1978-03-11

CHRISTOPHER RICE, An American author, Rice has written three best-selling novels: A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden, and Light Before Day. His book, Blind Fall, was published in 2008 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. His parents are Anne Rice and the late poet Stan Rice; his aunt, Alice Borchardt, is a noted writer. Rice is gay; when asked in 2002 about “being pegged a ‘Gay writer'”, he replied:

That’s not what I do. I might be more open to that label if I hadn’t introduced ensemble casts of characters. Granted, A Density of Souls is as close to a gay book as you can get. It revolves around a character’s homosexuality and others are described in terms of their reaction to the one character’s sexuality. In that sense it’s at the core of the book. The Snow Garden is about identity. With this book, I’m trying to shrug off the term “Gay” author.”

Nonetheless, Rice is proud of his large following in the Gay community, explaining “it was incredibly rewarding when I got a huge positive response from the character Stephen in The Density of Souls. More than a thousand young Gay men contacted me and said that I captured what it was like for them going through those years. That means everything to me.”

Rice also writes a regular feature for The Advocate “Coastal Disturbances,” in which he discusses various topics and served as the President of the Board of the Lambda Literary Foundation.