In honor of Pride Month and in recognizing LGBTQIA+ folks every day no matter the month, check out these titles from Mid-Columbia Libraries which feature LGBTQIA+ characters, themes, or authors.

"To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara; author of A Little Life" — Image shows a young woman's face

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

From the author of A Little Life comes this epic story that spans three centuries and three different versions of America. Almost three novels in one, the stories of each century and reality are different, but themes of love, loss, family, and need for connection transcend.

"Girls Can Kiss Now; Essays by Jill Gutowitz" — Image is blue background with stylized drawings of girls interacting in various ways (petting a kitten, giving flowers, etc)

Girls Can Kiss Now by Jill Gutowitz

In this collection of essays, Jill Gutowitz relates her life and experience as a lesbian through pop culture. The author is a millennial, and her pop culture references mirror the time in which she was growing up and discovering herself. As the author states, she is “an Orange Is the New Black lesbian.”

"Young Mungo, a novel by Douglas Stewart; Booker prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain" — Image shows a young man under water

Young Mungo by Douglas Stewart

If you enjoyed the author’s previous title, Shuggie Bain, you will want to snatch up Young Mungo, as well. Mungo is a fifteen-year-old Protestant boy growing up in Glasgow with his alcoholic mother and two older siblings, one of which is the leader of a local gang. When he and a local Catholic boy, James, fall in love, Mungo knows he must hide his true self from the intolerance and violence of the world he lives in.

"Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong" — Image is a bouquet of dried flowers on a wooden background

Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

In Time Is a Mother, Vuong’s second poetry collection, he addresses his feelings after his mother’s death. His poetry experiments with language and form as he explores feelings of loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war living in America.

"Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly; 'Fantastically fun! –Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate'" — Image shows cartoon of two young people looking at each other

Love and Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

Love is found on the set of a cooking competition show between recently divorced Dahlia and the show’s first nonbinary contestant, London. As the competition heats up, shenanigans ensue, and as the finale approaches, they must discover if their romance can survive after the last round.

"Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexander Bellefluer, national bestselling author of Written in the Stars; Will this be their second chance at first love?; 'Bellefleur writes as if she's captured fairy lights in a mason jar, twinkly and lovely within something solid yet fragile.' –Entertainment Weekly; — Image shows two women and a black cat in front of the Seattle skyline"

Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexander Bellefleur

Margot doesn’t do relationships, and Olivia has been through a messy divorce, but when these two childhood friends run into each other as Margot is touring a wedding venue with her friend, sparks fly. Ten years have passed since they last saw each other, but the attraction they had has not dimmed. Will they be able to look beyond the hurts of past relationships and try for their own happily ever after?

"A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall, bestselling author of Boyfriend Material; 'Alexis Hall is a dizzyingly talented writer.' –Entertainment Weekly" — Image shows a woman and man in period garb embracing

A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall

Viola Caroll faked her own death at Waterloo so she could live her life on her terms, despite losing her inheritance, her title, and her best friend, Justin de Vere. When Viola discovers Justin’s grief has sent him into seclusion, she re-emerges to help bring him out of his grief and discovers a love she once thought impossible might be possible after all.

"From Dust a Flame by Rebecca Pados, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Like Water; A Secret. A Curse. A Legacy." — Image shows a stylized rose with petals falling down

From Dust a Flame by Rebecca Pados

This sapphic Jewish fantasy has it all. On Hannah’s seventeenth birthday, she starts to change. First, it’s her eyes, turning golden with knife slit pupils. As more changes come over her body, her mother leaves to find a person she is sure can help. When her mother doesn’t return, Hannah and her brother, Gabe, must try to find the answers themselves, and along the way find out some shocking secrets of their past.

Other newly released LGBTQIA+ titles you may be interested in:

The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher
Golden Boys by Phil Stamper
I’m So Not Over You by Kosoko Jackson
Spear by Nicola Griffith
Kiss and Tell by Adib Khorram
The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hays by Cat Sebastian
Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

Sarah Johnson is a collection librarian at Mid-Columbia Libraries. She reads more than 120 books a year. In her free time, she teaches fitness classes, gardens, and brews kombucha.

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