Adult Fiction & Poetry
R.E. Stearns. Saga, Nov.
Saga Press editor Navah Wolfe has described this debut and series launch, in which two newly minted engineers hijack a spaceship, as a “queer WOC pirate space opera.”
The Book of Love and Hate
Lauren Sanders. Akashic, Oct.
Sanders, whose first novel, Kamikaze Lust, won a 2000 Lambda Literary Award, offers an international espionage thriller in which a failed Olympic speed skater falls for her father’s lover, a former Israeli army pilot turned corporate spy.
Gay Zoo Day
Mike McClelland. Beautiful Dreamer, Sept.
McClelland’s debut fiction collection follows LGBTQ people in diverse settings, including Edwardian England, colonial Kenya, and the International Space Station.
Hanging on Our Own Bones
Judy Grahn. Arktoi, Aug.
This collection of verse by poet, activist, and scholar Grahn will be the final release from Red Hen imprint Arktoi, which publishes literary fiction and poetry by lesbian writers.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies
John Boyne. Hogarth, Aug.
The author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas follows the life of the fictional Cyril Avery at seven-year intervals, from his post-WWII childhood through his sexual awakening at boarding school and the aftermath of Ireland’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015.
I Stole You
Kristen Ringman. Handtype, July
Ringman, whose debut novel, Makara, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist, offers a collection of stories told from the perspectives of various shape-shifting creatures.
The Last Place You Look
Kristen Lepionka. Minotaur, June
Debut novelist Lepionka, who edits Betty Fedora, a journal that publishes feminist crime fiction, launches the Roxane Weary series, starring a bisexual private investigator.
Marriage of a Thousand Lies
S.J. Sindu. Soho, June
The marriage of convenience between Lucky and her husband, Krishna, who are both Sri Lankan-American and gay, is tested when Lucky reconnects with her former best friend and first lover, Nisha, who is preparing for her arranged wedding.
The Off Season
Amy Hoffman. Univ. of Wisconsin, Aug.
This novel, a lighthearted romance that kicks off when Nora, an artist, moves from Brooklyn to Provincetown, Mass., is the first from memoirist Hoffman, who is also the editor in chief of The Women’s Review of Books.
Pages for Her
Sylvia Brownrigg. Counterpoint, July
In Brownrigg’s sequel to Pages for You, which won a 2002 Lambda Literary Award and received a starred review from PW, Flannery and Anne reunite two decades after their passionate affair.
Right Here, Right Now
Georgia Beers. Bold Strokes, Dec.
Beers, a Lambda Award winner for 2006’s Fresh Tracks, returns with an opposites-attract contemporary romance between Lacey, an orderly accountant, and spontaneous, live-for-the-moment Alicia.
We Were Witches
Ariel Gore. Feminist Press, Sept.
In this novelistic riff on feminist literary tropes, a teen mother, beset by custody disputes and homophobia, seeks a way out of poverty.
Eileen Myles. Grove, Sept.
Lambda Pioneer Award recipient Myles, whose many books include the autobiographical novel Chelsea Girls, received a Guggenheim fellowship to complete this fantastical memoir of life with a pit bull named Rosie.
Nicole J. Georges. HMH, July
In this graphic novel, Georges, who won a Lambda Award for her graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura, writes of Beija, the shar-pei/corgi mix who was the one constant in her life in her teens and 20s.
He’s Always Been My Son
Janna Barkin. Jessica Kingsley, Aug.
Barkin traces her family’s experiences raising Amaya, her transgender son, through adulthood.
Armistead Maupin. Harper, Oct.
The author of the influential Tales of the City novels writes his long-awaited memoir, detailing his journey from the North Carolina of his boyhood through service in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam to San Francisco in the 1970s and beyond.
Love on Trial
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier. Roaring Forties, out now
The lead plaintiffs in the successful legal battle against California’s Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriage in the state, tell their story.
Live Through This
Clay Cane. Cleis, June
Cane, director of the GLAAD Media Award–nominated documentary Holler If You Hear Me, continues to explore the intersection of sexuality, race, and the church.
Not So Good a Gay Man
Frank M. Robinson. Tor, June
In this memoir, SF and thriller novelist Robinson (1926–2014) recounts his LGBTQ activism, including his time as Harvey Milk’s speechwriter.
Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies
Michael Ausiello. Atria, Sept.
Longtime TV columnist Ausiello, founder and editor in chief of TVLine, recalls his late husband, who died in 2015 of a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Children’s & YA Fiction
Christina Lauren. S&S, Sept. Ages 14–up.
Two boys—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community—fall in love in a writing class.
The Big Lie
Julie Mayhew. Candlewick, Oct. Ages 14–up.
In an alternate history set in Nazi England, 2014, Jessika—a model daughter of the Greater German Reich—must choose between her perfect life and her outspoken, radical best friend and first love, Clementine.
Tara Sim. Sky Pony, Nov. Ages 14–up.
In the sequel to Timekeeper, a steampunk novel that PW’s review called “an enjoyable, well-realized tale” with “a cast of complex and diverse characters,” Danny and Colton travel from England to India to learn what’s behind a series of attacks on the clock towers that control time.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Mackenzi Lee. HarperCollins/Tegen, July. Ages 13–up.
PW’s starred review called this story of a young bisexual British lord in the 18th century “a gloriously swashbuckling affair” that “doesn’t shy from addressing the era’s overt racism, sexism, homophobia, and prejudice regarding illness.”
I Hate Everyone But You
Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin. Wednesday. Sept. Ages 14–up.
Best friends Gen and Ava—one queer, the other straight—head off to college on opposite sides of the country in this epistolary novel told through emails and texts.
Little & Lion
Brandy Colbert. Little, Brown, Aug. Ages 15–up.
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she finds herself falling for the same girl her stepbrother is in love with.
Mask of Shadows
Linsey Miller. Sourcebooks Fire, Sept. Ages 14–up.
First in a YA fantasy duology, this debut novel centers on gender-fluid Sal, an adept pickpocket who is plotting revenge against the nobles who murdered their family.
Saturdays with Hitchcock
Ellen Wittlinger. Charlesbridge, Oct. Ages 10–up.
When 12-year-old Maisie learns that Gary likes her, things get a little complicated—she doesn’t like Gary that way, but her best friend, Cyrus, does.
Patrick Ness. HarperTeen, Sept. Ages 14–up.
In a single life-altering day, Adam contends with unresolved feelings for his ex, Enzo, and uncertain feelings for his new boyfriend, Linus.
Will Kostakis. Harlequin Teen, Oct. Ages 14–up.
Three boys struggle with the loss of the only friend they had in common. For one of them, Ryan, Isaac was the only person aside from his boyfriend who knew he’s gay.
April Daniels. Diversion, Aug. Ages 14–up.
The second installment in the Nemesis series, which features a transgender superheroine, follows January’s Dreadnought, which PW’s review said offers “a fascinating exploration of gender identity in a fantastical setting.”
Tristina Wright. Entangled, Oct. Ages 12–up.
Debut author Wright launches her Nightside Saga with an SF thriller whose main characters are all people of color, and either bisexual or asexual.
Billy Merrell. Push, Oct. Ages 14–up.
Hunter and Vanilla have been dating since seventh grade, but as high school goes on, as happens with so many couples, they’re realizing they want different things.
Anna-Marie McLemore. Feiwel and Friends, Oct. Ages 12–up.
McLemore, a Stonewall Honor recipient for 2016’s When the Moon Was Ours, offers a romance involving questions of gender and a family curse.