Naomi Jackson, author of Star Side of Bird Hill, visiting with City-As-School students
Lambda’s LGBT Writers in Schools program introduces lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature to K-12 classrooms for in person visits throughout New York City, and to classrooms nationwide via video Skype
The program inspires rich conversations about queer stories between authors, students and teachers, and encourages diversity and openness not only in the students’ lives, but also in society at large.
Provides an opportunity for students to meet authors and receive a free, autographed copy of a book for each participating student.
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1,200 Students Served
Michael Barakiva signing One Man Guy for a student
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Naomi Jackson visiting students at Harvey Milk High School
Aaron Clippinger, author of A Different Dolphin, visiting with
2nd graders at PS 328X Elementary School
Format: Hardcover / 8 – 12 years / 256 pages / ISBN-13: 978-03743050
It’s spring of their fifth-grade year and Rip and Red have a thrilling opportunity to participate in a weekend basketball tournament with a few other members of Clifton United. While the tournament is only a short bus ride away, both boys will travel outside their comfort zones. Ultra-competitive Rip must play on a team with kids he doesn’t like. But he faces an even bigger hurdle when someone from his past returns, someone he hasn’t seen in years, someone who just may derail the entire weekend. As for Red, because of his autism spectrum disorder, he’s never traveled anywhere without his mother. Will he muster the courage to take the trip? Fortunately for both boys, also on the team is an unlikely addition, a source of inspiration who helps everyone discover the true meaning of the word champion.
Tournament of Champions
Phil Bildner is a former attorney and New York City Public School teacher (middle school for eleven years) who now writes picture books and middle grade novels. His latest books are Tournament of Champions, the third book in the Rip & Red middle grade series, and Martina and Chrissie, the picture book dual biography of tennis icons Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. Phil lives in Newburgh, NY with his husband and puppy.
Format: Hardcover /Age Range: 7-10 ISBN-13: 9780763673086
Martina and Chrissie
A fascinating dual biography of tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert celebrates the power of equality, respect, and sportsmanship.
Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert come from completely different places and play tennis in completely different ways. Chrissie is the all-American girl: practiced, poised, with perfect technique. Martina hails from Czechoslovakia, a Communist country, and her game is ruled by emotion. Everything about them is different, except one thing: they both want to be the best. But as their intense rivalry grows, something else begins to swing into place, and a friendship forms that will outlast all their tennis victories. Phil Bildner and Brett Helquist tell the engaging true story of these two masters of the court as they win title after title -- and, most importantly, the hearts of the fans.
A Different Dolphin
A Different Dolphin is story of self-discovery. A young, impressionable dolphin is consistently reminded by his peers why he is different, and he feels ostracized from his community. He becomes very lonely and depressed. When he feels all hope is lost, kind and ethereal creatures lit him up with encouraging wisdom of self- love and self-compassion...and it’s just in the nick of time. Upon finding his inner strength, he discovers that his community is under attack by local poachers. His friends and family are trapped and he is their only hope. Our hero is emboldened with courage and love for his fellow dolphins and comes up with a way to rescue his community from the poachers’ nets. Aaron Clippinger wrote and published this story for all of the kids who feel ostracized by their community because of their differences. In today’s society, differences should be celebrated, but sadly there are many children and adults who feel disconnected from society because of their differences or are too scared to share what makes them different. Teaching children acceptance at a young age is important for the development of the gay community but also other marginalized groups. Aaron is an entrepreneur, writer, attorney, and recruiter living and working in Woodside, New York. The inspiration of this book came after he watched the documentary, “The Cove.” The slaughter of dolphins struck a chord, and he sought to express his feelings and motivate change through creative writing. As he wrote, his own experiences as a young gay boy fused into the story. Aaron’s hope is that people of all ages and sexual orientations might find value in the message of encouraging self-compassion and its promotion of protecting our finned-friends of the sea.
Format: Hardcover / Kindergarten - 6 /
50 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0692751527
Aaron Clippinger is an author, attorney, entrepreneur, and recruiter. He is from Coral Springs, FL and he currently lives in Woodside Queens, NY.
A Top 2015 Mighty Girl Books for Young Children Pick
GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association, Selected for the 2016 Rainbow Book List
Huffington Post, Best Picture Books of 2015, Honorable Mention
Anti-Defamation League, Book of the Month, June 2015
Format: Hardcover / 4 - 7 years / 36 pages / ISBN-13: 978-1452111902
Stella Brings the Family
Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two daddies to do? It's not that she doesn't have someone who helps her with her homework, or tucks her in at night. Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her, and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn't have a mom to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.
