LGBTQ+ Books for Autumn Reading List

It’s hard to imagine a better reading season than fall. Clear afternoons and random vibes make fall the perfect time to curl up with a book while the leaves are drifting downhill. Obviously, you can read any book any time you want, but a transitional season like fall is the perfect time to try something new. If you spend the warmer months with Beach reads naughty blondeThis might be a good time to delve into eerie horror, especially with Halloween just around the corner. If you are attracted to Diary, maybe pick up a novel, or vice versa. Sit inside, have a drink, and turn the pages with more interest and intent than I ever did summer vacation. Fortunately, you have plenty of cool offbeat titles to choose from that are perfect for achieving that fall feel.

Below, check out ten new and upcoming books by LGBTQ+ authors to check out this fall. From memoir to YA, from horror to food writing, from novels to poetry, and even photography, there is something exotic for everyone to choose from.

When they tell you to be good by Prince Shakur (October 4th, Tin House)

When they tell you to be good to Prince Shakur

Prince Shakur is a Jamaican-American millennial activist, writer, video maker, and organizer. He grew up in Ohio and traveled the world as an activist and artist, following in the footsteps of one of his literary heroes, the legendary. James Baldwin. In this first memoir, Shakur recounts his coming of age as a strange black man in Ohio, his rising political awakening, and activism with movements like Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock, among others. At the same time, he writes about the legacy of colonialism in Jamaica and the murders of his father and two uncles, with surprising discoveries unfolding as he matures. This is an engaging read – an appreciation for resilience and building a better world.

How to succeed in magic By Aislin Brophy (September 27, JP Putnam Sons)

How to Succeed in Magic by Aiselen Brophy

Aileen Brophy is an Atlanta-based actor and writer. In their debut YA novel, they wrote about the intersection of racial identity, gender, gender, and politics. The book is set in alternative America where there are schools of magic, one of which is attended by the main characters in the book, Shay and Anna. When a professor comes to Shay, she realizes that she’s not the only student receiving this inappropriate attention. But in addition to being a #MeToo story, this is also a story about magical history, musicals, and romances between enemies and lovers. Brophy navigates the diverse terrain of gay teenage with style, and the book’s charming vibes make it a great season to read.

Your emergency contact has experienced an emergency By Chen Chen (September 13, BOA Editions)

Your emergency contact has been exposed to an emergency situation by Chen Chen

Qin Chen’s first full-length poetry collection, When I grow up I want to be a list of other possibilities (2017), readers, critics, and awards committees alike praised him for his melancholy, fraught patriarchal relationships, inheritance, and desire, not to mention his comically innovative passages. This sophomore edition has the same humor, wit, and insight as the latter’s Chin group, but with a thoughtful structure that depends loosely on the seasons, and with a voice whose maturity is evident amid wordplay. This book is about emergencies, the roles people play in our lives, about death and loss, and ultimately about the joy of life in this absurd, dangerous, strange and beautiful world.

Alive at the end of the world By Said Jones (September 13, Café Press)

Alive at the end of the world by Said Jones

Talking about beloved poets, Said Jones is back with another set. His first complete poetry book, Introduction to bruiseIt was released in 2014 to great acclaim, but it was his memoir, How do we fight for our lives? (2019), which propelled him to literary stardom. He is now releasing a second full-length book of poems, Alive at the end of the worldAnd, like all of his works, he is full of wise writing. The poems here sparkle with the craft of a skilled observer of life as Jones explores mourning at the personal and collective scales. They fight for survival under the brutality of capitalism and all that goes with it – and at the same time with the beautiful and at the same time terrible history of survival in America.

secondary choir By Billy Ray Belcourt (October 4, WW Norton)

Billy Ray Belcourt High School Choir

Billy Ray Belcourt, poet and memoir of the Driftpile Cree Nation, previously released the collections This wound is a world (2017) and Mechanisms for dealing with NDN: feedback from the field (2019), along with the collection of notes/articles Brief physical history (2020). His work often focuses on colonial frameworks and ideas of love and resistance, subjectivity, and the making of the future. This first novel by Belcourt is narrated by an unnamed character who has given up his thesis to return to his home in northern Alberta to work on a novel. The townspeople become the chorus of music for this novel within the novel, making the mosaic of life and exploring the importance of storytelling. Belcourt is a brilliant writer and this book is another proof.

Came From the Closet: Reflections on Horror so. By Joe Vallis (October 4, Feminist Press)

It Came From the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror Ed. by Joe Valese

Another great spooky season read, this anthology is packed with writers like queer and transgender Carmen Maria MachadoAnd Addie Tsai and Bruce Owen Grimm all think about horror films that have influenced or shaped their ideas of weirdness, sexuality, feminism, and the self. Horror films have a long and sometimes fraught history when it comes to marginalized people, but they are also a rich genre with subversion. This book is perfect for exploring the weirdness of horror through a color-changing lens.

Pretending to be My Body: Stories By Luke Danny Blow (October 18, Feminist Press)

Pretend to be My Body by Luke Danny Blue

This first short story collection brilliantly lives between the states of characters in transition. Whether it’s between genders, between minds, between homes, or between identities of some sort, the characters here are all grappling with the limit. Fugitives, AI, psychics, and survivors of all kinds fill these exciting stories. Luke Dani Blue seamlessly fuses elements of fantasy, science fiction, and literary fiction, challenging literary genres — or living between them, if you will.

cook as you are By Robbie Tandoh (November 8, Knopf)

Cook like you are from Ruby Tandoh

Ruby Tandoh has been a beloved figure in food culture since her victory around 2013 The great british bakesBut her voice, politics, and incredibly accessible approach to food have evolved a lot since then. With four books under her belt and articles in publications from Watchman to me New YorkerTandoh has become a writer and developer of recipes for people who are done with the toxicity of a diet culture that saturates too much nutritional media. In this latest book, Tenduh embraces the joy of home cooking chaos in her writing and in 100 recipes available for most abilities, budgets, kitchens, and ages.

Space Contract: Life and Love Through the Lens of Queer By Ryan Pfluger (November 8, Princeton Architectural Press)

Space Contract: Life and Love Through the Lens of Queer by Ryan Pfluger

If you’re looking for a more straightforward book to read in the fall, look no further than this stunning glossy-page coffee table book filled with images of couples of different races who love each other on their own terms. Pfluger is a well-known photographer who works for high profile publications such as New York Times Magazine And the rolling rockHe has photographed dozens of celebrities. in 100 pictures in holding spaceCouples are photographed on their own terms. Each photo is accompanied by a short story from the couple about their relationship. It’s a wonderful book full of life and whimsical art.

How Far Does the Light Go: Life in Ten Sea Creatures By Sabrina Embler (December 6, Little, Brown)

How Far Does the Light Go by Sabrina Embler

Sabrina Imbler’s work elegantly blends sensitivity and gay science, from biology to geology to marine sciences. They are a writer for Defector, where they cover creatures, and were recently a science and health journalist fellow for New York times. Their first book, The Little Book Dyke (geology) (2020), is a perfect mediation in love and earth sciences. in How far does the light reach?Imbler blends personal history with the most fascinating writings about the marine creatures that inhabit the remote and deep regions of the ocean. Metaphors abound about family, community, weirdness, and survival. This book is another jewel in the crown of Embler’s great work.

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