This June, we celebrated PRIDE at the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative through focusing on books written by LGBT2QIA+ authors and/or featuring characters that identify with these communities. Many books featured this month are #ownvoices titles, and cover an incredible range of genres; literary fiction, memoirs, young adult fiction, experimental fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, poetry and more.
There is a wealth of LGBTQ2IA+ books from around the world, in English and translation. This month we were able to feature works from Syria, Peguis First Nation, Germany, Cree territories, Saulteaux territories, Metis territories, Saudi Arabia, England, Chile, Israel, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, and The Phillipines. This month focuses on authors living openly and telling queer stories from a variety of perspectives, with a special thank you to Danton Remoto, the Filipino poet, author and politician, for taking the time to answer Frankie Cabahug’s questions about his novel, Riverrun.
You’ll also find booklists for more #ownvoices LGBTQ2IA+ books from Singapore, Indigenous territories and nations, as well as from countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Thank you to Karen Van Drie for inviting me to guest edit this #GlobalPRIDELitMonth and to this month’s enthusiastic reviewers; a crew of writers, readers, librarians, and librarians-in-training who contributed thoughtfully written book reviews this month. And one more thank you to the friends, colleagues and fellow volunteers at Out on the Shelves Library that suggested many of the books featured below.
- The Clothesline Swing, a Gay Syrian Love Story by Casey Stepaniuk
- Jonny Appleseed: A Two-Spirit Novel from Joshua Whitehead by Casey Stepaniuk
- Aimee and Jaguar: A Lesbian Love Story from Nazi Germany by Indu Iyer
- nîtisânak: a Two-Spirit Memoir by Casey Stepaniuk
- The Others: The Controversial Arabic Novel Written by an Anonymous Saudi Arabian Woman by Claire Swanson
- Radio Silence: #ownvoices YA from England by J.L.
- My Tender Matador: A Gay Snapshot of Life in Pinochet’s Chile by Victoria Gomez
- #WorldKidLit Wednesday: FROM THE STARS IN THE SKY TO THE FISH IN THE SEA (A Non-Binary Children’s Picture Book) by Anita Fata
- The Black Tides of Heaven by Tsav
- Nostalgia for Death by Anita Fata
- Riverrun -A Filipino Queer Masterpiece by Frankie Cabahug
- The Heart of the Circle: A Thrilling Queer Israeli Fantasy by Daniel Kirzner-Priest
- Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Casey Stapaniuk
- Little Blue Encyclopedia (For Vivian)-A Quirky Queer Experimental Novel about Love and Grief by Anita Fata
- The Hungry Ghosts by Karen Ng
- Singapore’s #ownvoices by Anita Fata
- LGBTQ2IA+ Authors from the Middle East and North Africa by Anita Fata
- Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ2IA+ Voices by Anita Fata
- Queer Africa: #ownvoices books from LGBTQ2IA+ African Writers compiled by Anita Fata
- Interview with author Danton Remoto by Frankie Cabahug
Guest Editor of #GlobalPRIDELitMonth and Writer: Anita Fata (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing a Master in Libraries and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia’s iSchool. A daughter of European immigrants, she is a first generation Canadian settler, living and working on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in what is now called Vancouver, BC, Canada. Fascinated by the pitfalls of cataloguing, she also spends too much time thinking about translated literature and LGBT2QIA+ authors while volunteering at Out on the Shelves Library. Find her on Twitter @anita_if