Miriam B. Schiffer is a co-author of the children's book review column "The Reading Chair" in Young Children, a journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University. Stella Brings the Family is her first book for children. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their twin kindergarteners
Alex Gino, author of George, visit with PS 20's GSA club
Middle Reader Authors
Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s Stonewall Award
Winner, LGBT Children’s/Young Adult Lambda Literary Award
Gold, Juvenile, California Book Awards
Winner, Debut Author, Children’s Choice Book Awards
Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015
NPR Best Books of 2015
Publishers Weekly Best Books 2015
School Library Journal Best Books 2015
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy.
With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all .
Format: Paperback / 8 - 12 years / 224 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0545812573
Alex Gino is an American children's book writer. Gino's debut book, George, was the winner of the 2016 Stonewall Book Award as well as the 2016 Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBT Children's/Young Adult.
The Other Boy
M.G. Hennessey loves Star Wars, the San Francisco Giants, strawberry ice cream, and dancing. A supporter of the Transgender Law Center, Gender Spectrum. and the Human Rights Campaign, she lives in Los Angeles with her family. She/Her
A heartfelt and timely middle grade story about a transgender boy’s journey toward acceptance and empathy. Perfect for fans of George and Gracefully Grayson.
Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is just a regular boy. He loves pitching for his baseball team, working on his graphic novel, and hanging out with his best friend, Josh. But Shane is keeping something private, something that might make a difference to his teammates, to Josh, and to his new crush, Madeline. And when a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, Shane’s whole world comes crashing down. It will take a lot of courage for Shane to ignore the hate and show the world that he’s still the same boy he was before. And in the end, those who stand beside him may surprise everyone, including Shane.
Format: Hardcover / 8 - 12 years / 240 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0062427663
After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this stunning debut novel exquisitely illustrated by the author.
Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but at his Texas high school those traits would only bring him the worst kind of attention.
In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance-art-inspired superhero, Graphite.
But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it’s time to not be so invisible after all—no matter how dangerous the risk.
Format: Papaerback / 12 - 17 years /
528 pages / ISBN-13: 978-1481452816
Draw the Line
DRAW THE LINE has been selected for the 2017-2018 Spirit of Texas Reading Program High School List. Only 6 YA authors were selected for this honor.
Laurent Linn’s love for puppets led him to become an Emmy Award–winning puppet designer and builder in Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop, creating characters for various productions, including the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films, eventually becoming creative director for the Sesame Street Muppets. His love for art led him from his hometown of Dallas, Texas, to New York City, where he currently art directs and designs books for kids and teens. And his love for transformative stories (and superheroes) led him to write and illustrate Draw the Line, his first novel.
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
Format: Hardcover / 10 and up / 304 pages / ISBN-13: 978-1524701246
David Barclay Moore
David Barclay Moore was born and raised working class in Missouri. After studying creative writing at Iowa State University, film at Howard University in Washington, DC and language studies at L’Universite de Montpellier in France, David moved to New York City. He was a Semi-Finalist for the 2008 Sundance Screenwriters Lab for an original screenplay and a 2006-07 Yaddo Fellow in creative writing & film. Hulbert’s Original Soul Kitchen, his first fiction manuscript, is a quasi-existentialist, murder mystery told from the vantage point and with the vernacular of a disenfranchised, gay Harlem youth. David has also recently completed a trilogy of Young Adult fantasy novel manuscripts.
It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly’s always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward.
His path isn’t clear—and the pressure to join a “crew,” as his brother did, is always there. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape—and an unexpected bridge back to the world.
David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge—of adolescence, of grief, of violence—and shows how Lolly’s inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.
Chinelo Okparanta, Author of Under the Udala Trees, visits with
students of Math, Science and Technology Through Arts
Young Adult/Adult Authors
Michael Barakiva is an Armenian-Israeli American theatre director and writer who lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his husband Rafael. He serves as the Artistic Director of the Upstart Creatures (www.upstartcreatures.com), a theatre company dedicated to throwing (meta)physical feasts, and as the Interim Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York. He is an avid board game player, cook, and a proud member of the New York Ramblers (Most Improved Player, 2012), the world's first openly-gay soccer team. Michael is currently working on a stand-alone sequel to his first novel One Man Guy, titled Hold My Hand.
