Under consideration for November 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Chin, Staceyann. Crossfire: A Litany for Survival. Haymarket Press, 2019.

Emezi, Akwaeke. The Death of Vivek Oji. Riverhead Books, 2020.

Hart, Ellen. In a Midnight Wood. Minotaur Books, 2020.

La Mackerel, Kama. Zom-Fam. Metonymy Press, 2020.

Ring, Dave (editor). Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn’t Die. Neon Hemlock Press, 2020.

Sarais, Michael. All of My Friends Are Rich. Cloudy Day Publishing, 2020.

Nonfiction

Ali, Mohamed Abdulkarim. Angry Queer Somali Boy: A Complicated Memoir. University of Regina Press, 2019.

Burgess, Rebecca. How to Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual. Jessica Kingsley, 2020.

Glaude, Eddie S., Jr. Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Crown, 2020.

Lisicky, Paul. Later: My Life at the Edge of the World. Graywolf Press, 2020.

Rapinoe, Megan. One Life. Penguin Press, 2020.

Sullivan, Lou. We Both Laughed in Pleasure. Nightboat Books, 2020.

Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein. The Freezer Door. Semiotext(e), 2020.

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Under consideration for October 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Albert, Annabeth. Conventionally Yours. Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2020.

Appleby, Steven. Dragman. Metropolitan Books, 2020.

Catherine, Chelsea. Summer of the Cicadas. Red Hen Press, 2020.

Cipri, Nino. Finna. Tor, 2020.

Danforth, Emily M. Plain Bad Heroines. William Morrow, 2020.

Elliott, Kate. Unconquerable Sun. Tor, 2020.

Huang, S.L. Burning Roses. Tor.com, 2020.

Masad, Ilana. All My Mother’s Lovers. Dutton, 2020.

McMan, Ann. Galileo. Bywater Books, 2019.

Washington, Bryan. Memorial. Riverhead Books, 2020.

Nonfiction

Glaude, Eddie S., Jr. Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Crown, 2020.

Volpert, Megan. Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear. Et Alia Press, 2020.

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Under consideration for September 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Addison, Katherine. Angel of Crows. Tor Books, 2020.

Chang, K-Ming. Bestiary. One World, 2020.

Cipri, Nino. Homesick: Stories. Dzanc Books, 2019.

Corral, Eduardo C. Guillotine: Poems. Graywolf Press, 2020.

Dunbar, Eboni. Stone and Steel. Neon Hemlock Press, 2020.

Frohn, Celine (editor). Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology. Nyx Publishing, 2020.

Garcia, Benjamin. Thrown in the Throat. Milkwood Press, 2020.

Gordon, John R. Hark. Team Angelica, 2020.

Kern, Sim. Depart, Depart! Stelliform Press, 2020.

Lydon, Clare. Before You Say I Do. Custard Books, 2020.

Montlack, Michael. Daddy. NYQ Books, 2020.

Persaud, Ingrid. Love After Love. One World, 2020.

Phillips, Stephanie. Devil Within. Black Mask Comics, 2020.

Wild, Arhm Choi. Cut to Bloom. Write Bloody Publishing, 2020.

Nonfiction

Buttigieg, Chasten. I Have Something to Tell You. Atria, 2020.

Doyle, Glennon. Untamed. Dial Press, 2020.

Eskridge, William N. Jr. and Christopher R. Riano. Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws. Yale University Press, 2020.

Faliveno, Melissa. Tomboyland: Essays. Topplebooks, 2020.

Glasby, Hillery, Sherrie Gradin, and Rachael Ryerson (editors). Storytelling in Queer Appalachia. West Virginia University Press, 2020.

Hernández, Robb. Archiving an Epidemic. NYU Press, 2019.

Ivester, Jo. Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey. She Writes Press, 2020.

Levya, Marizol and Selenis Levya. My Sister: How One Sibling’s Transition Changed Us Both. Bold Type Books, 2020.

Lorde, Audre (edited by Roxane Gay). Selected Works of Audre Lorde. W. W. Norton, 2020.

Malatino, Hil. Trans Care. University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

Wagner, R. Richard. Coming Out, Moving Forward: Wisconsin’s Recent Gay History. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2020.

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Under consideration for August 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Bass, Ellen. Indigo. Copper Canyon Press, 2020.

Bellefleur, Alexandria. Written in the Stars. Avon, 2020.

Doss, Zachary. Boy Oh Boy. Red Hen Press, 2020.

Flowers, Charles. The Idea of Him. Midsummer Nights Press, 2020.

Guenther, Faye. Swimmers in Winter. Invisible Publishing, 2020.

Lansky, Sam. Broken People. Hanover Square Press, 2020.

Maldonado, Ricardo Alberto. The Life Assignment. Four Way Books, 2020.

Mootoo, Shani. Polar Vortex. Akashic Books, 2020.

Polk, C.L. Stormsong. Tom Doherty Associates, 2020.

Sala, Sarah M. Devil’s Lake. Tolsun Books, 2020.

