February’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books
Author: Sydney Heidenberg
January 29, 2021
Oh, February. The second month of the year, the time of Aquarius and Pisces, Groundhog Day, and the Lunar New Year. It’s an exciting time.
Right, and there’s Valentine’s Day, of course.
While this year there may not be the potential for extravagant date nights with the hopes of delivered flowers or heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, there is still, without a doubt, a new piece of LGBTQ literature for you to love.
Try Brontez Purnell’s 100 Boyfriends, a collection of short stories about queer men “desperately fighting the urge to self-sabotage.” The stories mix pathos with comedy, while illuminating the pitfalls and joys of queer desire. Read an excerpt here.
Follow two gay thirty-somethings trying to make sense of the world in Zak Salih’s Let’s Get Back to the Party. In the novel, two childhood friends take the opportunity to rekindle their friendship after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on marriage equality, but the men struggle with their relationship in an ever-changing LGBTQ landscape. As they see their friends getting married and gay bars are overrun with bachelorette parties, they find themselves in conflict with each other and a rapidly changing gay culture.
Maybe this Valentine’s you’d like to focus on some self-love. It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian follows the titular character’s journey after a devastating break-up. Noni travels halfway around the world while prioritizing herself, finding that maybe she can have everything she’s ever wanted.
Or, maybe love really is not your thing. Wibke Brueggemann’s Love is for Losers follows a fifteen-year-old girl who vows to never fall in love. She’d rather marry herself. Well, that is until she meets a girl at the thrift shop she volunteers at….
Okay, okay, enough with the romance! Enter David Levithan’s The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as Told to His Brother); the book revolves around the uncanny disappearance and reappearance of Aidan S.. The young Aidan may be telling an impossible story to explain his absence, but his brother is insistent on finding the truth, no matter the conflict it provokes.
If one mystery novel is not enough for you, there’s also U Up? by Catie Disabato. After Eve’s online friend, Ezra, disappears one weekend, she begins to scour social media for clues. As she embarks on her search, she finds more about Ezra than she had ever planned on. This novel examines how our online personas influence our personal lives.
In Jen Silverman’s We Play Ourselves, a young playwright’s life collapses after she becomes part of a humiliating scandal in New York. She flees to Los Angeles to reinvent herself. There, she meets Caroline, a filmmaker in the process of filming a semi-documentary movie about a group of teenage girls. As the playwright gets closer to Caroline, she becomes concerned with the filmmaker’s treatment of the young girls. Darkly humorous, We Play Ourselves examines the perils of fame and the dangers of artistic overreach.
Learn about eighteenth-century Britain and its fascination with women who dressed in men’s clothing in Sapphic Crossings: Cross-Dressing Women in Eighteenth-Century British Literature. Ula Lukszo Klein analyzes how lesbian desires have shaped modern concepts of gender, sexuality, and desire while revealing how British texts associated female cross-dressing with the possibility of same-sex relationships.
Check out Between a Rock and a Soft Place by Renée Bess, a cross-genre collection that strives to make sense of our current political climate and our wayward past. The book explores socio-political chaos through the experiences of various dynamic characters, such as a Black high school student, a journalist in 1920s Paris, and a faithless entrepreneur.
The options in this month’s new LGBTQ releases are endless. Please, enjoy February’s most anticipated books, and, as always, if our list is missing an author or a book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- A Brotherhood of Strangers: A Fictional Memoir by Sunfire, City Man Press
- A Year of Mr. Lucky by Meg Weber, Sincyr Publishing L.L.C.
- Affirming: A Memoir of Faith, Sexuality, and Staying in the Church by Sally Gary, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
- Art is a Tyrant: The Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur by Catherine Hewitt, Icon Books
- Love is and Ex-Country by Randa Jarrar, Catapult
- My Life in Transition: A Super Late Bloomer Collection by Julia Kaye, Andrews McMeel Publishing
- No Blanks, No Pauses: A Path to Loving Self and Others by Shelly McNamara, Amplify Publishing
- The Other Mothers: Two Women’s Journey to Find the Family That Was Always Theirs by Jennifer Berney, Sourcebooks
- Self, Divided by John Medeiros, Howling Bird Press
- Sybille Bedford: A Life by Selina Hastings, Knopf Publishing Group
- 100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell, MCD X Fsg Originals
- Big Joe by Samuel R. Delany, Inpatient Press
- Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers, Park Row
- It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Clair Christian, Mira Books
- Kink edited by Garth Greenwell and R.O. Kwon, Simon and Schuster
- Let’s Get Back to the Party by Zak Salih, Algonquin Books
- Lone Stars by Justin Deabler, St. Martin’s Press
- Mazie by Melanie Crowder, Philomel Books
- Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap, Small Beer Press
