Books

15 New LGBT Books to Make Your Summer Hot Hot Hot

Whether your thing is memoir, fiction, new poetry or YA, there’s definitely something coming out this summer by and/or about queer people that you’re going to want to throw in your bag for the beach, get points for in your library’s summer reading program, or share with that new babe you just started seeing who loves your poetry recs.

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Los Angeles 2019-04-17: Book Club: Cocktails and Conversation with Cherríe Moraga

Join Ms. for Cocktails and Conversation with Cherríe Moraga!

At the inaugural event for our new book club community series, author and activist Cherrie Moraga will join Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios in Los Angeles for a conversation about her memoir Native Country of the Heart.

$10 for Ms. Members | $20 for Non-Members

Non-member tickets include admission to the reception and conversation with Cherríe and a one-year membership to Ms.—including print and digital access to the magazine and discounted access to future Ms. events.

We recommend reading the book in advance. Click here to purchase: https://amzn.to/2FBdJrZ

ABOUT THE BOOK

In her intensely moving new memoir, Native Country of the Heart, Cherríe Moraga writes with piercing intimacy about her mother’s past and her own coming-of-age in a half-Mexican, half-Anglo household, where she struggled to come to terms with her own burgeoning queer identity within her family’s Catholic community. “Who needs Juan Preciado or Pedro Paramo when there is Elvira Isabel Moraga and her daughter?” author Myriam Gurba wrote of the “double memoir” in the latest issue of Ms. “As Moraga demonstrates compellingly, they are the stuff of literature, too.”

MEET CHERRIE

Cherríe Moraga is a writer and cultural activist whose work serves to disrupt the dominant narratives of gender, race, sexuality, feminism, indigeneity and literature in the United States. A co-founder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Moraga co-edited the highly influential volume This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color in 1981. After 20 years as an Artist-in-Residence in Theater at Stanford University, Moraga was appointed a professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018—where, with her artistic partner Celia Herrera Rodríguez, she instituted Las Maestras Center for Xicana Indigenous Thought and Art Practice. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Theatre Playwriting Fellowship Award and a United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature.

MEET CARMEN

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms., co-founder and Contributing Editor at Argot Magazine and co-host of Trigger Happy, a weekly feminist webseries on Binge Networks. Her writing, which has been published by outlets including BuzzFeed, BITCH, Everyday Feminism, ElixHER, GrokNation, Girlboss and Feministing, spans the political and personal, emerging from her own background as a mixed-race queer woman of color raised by a working-class single mother.