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Summer school, a cute boy, and overbearing Armenian parents―what’s a guy to do?
Alek Khederian was looking forward to a relaxing summer. But when his parents announce that he’ll be attending summer school in order to bring up his grades, Alek is sure this experience will be just as hellish as his freshman year of high school. But he never could’ve predicted that he’d meet someone like Ethan.
Ethan is everything Alek wishes he were: confident, free-spirited, and irreverent. When Ethan gets Alek to cut school and go to a Rufus Wainwright concert in New York City’s Central Park, Alek embarks on his first adventure outside the confines of his suburban New Jersey existence. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend―he’s barely ever had a girlfriend―but maybe it’s time to think again.
Format: Paperback / 12 - 18 years / 272 pages / ISBN-13: 978-125007357
One Man Guy
I Am J
Cris Beam is the author of Transparent, a Stonewall Honor Book and Lambda Literary Award winner. She has an MFA in writing from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia, New York University, and The New School. I Am J is her debut young adult novel. While living in LA, Cris volunteered at Eagles, a high school for gay and transgender kids. During the 2.5 years Cris taught there, she became deeply involved with a complex but marginalized tribe of transgender teens who had nowhere to go but the streets, one of whom became her foster daughter.
Kirkus Best Book 2011
Library Guild Selection of 2011
First book with a transgender character to be placed on the state of California's recommended reading list for public high schools
J always felt different. When he was younger, he’d been certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him. Eventually, J stopped praying to wake up a “real boy” and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible—from his family, from his friend... from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he’s done hiding— it’s time to be who he really is. And this time he his determined not to give up, no matter the cost. An inspiring story of self-discovery, of choosing to stand up for yourself, and of finding your own path—readers will recognize a part of themselves in J’s struggle to love his true self.
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 352 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0316053600
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 240 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0312428167
Someday This Pain
Will Be Useful to You
Peter Cameron’s fiction has been published in The New Yorker,The Paris Review, and Grand Street. He is the author of the adult novels The City of Your Final Destination, Andorra, and The Weekend. Merchant Ivory Productions is currently preparing a film version of The City of Your Final Destination, to be directed by James Ivory from a screenplay written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. In addition, Cameron’s play A Thing of the Past was read at the Lincoln Center Theater by a cast including Estelle Parsons and Marian Seldes. Cameron has also taught courses at Columbia University, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oberlin College. He lives in New York City.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. Articulate, sensitive, and cynical, he rejects all of the assumptions that govern the adult world around him–including the expectation that he will go to college in the fall. He would prefer to move to an old house in a small town somewhere in the Midwest. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You takes place over a few broiling days in the summer of 2003 as James confides in his sympathetic grandmother, stymies his canny therapist, deplores his pretentious sister, and devises a fake online identity in order to pursue his crush on a much older coworker. Nothing turns out how he'd expected.
Interview with Peter Cameron
NYPL Books for the Teen Age
Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Amazon.com Top 10 Editor's Picks: Teens
ALA Rainbow Project Book List
New York Public Library,
GLBT Round Table of the ALA Award
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association Award
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.
By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 352 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0735213463
Garrard Conley is the author of the memoir, Boy Erased, out from Riverhead (Penguin) May 2016. His work can be found in TIME, VICE, CNN, Buzzfeed Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Writers' Conferences and has facilitated craft classes for Catapult, Grub Street, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown.
A movie is in the works starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton and produced by Anonymous Content and Focus Features.
JP Howard's debut collection, SAY/MIRROR, is a dialogue of history and memory, reflecting on and integrating vintage photographs of her mother, Ruth King (a fairly well known African American runway model in Harlem during the 1940's and 1950's) with snapshots from the poet's own childhood. This manuscript began to emerge when Howard gained access to a large collection of her mother's modeling photos, as well as some local Harlem magazine and newspaper clippings, and was thereby offered a window into her heyday, begging comparison to and recollection of a complex motherhood away from the spotlight. Here is a project that seeks to use poetry as both memoir and biography, alongside the evocative nostalgia of vintage image—a map from which Howard has pieced together the bright but uneven path of growing up in the shadow of a "model" mother. The atlas of SAY/MIRROR charts the islands of the poet and her mother's overlapping lives—unearthing the shared experiences of a single parent and only child, coming to terms with each other in the 1970's and 80's: a socio-historical-emotional retelling of the life of a diva through a daughter's eyes, with both parent and child learning to navigate the rocky terrain therein.
