TJ Klune is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Fantasy and Young Adult fiction. He won the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for his nove Into This River I Drown. Klune believes it’s important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.
Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But he is the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom. After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life). The Extraordinaries is the first in a triology, followed by Flash Fire and Heat Wave.
Under the Whispering Door
When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead. And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead. But even in death he’s not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days.
House in the Cerulean Sea
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.
Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist and graphic novelist, and creator of the Bechdel Test (whether a work features at least two women characters, who talk to each other, about something other than a man). She is best known for her graphic memoirs.
Mariner Books Classics
Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama
The Secret to Superhuman Strength
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
Alice Oseman is an Inky Award-winning English author of young adult fuction, as well as the artist behind the webcomic Heartstopper. Her work focuses primarily on contemporary British teenagers, especially those identifying as queerand/or neurodivergent.
Nick and Charlie
Everyone knows that Nick and Charlie love their nearly inseparable life together. But soon Nick will be leaving for university, and Charlie, a year younger, will be left behind. Everyone’s asking if they’re staying together, which is a stupid question… or at least that’s what Nick and Charlie assume at first. As the time to say goodbye gets inevitably closer, both Nick and Charlie start to question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart. Charlie is sure he’s holding Nick back… and Nick can’t tell what Charlie’s thinking. Things spiral from there. Everyone knows that first loves rarely last forever. What will it take for Nick and Charlie to defy the odds?
Georgia doesn’t understand why she can’t crush and kiss and make out like her friends do. She’s surrounded by the narrative that dating + sex = love. It’s not until she gets to college that she discovers the A range of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum — coming to understand herself as asexual/aromantic. Disrupting the narrative that she’s been told since birth isn’t easy — there are many mistakes along the way to inviting people into a newly found articulation of an always-known part of your identity. But Georgia’s determined to get her life right, with the help of (and despite the major drama of) her friends.
Marlon James is a Jamaican writer of historical fiction and epic fantasy. After fleeing his home country’s rampant anti-queer policies, he became a writer and professor in the United States. He won the Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.
A Brief History of Seven Killings
The Book of Night Women
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado is an American short story writer and essayist. Her stories have been reprinted in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, The New Voices of Fantasy, and Best Women’s Erotica.
In the Dream House
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories