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New Releases in November 2023

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I’ve been on vacation. I’ll return to the September & October releases later, but for now, here are the new releases of interest coming in November:

Flying Ship cover with one legged pirate swinging off ship.

The Flying Ship Volume 1 by Jem Milton (Comics/Graphic Novels, Fantasy)

“Based on slavic folklore, the Flying Ship is a queer fantasy story set in a mythical world called Glas. When the Tzar offers his daughter’s hand to one who can build a ship that sails through the sky, it is grumpy Dobrinia who decides to take up the quest, with a little magical help.”  By non-binary artist Jem Milton.

Dark Horse Books
November 07, 2023
256 p.

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Skip!: A Graphic Novel by Sarah Burgess (Comics/Graphic Novels, Young Adult)

“Jay often feels that like they are a nobody. Beah, on the other hand, is fierce, charming, athletic—and OBSESSED with the street skipping art, Double Dutch. When the two meet, sparks fly, in this colorful slice-of-life graphic novel about the wonder of platonic friendship and finding your identity.”

Andrews McMeel Publishing
November 07, 2023
256 p.

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Touching The Art cover

Touching the Art by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (Autobiography)

“A mixture of memoir, biography, criticism, and social history, Touching the Art is queer icon and activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s interrogation of the possibilities of artistic striving, the limits of the middle-class mindset, the legacy of familial abandonment, and what art can and cannot do.”

Soft Skull Press
November 07, 2023
304 p.

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The Manor House Governess

The Manor House Governess by C. A. Castle (Historical Fiction)

“Orphaned young and raised with chilly indifference at an all-boys boarding school, Brontë Ellis has grown up stifled by rigid rules and social “norms,” forbidden from expressing his gender identity. His beloved novels and period films lend an escape, until a position as a live-in tutor provides him with a chance to leave St. Mary’s behind.

Greenwood Manor is the kind of elegant country house Bron has only read about, and amid lavish parties and cricket matches, the Edwards family welcomes him into the household with true warmth. Mr. Edwards and the young Ada, Bron’s pupil, accept without question that Bron’s gender presentation is not traditionally masculine. Only Darcy, the eldest son, seems uncomfortable with Bron—the two of them couldn’t be more opposite.”

Alcove Press
November 07, 2023
336 p.

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The Risk it takes to Bloom

The Risk It Takes to Bloom by Raquel Willis (Memoir)

“A passionate, powerful memoir by a trailblazing Black transgender activist, tracing her life of transformation and her work towards collective liberation.”

St. Martin’s Press
November 14, 2023
384 p.

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Your Gender Book

Your Gender Book: Helping You Be You! by Ben Pechey (Children’s Nonfiction)

“If you are at the start of your journey with gender identity, or looking to help someone who is, this insightful guide offers a safe space to celebrate you becoming your true – and most joyful – self. With fun activities, resources and LGBTQ+ role models throughout, this book sheds light on everything from gender identity, sex, pronouns and expression, to barriers, mental health, allyship and finding happiness.”

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
November 21, 2023
176 p.

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Godly Heathens

Godly Heathens by H.E. Edgmon (Fantasy, Young Adult)

Book 1 of The Ouroboros Duology. Book 2 due in Spring 2024.

“Gem Echols is a nonbinary Seminole teen living in the tiny town of Gracie, Georgia. Known for being their peers’ queer awakening, Gem leans hard on charm to disguise the anxious mess they are beneath. The only person privy to their authentic self is another trans kid, Enzo, who’s a thousand long, painful miles away in Brooklyn.

But even Enzo doesn’t know about Gem’s dreams, haunting visions of magic and violence that have always felt too real. So how the hell does Willa Mae Hardy? The strange new girl in town acts like she and Gem are old companions, and seems to know things about them they’ve never told anyone else.”

Wednesday Books
November 28, 2023
400 p.

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No One Left But You

No One Left But You by Tash McAdam (Young Adult)

“BEFORE. Newly out trans guy Max is having a hard time in school. Things have been tough since his summer romance, Danny, turned into his bully. This year, his plan is to keep his head down and graduate. All that changes when new It Girl, Gloss, moves to town. No one understands why perfect, polished Gloss is so interested in an introverted skater kid, but Max blooms in the hothouse of her attention. Caught between romance and obsession, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her on his side.

AFTER. Haircuts, makeovers, drugs, parties. It’s all fun and games until someone gets killed at a rager gone terribly wrong. Max refuses to believe that Gloss did it. But if not Gloss, who? Desperate to figure out truth in the wake of tragedy, Max veers dangerously close to being implicated—and his own memories of that awful night are fuzzy. Both sharp-edged thriller and moving coming of age, this gorgeously wrought novel is perfect for readers who want stories with trans characters front and center.”

Soho Teen
November 28, 2023
288 p.

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