LGBTQ+ Authors at Parkland Community Library

Contemporary and classic queer authors share their stories.

Queer stories for a rainbow of readers ?️‍?

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhador

Perfect for readers looking for a coming-of-age immigrant experience

Five years after a suspicious fire killed his mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one. He has been unable to paint since his mother’s ghost has begun to visit him each evening. The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once-thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria.

One night, he finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z. She famously and mysteriously disappeared more than sixty years before, but her journal contains proof that Laila Z’s past is intimately tied to his mother’s-and his grandmother’s–in ways he never could have expected. Even more surprising, Laila Z’s story reveals the histories of queer and transgender people within his community that he never knew.

Following his mother’s ghost, he uncovers the silences kept in the name of survival by his own community, his own family, and within himself, and discovers the family that was there all along.

“The author creates a world for his characters in which readers who are perhaps unfamiliar with the communities being represented can find their way around, but he does not feel compelled to translate and explain.”

Kirkus Reviews

With Teeth by Kristen Arnett

Perfect for readers looking for flawed characters in a character-driven novel

If she’s being honest, Sammie Lucas is scared of her son.

Working from home in the close quarters of their Florida house, she lives with one wary eye peeled on Samson, a sullen, unknowable boy who resists her every attempt to bond with him. Uncertain in her own feelings about motherhood, she tries her best–driving, cleaning, cooking, prodding him to finish projects for school–while growing increasingly resentful of Monika, her confident but absent wife.

As Samson grows from a feral toddler to a surly teenager, Sammie’s life begins to deteriorate into a mess of unruly behavior. Her struggle to create a picture-perfect queer family unravels. When her son’s hostility finally spills over into physical aggression, Sammie must confront her role in the mess–and the possibility that it will never be clean again.

With Teeth is a thought-provoking portrait of the delicate fabric of family–and the many ways it can be torn apart.

“A novel that is not afraid to look at the underbelly of parenting, queer relationships, and middle age.”

Kirkus Reviews

Time is a Mother By Ocean Vuong

Perfect for readers looking for haunting and heartwrenching storytelling

In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death. Their writing embodies the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it.

Shifting through memory, Vuong contends with personal loss and the meaning of family. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong’s poems circle fragmented lives to find both restorations as well as the epicenter of the break.

“Enriching Vuong’s already sterling early career, this new collection feels abraded by both the weight of loss and of living, yet is cut with a profusion of affecting beauty and humor.”

Luke Gorham, Library Journal

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