Format: Paperback/ Grades 9 and up / 68 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0986050527
Poet, educator and activist, JP Howard’s debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System), was a 2016 Lambda Literary finalist. JP is one of the featured poets in the 2017 Lesbian Poet Trading Card series from Headmistress Press. She was a 2016 Lambda Literary Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award winner and has received fellowships and/or awards from Cave Canem, VONA, Lambda, and Astraea. JP curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, a supportive forum in NY offering writers a monthly venue to collaborate. She holds a BA from Barnard College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School and an MFA from The City College of New York.
Martin Hyatt, a Louisiana native, is the author of the Lambda-nominated novels, Beautiful Gravity and A Scarecrow's Bible. His books focus on working-class queer life and have both received Stonewall Honor Book Awards from the American Library Association. Martin is also the recipient of the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, an Edward F. Albee Fellowship and was named a "star of tomorrow" by NY Magazine. His best-known essays include "An Open Letter to Mike Pence" and "How to Skin a Deer," both published in the Huffington Post. He currently teaches writing at various colleges and universities.
A 2017 American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in Literature
A 2017 Lambda Literary Awards finalist
Loner Boz Matthews spends his days working at his grandfather's Louisiana highway diner. His only friends are the Pentecostal preacher's anorexic daughter, Meg, and the ghosts of dead movie stars. But when country music outlaws Catty Mills and Kyle Thomas come to town, Boz's world is turned upside-down, leading to an emotionally turbulent and sexually liberating four-way relationship that challenges small-town beliefs and changes lives forever. Beautiful Gravity is a story of broken dreams and haunted Southern nights--a reminder of what it means to be loved and what it means to be set free.
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 224 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0997592306
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 432 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0147511331
Alex London has written more than 20 books for children, teens, and adults. His young adult debut, Proxy, was an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, a Best Fiction For Young Adults and Rainbow List selection and appeared on many state award lists around the nation. At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he has been a public librarian, a bookseller, and a snorkel salesman (really!). He lives with his husband and dog in Philadelphia.
Knox was born into one of the City's wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.
Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.
Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 240 pages / ISBN-13: 978-1551525815
Sassafras Lowrey is a teenage runaway who grew up to become the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Hir books—Lost Boi, A Little Queermas Carol, Roving Pack, Kicked Out and Leather Ever After—have been honored by organizations ranging from the American Library Association to the Lambda Literary Foundation. Sassafras' literary work focuses on themes of queer youth homelessness, the creation of chosen (queer) family, and genderqueer identities. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir partner, and their menagerie of dogs and cats.
2016 Lambda Literary Finalist – Transgender Fiction
American Library Association Top LGBT Books for Adults
Rainbow Award Honorable Mention
In Sassafras Lowrey’s gorgeous queer punk reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story, prepare to be swept overboard into a world of orphaned, abandoned, and runaway bois who have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the fearless leader of the Lost Bois brigade and the newly corrupted Mommy Wendi who, along with the tomboy John Michael, Pan convinces to join him at Neverland.
Told from the point of view of Tootles, Pan’s best boi, the lost bois call the Neverland squat home, creating their own idea of family, and united in their allegiance to Pan, the boi who cannot be broken, and their refusal to join ranks with Hook and the gentrifying pirates. Like a fever-pitched dream, Lost Boi situates a children’s fantasy within a subversive alternative reality, chronicling the lost bois’ search for belonging, purpose, and their struggle against the biggest battle of all: growing up.
American Library Association Rainbow Book List
2nd Place Rainbow Book Award Transgender Fiction
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 358 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0985700904
Roving Pack is set in an underground world of homeless queer teens. The stories follow the daily life of Click, a straight-edge transgender kid searching for community, identity, and connection amidst chaos. As the stories unfold, we meet a pack of newly sober gender rebels creating art, families and drama in dilapidated punk houses across Portland, Oregon. Roving Pack offers fast-paced in-your-face accounts of leather, sex, hormones, house parties, and protests. But, when gender fluidity takes an unexpected turn, the pack is sent reeling. learn more at www.RovingPack.com
Format: Hardcover / Grades 9 and up / 272 pages / ISBN-13: 9781250068620
Sarah McCarry is the author of the novels All Our Pretty Songs, Dirty Wings, and About A Girl, the editor and publisher of the chapbook series Guillotine, the Media Coordinator for The Doula Project, and the Executive Director of the Eve Kososfky Sedgwick Foundation. Her work has been shortlisted for the Lambda Award, the Norton Award, and the Tiptree Award and she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Joint Quantum Institute, and the Launchpad Writers' Workshop. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, Glamour, Refinery29.com, the Stranger, and elsewhere.
