December’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature
Author: Samihah Sirajul-Islam
December 1, 2021
Hello readers and hello December!
We have made it, together, to the end of another year. A year full of so many difficult and complicated, but also beautiful and bright moments. The first snowflakes of the season have begun to fall, and 2022 is just around the corner. It is a time to reflect on how we have grown and changed and to look forward to the hopeful possibility of who we might become. Wherever you are right now, let us keep leaning into each other as a community, and let us keep uplifting each other’s voices.
In this final month of 2021, we at Lambda Literary are so excited to share with you December’s list of upcoming LGBTQIA+ literature.
Please take a look at some of our featured picks for the month including…
- This eccentric memoir from a lesbian broadcast personality and writer who rose to notoriety in the 50’s.
- This collection of short stories intimately exploring the lives, friendships, and desires of gay and bisexual Puerto Rican men.
- This guide for parents to help explore and affirm different gender identities with their children written by a licensed clinical social worker who is Indigenous Two Spirit and trans nonbinary.
- This nonfiction book which explores art and activism through the lens of Sins Invalid — a San Francisco based performance project.
- This fake-marriage to lovers rom-com novel about two gay, Black men pretending to be a couple in order to get out of a lawsuit, only to realize they may actually be falling for each other.
- This historial gay romance set in the AIDS pandemic and written by former Lambda award winning author Lance Ringel.
- This debut fantasy novel about a human raised by elves and who challenges norms of both gender and race.
- This sweet anthology of romantic stories featuring a diverse cast written by bestselling authors in the genre and edited by two previous Lambda Literary Award winners.
- This second installment in a young adult fantasy series about a lesbian witch struggling to keep her coven.
- This debut poetry collection balancing a range of topics from sex work to socialist politics.
- This coming-of-age graphic novel about a self-described dyslexic-asexual-lesbian-feminist teenager who learns about reproductive health and deconstructs harmful myths about body changes and sexuality in pop culture.
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 with the month of your publication date in the subject line.
- Art Is a Tyrant: The Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur by Catherine Hewitt, Icon Books
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way by Nancy Spain, George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
- Garbo by Robert Gottlieb, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Landis: The Story of a Real Man on 42nd Street by Preston Fassel, Encyclopocalypse Publications
- The Life and Comics of Howard Cruse: Taking Risks in the Service of Truth by Andrew J. Kunka, Rutgers University Press
- Boy Underground by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Lake Union Publishing
- The Book of Casey Adair by Ken Harvey, University of Wisconsin Press
- Dear Miss Cushman by Paula Martinac, Bywater Books
- Eleven-Inch by Michal Witkowski, Seagull Books
- I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat by Christopher Gonzales, Santa Fe Writers Project
- My Share of the Body by Devon Capizzi, Split/Lip Press
- A Knot in the Tree by Nathan Aaron, BookBaby
- One In Me I Never Loved: A Novel by Carla Guelfenbein, Other Press (NY)
- Tell Me How to Be by Neel Patel, Flatiron Books
- Dark Tourist by Hasanthika Sirisena, Mad Creek Books
- The Gender Identity Guide for Parents: Compassionate Advice to Help Your Child Be Their Most Authentic Self by Tavi Tawn, Rockridge Press
- Gender Identity Journal: Prompts and Practices for Exploration and Self-Discovery by Kate Leikam, Rockridge Press
- Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid by Shayda Kafai, Arsenal Pulp Press
- The Culture of Male Beauty in Britain: From the First Photographs to David Beckham by Paul R. Deslandes, University of Chicago Press
- Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City by Gregory Samantha Rosenthal, University of North Carolina Press
- The Queer Biopic in the AIDS Era by Laura Stamm, Oxford University Press
- Queering the Enlightenment: Kinship and Gender in Eighteenth-Century French Literature by Tracy Rutler, Voltaire Foundation in Association with Liver
- The Queerness of Home: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity after World War II by Stephen Vider, University of Chicago Press
- Uncommon Sense: Jeremy Bentham, Queer Aesthetics, and the Politics of Taste by Carrie D. Shanafelt, University of Virginia Press
- Changing Majors by Ana Hartnett Reichardt, Bold Strokes Books
- The Christmas Proposal by Lisa Moreau, Bold Strokes Books
- The Curse of Flour and Feeling by Lou Wilham, Midnight Tide Publishing
- A Fairer Tomorrow by Kathleen Knowles, Bold Strokes Books
- Floridian Nights by Lance Ringel, Distant Mirror Press
- The Great Charade by Gerri Hill, Bella Distribution
- Hashtag Love by Rl Burgess, Bella Distribution
- Highland Whirl by Anna Larner, Bold Strokes Books
- Holiday Hearts by Diana Day-Admire and Lyn Cole, Bold Strokes Books
- Humbug by Amanda Radley, Bold Strokes Books
- If You Love Something by Jayce Ellis, Carina Adores
- The Infinite Summer by Morgan Lee Miller, Bold Strokes Books
- On the Rocks by Georgia Beers, Bold Strokes Books
- Read Between the Lines by Rachel Lacey, Montlake
- Song of Serenity by Brey Willows, Bold Strokes Books
- Wisdom by Jesse J. Thoma, Bold Strokes Books
- Fresh Grave in Grand Canyon by Lee Patton, Bold Strokes Books
- Innate Magic by Shannon Fay, 47north
- The Liar’s Knot by M.A. Carrick, Orbit
- Tangents & Tachyons by J. Scott Coatsworth, Mongoose on the Loose DBA Other Worlds Ink
- Where the Rain Cannot Reach by Adesina Brown, Atmosphere Press
Young Adult Literature
- The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling, Razorbill
- The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White, Delacorte Press
- Fools in Love: Fresh Twists on Romantic Tales edited by Ashley Herring Blake and Rebecca Podos, Running Press Kids
- Here’s to Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
- If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich, Wednesday Books
- Internet Famous by M.B. Guel, Bella Distribution
- The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska, Sourcebooks Fire
- Old Music For New People by David Biddle, Story Plant
- A Place to Belong: Book Four of the Caldwell Series by Laurel Wenson, Laurel Wenson
- The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke, Erewhon
Children’s/Middle Grade Literature
- Just. Like. You. by Meredith Steiner and Avneet Sandhu, Pow! Kids Books
- Look at Me: a celebration of self, playfulness, and exploration by Audrey Beth Stein and Kristina Neudakhina
- The Pronoun Book: She, He, They, and Me! by Cassandra Jules Corrigan, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Bimboland by Erin Taylor, Archway Editions
- Dolls by Claire Millikin, 2leaf Press
- Punks by John Keene, The Song Cave
- A Sentimental Hairpin by Flower Conroy, Tolsun Books
- The Shortest Skirt in Shul by Sass Orol, Ben Yehuda Press
- A Man’s Skin by Hubert and Zanzim, Ablaze
- My Mom Had an Abortion by Beezus B. Murphy and Tatiana Gill
Looking for something to read while waiting for December’s reads to be released? No problem, we got you covered!