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June 21, 2016      

Notes From Elsewhere: Orlando, Pride Reads, Lit Lists + More

Friends, why is there a new tragedy to report upon every time I update here? My heart goes out to Orlando and to every person affected by gun violence. I hope we can soon change the laws in this country so that this doesn’t keep happening.

Here’s Wendy C. Ortiz‘s beautiful post on her grief for Orlando, queer love, and more.

All right, now to jump into my various literary bookmarks I’ve saved recently:

When I read this intro, I knew I would be interested in this interview:

In the midst of a heady world of poetry and liberal politics, gay love affairs, and tense silences, Matthew Spender [author of A House in St. John’s Wood: The Search For My Parents] grew up the child of two brilliant artists.

And with it being Pride Month and all, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this list of LGBTQ+ books for middle grade readers. My 12-year-old daughter has read George by Alex Gino, and she enjoyed it a lot.

Also, the 2016 LAMBDA Literary Awards were announced on June 7, and here’s a roundup of the winners.

At Lit Hub, authors including Kima Jones and Thomas Page McBee talk about books they wish they’d had as LGBTQ+ teenagers. Lots of good stuff here.

The Advocate‘s Jacob Anderson-Minshall has a list of some of his favorite queer graphic novels that have flown a bit under the radar.

Panels has a list of five queer-friendly comics publishers too, which you may not have heard of, even if you’ve read Lumberjanes.

Need some more reading lists?

David Abrams at The Quivering Pen has what he calls “A Not-Quite-Definitive Young Adult Reading List,” for those of you who would like to get into that literary neck of the woods.

Related: Did you know that Quivering Pen does an ongoing feature of people’s personal libraries? Here are Ryan W. Bradley‘s shelves.

At Book RiotEmma Nichols talks about how she’s spending this year taking it slow, regarding her reading habits, and here are five books she thinks are worth a deep dive. (Co-signed on Nick Hornby‘s Ten Years in The Tub, by the way.)

This is quite the endeavor: Kelly Luce read every short story published between 2014-2015, and here is what she learned.

And finally, this is a good look at the Grub Street Writers of Color Roundtable, courtesy of Swati Khurana, held at the end of April at the 2016 Muse and Marketplace Conference. Writers Alexander Chee, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Mira Jacob, Jennifer De Leon, Celeste Ng, and editor Emi Ikkanda participated, moderated by Sonya Larson.

Until next time, Rioters.

Notes From Elsewhere is brought to you by Sara Habein, who doesn’t pretend to be the first to know everything. 

Currently reading:

And Then I Danced: Traveling The Road to LGBT Equality by Mark Segal

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