How the representation of queerness is changing in African writing; new Shirley Jackson and Dr. Seuss; teen magazines; sexism in publishing; and more.
“If you adore any of Tea’s other books, you’ll find Mermaid in Chelsea Creek to be every bit as transgressive and illuminating. If you ever escaped into the magical realms created by J.K. Rowling or Tamora Pierce, or if you got hooked on what dystopian YA like the Hunger Games had to say about class and privilege, you’ll relish Mermaid’s intriguing mixture of magic and social realism.”
This book is jam packed with awesome. Unsurprisingly, so is Maggie Nelson.
Poet Leah Horlick’s book of poems For Your Own Good uses the symbolic language of the tarot as a vehicle to express some of the most traumatic experiences of her life. These poems tell the story of an abusive relationship and its aftermath, using tarot cards and tarot symbolism to do so.
Topics include porn stars, the murder of an unarmed homeless black man, The Runaways, Ta-Nehisi Coates, brand-led fake holidays and DigiTour.
Recent books featuring queer people of color, travelling and reading, reading and your brain, your favorite curse word and more. Plus coverage of the Harper Lee coverage.
“If you have a cherished copy of Sisterhood is Powerful on your shelf, or a fascination with the ways tragedies are remembered and forgotten, you’ll enjoy this book.”
Topics include lithium, a terrible cult, Taylor Swift, immigrant detention, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ letter to his son, LGBT Pride and The Awl.
Zines and sci-fi by people of color, queer magical realism, everything’s an essay, rewriting the diary and more.
Aw Yiss! Princess and the Pony prize pack!
Every two weeks I’ll profile a queer lit title that’s outside of the public eye for one reason or another: obscure, small-press, older, aimed at a different niche, or otherwise underrated. This week, we’re learning about Chrystos!
Want to know how to have lesbian sex? These books have your back.
Topics include Charleston, Columbia House, Disney superfans, the sharing economy, romance novels, Margaret Cho and more!
Queer Book Club has lots of great recommendations, a new short story by Malinda Lo, a feminist coloring book and more!
You know about Alex Vause, but you may not know much about Catherine Cleary Wolters, the drug-smuggling lesbian in thick-rimmed glasses who inspired her character. That’s where Out of Orange comes in.
“Queer Sultry Summer,” the newest full-color mini-book from Autostraddle and Everyone is Gay, featuring new writing, illustrations by Rory Midhani, and an exclusive original Lumberjanes comic and so much more. It’s the best thing we’ve ever made. Seriously.
Topics include queer mamas and donor sperm, suicide in Palo Alto, Mary Gaitskill and men, orthodontics, black feminism, Baltimore and moar!
“Orange is the New Black” premieres today, here is your really thorough reading list — from Assata Shakur to nuns against nukes to incredible journalism on the various horrors of the U.S. criminal “justice” system.
Illustrated owls, Judy Blume’s new novel, the Lambda Literary Award winners, what Riese and Rachel have been reading, and more.
Although it is an individual’s work, it feels collective and empowering to see so many voices and ideas represented in this set of glosa poems.