GLBT Book Month, Continued: Trans Authors

A nod to the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting. We in Center for the Reader, along with countless other library workers worldwide, aim to a provide a safe space for the LGBT+ and POC communities.

Check out this article on trans authors across the literary spectrum — children’s, nonfiction, and fiction alike. Click the author’s name for more info, or click a title to place your hold on the fiction titles Book Riot writer Constance Augusta Zaber mentions, below:

Short Stories

God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya – God Loves Hair An early collection of Shraya’s stories that draw from her own experiences to tell stories of diversity and life.

Casey Plett – A Safe Girl to Love These stories range from American cities to Canadian prairies while sharing the characters’ hard truths and joys.

Jamie Berrout – Incomplete Short Stories and Essays The fiction in this collection take on a range of themes and forms that explores oppression, literature, and life as a trans woman of color.

General Fiction
Lost Boi by Sassafras LowreySassafras Lowrey – Lost Boi This take on Peter Pan transposes the story into punk houses and the various worlds of BDSM.

Ryka Aoki – He Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song In Aoki’s Hawai’i conversations about identity, religion, music, and love all come together as a mysterious entity moves to town.

Jamie Berrout – Otros Valles A novel drawing from literary fiction, memoir, and science fiction to tell the story of a non-binary trans Latina lesbian looking for community and family in the Deep South.

Rae Spoon – First Spring Grass Fire This slim coming of age story tells a life of survival, Conservative Christian dogma, and gender.

Vivek Shraya – She of the Mountains With roots in Hindu mythology Shraya’s illustrated novel explores the relationship of body and self and how we experience cultural expectations of gender and sexuality.

Sybil Lamb – I’ve Got a Time Bomb A traumatic head injury complicates Sybil’s surreal journey through cities of trans women, sex, and drugs. Honestly I’m not even sure how to begin describing this book.

Imogen Binnie – Nevada  A modern on-the-road story about Maria Griffiths, your typical f**k-up trans girl in Brooklyn who steals her girlfriend’s car to drive across America with a whole bunch of drugs.

Jeanne Thornton – The Dream of Doctor Bantam This love story follows tough seventeen-year-old Julie Thatch as she falls for a woman who belongs to a strange cult.

Speculative, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy Fiction

Brew by Dane Figueroa Edidi

Dane Figueroa Edidi – Brew Arjana’s life is Baltimore is complicated enough already with high school, being trans, and witchcraft, but things get even stranger as her powerful mother is threatened by dark forces.

Jan Morris – Hav A fictional travelogue exploring the strange and ancient Mediterranean city of Hav.

R.J. Eliason – Bear Naked Amanda lives in a world of neo-paganism and Renaissance faires but what happens when her boyfriend might be a werewolf?

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