About A Girl
Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There's no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past and instead finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future. The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger and more complicated than she ever imagined. Can Tally face the truth about her family and find her way home in time to save herself from its consequence.
2016 Lambda Award Finalist in Young Adult Ficiton
2016 Rainbow List
A new state, a new city, a new high school. Mike’s father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don’t want to go. Dad wants Mike to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, but there’s something uneasy behind his demands.
Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and “hey” becomes games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school. A night at the beach. The fierce colors of sunrise. But Mike’s father is always watching. And so is Victor from school, cell phone in hand.
In guarded, Carveresque prose that propels you forward with a sense of stomach-dropping inevitability, Rafi Mittlefehldt tells a wrenching tale of first love and loss that exposes the undercurrents of a tidy suburban world. Heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming, It Looks Like This is a novel of love and family and forgiveness — of others and especially of yourself.
Rafi Mittlefehldt is the author of It Looks Like This. Raised in Houston, Rafi worked briefly as a reporter for a small-town newspaper in Central Texas. He now works in book publishing and volunteers for I'm From Driftwood, a non-profit that collects and posts LGBTQ stories from around the world. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband Damien and dog Betty.
Format: Hardcover / Grades 9 and up / 336 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0763687199
It Looks Like This
Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko was born in Tanzania, raised mostly in Kenya plus other East and central African countries. Nick worked for Reuters News Agency's regional headquarters in East Africa, fertile ground for invaluable source material and story, particularly fiction. While a Point Scholar at Columbia University's undergraduate and graduate programs, Nick, then female-bodied, transitioned into being.
Format: Paperback/ Grades 9 and up / 240 pages / ISBN-13: 978-3981386325
A finely crafted and eloquent work about two lesbians in Kenya and their struggle for acceptance. One, Awino, a Kenyan, rather masculine type and Bobby, a feminine American Peace Corp volunteer. The story takes place in a small, fictional Kenyan village and revolves around Awino's struggle to be accepted by her family and be true to herself, in a society where such non-traditional relationships are forbidden and can be punishable by death.
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 336 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0544811799
Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls.
When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.
As Edwidge Danticat has made personal the legacy of Haiti's political coming of age, Okparanta's Under the Udala Trees uses one woman's lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope -- a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.
Under the Udala Tress
Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparanta received her BS from Pennsylvania State University, her MA from Rutgers University, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. A Colgate University Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Fiction as well as a recipient of the University of Iowa's Provost's Postgraduate Fellowship in Fiction, Okparanta was nominated for a US Artists Fellowship in 2012. She has been awarded additional fellowships and faculty appointments/visiting professorships at Columbia University, Purdue University, Middlebury College (Bread Loaf's John Gardner Fellow in Fiction), Howard University (Hurston/Wright Foundation Summer Writing Workshop Fiction Faculty), City College of New York, and Southern New Hampshire University. In 2017, Okparanta was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. Under the Udala Trees is her first novel.
Shortlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award
A 2017 Amelia Bloomer Project Selection (of the American Library Association)
Winner of the 2016 Inaugural Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from The Publishing Triangle
Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for General Lesbian Fiction
Winner of the 2016 Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award in Fiction
2016 Nominee for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award in Fiction
2016 NAACP Image Awards Nominee, "Outstanding Literary Work—Fiction"
2015 Kirkus Prize in Fiction Nominee
2016 Publishing Triangle Award Finalist (Ferro-Grumley Literary Award)
Long-listed for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 144 pages / ISBN-13: 978-1401259785
Midnighter Vol. 1: Out
Steve Orlando is a comic book writer. He has created Undertow and VIRGIL for Image Comics, as well as Midnighter, Batman and Robin Eternal, and more for DC Comics, and contributes to Power Rangers at BOOM Studios.
The first chapter in the all-new adventures of MIDNIGHTER joins renowned writer Steve Orlando and acclaimed artists Aco, Stephen Mooney and Alec Morgan.
