night in L.A. A Detective Novel by Aram Saroyan (1818 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA)

October 14: West Coast Launch of Full Moon Stages: Personal Notes from 50 Years of the Living Theatre,  by Judith Malina. Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA.

For additional information on any event, please visit our website at or drop us a line at

3RP's Exciting New LGBT YA novel is getting rave reviews!

"Wonderfully likable . . . smartly written!" Booklist (starred review!!). "Carefully and subtly imagined.” —Kirkus Reviews. “Tender characters, tangled romances, and page turning mysteries" —Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys 

Coming October 2015: Pre-order now on amazon, Barnes & Noble, your favorite indie bookstore or directly from 3RP (special preorder offer)

Cover reveal! As cofounder of  The Living Theater, author Judith Malina is one of the leading female countercultural figures of the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. in FULL MOON STAGES, she creates an intimate memoir with a collection of personal notes written on every full moon for 50 years from 1964 to 2014. Includes 50 personal and production photos hand-selected from the Living Theatre archives.  Pre-order now.
Coming in October, Famed poet and author Aram Saroyan makes his first foray into hardboiled crime à la Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammet, all overlaid on a vivid panorama of today's Los Angeles. Coming October 2015.  Pre-order now.
Cover reveal! The first English translation of the earliest poetry of brilliant and disruptive Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard, widely considered one of the most innovative and original authors of the twentieth century and often associated with fellow mavericks Beckett, Kafka and Dostoevsky. Pre-order now.
Tech-No Prisoners. In full color. Includes work from Mark Kostabi, Raymond Pettibon, Charles Plymell, Joel Hubaut, Grant Hart, Mike Watt, Alice Bag, Exene Cervenka, Giovanni Fontana, Fausto Grossi and more.
“Mystery and thriller aficionados will find familiar names here, but undoubtedly will become newly acquainted with others. One cannot ask for better. . . Pick up DARK CITY LIGHTS—and its predecessors—and see what the excitement is all about.” —BookReporter

All of us have a lot to learn from Beate Gordon--a woman with the courage to match her convictions..”—Yoko Ono

“Spotte is a master storyteller, bringing to life the coal miners, gang members, and Inuits he meets on his travels...As an ode to watery places, this book is sometimes reminiscent of work by writers such as David James Duncan." —Library Journal, Feb 2015

Exclusive Offer!

Limited Edition Preorder Special!

Preorder the extraordinary forthcoming LGBT YA novel WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME, by Meagan Brothers directly from Three Rooms Press and receive:

1) A finished copy of WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME, signed by author Meagan Brothers.

2) An enlarged color print of the book cover, signed by the author, suitable for framing.

Price is $16.95, plus shipping (and tax for NY residents). All orders need to be made by using the PayPal button above. Orders will be shipped during the first week of October. Deadline to place your order is Wednesday, September 30. Open only to U.S. residents. For details, click here.
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