The Publishing Post
Celebrate your Holidays: Queer Edition
To get you in the holiday spirit we’ve complied a lovely list of LGBTQ+ shops, publishers and books to support during this time; from queer shops, to books that are essential for the holiday season — we’ve got you covered!
Queer Lit is a site that boasts an extensive list of queer literature, it is based in Manchester and holds over 800 titles, ranging from queer classics such as Call Me By Your Name to true stories such as Queer: A Graphic Story. Get ordering right away as you have until the 20th of December for Christmas orders. They also have a specialised section of “LGBTQ+ Teen Stocking Fillers” with over a hundred queer novels from fantasy to self-identity. The best part is that they’re all under £7.50, meaning they’ll be the perfect last minute present for someone who you’ve been struggling to buy for! Follow them on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Wranglestone by Darren Charlton is a book perfect for the coming winter months. Set in post-apocalyptic America in a national park, the story follows Peter and Cooper as they face the dreaded Dead. Winter brings danger to the water that has kept them all safe; it will soon turn to traversable ice and bring terror with it. A page-turner, for all lovers of dark fantasy.
Gay’s The Word was set up in London in 1979 as a safe LGBT community space, and now boasts the title of the oldest LGBT bookshop in the UK. You can still shop their online store and support this fabulous bookshop and we think they’re a must-visit when it’s safe to do so again! Follow them on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Category Is Books is a Glasgow-based queer bookshop, started by wusband and wusband team Charlotte and Fionn Duffy-Scott (both they/them), which opened its doors in 2018. Stocking new and used queer books, magazines, graphic novels, zines and badges, we think there’s something for every queer reader at this shop! They’re still open for online orders, so why not place an order and support this great independent queer bookshop this holiday season? Follow them on social media: Twitter | Instagram
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas is the perfect way to get a little bit spooky this holiday season! It is traditional to tell ghost stories around Christmas and what better ghost story than one about a Latinx trans teenage boy trying to prove his gender to family by hunting down the ghost of his murdered cousin, in order to set it free? Yadriel is about to get more than he bargained for, when he summons the wrong ghost!
Knight Errant Press are a mighty micro-press, publishing books with the aim to bring to the world more stories written by, from and about LGBTQIA+, BAME/POC, working class folk, people with disabilities as well as migrants and the displaced. With their own online shop, it’s never been easier to support a small, independent publisher! Follow them on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
This Winter by Alice Oseman is a short story based on the characters from Oseman’s debut novel, Solitaire. The Spring Siblings, Tori, Charlie and Oliver, know that this year’s festive season is going to be harder than most. With a family that doesn’t talk about emotions, at least they have each other!
The Bookish Type is an independent queer bookshop based in Leeds. Selling a whole range of queer literature including novels, children’s books, YA, memoirs, non-fiction and graphic novels, they have recently opened their bricks and mortar store! So, why not give them a visit? Or check out their online store for some great gift ideas! Follow them on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust is a retelling of the Snow White fairytale — and who doesn’t love a good fairytale to snuggle up with in the winter? In this queer, wintery reimagining of the classic story we see the entwining lives of two young women destined to be rivals from the very start. Can they rewrite their stories, or will one of them lose everything?
Boy Queen by George Lester is a joyful debut novel, full of love, heart and plenty of glitter! Robin is at a loose end — he’s watching his friends head off to university while he’s stuck staring at a pile of rejection letters. But, when he and his friends go to drown their sorrows at a local drag show, Robin starts to realise that perhaps there’s a different path for him — one full of more sequins and bigger hair than he could have imagined.
Did we spark your imagination? Let us know what you’re reading and where you’re shopping this holiday season by tagging us on social media!