Between the supercomputer wired into his brain and the enhancements saturating his body, the living weapon known as Midnighter doesn’t face a lot of real challenges to his uncanny combat skills. Lucky for him, he enjoys beating the tar out of low-level bad guys as much as the high-end ones—and since his recent breakup with his first love (and fellow superhuman) Apollo, he’s had plenty of chances to engage in his unique brand of physical therapy.
Now, insanely dangerous weapons are beginning to pop up all over the globe, wreaking havoc on society and complicating Midnighter’s professional and personal life. As the outbreaks pile up, tracking them back to the original thief becomes an overriding imperative .
“Viral, by Suzanne Parker, both embodies and outdistances its form: an extended elegy for Tyler Clementi (the Rutgers student whose privacy was brutally invaded by his roommate and sent out on the web, precipitating Tyler’s suicide). It exceeds the elegy form and becomes a shocked, beautifully anaphoric invocation―a hopeless nonstop summons, a call-out to the lost one―to bring him back. These are relentlessly tender, impossibly empathetic poems―which echo and clarify the body of grief― '…the need to pass/through the impassable and land/in a space I fill, exactly.' The emotional tension is unbearable, but sustained, just as the human heart goes on, after unimaginable loss.” ―Carol Muske-Dukes
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 80 pages / ISBN-13: 978-1938584015
Suzanne Parker is a winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award for her poetry collection Viral (Alice James Books, 2013), which was written in response to the suicide of Rutger's University student Tyler Clementi. The book was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and was on the National Library Association’s Over the Rainbow List of recommended books for 2013. She is also a winner of Tupelo Press’s Sunken Garden Chapbook Award for her collection Feed (Tupelo Press, 2016). Her work has recently appeared in Passages North, Tampa Review, Notre Dame Review, Diode, Cimarron Review, and Hunger Mountain. Suzanne lives in NYC where she is a poetry editor at MEAD: A Magazine of Literature and Libations; she also directs the creative writing program at Brookdale Community College in NJ and teaches in the MFA program at Manhattanville College.
Winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award
Finalist - Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry 2014
ALA Rainbow List 2014
Sarah Prager is an activist, public speaker, and writer with a B.A. from Boston University and a Certificate of Communications from Emerson College. She is the founder and director of Quist, a free mobile app that aims to bring queer history to the world in an interesting and interactive way. Sarah came out as a lesbian at the age of fourteen and taught herself LGBTQ history as a means of gaining a sense of community. She has been an activist since that time, working for marriage equality, bisexual visibility, HIV prevention, sexual assault prevention, and basic LGBTQ human rights abroad. She has written about LGBTQ history for the Huffington Post, The Advocate, the It Gets Better Project’s blog, and QED: A Journal of LGBTQ Worldmaking. She lives in Connecticut with her wife and their child. This is her first book.
Format: Hardcover / Grades 9 and up / 272 pages / ISBN- 978-0062474315
Queer, There, and Everywhere
World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them.
Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.
By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.
Kate is a playwright and novelist who grew up in New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn with her wife and two black cats. Kate's debut novel Fans of the Impossible Life was a Fall 2015 Indie Next pick, a Junior Library Guild pick, a 2016 Rainbow List Top Ten Pick, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and has been translated into nine languages. Kate is a 2016/17 New Georges Audrey resident, and her play Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf will have a debut production with Elevator Repair Service Theater in Spring, 2018.
Mira is starting over at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to pretend that she could act like a functioning human this time, not a girl who can’t get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she’s with Sebby.
Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint Francis who’s been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. When he sees Sebby for the first time across the school lawn, it’s as if he’s been expecting this blond, lanky boy with mischief glinting in his eye.
Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him. Even as life in his foster home starts to take its toll, Sebby and Mira together craft a world of magic rituals and impromptu road trips, designed to fix the broken parts of their lives.
As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 368 pages / ISBN- 978-0062331762
Fall 2015 Indie Next Pick
Junior Library Guild Pick
2016 Rainbow List Top Ten Pick
Fans of the Impossible Life
Ariel Schrag is the author of the novel Adam (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise (Simon & Schuster). She was a writer on the Showtime series The L Word and the HBO series How To Make in America. She lives in Brooklyn.
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 144 pages / ISBN- 978-1416552314
During the summer following each year at Berkeley High School in California, Ariel Schrag wrote a comic book about her experiences, which she would then photocopy and sell around school. Some friends thrilled to see themselves in the comic, others not so much, but everyone was interested.
