Jan Morris dies at 94

Jan Morris, celebrated writer and transgender pioneer has died at the age of 94. Morris was revered for her journalism, histories, travel writings and her groundbreaking 1974 transition memoir, Conundrum. She herself rejected the term “travel writer” saying her books were “about place, which [is] nothing to do with movement” and in writing about her […]

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Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” wins the Man Booker prize

Douglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain, about a queer boy growing up in 1980’s Glasgow, Scotland, won the Man Booker Prize last week. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54976523 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/19/douglas-stuart-wins-booker-prize-for-debut-shuggie-bain Recently Stuart talked to NPR and to Vulture: https://www.npr.org/2020/11/14/934548946/shuggie-bain-will-lift-you-up-and-tear-you-up https://www.vulture.com/2020/11/shuggie-bain-douglas-stuart.html

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Carnegie Medals longlist announced; “Shuggie Bain”, “Memorial” & “My Autobiography of Carson McCullers” make the list

The 2021 longlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has been announced. Two novels with LGBTQ themes, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart and Memorial by Bryan Washington, are on the fiction list while My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland, described as an “exploration of one of America’s most […]

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Profiles of “Memorial” author Bryan Washington

Vanity Fair and GQ have published conversations with Bryan Washington, author of the new novel Memorial. His story collection Lot was a Stonewall Honor Book this past year and “Good Morning America” just announced Memorial as its book club pick for November. https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/10/bryan-washington-is-writing-the-next-generation-of-queer-love-story https://www.gq.com/story/bryan-washington-memorial-interview

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Children’s book becomes symbol of the fight for LGBTQ rights in Hungary

A newly released Hungarian children’s book, A Fairy Tale for Everyone (Meseorszag mindenkie), has now also become a symbol of the fight for LGBTQ rights in the country. The book includes 17 updated fairy tales that include more diverse, inclusive and LGBTQ characters and the “aim was to make children’s literature more diverse in Hungary […]

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LGBTQ themed books make up half of the twenty most banned books of the past decade

ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released a list of the most banned and challenged books of the past decade this week. NBC Out has published a story focusing on the LGBTQ themed books that make up half of the top twenty books: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lgbtq-themes-found-half-past-decade-s-20-most-banned-n1241353 The complete list is here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/decade2019

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New book explores the new “frontier” of LGBTQ rights around the world

Mark Gevisser’s new book The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers explores the lives of LGBTQ people in nine different countries and chronicles “a new human rights frontier that has come to define, divide and describe the world in a whole new way, a new human rights frontier that is being staked over […]

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Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” on the Booker shortlist

Douglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain has also made the Booker Prize shortlist (and last week was named to the longlist for the National Book Award) with his coming of age tale of a young gay Glasgow boy set during the 1980’s. Stuart spoke about his book earlier this summer: https://theface.com/culture/shuggie-bain-douglas-stuart-book-release-picador

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Brandon Taylor’s “Real Life” makes the Booker shortlist

Brandon Taylor’s debut novel Real Life, an LGBTQ themed novel set on a Midwestern campus, has made the shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize. Taylor gave this interview earlier this summer: https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/m7jkep/brandon-taylor-real-life-casual-racism-review-interview

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