Literary Fiction by People of Color discussion

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William (be2lieve) | 622 comments Mod
Probably the only genre not yet represented in a monthly book poll is literary fiction by LGBT People of Color. I'd like to post a poll of gay fiction in the near future but am not liking the results I get from the normal Amazon and Google searches. If any members know of noteworthy gay fiction they would like to see in a monthly poll please post the title and author on this thread. Thanks!


jo | 900 comments Mod
it's hard to find. i comb the webz for it all the time, and, i tell you, it's hard to find.


Sarah | 3 comments so i've totally been lurking by proxy seeing jo & rashida's comments in my feed and thinking 'oh i should really join that group someday and participate for real." but then i saw this post! and then i had to join!

recommendations (mostly queergirl):

Forgetting the Alamo by Emma Perez
What Night Brings by Carla Trujillo
Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties by Felicia Luna Lemus
Malinda Lo
Achy Obejas
Shay Youngblood
The Color Purple (of course) by Alice Walker
Zami (do we consider Zami fiction? unsure.) by Audre Lorde
The House You Pass on the Way and From The Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson
Babyji by Abha Dawesar
Nina Revoyr
Dahlia Season by Myriam Gurba


Regina (ReginaR) I just absolutely love anything by Audre Lorde Zami: A New Spelling of My Name but I do believe it is a memoir/autobiography.


William (be2lieve) | 622 comments Mod
Thanks Sarah! And glad you decided to come onboard!


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jo | 900 comments Mod
ah, i don't know why, but i was thinking of african american and i was thinking of women (don't know why -- my mind went there).


Funny Boy
Blue Boy
A Visitation of Spirits: A Novel (african american!)
Trumpet again and always haha
nina revoyr is awesome but i don't know if her books other than The Necessary Hunger (fabulous) are queer-centric.
Call Me by Your Name
JEWELLE GOMEZ!
A Life Apart
Shamim Sarif
maybe michelle cliff's Free Enterprise: A Novel of Mary Ellen Pleasant


jo | 900 comments Mod
p.s. thank you sarah!!!! you totally jump started me!


Columbus (Coltrane01) | 1068 comments Mod
Awesome idea, William!

Some suggestions:
1. Finlater - Shawn Stewart Ruff
2. Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr
3. Leche - R. Zamora Linmark
4. Go the way your blood beats: An Anthology of Lesbian and Gay fiction by African American Writers.
5. 98 Wounds - Justin Chin
6. Infants of the Spring - Wallace Thurman
7. Trumpet - Jackie Kay 
8. Let the Dead Bury their Dead - Randall Kenan  
9. Zami -  Audre Lorde -- call it fiction, memoir, autobiography or even as Ms. Lorde called it, biomythography, it's still one of the most amazing and honest pieces of literature you will find anywhere.

....and certainly not considered what many - or most  - would label literature but included for the sheer impact he has had on young LGBT people of color:

E. Lynn Harris:
- Invisible Life
- Just As I Am
 


William (be2lieve) | 622 comments Mod
Thanks Jo and Columbus!


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jo | 900 comments Mod
hey bill, check out the nominees (and past winners) of the lambda awards. i'm afraid you're going to have to do some googling to check who are the people of color, but at least with some you can go on names. nina revoyr, much mentioned here, is partly african american and partly asian (i think).


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jo | 900 comments Mod
also: Chris Abani doesn't identify as queer, but there is a lot of queerness is his books. just sayin'.


William (be2lieve) | 622 comments Mod
That last comment made me laugh..just yesterday a rather prim friend of mine was complaining about a Chris Abani story I recommended for her...now I get it..


Sarah Weathersby (saraphen) | 190 comments And not to forget Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin


Evelyn | 65 comments A lot of Jacqueline Woodson's books have at least one queer character.


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Cy | 5 comments The Unsimple Truth by J. Reneé LaCour
What We All Long For by Dionne Brand


angi.renee | 1 comments Here in Goodreads.com we have glbt literature:

http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/s...


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Columbus (Coltrane01) | 1068 comments Mod
Lisa C. Moore is the founder and editor of Redbone Press, a publishing house for African American lesbian and gay men. Some good, undiscovered literary works here. http://www.redbonepress.com/


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jo | 900 comments Mod
hey, do we have stacyann chin in this list? she belongs here!


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jo | 900 comments Mod
Columbus wrote: "Lisa C. Moore is the founder and editor of Redbone Press, a publishing house for African American lesbian and gay men. Some good, undiscovered literary works here. http://www.redbonepress.com/"

thanks, columbus, it looks like a great press!


Ming | 31 comments Willian and All! thank you, thank you! I'm so grateful. I've posted a similar question on LGBT groups here and on Amazon and the responses had been sadly slim. But here, you rock!


William (be2lieve) | 622 comments Mod
I'll have a hard time picking five out of all these great titles for the poll...!


Rashida | 264 comments This forthcoming collection looks tres interesante. Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction


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jo | 900 comments Mod
just to keep this thread going: Rahul Mehta's debut short-story collection Quarantine: Stories.


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jo | 900 comments Mod
i took the liberty to rename this thread, for easier access and consumption!


Kiswana (TheChicBookworm) | 3 comments Fledgling By: Octavia Butler


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Rebecca  | 312 comments This is a great idea. Personally I haven't read much but I do love Baldwin so I am looking forward to future reads.


Mirvan  Ereon (mirvanereon) | 3 comments The Philippines have a lot of very good LGBT books. =P


TheFountainPenDiva | 15 comments Nikki Baker's Virginia Kelly mysteries are great.

