Stop reading garbage online and start reading all the great books that are coming out in 2021 instead.
One last wave of all the “Best of 2020” lists you can handle! Plus, Roxane Gay is starting a book club, Carmen Maria Machado’s cheese ball recipe, how to be a girl detective, learning to be OK with being bored, and more.
It’s best books season, the addiction-memoir genre has been dominated by men, somehow it will be March again in just three months, and yes — that piece about High Femme Camp Antics that everyone is subtweeting about.
The word of the year is… depends on who you ask. Plus, being very gay online, a trans-only writing class, getting back into journalling and more.
What happens when literary events move online, why we’re obsessed with other people’s bookshelves, lots of horror reading lists and more.
Why private eyes are watching you, watching everything (jk) (probably); computers are machines; banned books to read by writers of color; Karla Cornejo Villavicencio is the first undocumented person to ever be nominated for a National Book Foundation Award; and more.
Roxane Gay on Audre Lorde, Emily Hashimoto on writing lesbian sex, Tessa Gratton on reclaiming genderqueer monstrousness and more.
The people who fantasize about library sex, excerpts and fall reading lists galore, Black-owned bookstores and radical bookstores, pandemic creativity and more.
The relationships between boredom, work, art, pandemic, and banana bread; the bourgeois romance of pandemic isolation; read books about “disreputable women” by women writers and more.
Raven Leilani’s Luster and the new vocabulary for morality, how lesbian pulp fiction made one essayist feel normal, a ton of new memoirs and more.
The past and future of trans narratives, a new Black-owned bookstore in the Twin Cities, updates on everyone’s pandemic diaries and more.
There’s another kind of revolution happening within this sequel, and that’s where Knecht really blows the doors off the noir genre.
Malinda Lo’s work has been incredibly relevant and sustaining to this site and this community, and her voice on current leaps forward in lesbian cultural production remains unparalleled. Which is why we’re more excited than we can say to partner with PenguinTeen to debut the cover and a new excerpt from Malinda’s latest and most personal book, Last Night at the Telegraph Club.
You’re joining a fight that is by no means new, check out this list of books to make sure you come correct to the next rally.
If you’re looking to escape reality for a little while, look no further than this year’s absolute bumper crop of queer novels. As late spring and summer literary events are postponed and cancelled, writers are looking for ways to connect virtually with readers and the publishing community – and finding ways to keep their creativity flowing in a difficult time.
We finished reading “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler. At its core, the book is about embracing truth and change, which is especially true now — when our world seems much closer to Butler’s science fiction. We’d love for you to talk to us about it!
Supporting small booksellers online, Samantha Irby on writing, reading or not reading books about pandemics, why it’s time to keep a journal and more.
1.4 million free books, virtual museum tours, maintaining a creative practice (but maybe not starting that coronavirus novel) and more.
Come get dystopian and read “Parable of the Sower” with us!
Finding queer desire in literature, why it can feel uncomfortable to read queer romance, two lesbian poets writing under the same pseudonym and more.
The discourse around American Dirt, finding gay hope in The Bluest Eye, what it’d be like if books had smells and more.