"Connections & Desire: Tales of New Orleans"

The need for, or lack of, connection with strangers or loved ones, the apparent sincerity of the characters, one that eases the connection into place as the specter of HIV/AIDS often hovers in the background, is a recurring theme throughout all the stories found in Desire: Tales of New Orleans by William Sterling Walker.

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Kind mention of "Dependencies" (from the short story anthology, With)

"I loved the way William Sterling Walker pulled me right into the streets of New Orleans, something he does better than any writer I know."

What a kind mention by Alan Chin of William's new story "Dependencies" in the Chelsea Station Edition's short story anthology, With! (By the way, "Dependencies" is not otherwise available.)

Pack Your Bags! Saints and Sinners Festival Coming Up

The 10th anniversary of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans is coming up ... and William Sterling Walker will be there

On Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m., William will participate in a reading of Lambda Literary Award Finalists in the Hotel Monteleone's Cabildo Room. That same day, at 11:30 a.m., William will participate in a panel called "Miniature Gems: Crafting Successful Short Fiction" in the Hotel Monteleone's Royal Salon B.

In both sessions, William will participate with interesting, exciting colleagues.

In the 10 a.m. session, reading along with William will be Ellen Hart, William Holden, Anne Laughlin, J.M. Redmann, Barry Webster and Jerry Wheeler.

In the 11:30 a.m. panel, Daniel M. Jaffe, Jen Michalski and David Pratt will participate with William. Elizabeth Sanders will moderate. 

And if you aren't familiar with the Monteleone, read its history. It's a fascinating place right in the heart of the French Quarter.

Interview in Chelsea Station (Issue 4, May 2013)

The new issue of Chelsea Station (Issue 4) is out now, and features seven short stories, three essays, ten poems, reviews and an interview with William Sterling Walker, conducted by poet and performance artist Vance Philip Hedderel. The issue also includes William's story "Fin de Siècle" from Desire: Tales of New Orleans.

Chelsea Station is available in print ($15) and electronic editions ($7.99) at a variety of retailers.

Desire: Tales of New Orleans nominated as a finalist in the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Foundation Awards

Great news! Desire: Tales of New Orleans has been nominated as a finalist in the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Foundation Awards in the category of "LGBT Debut Fiction." 

The Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2012. Winners will be announced during a ceremony on June 3, 2013, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York City 10003.