In the Game by Nikki Baker The Lavender House Murder by Nikki Baker Long Goodbyes by Nikki Baker The Ultimate Exit Strategy by Nikki Baker

Canaan Parker is one of those classic authors who got lost I guess Color of Trees.


Mamabelle | 4 comments Rebecca Walker's Black, White and Jewish is one that comes to mind.


Ashley | 6 comments I've been rather indecisive about posting the following book, as it doesn't really fall under the LGBT genre.
The Killing Moon (Dreamblood, #1) by N.K. Jemisin
I bring it up because one of the main character's is gay. However, the fact that he's gay is in no way a plot point. I know, I know, that's why it's not a LGBT genre.

Killing Moon is a fantasy novel and is therefore set in a different world. The people of the world have a different view of sexuality. The fact that the main character is gay isn't a plot point, because in this world liking the same sex isn't "strange."

I really appreciated the normalness of his sexual orientation. It honestly makes me hopeful of a future where your sexual orientation has nothing to do with equality.

I know it doesn't fit in the usual sense, but I feel like it deserves a mention.


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jo | 900 comments Mod
hey ashley, to me, everything you say makes this ENTIRELY and TOTALLY an lgbt book! thanks for posting it!


Sarah | 3 comments i agree. killing moon is totally lgbt. precisely because sexuality in the book is NOT a big deal. that's queering.

and speaking of n.k. jemisin. has anyone mentioned Kingdom of the Gods and the whole 100K Kingdoms series? (did i?) because sieh? totally queer. also nahadoth and itempas, although those two are on a more meta-level while most of the romantic lead plotlines are hetero within a lens of sexual fluidity.


Sarah | 3 comments ack! it took out my spoiler html i think! spoilers above!


Ashley | 6 comments Yay! Thanks for the feed back Jo.


Anacaona | 3 comments Michelle Cliff,
No Telephone To Heaven

Keyword search under "Lesbian" @ Voices from The Gaps [reference site on women writers of color]
http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages...
[trans doesn't exist, and bisexual came up empty (!!!)]

Lisa C. Moore mentioned above is one of the spearheaders of Fire and Ink, black LGBT writer/reader convention: http://fireandink.org/.



Rosamund Elwin, "ASHA's Mums: By Rosamund Elwin & Michele Paulse; Illustrated by Dawn Lee",
Tongues on Fire Caribbean/Lesbian Lives [seems out of print, doubly regretting that my copy went AWOL a decade ago!]


Columbus (Coltrane01) | 1068 comments Mod
Anacaona wrote: "Michelle Cliff,
No Telephone To Heaven

Keyword search under "Lesbian" @ Voices from The Gaps [reference site on women writers of color]
http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages......"


I understand the Fire & Ink workshops are really nice and Lisa and Fullwood do a phenomenal job. Thanks for the posting!


Matthew Salesses (salesses) | 2 comments Alexander Chee's Edinburgh is great


Evelyn | 65 comments The Black Like Us anthology is a good resource for Black LGBT folks.


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jo | 900 comments Mod
thank you matthew and evelyn!


Hattie Norman (goodreadscomgoodreadscomTea) | 108 comments Jo, is the kind lady who sent me a copy of CHILDREN OF THE STREET. I misplaced the email. So sorry. Would like to say thank you here. Hope you see this message. Thanks again.


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Ming | 31 comments Any titles that are being published/released in 2013. Pride Month is in June. I can add The City of Devi by Manil Suri! Others?


Columbus (Coltrane01) | 1068 comments Mod
Ming wrote: "Any titles that are being published/released in 2013. Pride Month is in May. I can add The City of Devi by Manil Suri available on Tues! Others?"

Ming, I couldn't find any list of upcoming LGBT titles, unfortunately. I checked the Lambda Literary site along with some others that typically list them and found absolutely nothing. Many LGBT writers are not writing exclusively gay storylines anymore and writing for the wider public instead. The ghettoization of this literature or writing is no longer necessary, maybe? I don't know. I'm not sure if this is a positive or not but it doesn't necessarily make me happy. What do others think?


Beverly | 740 comments This book has been receiving very good pre-release reviews.

Mondo Cruel by Luis Negron - to be published Feb 26th.

It is a short story collection that gives insight into gay life in Puerto Rico.


Columbus (Coltrane01) | 1068 comments Mod
Beverly wrote: "This book has been receiving very good pre-release reviews.

Mondo Cruel by Luis Negron - to be published Feb 26th.

It is a short story collection that gives insight into gay life in Puerto Rico."


Thanks, Beverly...Justin Torres praised it as well. Good looking out!


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Ming | 31 comments Beverly, thanks. I just finished City of Devi. Here's a really interesting interview with the author: http://bookdragon.si.edu/2013/02/04/t...


Columbus (Coltrane01) | 1068 comments Mod
Michael Nava mystery series featuring Henry Rios. 7 books in all.


Cheryl | 1 comments usually anything by Jaquline Woodson ... i have several anthologies w/her short stories. i read also skyy's choices. fiona zedde as well.


Beverly | 740 comments 25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Several authors of color mentioned (including Benjamin Alire Saenz who is also shortlisted for the Pen/Faulkner Award) - lots of categories

http://www.lambdaliterary.org/foundat...


Ming | 31 comments Beverly wrote: "25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Several authors of color mentioned (including Benjamin Alire Saenz who is also shortlisted for the Pen/Faulkner Award) - lots of categories
..."


thanks, Beverly! I'll take a look


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