New Books By Queer Authors

After celebrating Pride, relax with a book.

Looking for new books by LGBTQI authors? OPL has them! These fiction and nonfiction titles were all released in the past year. Happy reading! Happy Pride!

New Titles in Graphic Format

 A Graphic History     Love is Love

Queer : a graphic history / Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele
Activist-academic Meg John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel. A kaleidoscope of characters from the diverse worlds of pop-culture, film, activism and academia guide us on a journey through the ideas, people and events that have shaped queer theory. 

Love is love : a comic book anthology to benefit the survivors of the Orlando Pulse shooting / IDW Publishing ; editorial and related services provided by DC Entertainment
The comic book industry comes together to support the survivors and honor those killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. Writers and artists from across the globe have created exclusive new material expressing their sorrow, compassion, frustration, and hope, all inspired by the tragic events. 

New Fiction

The End of Eddy     No Other World     Marriage of a Thousand Lies   

The end of Eddy : a novel / Édouard Louis ; translated by Michael Lucey
Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different―“girlish,” intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men.The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening. 

No other world : a novel / Rahul Mehta
An insightful, compelling debut novel about an Indian American boy's struggle to fit into a society where his race and sexuality are outside the norm and to find a sense of belonging, identity, and hope.

Marriage of a thousand lies / SJ Sindu
Lucky and her husband, Krishna, are gay. They present an illusion of marital bliss to their conservative Sri Lankan–American families, while each dates on the side. It’s not ideal, but for Lucky, it seems to be working. But when Lucky’s grandmother has a nasty fall, Lucky returns to her childhood home and unexpectedly reconnects with her former best friend and first lover, Nisha, who is preparing for her own arranged wedding with a man she’s never met. As the connection between the two women is rekindled, Lucky tries to save Nisha from entering a marriage based on a lie. But does Nisha really want to be saved? And after a decade’s worth of lying, can Lucky break free of her own circumstances and build a new life?

Set in the post-martial-law era of 1990s Taipei, Notes of a Crocodile depicts the coming-of-age of a group of queer misfits discovering love, friendship, and artistic affinity while hardly studying at Taiwan's most prestigious university. Told through the eyes of an anonymous lesbian narrator nicknamed Lazi, Qiu Miaojin's cult classic novel is a postmodern pastiche of diaries, vignettes, mash notes, aphorisms, exegesis, and satire by an incisive prose stylist and countercultural icon. 
 

2017 Lambda Winners

 The Angel of History     Black Dove     Here Comes the Sun     

On June 12th the winners of the 2017 Lambda Awards (Lammys) were announced. These are some of the winners.

The angel of history : a novel / Rabih Alameddine
Awarded the Lammy for Best Gay Fiction, this novel is set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic. The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. 

Black dove : essays on mama, mi'jo, and me / Ana Castillo
In this collection of essays, awarded the Lammy for Best Bisexual Nonfiction, Ana Castillo examines what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality. Castillo writes about intergenerational stories from Mexico City to Chicago, and she narrates some of America's social injustices through the lens of motherhood.

Here comes the sun : a novel / Nicole Dennis-Benn
This novel won the Lammy for Best Lesbian Fiction. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit her love for another woman. 

Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China by Lei Ming and Lura Frazey
Lei Ming's book won for Best Transgender Nonfiction. Born in a rural Chinese village and identified as a girl at birth, Lei Ming is barely cared for during his childhood. Often lonely, terrified and abused, he learns early to fend for himself and look within for answers, but there he discovers a paradox that threatens to undo him. Although he does not yet know the word "transsexual," at 16, Ming sets out on a secret mission to find relief. 
This title is currently on order at OPL.

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