Awkward chronicles Ariel’s freshman year, and Definition, her sophomore year. With anxiety in excess and frustration to the fullest, Ariel dives in — meeting new people, going to concerts, crushing out, loving chemistry, drawing comics, and obsessing over everything from glitter-laden girls to ionic charges and the constant pursuit of the number-one score.
Awkward and Definition
Selected for the American Library Association Rainbow List
S. Chris Shirley is an award-winning author and former President of the Board of Lambda Literary. His debut novel, Playing by the Book, was the first coming out novel to win a National IPPY Medal in religious fiction. The book was also named “One of Ten Great LGBT Summer Reads” by The Advocate.
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 314 pages / ISBN- 978-1626010710
Playing by the Book
S. Chris Shirley
Independent Publishing Book Award Winner for Religious Novel 2015
Named on of the Ten Best LGBTQ Summer Reads by The Advocate
When seventeen-year-old high school newspaper editor Jake Powell, fresh from Alabama, lands in New York City to attend Columbia University's prestigious summer journalism program, it's a dream come true. But his father, a fundamentalist Christian minister, smells trouble. And his father is rarely wrong.
In Playing by the Book, Jake navigates new and unfamiliar ways "up North," starting with his feelings for a handsome Jewish classmate named Sam. What Jake could keep hidden back home is now pushed to the surface in the Big Apple.
Standing by his side are a gorgeous brunette with a Park Avenue attitude and the designer bags to match, a high school friend who has watched Jake grow up and isn't sure she's ready to let him go, and an outrageously flamboyant aunt who's determined to help Jake finds the courage to accept love and avoid the pain that she has experienced.
Provocative and moving, Playing by The Book is a feel-good novel about the struggles and triumphs we encounter in the search for our own truth.
They Both Die at the End
Format: Hardcover/ Grades 9 and up / 384 pages / ISBN- 978-0062457790
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children's bookseller, community manager at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children's and young adult novels. He's the New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End, More Happy Than Not, and History Is All You Left Me, and all his novels have received multiple starred reviews. He is tall for no reason and writes in New York City.
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.
In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called “profound.”
The critically acclaimed, heartbreaking memoir that is at once a gorgeous, profound, and redemptive story of a family holding desperately to the memory of a lost child; and a touching, intelligent, and inspiring coming-out story.
A luminous, true story, Name All the Animals is an unparalleled account of grief and secret love: the tale of a family clinging to the memory of a lost child, and of a young woman struggling to define herself in the wake of his loss. As children, siblings Alison and Roy Smith were so close that their mother called them by one name, Alroy. But when Alison was fifteen, she woke one day to learn that Roy, eighteen, was dead.
Heartbreaking but hopeful, this extraordinary memoir explores the aftermath of Roy’s death: his parents’ enduring romance, the faith of a deeply religious community, and the excitement and anguish of Alison's first love—a taboo relationship that opens up a world beyond the death of her brother.
Alison Smith's writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Granta, The London Telegraph , The New York Times, The Believer, Glamour, Best American Erotica , and other publications.
Her first book, a memoir titled Name All the Animals, was published by Scribner. Name All the Animals was named one of the top ten books of 2004 by People Magazine and was shorted-listed for the Book-Sense Book-of-the-Year Award. Alison has been awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Judy Grahn Prize for Nonfiction and a Lambda Literary Award. Name All the Animals has been published in seven foreign countries, including the UK, Italy, Denmark, France, Germany, Brazil and Spain.
Name All the Animals
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 352 pages / ISBN- 978-0743255233
Named one of the ten best books of the year by People
Won The Discover Award from Barnes & Noble
Nominated for an Original Voices award by Borders Books
Lamdba Literary Award Winner 2005 - LGBT Autobiography/Memoir
Named one of the ten most notable lesbian books of the year
by The Publishing Triangle
Jeremy Sorese is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, NYC. After graduating with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, he went on to a residency at La Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême, France. In 2015 he released his first full-length work, Curveball, a queer sci fi graphic novel that was recently nominated for a LAMBDA literary award. Other accolades include publication in 2013’s Best of American Comics, Society of Illustrators 56 Uncommissioned category in 2014, and a solo show at the Harold Washington Library. He currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Curveball is a science fiction graphic novel telling the story of a waiter named Avery coping with the ending of a difficult relationship. Having spent years attempting to build something substantial with an indecisive sailor named Christophe, Avery stubbornly holds on despite the mounting evidence against him. The idea of the relationship has eclipsed it's reality and in Avery's already troubled life, the allure of something dependable is a powerful force.
