As the temperatures begin to cool (and pumpkin-flavored beverages return to our favorite coffeehouses-that-shall-not-be-named), nothing sounds quite as relaxing as curling up with a great gay book. For this installment of our Fall Preview 2018 series, we tapped the expertise of leading LGBTQ literary organization Lambda Literary for some recs and threw in a few titles we’re dying to read, too.
Below, find a list of nine LGBTQ-inclusive books slated to hit the shelves of your favorite bookstore this fall. (Recommendations from Lambda Literary are marked with an asterisk.)
Modern HERstory, Blair ImaniTen Speed Press
Bisexual Muslim activist and Equality for HER founder Blair Imani is adding “published author” to her resume with Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Non-Binary People Rewriting History, her first book from Ten Speed Press. Featuring bold illustrations by Monique Le and a foreword by beloved queer rockers Tegan and Sara Quin, Modern HERstory celebrates the lives and achievements of 70 women and non-binary people who defied the odds and changed the course of history.
Someday, David Levithan*Penguin Random House
Six years after the publication of Every Day, out author David Levithan (Boy Meets Boy; Will Grayson, Will Grayson) is returning to that same fictional world in Someday, its long-anticipated sequel. Every Day followed A, a nameless teen who wakes up in a different body—with no regard to race, gender, or sexuality—each and every day. (The New York Times bestseller even inspired a film of the same name, which premiered earlier this year.) In Someday, A learns that there are others like them, all the while navigating the highs and lows of love and relationships.
A Ladder to the Sky, John Boyne*Penguin Random House LLC
A Ladder to the Sky, the latest work from acclaimed Irish novelist and short story writer John Boyne, follows Maurice Swift, an overly ambitious young writer in 1980s West Berlin. Swift orchestrates a perfect encounter with lauded 65-year-old novelist and gay man Erich Ackermann—and, after gaining his trust, proceeds to steal Ackermann’s personal stories from World War II for his own literary pursuits.
Lord of the Butterflies, Andrea Gibson
Poetry lovers are no stranger to Andrea Gibson, a queer and gender non-conforming spoken word artist who’s performed for audiences all over the world. Lord of the Butterflies, their latest collection from Button Poetry, promises to be “a new peak in Gibson’s career,” offering readers “artful and nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family.”
Pulp, Robin Talley*Harlequin Teen
Told in dual narratives, Pulp is a YA novel exploring the unexpected connection between two queer women—one a closeted lesbian and romance writer who came of age in McCarthy-era Washington, D.C., and the other a modern-day queer teen researching 1950s lesbian pulp fiction for her senior project at school. The new novel from bestselling author Robin Talley (Lies We Tell Ourselves, What We Left Behind) promises “a stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come, and how much farther we have to go.”
On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden*First Second
This age-appropriate graphic novel from out cartoonist and illustrator Tillie Walden follows two girls who fall for each other at boarding school—and travel to the ends of the universe to find lost love. It’s Walden’s most recent graphic novel after her 2017 illustrated memoir, Spinning, which won her an Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work (and made her one of the youngest Eisner Award recipients in history.)
What If It’s Us, Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera*Harper Teen
Critically acclaimed authors Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—yes, the novel that inspired Love, Simon) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) are combining their talents in What If It’s Us, a new YA novel from Harper Collins’ Teen imprint. The book follows Arthur and Ben, two very different boys in New York who aren’t sure if the universe is trying to get them together or keep them apart.
She Wants It, Jill Soloway*Crown Archetype
She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy is the forthcoming memoir of Transparent creator Jill Soloway. The Emmy-winning showrunner, director, and executive producer details their journey from a “from straight, married mother of two to identifying as queer and non-binary” with “urgent rhythms, wild candor, and razor-edged humor.”
Queen of Air and Darkness, Cassandra ClareMargaret K. McElderry Books
YA readers know and love Cassandra Clare for The Shadowhunter Chronicles, her intricate web of fantasy novels divided into separate but overlapping sagas. Queen of Air and Darkness, the hotly anticipated final installment of The Dark Artifices trilogy, picks up where New York Times bestseller Lord of Shadows left off. Clare cautions that after the events of Queen of Air and Darkness, the Shadow World will never be the same. Rest assured, though, her crew of fan-fave LGBTQ characters—including bisexual demon slayer Mark Blackthorn, queer faerie prince Kieran Kingson, and trans warrior Diana Wrayburn, to name just a few—are sure to make appearances.