It’s October, and that means new LGBTQ books for your reading list!

This month marks the release of some highly anticipated books for YA readers. In What If It’s Us (HarperTeen), Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli join forces on a story “about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.”

Someday, the sequel to David Levithan’s novel bestselling Every Day (which was adapted into a movie starring Angourie Rice), is also out this month from Knopf Books for Young Readers. Like its predecessor, the novel grapples with challenging philosophical questions: “What is a soul? And what makes us human?”

Tillie Walden has a new inspired YA, science fiction graphic novel out. On a Sunbeam will be published this month by First Second. Check out our review of it here.

There Will Be No Miracles HereA memoir we’re looking forward to reading this month is Casey Gerald’s There Will Be No Miracles Here (Riverhead Books).

From the publisher:

When Casey–following in the footsteps of his father, a gridiron legend who literally broke his back for the team–is recruited to play football at Yale, he enters a world he’s never dreamed of, the anteroom to secret societies and success on Wall Street, in Washington, and beyond. But even as he attains the inner sanctums of power, Casey sees how the world crushes those who live at its margins. He sees how the elite perpetuate the salvation stories that keep others from rising. And he sees, most painfully, how his own ascension is part of the scheme.

Also released this month is Transparent and I Love Dick creator Jill Soloway’s memoir, She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy (Crown Archetype):

She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy moves with urgent rhythms, wild candor, and razor-edged humor to chart Jill’s evolution from straight, married mother of two to identifying as queer and nonbinary. […] With unbridled insight that offers a rare front seat to the inner workings of the #metoo movement and its aftermath, Jill captures the zeitgeist of a generation with thoughtful and revolutionary ideas about gender, inclusion, desire, and consent.

In fiction news, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s Sketchtasy is out this month from Arsenal Pulp Press:

Sketchtasy takes place in that late-night moment when everything comes together, and everything falls apart: it’s an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-’90s.

In the Halloween mood? You might want to take a look at the horror/paranormal anthology Devil Take Me (DSP Publications), with stories from Rhys Ford, Ginn Hale, C.S. Poe, and more.

As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.


What's Left of the Night



Andy Warhol, Publisher



Transgender and the Literary Imagination

LGBT Studies



Young Adult and Children’s Literature


Secrets on the Clock



On a Sunbeam

Graphic Novels/Illustrated Books


The Tiger Flu

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror


Alice Isn't Dead






Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across


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2 Responses to “New in October: Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli, Jill Soloway, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore”

  1. 5 October 2018 at 11:09 AM #

    Interesting list, with one caveat. All except one category is by us and for us. The one category that isn’t is romance, and there is a long thread of evidence on the net that indicates that non-gay women romance writers think they created m/m romance. A very few of them are good writers who create realistic characters.

    Unless you’ve vetted all of the writers involved in that category, it might be best to just leave it out of the next list.

  2. 12 October 2018 at 12:14 PM #

    It is arrogant and presumptive to apply someone’s gender or orientation to their writing abilities. It is also a very McCarthyism point of view to “vette” writers you somehow think should be oppressed. For Us By Us is a flawed mentality and to flog the whole women writing gay romance horse when it’s already dead is a horrific attitude.

    “A long thread of evidence on the net…” has got to be one of the most ignorant things ever presented as evidence in an argument. There’s also evidence of Bigfoot on the internet. Lots of people express their beliefs and opinions on the internet. No one with any knowledge of LGBTQ literary history believe gay romance sprung up recently and from the minds of non-gay women. Some have contributed, yes and to take that away would be a fallacy but it’s time you and your ilk move past this close-minded steel box you’re sitting in. I for one will not use our rainbow flag as a hooded sheet to wear while we lynch writers.

    We shouldn’t police writers by who they want to have sex with. We should judge the writing and should a person wish to identify themselves as LGBTQ, then we should support their works on merit and celebrate their success AND support anyone whose writing explores diversity.

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