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Reading Recommendations: Pride Reads

We believe works by queer writers should be celebrated year-round. So, even while Pride Month comes to a close, we are sharing a list of fantastic LGBTQ reads, curated by Literary Arts staff member Jules Ohman. Check out Jules’ Pride picks below!


Queer YA I wish had existed when I was a teenager:

Felix Ever After
by Kacen Callender

This book filled the “very cool LGBTQ teens in NYC” void left in me when I finished watching the show “Betty” (which I also recommend) on HBO. Felix is deeply empathetic, smart, and funny.

Order your copy of Felix Ever After from an indie bookstore:
Powell’s Books | Broadway Books | Annie Bloom’s Books | Bookshop

Other great queer YA for teens:


Queer fiction I read in one sitting and then read again:

Black Light
by Kimberly King Parsons

This collection of stories destroyed me. It nails the longing of queer adolescence like no other book I’ve read and every sentence is a perfect one.

Order your copy of Black Light from an indie bookstore:
Powell’s Books | Broadway Books | Annie Bloom’s Books | Bookshop

Other great binge reads:


Brilliant Queer Memoirs:

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
by T Kira Madden

I saw T Kira Madden and Saeed Jones in conversation at the Portland Book Festival last year, and it was one of the most moving literary events I’ve been to. Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is gorgeously written and moving. T Kira Madden also features in one of my favorite Vows of all time.

Order your copy of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls from an indie bookstore:
Powell’s Books | Broadway Books | Annie Bloom’s Books | Bookshop

Other great queer memoirs:


Queer classics that changed my life:

Giovanni’s Room
by James Baldwin

I read Giovanni’s Room after coming out, but if someone had given it to me in my teens, I would have understood myself, and the kind of fiction I wanted to write, earlier. It’s a hallucinatory reading experience, and James Baldwin’s genius is manifest on every page.

Order your copy of Giovanni’s Room from an indie bookstore:
Powell’s Books | Broadway Books | Annie Bloom’s Books | Bookshop

Other great queer classics:


“‘You mean elsewhere?’ I said, and the word was loaded, code for whatever was about to happen between us. You can’t just wish for something and really get it, can you?”

Kimberly King Parsons, from “Glow Hunter” in Black Light