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New in May: Vivek Shraya, Ali Smith, John Waters, and John Glynn

New in May: Vivek Shraya, Ali Smith, John Waters, and John Glynn

Author: Edit Team

May 9, 2019

May is here, and we’re back with more new LGBTQ books for your reading list!

This month, we’re looking forward to John Waters‘ memoir, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). “No one,” the publisher notes, “knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling—than John Waters,” whether it’s

how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself.

Another memoir out this month–perfect for those warm almost-summer days–is John Glynn’s debut, Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer (Grand Central Publishing), a “gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house, […] of first love, identity and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family.”

May also brings Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee’s graphic novel Death Threat (Arsenal Pulp Press):

In the fall of 2017, the acclaimed writer and musician Vivek Shraya began receiving vivid and disturbing transphobic hate mail from a stranger. Celebrated artist Ness Lee brings these letters and Shraya’s responses to them to startling life in Death Threat, a comic book that, by its existence, becomes a compelling act of resistance.

Also out this month is Lindsey Drager’s new novel, The Archive of Alternate Endings (Dzanc Books), which “track[s] the evolution of Hansel and Gretel at seventy-five-year intervals that correspond with earth’s visits by Halley’s Comet” […] “through a relay of speculative pieces that oscillate between eco-fiction and psychological horror.”

Award-winning author Ali Smith‘s new novel Spring (Pantheon) is a lyrical exploration of our currently fraught political moment and our riotous collective past.

What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times?

Spring. The great connective.

With an eye to the migrancy of story over time and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare’s most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tell the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown, Smith opens the door.

The time we’re living in is changing nature. Will it change the nature of story?

In Casey McQuiston’s new novel, Red, White & Royal Blue (St. Martin’s Griffin), when Alex Claremont-Diaz’s mother becomes President, he is “promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal”: “handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House.” But then a public relations-friendship with the Prince of Wales begins to go much deeper, turning into “a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations.”

As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.


Life of David Hockney by Catherine Cusset



The Book of Pride



The Outside Thing by Hannah Roche

LGBT Studies


The Stonewall Riots

Young Adult and Children’s Literature


Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston



Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

Graphic Novels/Illustrated Books


The Archive of Alternate Endings by Lindsey Drager

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror


An Intimate Deception by CJ Birch



Mr. Know-It-All by John Waters



Disintegrate/Dissociate by Arielle Twist


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