Curveball focuses on the duality of hope and delusion. How ignorance is integral to surviving our day to day lives but can be incredibly destructive if allowed to blossom into 'optimism'.
This is the gorgeous debut of a talented young cartoonist telling the most universal of tales: a love story.
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 420 pages / ISBN- 978-1910620052
Vivek J. Tiwary is a #1 New York Times bestselling author (The Fifth Beatle), a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer (Green Day's American Idiot), and a media and entertainment financier/investor (Valiant Entertainment). He is the founder of Tiwary Entertainment Group and Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process.
The Fifth Beatle is now being adapted into a multi-part TV event series that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music. Vivek is adapting his work for television and serving as executive producer.
Vivek is a magna cum laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences, and a cum laude graduate of the Collegiate School in New York City.
The Fifth Beatle graphic novel recounts the untold true story of Brian Epstein-- the visionary manager who created Beatlemania and guided the Beatles from basement gigs to unprecedented international stardom. It's also an uplifting, inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. This critically acclaimed and multiple award winning graphic novel has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives!
This new softcover edition includes an expanded sketchbook and Beatles memorabilia section, with behind-the-scenes essays and insights from writer Vivek J. Tiwary, plus 25 pages of bonus art by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker!
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 176 pages / ISBN- 978-1616558352
The Fifth Beatle
Jessica Verdi received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School, and is the author of four published young adult novels (And She Was, What You Left Behind, The Summer I Wasn't Me, and My Life After Now), as well as an upcoming picture book called The Haircut, about a young transgender boy coming out to his parents. She loves hot sauce, travel, animals, and tattoos. Jess lives in Brooklyn, New York with her partner and two dogs.
The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for seventeen-year-old Lexi. Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, her broken family has been pulled even further apart. But Lexi swears she can change.
Denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother's approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.
The Summer I Wasn't Me
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 352 pages / ISBN- 978-1402277887
Book info TBA
And She Was
Dara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she’s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents?
Dara confronts her mother, and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under “father”? That’s Mellie. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, shortly after Dara’s birth mother died.
But Dara still has more questions than answers. Reeling, she sets off on a road trip with her best guy friend, Sam. She’s determined to find the extended family she’s never met. What she discovers—and what her mother reveals, piece by piece over emails—will challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine.
From rising star Jessica Verdi, this is a gorgeous, timely, and essential novel about the importance of being our true selves.
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2018
Format: Hardcover / Grades 9 and up / 342 pages / ISBN- 978-0735227828
Sam Walsh had been missing for three years. His older sister, Beth, thought he was dead. His childhood friend Josh thought it was all his fault. They were the last two people to see him alive.
Until now. Because Sam has been found, and he’s coming home. Beth desperately wants to understand what happened to her brother, but her family refuses to talk about it—even though Sam is clearly still affected by the abuse he faced at the hands of his captor.
And as Sam starts to confide in Josh about his past, Josh can’t admit the truths he’s hidden deep within himself: that he’s gay, and developing feelings for Sam. And, even bigger: that he never told the police everything he saw the day Sam disappeared.
As Beth and Josh struggle with their own issues, their friends and neighbors slowly turn on Sam, until one night when everything explodes. Beth can’t live in silence. Josh can’t live with his secrets. And Sam can’t continue on until the whole truth of what happened to him is out in the open.
We Now Return to Regular Life
Martin Wilson is the author of What They Always Tell Us (Delacorte Press, 2008). His second novel, We Now Return to Regular Life, was published by Dial Books for Young Readers in 2017. He lives in New York City.
What They Always Tell Us
JAMES: Popular, smart, and athletic, James seems to have it all. But the only thing James really wants is his college acceptance letter, so he can get far away from Alabama. In a town where secrets are hard to keep, everyone knows what Alex did at the annual back-to-school party. The only question is why.
ALEX: With his friends no longer talking to him and his brother constantly in motion, Alex is prepared to get through junior year on his own. And he would, if his ten-year-old neighbor, Henry, didn't keep showing up, looking for company. What Alex cares most about is running, and when he's encouraged to try out for cross-country, he's surprised to find more than just a supportive teammate in his brother's friend Nathen.
Format: Paperback / Grades 9 and up / 304 pages / ISBN- 978-0385735087