New book “Gay Bar: Why We Went Out”

The gay bar has long been a place of solidarity but as many are closing, author Jeremy Atherton Lin wondered: What was the gay bar? And how have they shaped him? He examines this and much more in his new book, Gay Bar: Why We Went Out.  https://www.npr.org/2021/02/11/966752896/gay-bar-tracks-the-wave-of-a-whole-culture-and-one-life

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Rainbow Book List announced!

The Rainbow Book List Committee of ALA’s Rainbow Roundtable has released the 2021 Rainbow Book List. The annual annotated bibliography includes 129 titles in this year’s list. For the first time the committee created two Top 10 lists: “The Rainbow Book List Committee is ecstatic to provide these Top 10 lists: one intended for preschool through […]

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New LGBTQ library and archives in Iowa opens

The LGBTQ Iowa Archives and Library opened last month in Iowa City. University of Iowa graduate student Aiden Bettine, one of the founders, says: “There’s a deep affinity that this place is here and it’s happening and it’s prioritizing Iowa in particular …You don’t find these books all together in a room, unless you’re in […]

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Over the Rainbow booklist announced!

The Over the Rainbow Committee of ALA’s Rainbow Roundtable has released the 2021 Over the Rainbow book list.  29 titles make up the Fiction and Poetry longlist and 19 titles are on the Nonfiction longlist this year and here are the top 10 fiction and nonfiction titles: 2021 Over the Rainbow Top 10 Fiction and Non-Fiction […]

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New debut novel “The Prophets” by Robert Jones Jr.

The debut novel The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr., a story of Black queer love between two enslaved men in 19th century Mississippi, is garnering rave reviews. Jones says that “oftentimes, from the heterosexual point of view, queerness is something traumatic that happens to you. The truth of the matter is queerness is just a […]

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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 Booker prize

Douglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain, about a queer boy growing up in 1980’s Glasgow, Scotland, won the 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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