Epic Reads - YA Pride
Titles to Love Out Loud!
These spectacular queer titles have it all, from fiery romances to powerful reclamations of the narrative, this Epic Reads Pride event is one worth checking out! Jacob Demlow from A Very Queer Book Club will moderate, and there will even be some sweet treats and cool swag! This is a free event, but purchase is required to enter the signing line.
You won't want to miss:
Nothing Burns as Bright as You by ASHLEY WOODFOLK. Two girls. One wild and reckless day. They were best friends. Until they became more. Their affections grew. Until the blurry lines became dangerous. Over the course of a single day, the depth of their past, the confusion of their present, and the unpredictability of their future is revealed. And the girls will learn that hearts, like flames, aren’t so easily tamed. It starts with a fire. How will it end?
Only This Beautiful Moment by ABDI NAZEMIAN. Set against the backdrop of Tehran and Los Angeles in three different eras, this sweeping tale of three generations of boys in the same Iranian family, examines the intersection of American, Iranian, and queer identity at the end of different decades. This exploration of intergenerational trauma and love is an ode to the fragile bonds of family, the hidden secrets of history, and all the beautiful moments that make us who we are today.
Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball by JASON JUNE. Femme, gay teen podcaster Riley Weaver is excited he can finally apply for the Gaybutante Society, the LGBTQ+ organization that has launched dozens of queer teens' careers in pop culture, arts, and activism. At the end of a long application process is the annual Gaybutante Ball. The ball's one requirement? A date. After making a bet that Riley can find a masc date or drop out of the Society entirely, and deciding to make a podcast about the process of dating as a femme gay, the race is on to find a fella to fall for in time! Will this be one massive — and publicly broadcast — femme failure?
The Luis Ortega Survival Club by SONORA REYES. Ariana, an autistic girl who never talks, is largely ignored by her peers, despite her bold fashion choices. So when cute, popular Luis starts to pay attention to her, Ari finally feels seen. But then they have sex at a party, and while Ari didn’t say no, she definitely didn’t say yes. When the rumor mill leads her to a group of students determined to expose Luis for the predator he is, she finds genuine friendship among the group, and develops surprising feelings for an unexpected girl. But in order to take Luis down, she’ll have to come to terms with the truth of what he did to her that night — and risk everything to see justice done.
- Queer Ducks (And Other Animals) by ELIOT SCHREFER. We’re taught the natural order means male-female pairs for each animal on Earth. But there’s more to the story than most of us know. Study after study has revealed substantial same-sex sexual behavior in animals! In sharp and witty prose — aided by humorous comics from artist Jules Zuckerberg — Schrefer uses science, history, anthropology, and sociology to illustrate the diversity of sexual behavior in the animal world. Homosexuality doesn’t set us apart from animals — it bonds us even closer to our animal selves.
*One book may be brought from home to be signed for every book purchased at the event.
Monday, June 12th at 6PM EST at Our 17th St Store!
Come to the event and receive a free Epic Reads tote bag & bookmark — available while supplies last!
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