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Being Queer, Being Latino and Being a Reader: One of Many Latinx Narratives.

by Joseph Jess Many of us know how hard it is to find queer fiction, that is why we search the depths of the internet for it, blog about it and even write it. If you read enough of the queer fiction out there you will notice that the vast majority of it centers around [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on Being Queer, Being Latino and Being a Reader: One of Many Latinx Narratives.

GayYA Recommends: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina Lacour

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really? Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Book Club, Book Review, New Releases, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on GayYA Recommends: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina Lacour

Juliet Takes a Breath: A How-To Guide for Young Queer Latinas

by Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez, PhD Juliet Milagros Palante is a 19-year-old Puertoriqueña from the Bronx. She knows she’s gay but hasn’t told her family. She decides to come out to her family the night she’s set to travel to Portland, Oregon[1] for her summer internship with the renowned white feminist Harlowe Brisbane. After having read [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Book Review, New Releases|Comments Off on Juliet Takes a Breath: A How-To Guide for Young Queer Latinas

I Volunteer As Tribute: Writing the Book I Wish I’d Had As A Teen

by Chelsea M. Cameron “So, are you just going to write books about lesbians now?” This was usually the third or fourth question I got from people when I came out. After “how did you know?” and “what did your mom say?” “Um, no?” was usually my response. I’ve been publishing books (first independently, then also traditionally, aka, being [...]

By | June 4th, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, New Releases, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on I Volunteer As Tribute: Writing the Book I Wish I’d Had As A Teen

Seeking the Non-privileged Gaze

by Andrew Karre I don’t think a day goes by in kidlit where we’re not in one way or another reminded of the importance of #ownvoices in telling the stories of historically underrepresented, oppressed, and marginalized people. Many authors and critics have been more articulate on that point than I can be—often on this very blog--and [...]

By | June 3rd, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Seeking the Non-privileged Gaze

The Love That Lives Here: On Queer Girls, Transboys, and Sex on the Page

by Anna-Marie McLemore Sex-on-the-page. Doesn’t that sound like some kind of drink book lovers should come up with? Like sex-on-the-beach, but more bookish. (Paging Dahlia Adler, because I think she would have some ideas about what should go in this.) The fact that I'm talking about drink recipes probably gives away the fact that I'm [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Blogathon 2016, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on The Love That Lives Here: On Queer Girls, Transboys, and Sex on the Page

Vee at BEA: Recap!

As I write this, I’m listening to Halo by Beyonce. I kept hearing it in my head when I was at BEA and BookCon. Everywhere I'm looking now I'm surrounded by your embrace My chest kept getting super tight at BEA and I couldn't understand why, until I started realizing I was becoming overwhelmed with everyone's [...]

By | May 31st, 2016|Archive, Updates and Announcements|Comments Off on Vee at BEA: Recap!

What We Missed: January – May 2016

What We Missed in January January 1st – Raise the Stakes by Megan Atwood (T) January 5th – The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine (B) January 5th – This Song Is Not For You by Laura Nowlin (A) January 5th - This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (L) January 14th - Colors by [...]

By | May 28th, 2016|Archive, New Releases|Comments Off on What We Missed: January – May 2016

What We Missed: July-December 2015

What We Missed in June   June 7th - Breaking Into Cars by Emery C. Walters (G, T). June 23th - Summer Love Anthology by Various Authors (LGBTQ). June 25th - Blue Jeans and Sweatshirts (Book Four) by Jo Ramsey (L). July   July 2nd - Carnival Chattanooga (Book Two) by Zoe Lynne (G). July 7th - You and [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Archive, New Releases|Comments Off on What We Missed: July-December 2015

Giveaway: Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson

The story follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts. Gena (short for Genevieve) and Finn (short for Stephanie) have little in common. Book-smart Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Archive, Fun Things, New Releases|Comments Off on Giveaway: Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson