Welcome to the sign-up post for:
The Literary Others: An LGBT Reading Event!
October is LGBT History Month, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to host my second full-blown reading event, following the success of Austen in August.
I know my blog readers are an eclectic bunch. We have lovers of literature and the classics and lovers of Young Adult fiction. We have lovers of fantasy, science-fiction, poetry, and drama. We have non-fiction readers, audiobook listeners, and those wacky dystopian fans!
Well, did you know that, across all these genres and media types, there exists a wide-range of very powerful, very entertaining LGBT material? For many, this event could be an opportunity to read your very first gay classic; for others, it might be a time to re-read or re-visit favorite authors and share why you love them and their works so much.
So, for this event, the goal is to read as many pieces of gay literature as you want/are able to, during the month of October. Biographies, audiobooks, and re-reads count.
What is LGBT? LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. For the purposes of this event, “LGBT” works will refer to those which are written by a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender author, or to those works whose major themes/characters are LGBT-centric (Books with a gay protagonist, books dealing with homophobia, poetry by a lesbian, stories where a character is dealing with gender identity issues or changes, etc.).
I will post throughout the month on different subjects related to the study of LGBT literature and theory, as well as my own reviews of the LGBT books I finish. I will also be offering giveaways, and I am hopeful that some participants will be interested in writing guest posts or hosting giveaways of their own, to make this more interactive.
If you are going to participate, then simply plan to read books by gay writers, or books whose primary themes/characters are gay/lesbian, etc. Below are a few representations of LGBT works within the many possible genres. This list is by no means comprehensive, it is simply a starting point.
- Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
- Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
- The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway
- The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
- Maurice by E.M. Forster
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
- At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
- Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
- Annabel by Kathleen Winter
- In One Person by John Irving
- Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
- Rain God by Arturo Islas
- Memory Mambo by Achy Obejas
- Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja
- A Son Called Gabriel by Damian McNicholl
- The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
- Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
- Shine by Lauren Myracle
- I’ll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip by John Donovan
- Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald
- The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
- Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
- Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
- Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman
- Jumping off the Planet by David Gerrold
- Shadow Man by Melissa Scott
- Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey
- Huntress by Malinda Lo
- The Last Herald Mage series by Mercedes Lackey
- Counterpoint (Songs of the Fallen series) by Rachel Haimowitz
- Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein
- Angels in America by Tony Kushner
- Howl by Allen Ginsberg
- The Complete Poems by Sappho
- The Complete Poems by Emily Dickinson
- Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
- The Satyricon by Petronius
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (graphic novel)
- Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
- A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White (semi-autobiographical)
- Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
- The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault
- Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria E. Anzaldua
- Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums
- The Persian Boy by Mary Renault (historical fiction)
- Teleny, or The Reverse of the Medal by Oscar Wilde
- Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet
- The Wild Boys by William S. Burroughs
- Le Livre Blanc by Jean Cocteau
In the meantime, if you would like to host a giveaway or provide a guest post, please: CLICK HERE.
And if you want to sign-up to participate in The Literary Others Reading Event, simply leave a comment on this post saying YOU’RE IN! Maybe include some of the books you hope to read, too. I plan to read Shine by Lauren Myracle, Howl by Allen Ginsberg, and Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman.
Please also post the button somewhere on your blog (in an announcement post or in your blog’s side-bar) so that we can spread the word, gather excitement, and encourage participation. It goes without saying that this is meant to be a positive, fun, and educational event, so bigotry of any kind will not be tolerated.
Sign-ups are open from now through October 10th. If you sign-up after October 10th, you can still absolutely participate, but you may not be eligible for some of the early giveaway prizes.
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