Advocates in Action: 4 LGBTQIA+ Indie Changemakers

Advocates in Action: 4 LGBTQIA+ Indie Changemakers

Book Culture

For this week’s Bookspot, we were fortunate enough to talk with four indie bookstores who serve as community and advocacy spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community. These shops are separated by hundreds and thousands of miles (and even an ocean), but their work undeniably stems from the same goal: incite change through literature. How is your store celebrating LGBTQIA+ History Month? Gay’s the Word: Well here in the UK LGBTQIA+ History Month is in February, and October is Black History Month. It’s fantastic to see a greater range of representation in black queer narratives and voices being published and celebrated in …

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘Juliet Takes a Breath’

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘Juliet Takes a Breath’

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month beginning today, it only seemed to right to share a wonderfully written YA novel by the Puerto Rican, queer, Bronx-born icon Gabby Rivera. She is the first Latina to ever write for Marvel and the mastermind behind the America comics series, starring America Chavez. Juliet Takes a Breath is Rivera’s first fiction work—and an utterly smashing one at that. The story opens with Juliet Milagros Palante, a queer, Puerto Rican college student with a whole lot of questions. And, a whole lot of hope. At only nineteen years old, Bronx-born Juliet is still trying …

Warrior Girls Take the Boston Book Festival

Warrior Girls Take the Boston Book Festival

On October 19th, the Boston Book Festival commenced in Copley Square. