Looking for LGBTQ Winners: The Lambda Literary Review

Want to know about the latest gay romance novel, lesbian biography or queer fiction anthology? Check out Lambda Literary.org!

I love weird stories, anything with magic or strange happenings. I also love queer stories. Where do I look for the latest, greatest, weird, queer book reviews?

My go-to website for great LGBTQ reading choices of any genre is the Lambda Literary Review.  This comprehensive resource is the digital offspring of The Lambda Book Report, first published in 1987 out of Lambda Rising Bookstore in Washington, DC. Lambda Literary has evolved into “the world’s premier LGBT literary organization”, awarding the annual Lambda Literary Awards or “Lammys”, sponsoring writers retreats, and maintaining a content-rich website. (http://www.lambdaliterary.org)

I always start with the Genre category, nicely separated into sub-genres such as Romance, Mystery, and (my favorite) Speculative Fiction. I also peruse the General Fiction and Bio/Memoirs.  

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Cover to Cover, Coast to Coast

The National Parks Service is turning 100 this month. Read your way through the parks in these outdoorsy page-turners.

August 26 marks the centennial of the National Parks Service. The Find Your Park initiative encourages all Americans to find and enjoy our national parks, from urban parks to the most remote wilderness. But if you can’t make it to your favorite park this summer, and if you’re in the mood for fiction, here’s a selection of novels set in our national parks.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2016

Fiction lovers, make room on your holds list! Here are 10 amazing books arriving in August.

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Seeking summer mysteries? Try Judith Flanders.

Want to try a great mystery series this summer? Read on.

I picked up this series because I liked the titles and I like the covers, they look like fun times. I listened to the audiobooks while doing some summer gardening which, honestly, is laborious, I know some people say that it's relaxing, but I'm just not buying it. The series was a great distraction.  The author, Judith Flanders, besides writing contemporary mysteries also has a fascination with Victorians and murder

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Books into Movies

Check out the book before you see the movie.

Now that summer is in full swing, hopefully you'll have time to relax with a book or take in a movie or maybe even read a book and then see the movie. The books listed below have all been made into movies that have released or are due to release this summer and all are available at OPL.

Don't forget to stop by any of our branches to participate in our Adult Summer Reading program for a chance to win gift cards and a Kindle Fire.

Free State of Jones    

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Memoir or Fiction: Exploring Queer Lives

When truth is stranger and more interesting than fiction: the lives of gay men in New York City in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

A beautiful young man pursues sex, love and a modeling career in the exhilarating and heartbreaking gay circles of New York City circa the 1970s and 1980s. Fiction or memoir? Why not both? The authors are celebrated writers in the LGBTQ community known for their achievements in the fields of literature, memoir and biography: Edmund White and Brad Gooch.

Our Young Man by Edmund White, clearly a modern take on The Picture of Dorian Gray, paints a rather bland portrait of Guy, a French model

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The Highest Office in the Land

Novelizing the campaign trail

As this campaign season -- that has often seemed so much more like fiction than fact -- speeds toward the national conventions, our thoughts turn to actual fiction featuring presidential campaigns. For summer reading, you may like to try these.

The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon. In this quintessential Cold War thriller, Raymond Shaw is a brainwashed sleeper agent for Soviet intelligence. Programmed to obey any order upon seeing the Queen of Diamonds in a deck of cards, can Shaw be prevented from assassinating a presidential candidate?

The Plot Against America

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2016

Each month we highlight 10 fantastic new novels coming your way. Here are our picks for July!

 

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After Orlando: A Queer Latinx Book Altar

A literary tribute inspired by the tragedy in Orlando. A guest post by Librarian Amy Sonnie.

Literary tradition is strong in the queer community. Storytelling is how LGBTQI people have named and defined existence, named and transcended fear, named and chosen family. Through poetry, music and memoir, LGBTQI communities keep constant vigil. Nowhere is that tradition more present than in queer and transgender communities of color. “All of us loved you / we want you to know this / listen,” wrote Tatiana de la Tierra.

In honor of Pride month and the 49 lives lost in Orlando, Oakland Library celebrates Latinx authors, artists and activists. Let us listen to their stories and hold the hard truth that we cannot truly know the names and stories of Orlando’s lost generation; they did not get the chance to name themselves.

But we can show up for the living: All of us love you. We want you to know this. We are listening.

que te queremos then and now
hear it in Nahuatl en Español en Pocho en Inglés
hear it en la canción del viento
en el silencio

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Writers We Love: Louise Erdrich

A new book by Louise Erdrich is a great reason to get reading.

Last month brought us the release of LaRose, a new novel by Louise Erdrich and the fifteenth title in her North Dakota cycle of novels. This latest novel tells the story of a couple who give their son to a neighbor family to atone for a tragic accident.

Each of the North Dakota novels stands alone, so readers new to her work don’t have to go back to the start of the cycle to enjoy LaRose. But readers who have followed the North Dakota novels, beginning with Love Medicine, relish the layers of interconnection among the books, between the Native American, European, and mixed families, and

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