Pride 2011 is already underway in Winnipeg and Winnipeg Public Library has a plethora of new titles for the GLBTQ* community. One new book getting a lot of press is Dan Savage’s It Gets Better. This book is an offshoot of his project (inspired by the suicide of a gay teen) to collect online video testimonials of GLBTQ* members and allies talking about the fact that life does get better for young people struggling with identity issues. Two other books exploring similar issues are Kelly Huegel’s GLBTQ, and for womyn especially, Persistence: all ways Butch and Femme by Ivan E. Coyote.
If fiction is more to your liking, there’s plenty of new material to choose from. Boyfriends with Girlfriends by the popular young adult author Alex Sanchez is guaranteed to be a good read. Other new fiction includes Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan, I am J by Cris Beam, and Leche by R. Zamora Linmark. For something frothy and steamy, try the ever-dependable Opal Carew and her new novel Forbidden Heat or Lee Houck’s Yield – you won’t be disappointed.
There are several new biographies out: Diaghilev by Sjeng Scheijen focuses on the founder of the Ballet Russes, and Secret Historian is about the Kinsey collaborator and author Samuel Steward, but perhaps the most anticipated biography of the year is Chaz Bono’s Transition: the Story of How I Became a Man. Reserve your copy today!