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6 New LGBTQ+ Books To Read This Spring 2023

Spring is finally here and we have a little something for every reader…

Spring is coming, and we all know what that means: the snow is *finally* melting, the temperatures are rising, and most importantly—in my humble opinion—there are new books to be read. Whether you’re looking for prose or poetry, a story that’s comedic or heartbreaking, or something contemporary or historical, we’ve got something for you. So, open up your TBR list now, because you’ll definitely want to mark down these new titles. 

Your Driver is Waiting: A Novel
By Priya Guns

Dubbed by the New York Times Book Review as one of the year’s most anticipated book releases, you know this will be a good one. It’s a clever gender-flipped take on the seventies-era film Taxi Driver, this time about a female ride-share driver’s struggles to support herself and her mother after her father passes away. If you’re looking for something equal parts romance, dark comedy, and biting social commentary, grab yourself a copy.
Buy it here: Amazon 

Any Other City
By Hazel Jane Plante

Here’s one to add to your pre-order list. Out this April, this novel is told in the format of a fictional memoir by Indie rockstar Tracy St. Cyr. It is set in 1993, when she is a fledgling artist, and in 2019, when she is a semi-famous musician, recovering from a traumatic event. It is described as a “love letter to trans femmes and to art itself,” and explores themes of healing, art, and sexuality.
Buy it here: Amazon 

More Sure
By A. Light Zachary

If you’re looking for a book of thought-provoking poetry that you can either read a bit from at a time, or devour in one sitting, this one is for you. A. Light Zachary’s debut collection of poems explores themes of love, self-discovery, and recovery, and gives us a glimpse into the lives of neurodivergent, queer people.
Buy it here: Amazon 

The Story of Us: A Novel
By Catherine Hernandez

This new novel from Canada Reads finalist Catherine Hernandez is surprising from the beginning: as we discover in its opening pages, it is narrated by the newborn baby of its heroine, an overseas Filipino Worker named Mary Grace Concepcion, who travelled all the way to Canada to find work with the hope that she can eventually sponsor her husband to join her. It follows the blossoming friendship between Mary Grace and a conservative, elderly patient with Alzheimer’s, who she meets through her new work as a Personal Support Worker. 
Buy it here: Amazon 

Mercy Gene
By DJ Derbyshire

This book by Vancouver-based comedian and playwright DJ Derbyshire is based on their award-winning play Certified. It is told through poems, lists, and short creative narratives, and follows the story of its protagonist, Janice/Jan/JD. It explores repressed trauma, institutionalization, and queerness, and will likely make you both laugh and cry.
Buy it here: Amazon

Eight Strings
By Margaret Derosia

In this historical fiction debut set in 19th-century Venice by Margaret Derosia, a young woman named Francesca runs away from home and transforms herself into a male orphan named Franco in order to pursue her dream of joining the male-only world of the theatre as a puppeteer. It brings readers into the whimsical world of the theatre, and the dangerous Venetian underground, as Franco tries to keep his secret after a childhood friend recognizes him.
Buy it here: Amazon 

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