Under Consideration for July 2022

By Katelin Deushane  

These books have at least one yes vote by the members of the committee.

Fiction and Poetry

Girl’s Guide to Leaving by Laura Villareal

Tumbleweeds and wandering cacti litter the page, coyotes croon at the prose. In poems haunted by specters of intimate partner violence, Girl’s Guide to Leaving considers what it means to escape the love that trapped you and find a temporary home in the barely cooled ashes of a wildfire.

Just by Looking at Him by Ryan O’Connell

From the star of Peacock’s Queer as Folk and the Netflix series Special comes a darkly witty and touching novel following a gay TV writer with cerebral palsy as he fights addiction and searches for acceptance in an overwhelmingly ableist world.

Our Colors by Gengoroh Tagame

A mesmerizing coming-of-age and coming-out graphic novel by the genius writer-artist of the Eisner Award–winning breakout hit My Brother’s Husband.

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

A story of queer love and working-class families, Young Mungo is the brilliant second novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain.

Nonfiction

Fine by Rhea Ewing

A vibrant and informative debut with “great documentary power” (Alison Bechdel), Fine is an elegantly illustrated celebration of the transgender community.

This Arab is Queer by Elias Jahshan

This ground-breaking anthology features the compelling and courageous memoirs of eighteen queer Arab writers—some internationally bestselling, others using pseudonyms. Here we find heart-warming connections and moments of celebration alongside essays exploring the challenges of being LGBTQ+ and Arab.

This Has Always Been A War by Lori Fox

A powerful, personal critique of capitalist patriarchy as seen through the eyes of a queer radical.

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