Celebrate Pride Month with an Award-Winning Read

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and Algonquin Area Public Library District is delighted to celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community, by highlighting some the best in LGBTQ literature, including winners of the 2021 Lambda Literary “Lammy”  Awards.

The awards are given by Lambda Literary, which began in 1987 when the owner of the Lambda Rising Bookstore in Washington D.C., published the Lambda Book Report, (now the Lambda Literary Review) covering the LGBTQ book world. The awards were launched in 1989, and award excellence in numerous categories of LGBTQ fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

AAPLD’s Adult Services staff has created a special Pride Month display, located near the reference desk, which showcases selections by LGBTQ authors, including recent Lambda “Lammy” Award winners.

Learn a little more about some of the Lambda Award winners you’ll find at AAPLD:

Written In The Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur – After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love-and the inevitable heartbreak-is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass. (Amazon.com)

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby  – “Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with “TV executives slash amateur astrologers” while being a “cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person,” “with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees,” who still hides past due bills under her pillow. The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby’s new life. Wow, No Thank You is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable” (Amazon.com)

Fiebra Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera – “In this novel told in Spanglish, fifteen-year-old Francisca is uprooted from her life in Bogotá, Colombia, and moves with her family to Miami, Florida, where she is ushered into an evangelical church and falls in love with the pastor’s daughter” (from the publisher)

Browse the display virtually here or click here to learn more about the Lamdba Awards. Place items on hold online, or give the Adult Services department a call. We’re happy to help!