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5 LGBTQ Books You Can Pick Up To Finish Off The Summer With

Happy reading…

Our summer agendas might look a little different this time around—anyone else have scratch marks or white-out where vacations, outdoor festivals, or family gatherings were written?—but there’s one trusty summer activity that Covid can’t touch: diving into a good book. Check out one of these five new must-read titles for a perfect late summer read. Whether you’re looking for an effortless YA novel to read by the beach or a non-fiction tome to brush up on your queer history, we’ve got you covered.

Night Owls and Summer Skies
By Rebecca Sullivan
In this novel by 22-year-old LGTBQ YA author Rebecca Sullivan, protagonist Emma makes it her mission to get kicked out of summer camp so she can go back home. But along the way she catches the eye of her pretty camp counsellor Vivian and suddenly, summer camp starts to not look so bad after all.
Buy it here: Amazon | Indigo

When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History
By Hugh Ryan
This non-fiction book from Hugh Ryan, the founder of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, tells the story of Brooklyn’s queer history. Spanning the mid-19thcentury to today, it covers a lot of ground, exploring the lives of the people in the gay community that shaped the legacy of the neighborhood as it is today.
Buy it here: Amazon | Indigo

The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers
By Mark Gevisser
Author Mark Gevisser taps into the heated conversation, bringing readers right to the border of the debate between LGBTQ activists and those in the world who are pushing back.
Buy it here: Amazon | Indigo

Felix Ever After
By Kacen Callender
In this novel, Felix grapples with the complexity of his layered identity as Black, queer, and transgender, all while navigating the experience of falling in love for the first time. Though written for a young adult audience, this is a deeply moving and layered story that will make readers of any age stop and think.
Buy it here: Amazon | Indigo

A Burning
By Megha Majumdar
Arguably one of THE books of the season, this page-turner set in contemporary India tells three interwoven stories: of Jivan, a Muslim girl wrongly blamed for a terrorist attack; PT Sir, a right-wing leaning gym teacher; and Lovely, an outcast who has the alibi Jivan needs.
Buy it here: Amazon | Indigo

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