It’s World Book Day and we have 8 Books for you written by some amazing QTIBPOC authors. They range from Sci-Fi short stories and autobiographical fiction to teenage fiction and poetry.
Leave your suggestions in the comments, we’d love to know what you’re reading!
1/8 Love Beyond Body, Space and Time: An Indigenous LGBTQ Sci-Fi Anthology By Hope Nicolson
Love Beyond, Body, Space, and Time is a collection of indigenous science fiction and urban fantasy focusing on LGBT and two-spirit characters. These stories range from a transgender woman trying an experimental transition medication to young lovers separated through decades and meeting far in their own future. These are stories of machines and magic, love, and self-love.
2/8 Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles. Edited by Thomas Glave
The first book of its kind, Our Caribbean is an anthology of lesbian and gay writing from across the Antilles. The author and activist Thomas Glave has gathered outstanding fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry by little-known writers together with selections by internationally celebrated figures such as José Alcántara Almánzar, Reinaldo Arenas, Dionne Brand, Michelle Cliff, Audre Lorde, Achy Obejas, and Assotto Saint. The result is an unprecedented literary conversation on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experiences throughout the Caribbean and its far-flung diaspora. Many selections were originally published in Spanish, Dutch, or creole languages; some are translated into English here for the first time.
3/8 She Called Me Woman Book by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan, and Rafeeat Aliyu
4/8 Riverrun By Danton Remoto
Riverrun is a rite-of-passage novel in the life of a young gay man growing up in a colourful and chaotic dictatorship. Shaped in the form of a memoir, it glides from childhood to young adulthood in chapters written like flash fiction and vignettes, along with a recipe, a feature article, excerpts from poems, and vivid songs.
5/8 The Man Who Would Be Queen By Hosang Merchant
The Man Who Would Be Queen is a collection of lyric essays on the self that flaunts itself as autobiographical fiction. In the words of its writer: The art of living is the art of creating life-fictions. The first and second sections of the autobiography take us through the garden of delight or the no-mans-land of childhood, and the circle of hell or the coming of age years; it is in the penultimate section How I write/ Why I write that the poet achieves the desired garden of bliss.
The Man Who Would Be Queen is a significant landmark in Indian writing, both as the autobiography of a homosexual and of a poet.
6/8 Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow By Benjamin Dean
Packed with heart and humour, Dean’s soaring debut follows young Archie Albright and his best friends on a determined quest to understand his parents’ separation following a revelation from his father.
7/8 The Ministry of Utmost Happiness By Arundhati Roy
A braided narrative of astonishing force and originality, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once a love story and a provocation—a novel as inventive as it is emotionally engaging. It is told with a whisper, in a shout, through joyous tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, have been broken by the world we live in—and then mended by love. For this reason, they will never surrender.
Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.
8/8 Surge By Jay Bernard
Tracing a line from New Cross to the ‘towers of blood’ of the Grenfell fire, this urgent collection speaks with, in and of the voices of the past, brought back by the incantation of dancehall rhythms and the music of Jamaican patois, to form a living presence in the absence of justice.
A ground-breaking work of excavation, memory and activism – both political and personal, witness and documentary – Surge shines a much-needed light on an unacknowledged chapter in British history, one that powerfully resonates in our present moment.