- The Snail With the Right Heart: A True Story by Maria Popova, Enchanted Lion Books
- U Up? by Catie Disabato, Melville House Publishing
- We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman, Random House
- A Time of Youth: San Francisco, 1966-1967 by William Gedney, Duke University Press
- Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin, Little Brown and Company
- Growing Older as a Trans and/or Non-Binary Person: A Support Guide by Jennie Kermode, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Radiant: The Dancer, the Scientist, and a Friendship Forged in Light by Liz Heinecke, Grand Central Publishing
- Shared Secrets: The Queer World of Newbery Medalist Charles J. Finger by Elizabeth Findley Shores, University of Arkansas Press
- Tumblr Porn (Remember the Internet, Vol. 1) by Ana Valens, Instar Books
- Constructions of Masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa: Literature, Film, and National Discourse by Mohja Kahf & Nadine Sinno, American University in Cairo Press
- Drag Dictionary: An Illustrated Glossary of Fierce Queen Slang by Alba de Zanet & Roberto Garcia, Hardie Grant Books
- Gay Pornography: Representations of Sexuality and Masculinity by John Mercer, Bloomsbury Academic
- How AIDS Activists Challenged America and Saved the FDA From Itself by James Driscoll, Academica Press
- Images of the Anthropocene in Speculative Fiction by Tereza Dědinová, Weronika Łaszkiewicz, & Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun, Lexington Books
- Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought by Briona Simone Jones, New Press
- The Queens’ English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases by Chloe O. Davis, Clarkson Potter Publishers
- Queer and Feminist Theories of Narrative by Tory Young, Routledge
- Sapphic Crossings: Cross-Dressing Women in Eighteenth-Century British Literature by Ula Lukszo Klein, University of Virginia Press
- Screen Love: Queer Intimacies in the Grindr Era by Tom Roach, State University of New York Press
- Sex, Society, and the Making of Pornography: The Pornographic Object of Knowledge by Jeffrey Escoffier, Rutgers University Press
- The Velvet Mafia: The Gay Men Who Ran the Swinging Sixties by Darryl W. Bullock, Omnibus Press
- Who’s Coming Out to Play: Disruption and Disorientation in Queer Community Sports by Claire Carter, McGill-Queen’s University Press
- A Far Better Thing by JD Wilburn, Bold Strokes Books
- Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish, Carina Adores
- Bloomers by Kelby Guilfoyle, Kelby Guilfoyle
- Body Language by Renee Roman, Bold Strokes Books
- Breaking Out by Lise Mactague, Bella Books
- Carrie and Hope by Joy Argento, Bold Strokes Books
- Closeness by Y.L. Wigman, Bella Books
- Detour to Love by Amanda Radley, Bold Strokes Books
- Fishwives by Sally Bellerose, Bywater Books
- The Gentleman and the Spy by Neil S. Plakcy, Samwise Books
- Ice Queen by Gun Brooke, Bold Strokes Books
- Lead Me Home by Shannon O’Brien, Bella Books
- The Love Code by Mette Bach, Lorimer
- Masquerade by Anne Shade, Bold Strokes Books
- Modern English by Rachel Spangler, Bywater Books
- Share the Moon by Toni Logan, Bold Strokes Books
- Spirit of the Law by Carsen Taite, Bold Strokes Books
- Uncharted by Alli Temple, Allison Temple Books
- Vicissitudes by Kim Green, Transgress Press
- Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson, Sourcebooks Fire
- Dark Currents by Doug Burgess, Poisoned Pen Press
- The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey, Tor Books
- Lawless by Jenna Rae, Bella Books
- Point Roberts by Alexander Rigby, Alden, the Allegory Ridge Press
- Sisterhood of the Infamous by Jane Rosenberg, New Meridian Arts
- Black [AF]: Devil’s Dye by Vita Ayala, Black Mask Comics
- Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal, Houghton Mifflin
- Dread and the Broken Witch by Andrew Wallace, Luna Press Publishing
- Eden.2 by Margaret Babcock, Rebel Satori Press
- Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard, Tordotcom
- Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke, Flux
- Skin for Skin by Terry Grimwood, Luna Press Publishing
- That Full Moon Feeling by Ashley Robin Franklin, Silver Sprocket
- This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria, Inkyard Press
Young Adult and Children’s Literature
- Katy Has Two Grampas by Julie Schanke Lyford & Robert Schanke, Wise Ink
- Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan, Houghton Mifflin
- The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as Told to His Brother) by David Levithan, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
- Roger and Matthew by Michel Theriault, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
- Spin With Me by Ami Polonsky, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
- An Orange by Ted Dodson, Wonder Publishing
- At First & Then by Danielle Rose, Black Lawrence Press
- Between a Rock and a Soft Place by Renée Bess, Flashpoint Publications
- Everything by Andrea Cohen, Four Way Books
- Footwork: Selected Poems by Severo Sarduy, Circumference Books
- Love and Other Poems by Alex Dimitrov, Copper Canyon Press
- The Messiah’s Customary Diner Booth by Marion Deal, Unsolicited Press
- No Knowledge is Complete Until it Passes Through My Body by Asiya Wadud, Nightboat Books
- Once Upon a Twin: Poems by Raymond Luczak, Gallaudet University Press
- Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns by Andrea Gibson, Write Bloody Publishing
- Prometeo by C. Dale Young, Four Way Books
- Swallow by Sam Rush, Sibling Rivalry Press
- Sweetgum & Lightning by Rodney Terich Leonard, Four Way Books