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‘Representation Matters:’ LGBTQIA Literature Goes Mainstream

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From coming of age narratives to personal memoirs, literature has been exploring themes of sexuality for as long as people have been publishing stories. We often call this queer lit (though it’s important to note that some take offense at that term) or gay lit, umbrella terms to identify any type of narrative that features LGBTQIA characters. But in a culture that has long been dominated by heteronormativity, stories exploring alternative sexualities have struggled to find a place in mainstream publishing. Instead, books about LGBTQIA characters have often been relegated to smaller presses or niche audiences. If mainstream books even featured LGBTQIA characters, they were usually treated as the funny or tragic sidekicks supporting the (straight) main character’s journey. There…

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Read More in 2018: 40 New Books to Help You Build the Perfect Library

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Books have been making a comeback! Each year, more people in the public eye are putting down their phones and picking up a book— and they are encouraging the rest of us to do the same. In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution was to read a book every other week; by the end of the year, he had read 26. In 2017, Reese Witherspoon launched a book club that now has over 27,000 followers on Facebook alone. Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of Talk and of Books has been encouraging people to pick up books and read for over two decades through Oprah’s Book Club. Reading more is something we should all pledge to do not just for ourselves, but…

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