Across the United States, libraries, bookstores and other organizers are hosting LGBTQ book events for Pride month, a mix of readings, panels and other events, largely virtually. Here is a sampling of some of these upcoming events. Check your local library or bookstore’s listings for events in your area. Free unless otherwise noted.
“Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome acclaimed writer Paul Mendez for a discussion of his debut novel, Rainbow Milk. He will be joined in conversation by Bryan Washington, author of the bestselling Lot: Stories and Memorial: A Novel. In the 1950s, ex-boxer Norman Alonso is a determined and humble Jamaican who has immigrated to Britain with his wife and children to secure a brighter future. Blighted with unexpected illness and racism, Norman and his family are resilient, but are all too aware that their family will need more than just hope to survive in their new country.
At the turn of the millennium, Jesse seeks a fresh start in London, escaping a broken immediate family, a repressive religious community and his depressed hometown in the industrial Black Country. But once he arrives he finds himself at a loss for a new center of gravity, and turns to sex work, music and art to create his own notions of love, masculinity and spirituality.”
Hosted by Belmont Books. For release of Afia’s mystery Dead Dead Girls. “Harlem, 1926. Young Black women like Louise Lloyd are ending up dead.
Following a harrowing kidnapping ordeal when she was in her teens, Louise is doing everything she can to maintain a normal life. She’s succeeding, too. She spends her days working at Maggie’s Café and her nights at the Zodiac, Harlem’s hottest speakeasy. Louise’s friends, especially her girlfriend, Rosa Maria Moreno, might say she’s running from her past and the notoriety that still stalks her, but don’t tell her that.
When a girl turns up dead in front of the café, Louise is forced to confront something she’s been trying to ignore—two other local Black girls have been murdered in the past few weeks. After an altercation with a police officer gets her arrested, Louise is given an ultimatum: She can either help solve the case or wind up in a jail cell. Louise has no choice but to investigate and soon finds herself toe-to-toe with a murderous mastermind hell-bent on taking more lives, maybe even her own….”
“Maia Kobabe (e, em, eir), a nonbinary, queer author and artist, will join the South Pasadena Public Library on Wednesday, June 9th at 7:00 pm, for a virtual discussion on the importance of sharing queer stories, the value of honesty and vulnerability, and living authentically. Kobabe’s first full length book, Gender Queer: A Memoir, was published in May Physical copies of Gender Queer: A Memoir are available for checkout at the Library and digital copies are available through ComicsPlus with a South Pasadena card.”
“Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties and Steven Rowley, author of The Guncle will be in (virtual) conversation about their two heartwarming and hilarious books that feature extended family members stepping in and stepping up to whatever is being asked of them, whether that’s hiding a dead body or learning how to parent. This event is co-hosted by independent bookstores The Briar Patch (ME) and River Dog Book Co. (WI).”
Hosted by Loyalty Books. Paperback release of Talusan’s memoir Fairest. Register with a donation of $1 or more. “Fairest is a memoir about a precocious boy with albinism, a ‘sun child’ from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America. Coping with the strain of parental neglect and the elusive promise of U.S. citizenship, Talusan found childhood comfort from her devoted grandmother, a grounding force as she was treated by others with special preference or public curiosity. As an immigrant to the United States, Talusan came to be perceived as white. An academic scholarship to Harvard provided access to elite circles of privilege but required Talusan to navigate through the complex spheres of race, class, sexuality, and her place within the gay community. She emerged as an artist and an activist questioning the boundaries of gender. Talusan realized she did not want to be confined to a prescribed role as a man, and transitioned to become a woman, despite the risk of losing a man she deeply loved.”
“Featuring 90+ Queer creators (from New York Times Bestselling NYT authors to Marvel Comics writers and illustrators) to literary agents, editors, librarians, bookstagrammers and bookTokers, Pride Book Fest features over 20 panels, including two live bookstore events, and a few IG Lives. PBF is the first festival to center queer stories from across all ages demographics, genres, intersections, & mediums.”
Hosted by The Free Library of Philadelphia. “Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love will be featured as a story stroll around the Kingsessing Library and Rec Center. This summer time tale of underwater creatures, parades and the affirmative love of an abuela is the perfect way to enjoy a walk in the park this June. Take home craft kits to celebrate Pride Month will be available in the sidewalk library in front of the Rec Center while supplies last. Julián is a Mermaid starts in front of the library, by the bike racks, and continues through the park.”
Hosted by Flyleaf Books. “In The Stonewall Generation: LGBTQ Elders on Sex, Activism, and Aging, sexuality researcher Jane Fleishman shares the stories of fearless elders in the LGBTQ community who came of age around the time of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. In candid interviews, they lay bare their struggles, strengths, activism, and sexual liberation in the context of the political movements of the 1960s and 1970s and today. Each of these inspiring figures has spent a lifetime fighting for the right to live, love, and be free, facing challenges arising from their sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, politics, disabilities, kinkiness, non-monogamy, and other identities. These are the stories of those whose lives were changed forever by Stonewall and who in turn became agents of change themselves.”
“Left Bank Books and Women & Children First welcome LGBTQ+ advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer, who will discuss his new hilarious, heartwarming memoir-in-essays ¡Hola Papi!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons, on June 16th at 7pm CT in a private online event. Brammer will be in a conversation with WBEZ Multimedia Intern Natalie Dalea from WBEZ’s Curious City. This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a signed copy of ¡Hola Papi! or a $5 event ticket from Left Bank Books for admission.”
Presented by Oblong Books. “A Special Panel Event Presented in Partnership with Dutchess Country Pride Center. For Ages 12 and up. Join us in celebrating PRIDE this month with five amazing LGBTQ+ YA authors.” Featuring Leah Johnson, author of Rise to the Sun, Julie Murphy, author of Pumpkin, Isaac Fitzsimmons, author of The Passing Playboook, Mason Deaver, author of The Ghosts We Keep, and Emery Lee, author of Meet Cute Diary.