Happy May, everyone! The April prize packs went out in the mail this week. And congrats to Brady, who won the raffle!
If you’re just joining us, welcome! All the details about the challenge are here.
As always, feel free to chat in the thread about any and all queer lit. What great queer books did you read in April? What prompts are you still struggling with? Give a rec, get a rec, you know the deal. I also encourage everyone to come join the Queer Your Year discord, which has been a lot of fun so far, and where rec threads happen as often as you want them to!
And now for something completely different: I am very book-focused, but other media exists and is wonderful, too. So: what fantastic queer media have you been enjoying recently? Film, TV, webcomics, essays, art exhibits…I’d love to hear about it!
Really excited to see Monica (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os8xbNzqA2I) when it is available!
I'll start the book talk (I wish I had some other media to share, but I am so woefully single-minded!) with a few upcoming releases I've recently read and adored. Get your preorders on!
Bellies by Nicola Dinan: A gorgeous, messy trans coming of age story. It'll work for the set on a continent you don't live on prompt for a lot of folks—it takes place in the UK, New York, and Malaysia! Out in August.
Lucky Red by Claudia Cravens: I wrote about this one in the newsletter, but it's so good! Queer western set in a Kansas whorehouse. It'll work for the historical fiction set before 1950 prompt. Out in June.
And Then He Sang a Lullaby byAni Kayode Somtochukwu: A story about two gay men in Nigeria who meet at university. It's devastating. But I really loved it. It'll work for the African author prompt. Out in June.
Apocrifa by Amber Flame: This is a really lovely love story in poetry. Perfect for the debut poetry collection prompt! It's out in a few weeks.