New in July: Robert Karjel, Michael Arcenaux, JY Yang, and Casey Legler
Author: Edit Team
July 1, 2018
July brings more new LGBTQ books for your reading list!
Out this month is Robert Karjel’s After the Monsoon (Harper), the sequel to his Lammy-nominated thriller The Swede, where we first met bisexual Swedish security agent Ernst Grip. Now, Grip is in the Horn of Africa investigating the accidental death of a Swedish army lieutenant, but things quickly become much more complicated.
Michael Arceneaux’s essay collection, I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé (Atria/37INK) is also out this month, described by the publisher as “alternately hysterical and soul‑searching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, sensitive black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity”:
It hasn’t been easy being Michael Arceneaux.
Equality for LGBTQ people has come a long way and all, but voices of persons of color within the community are still often silenced, and being Black in America is…well, have you watched the news?
In Fantasy, JY Yang’s latest in their The Tensorate Series, The Descent of Monsters, is coming this month from Tor:
Yang continues to redefine the limits of silkpunk fantasy with their Tensorate novellas, which The New York Times lauded as “joyously wild.” In this third volume, an investigation into atrocities committed at a classified research facility threaten to expose secrets that the Protectorate will do anything to keep hidden.
(If you’re new to the series, check out The Black Tides of Heaven.)
July also brings David Chariandy’s elegiac novel Brother (Bloomsbury), about two brothers “coming of age and learning to stomach the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them as young men of black and brown ancestry.”
This month we’re also looking forward to Godspeed (Atria Books), the memoir from former Olympic swimmer Casey Legler:
At fifteen, Casey Legler is already one of the fastest swimmers in the world. She is also an alcoholic, isolated from her family, and incapable of forming lasting connections with those around her.
Driven to compete at the highest levels, sent far away from home to train with the best coaches and teams, she finds herself increasingly alone and alienated, living a life of cheap hotels and chlorine-worn skin, anonymous sexual encounters and escalating drug use. Even at what should be a moment of triumph—competing at age sixteen in the 1996 Olympics—she is an outsider looking in, procuring drugs for Olympians she hardly knows, and losing her race after setting a new world record in the qualifying heats.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- Brother by David Chariandy, Bloomsbury Publishing
- Gum for Gracie by Ona Marae, Flashpoint Publications
- If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi: Stories by Neel Patel, Flatiron Books
- Lilith’s Legacy: Prose Poems and Short Stories by by Renée Vivien, translated by Brian Stableford, Snuggly Books
- Frost Heaves by T. Stores, Green Writers Press
- Of Kings and Things: Strange Tales and Decadent Poems by Count Eric Stanislaus Stenbock, edited by David Tibet, Strange Attractor Press
- Kite by Xavier Queipo, Small Stations Fiction
- Orchid and the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes, Hogarth
- The Paradox of Porn: Notes on Gay Male Sexual Culture by Don Shewey, Joybody Books
- Uncommon Girls by Carla Grant, Bedazzled Ink Publishing
- Upstaged: An Anthology of Queer Women and the Performing Arts by Geonn Cannon and Aila Alvina Boyd, Supposed Crimes
- Raising Rosie: Our Story of Parenting an Intersex Child by Eric Lohman and Stephani Lohman, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Christianity and the Limits of Minority Acceptance in America: God Loves (Almost) Everyone by J. E. Sumerau and Ryan T. Cragun, Lexington Books
- Gay, Inc.: The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics by Myrl Beam, University of Minnesota Press
- Inscrutable Belongings: Queer Asian North American Fiction by Stephen Hong Sohn, Stanford University Press
- Le Queer Impérial: Male Homoerotic Desire in Francophone Colonial and Postcolonial Literature by Julin Everett, Brill Rodopi
- Ugly Differences: Queer Female Sexuality in the Underground by Yetta Howard, University of Illinois Press
- Queer Families and Relationships After Marriage Equality edited by by Michael W. Yarbrough, Angela Jones & Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis, Routledge
- Familiar Perversions: The Racial, Sexual, and Economic Politics of LGBT Families by Liz Montegary, Rutgers University Press
Young Adult and Children’s Literature
- Aesop Lake by Sarah L. Ward, Green Writers Press
- Bright We Burn by Kiersten White, Delacorte Press
- Hullmetal Girlsby Emily Skrutskie, Delacorte Press
- Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha and Matt Griffin, Freeform
- Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children by Michelle Finch and Phoenix Finch, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- If I Stay Right Here by Chwayita Ngamlana, Jacana Media
- The Travels of Charlie by J.B. Marsden, Sapphire Books Publishing
- Running Off Radar by MB Austin, Bold Strokes Books
- His Own Way Out by Taylor Saracen, 13 Red Media Ltd.
- Tight Quarters by Annabeth Albert, Carina Press
- Find Another You by RJ Layer, Bella Books
Graphic Novels/Illustrated Books
- Little Stranger by Edie Fake, Secret Acres
- Fence Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Rebecca Nalty, BOOM! Box
- Mushroom Girls in Love by Kei Murayama, Seven Seas
- The Sweetness Miss Lasko-Gross and Kevin Colden, Z2 Comics
- Calexit by Matteo Pizzolo, Amancay Nahuelpan & Tyler Boss, Black Mask Comics
- Compass Rose by Anna Burke, Bywater Books
- The Descent of Monsters by JY Yang, Tor
- The Annex by Rich Larson, Orbit
- Kennel Club by Geonn Cannon, Supposed Crimes
- Pyre at the Eyreholme Trust by Lin Darrow, Less Than Three Press
- Dead Knock by K.A. Tracy, Diversion Books
- After the Monsoon by Robert Karjel, Harper
- The Letting Go by Deborah Markus, Sky Pony Press
- I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé by Michael Arceneaux, Atria/37 INK
- Godspeed by Casey Legler, Atria Books
- The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness by Graham Caveney, Simon & Schuster
- Out of Step by Anthony Moll, Mad Creek Books
- My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture by Guy Branum, Atria Books
- Making Oscar Wilde by Michele Mendelssohn, Oxford University Press
- Soho by Richard Scott, Faber & Faber
- Smudgy and Lossy by John Myers, The Song Cave
- Dancing to Songs about Death by Summer Doles Warner, Electric Punch Press