Singer, Lea. The Piano Student. New Vessel Press, 2020.

Stintzi, John Elizabeth. Vanishing Monuments. Arsenal Pulp, 2020.

Tran, Eric. The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer. Autumn House Press, 2020.

Wilson, G. Willow, and Christian Ward. Invisible Kingdom: Volume 1, The Walking Path. Dark Horse Comics, 2019.

Nonfiction

Belcourt, Billy-Ray. A History of My Brief Body. Two Dollar Radio, 2020.

McBeth, Mark. Queer Literacies. Lanham Lexington Books, 2019.

Som, Bishakh. Spellbound: a Graphic Memoir. Street noise Books, 2020.

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Under consideration for July 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Borges Polesso, Natália. Amora: Stories. Amazon Crossing, 2020.

Dolan, Naoise. Exciting Times. Ecco, 2020.

Fitzwater, A. J. No Man’s Land. Paper Road Press, 2020.

Hargrave, Kiran Millwood. The Mercies. Little, Brown, 2020.

Hart, Ellen. Twisted at the Root. St. Martin’s, 2019.

Hudson, Genevieve. Boys of Alabama. W. W. Norton, 2020.

Jedrowski, Tomasz. Swimming in the Dark. William Morrow, 2020.

Kispert, Peter. I Know You Know Who I Am. Penguin Books, 2020.

Manning, Corinne. We Had No Rules. Arsenal Pulp, 2020.

Mar-Jones, Adam. Box Hill. New Directions, 2020.

Rader, Mark. The Wanting Life. Unnamed Press, 2020.

Smith, Timothy Jay. Fire on the Island. Arcade Crimewise, 2020.

Stintzi, John Elizabeth. Junebat. Anansi, 2020.

Upson, Nicola. Sorry for the Dead. Crooked Lane, 2019.

Nonfiction

Díaz, Jaquira. Ordinary Girls. Algonquin Press, 2019.

Jansson, Tove. Letters from Tove. University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

Manion, Jen. Female Husbands: A Trans History. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Wojczuk, Tana. Lady Romeo: The Radical and Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America’s First Celebrity. Avid/Simon & Schuster, 2020.

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Under consideration for June 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Alexander, Jenn. Home. Bywater, 2020.

Arafat, Zaina. You Exist Too Much. Catapult, 2020.

Aragón, Francisco. After Rubén. Red Hen Press, 2020.

Caruso, Melissa. The Obsidian Tower. Orbit, 2020.

Christmas, Jillian. The Gospel of Breaking. Arsenal Pulp, 2020.

Guzmán, Roy G. Catrachos: Poems. Graywolf, 2020.

Sickels, Carter. The Prettiest Star. Hub City Press, 2020.

Som, Biskakh. Apsara Engine. Feminist Press, 2020.

Staples, Dennis. This Town Sleeps. Counterpoint, 2020.

Non-Fiction

Adjmi, David. Lot Six. Harper, 2020.

Bombardier, Cooper Lee. Pass with Care: Memoirs. Dottir Press, 2020.

Esposito, Cameron. Save Yourself. Grand Central Publishing, 2020.

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Under Consideration for May 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Buchanan, Rowan Hisayo. Starling Days. Abrams, 2020.

Charles, KJ. Slippery Creatures. KJC Books, 2020.

Dawn, Amber. My Art is Killing Me and Other Poems. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020.

Delabroy-Allard, Pauline. They Say Sarah. Other Press, 2020.

Earley, Elizabeth. Like Wings, Your Hands. Red Hen Press, 2019.

Hall, Alexis. Boyfriend Material. Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2020.

Hashimoto, Emily. A World Between. Feminist Press, 2020.

Herren, Greg. Royal Street Reveillon. Bold Strokes Books, 2019.

Hicks, Faylita. Hoodwitch: Poems. Acre Books, 2019.

Knecht, Rosalie. Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery. Tin House, 2020.

Moniz, Tomas. Big Familia. Acre Books, 2019.

Shraya, Vivek. The Subtweet. ECW Books, 2020.

 

Non-Fiction

Altman, Elissa. Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing. Ballantine Books, 2019.

Baron, Dennis. What’s Your Pronoun? Beyond He and She. W. W. Norton, 2020.

Boylan, Jennifer Finney. Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs. Celadon Books, 2020.

Brim, Matt. Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University. Duke University Press, 2020.

Cervini, Eric. The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2020.

Chen, Angela. Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex. Beacon Press, 2020.

Crewes, Eleanor. The Times I Knew I Was Gay. Scribner, 2020.

Ghaziani, Amin, and Matt Brim, editors. Imagining Queer Methods. NYU Press, 2019.

Koestenbaum, Wayne. Figure It Out: Essays. Soft Skull Press, 2020.

Marszalek, John F. Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet: Same-Sex Couples in Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.

Mesch, Rachel. Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth-Century France. Stanford University Press, 2020.

Orloff, Alvin. DISASTERAMA!: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977 to 1997. Three Rooms Press, 2019.

