The Gilda Stories
The Gilda Stories
Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
Foreword by Jewelle Gomez
Afterword by Alexis Pauline Gumbs





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Oct 4, 2019

"How Long 'Til Black Future Month, asks NK Jemisin in the title of her recent short story collection. The brilliant Octavia Butler provided many profound answers, and keeping her company was Jewelle Gomez. Her diamantine novel The Gilda Stories traces Black lesbian community from the antebellum South to technodystopian 2050, via Gilda, who escapes slavery and becomes a vampire. Meeting other queer Black, Indigenous and Latinx 'sisters in the life', Gilda develops both her compelling ethics and her swoonsome butch style, determined to survive racism, sexism, homophobia and climate crisis by loving others. A forthcoming TV adaptation by director Cheryl Dunye means Gilda's story is – as it has been since 1991 – our near-future."
- So Mayer, writer, activist, and film curator 


Jewelle Gomez reads for the Golden Crown Literary Society
Jul 6, 2016

Authors Jewelle Gomez (The Gilda Stories), Ann McMan (Backcast), Melissa Brayden (First Position) and Marie Castle (The Devil You Know) read from their work and lead a discussion on lesbian literature for the Golden Crown Literary Society Author Spotlight.

- The Library of Congress

"Interview in the Gay and Lesbian Review"
Jun 21, 2016

"Of Afrofuturism and Social Change."

- The Gay and Lesbian Review

'The Gilda Stories' included in Lit Hub's "10 Books to Read for Pride Month" list
Jun 8, 2016

"The Gilda Stories (City Lights Books) by Jewelle Gomez is the original cult classic lesbian vampire story. If you're a fan of BuffyTwilight, or TrueBlood, but have ever found yourself thinking, "hmmm… this seems like the same story over again" please, pick up The Gilda Stories..."

- Literary Hub

Jewelle Gomez reading 'The Gilda Stories' at SF Public Library
Jun 6, 2016

Jewelle Gomez full reading of The Gilda Stories at the SF Public Library.

- San Francisco Public Library

"Celebrating Lesbian Vampires: City Lights Books Releases Anniversary Edition of Edition of 'The Gilda Stories'"
Jun 5, 2016

"When writer Jewelle Gomez first moved to New York City in 1977, she met an extremely friendly white-haired woman in her apartment building elevator. After exchanging pleasantries, the woman asked Gomez a few questions."

- Truthout

"Interview in the Huffington Post"
Jun 3, 2016

"Gilda Lives On & Gay Life In The 1940s: Summer Reading Comes Early."

- The Huffington Post

"Jewelle Gomez at the Bay Area Book Festival on Race, Power & Vampires"
May 31, 2016

"Jewelle Gomez just finished up a book tour, traveling from Atlanta to Portland, Maine, doing readings for the City Lights' 25th anniversary edition of her double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories. On the tour, she's been encountering old fans — and new ones — of her book about of a girl from Louisiana who escapes slavery in the 1850s and becomes a vampire." 

- SF Weekly

"Vampires, Activists, and the Return of 'The Gilda Stories'"
May 12, 2016

An article by Kelly Cogswell in Gay City News discussing how The Gilda Stories "not only changed the demographics of vampire stories, but endured as a lesbian classic, an escaped-slave narrative, and an important work of Afro-Futurism that continues to influence young writers, especially young writers of color."

- Gay City News

"Read Jewelle Gomez's New Foreword for 'The Gilda Stories: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition'"
May 1, 2016
- Lambda Literary

"2nd Feature in the SF Bay Times"
Apr 25, 2016

Photos from the City Lights book launch, and an excerpt.

- SF Bay Times

Reviews by Amos Lassen

"The Gilda Stories are both classic and timely. Gilda shows us the importance of what is within black feminism and her stories are filled with the urgency of problems that desperately need to be resolved even today. When the book was originally published it was way ahead of its time and now we really see why this is such an important novel. The characters are rooted in history and they make trouble for the traditional models of family, identity, and literary genre. This is so much more than a horror story."—Amos Lassen


"Profile of Jewelle Gomez in the San Francisco Chronicle"
Apr 11, 2016

"Author hopes vampire novel draws new blood on 25th anniversary," an interview with Jewelle Gomez by Ryan Kost.

- San Francisco Chronicle

"Interview with Jewelle Gomez"
Mar 8, 2016

The Black Speculative Arts Digital Archive talks to Jewelle Gomez about The Gilda Stories.

- The Black Speculative Arts Digital Archive

Shelf Awareness

"After a runaway slave girl in 1850s Louisiana kills a bounty hunter in self defense, she takes shelter with two women who run a brothel. These women happen to be vampires, and induct the girl, Gilda, into an eternal life of one who "shares the blood." The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez follows the next 200 years of Gilda's life, from California in 1890, Missouri in 1921, Massachusetts in 1955, New York in 1981, New Hampshire in 2020, all the way up to 2050. Gilda's many lives are defined by the quest to understand her sexual and racial identities, and to find a place for her as the ultimate outsider in a constantly changing world.  The Gilda Stories, first published by Firebrand Books in 1991 and winner of two Lambda Literary Awards in 1992, preceded Buffy, Twilight and Octavia Butler's Fledgling, but it is far more than a 'sexy vampire' book. Jewelle Gomez's novel channels her longtime LGBT and feminist activism into a thematic depth rarely achieved in the genre's modern iterations. Gomez is a founding member of GLAAD, a poet, playwright and the author of several essay and short story collections. This month City Lights Publishers is releasing a 25th-anniversary edition of The Gilda Stories with an afterword by black feminist scholar Alexis Pauline Gumbs."—Tobias Mutter


Publishers Weekly

" . . . its focus on a black lesbian who possesses considerable agency througout the centuries, and its commentary on gender and race, remain significant and powerful."


"Bay Area Reporter Feature"
Feb 18, 2016

Bay Area Reporter features The Gilda Stories in their Winter book report, appearing on page 23.
 

- Bay Area Reporter

"Jewelle Gomez at the Black Comix Arts Festival"
Jan 18, 2016

Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor and Jewelle Gomez are interviewed as part of the 2016 Black Comix Arts Festival at the San Francisco Public Library.

- Black Comix Arts Festival

"Women=Books Blog"
Dec 1, 2015

Jewelle Gomez talks about the publication history of The Gilda Stories.

- WCW Online