LGBTQ+ Books for Oakland Pride

New and recent reads focusing on queer people of color—as authors, characters and themes.

It's not a library celebration without books! In June we posted a booklist for Pride Month. Now Oakland Pride is around the corner, so here’s another list of books for your reading enjoyment: new and recent reads focusing exclusively on queer people of color—as authors, characters and themes.

Fiction

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New Cookbooks

Do you like to cook? Are you looking for new recipes? Look no further. Oakland Public Library has a wide variety of new cookbooks for every palate.

Do you like to cook? Are you looking for new recipes? Look no further. Oakland Public Library has a wide variety of new cookbooks for every palate. On our shelves you'll find recipes for Chinese Soul Food, plant based cooking, sustainable seafood, meals for camping out, mezze and so much more .

Food is the Solution     Coconuts and Collards     Souk     

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2018

Ready for some fresh fiction? Here are 10 fantastic books coming out this month.

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Books to Movies

Read the book before you see the movie!

Several movies based on books are due for release in the coming months. If you haven't yet read the book, OPL has copies you can check out or place on hold. Here is a sampling of fall and summer movies based on books.

Crazy Rich Asians     Bel Canto     First Man     

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Vive la France!

July is a good month to read a book by a Francophone author.

Today, July 14, is Bastille Day and tomorrow Les Bleus face Croatia in the finals of the World Cup. Mid-July belongs to the French. For your mid-summer reading pleasure, try a contemporary French novel in translation. Besides the classics of French literature, the library stocks a satisfying range of French writers of fiction, from France as well as from Francophone African and Caribbean countries. Some of these authors are also featured in our French language collection for you readers of French out there.

How about starting with a mystery or thriller? Read on for a small sample. 

Georges Simenon, creator of the master-sleuth Jules Maigret, was a Francophone Belgian. He was wildly, wildly prolific, with more than 200 novels, another 150 novellas, and numerous other works written under his own name and under a bunch of pseudonyms. He’s best known, though, for the Maigret novels, of which

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2018

July is not holding back on the great new fiction releases. Time to place your holds!

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Check out Charlie Jane

Check out the magic of local author and sci-fi phenom: Charlie Jane Anders.

On the tippy-tail-end of Pride month, I'd like to highlight an amazing local author who's won a boatload of big awards: Charlie Jane Anders. Charlie Jane is not only the winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, co-founder of io9.com, a site about science, sci-fi and the future, but also won the LAMBDA literary award with her first novel, Choir Boy!

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I had the pleasure of attending a

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Celebrate Pride Month with New LGBTQ Themed Books

New LGBTQ books at OPL.

Any time is a good time to read LGBTQ themed books, but since June is Pride month I'm taking this time to highlight these new titles released during 2018. Happy LGBTQ Pride Month and happy reading!

Nonfiction

The World Spins Forward     What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth     Tomorrow Will Be Different

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Waiting for A Gentleman in Moscow?

What are you going to read while you wait for A Gentleman in Moscow?

 

While not the newest or hottest book in our collection, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles has been a consistent favorite with our borrowers. Set in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel, Count Alexander Rostov been held under house arrest since 1922. The decades pass. Rostov builds a rich inner life in a tiny world. Since its publication in September 2016, there has never NOT been a waiting list to read this book whether in print, as an ebook, or as an audiobook. At this writing there are 27 readers in line for the print edition alone. It’s pretty spectacular that a novel that is nearly two years old has still got so many holds.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2018

What will you read in June? These ten novels offer tempting options!

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