Ortile, Matt. The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows I’ve Made about Race, Resistance, and Romance. Bold Type Books, 2020.

Rasmussen, Crystal. Diary of a Drag Queen. FSG Originals, 2020.

Rogers, Baker A. Trans Men in the South: Becoming Men. Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.

Szewczyk, Jesse. Tasty Pride: 75 Recipes and Stories from the Queer Food Community. Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2020.

Thomas, R. Eric. Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America. Ballantine Books.

 

 

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Under Consideration for April 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Awkward-Rich, Cameron. Dispatch. Persea Books, 2019.

Bibbins, Mark. 13th Balloon. Copper Canyon Press, 2020.

Brayden, Melissa. Back to September. Bold Strokes Books, 2019.

Cabezón Cámara, Gabriela and Frances Riddle. Slum Virgin. Charco Press, 2019.

Coldiron, Katharine. Ceremonials. Kernpunkt Press, 2020.

Diaz, Natalie. Postcolonial Love Poem. Graywolf Press, 2020.

Kramer, Larry. The American People Volume 2: The Brutality of Fact, A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.

Plante, Hazel Jane. Little Blue Encyclopedia. Metonymy Press, 2019.

Reed, Justin Phillip. The Malevolent Volume. Coffee Press Books, 2020.

Smith, Danez. Homie. Graywolf Press, 2020.

Szpara, K. M. Docile. Tor, 2020.

Villanueva Siasoco, Ricco. The Foley Artist. Gaudy Boy, 2019.

Non-Fiction

Barker, Meg-John. Gender: A Graphic Guide. Icon Books, 2019.

Clemmons, François. Officer Clemmons. Catapult, 2020.

Ruberg, Bonnie. Queer Games Avant-Garde. Duke University Press, 2020.

Shapland, Jenn. My Autobiography of Carson McCullers. Tin House Books, 2020.

Wizenberg, Molly. The Fixed Stars. Abrams Press, 2020.

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Under Consideration for March 2020

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

Crain, Caleb. Overthrow. Penguin Random House, 2019.

Delgado Lopera, Juliana. Fiebre Tropical. Feminist Press, 2020.

Foster, Claire Rudy. Shine of the Ever. Interlude Press, 2019.

Gailey, Sarah. Upright Women Wanted. Tor, 2020.

Greenwell, Garth. Cleanness. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.

Heard, Wendy. The Kill Club. Mira Books, 2019.

Johnson, Cyree Jarelle. Slingshot. Nightboat Books, 2019.

Klune, TJ. The House in the Cerulean Sea. Tor, 2020.

Laskey, Celia. Under the Rainbow. Riverhead, 2020.

Lee, Joon Oluchi. Neotenica. Nightboat Books, 2020.

Martin, Kimmery. The Antidote for Everything. Berkley, 2020.

Moskovich, Yelena. Virtuoso. Two Dollar Radio, 2020.

Muir, Tasmyn. Harrow the Ninth. Tor, 2020.

Phillips, Xandria. Hull. Nightboat Books, 2019.

Porter, Chana. The Seep. Soho Press, 2020.

Taylor, Brandon. Real Life. Riverhead, 2020.

Non-Fiction

Arceneaux, Michael. I Don’t Want to Die Poor. Atria Books, 2020.

Gottlieb, Iris. Seeing Gender. Chronicle Books, 2019.

Koets, Julia. Rib Joint: A Memoir in Essays. Red Hen Press, 2020.

Lavery, Daniel. Something that May Shock and Discredit You. Simon and Schuster, 2020.

Li, Helen, Jake Hall, Jasjyot Singh Hans, Sofie Birkin. The Art of Drag. Nobrow Press, 2020.

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Over the Rainbow Press Release, ALAMW 2020

PHILADELPHIA–The Over the Rainbow committee of ALA’s Rainbow Roundtable gave careful consideration to 324 books this year, 152 fiction and 172 nonfiction. We chose 32 fiction titles and 38 nonfiction titles to make up the complete 2020 Over the Rainbow book list. We are excited by the continued expansion of queer publishing. The depth of substantial topics covered and the number of quality books from all over the genre spectrum is thrilling. No longer is the focus solely upon stories of tragedy. We read about lives filled with joy.
The top ten fiction and nonfiction titles are:
Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Marlon James. Riverhead Books, 2019.
Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement. David K. Johnson. Columbia University Press, 2019.
Claiming the B in LGBT: Illuminating the Bisexual Narrative. Edited by Kate Harrad. Thorntree Press, 2018.
Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers. Jake Skeets. Milkweed Editions, 2019.
Gideon the Ninth. Tamsyn Nuir. Tom Doherty Associates, 2019.
In the Dream House. Carmen Maria Machado. Graywolf Press, 2019.
Introduction to Transgender Studies. Ardel Haefele-Thomas. Harrington Park Press, 2019.
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Machines. Olivia Waite. Avon Impulse, 2019.
The Priory of the Orange Tree. Samantha Shannon. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
When Brooklyn Was Queer. Hugh Ryan. St. Martin’s Press, 2019.

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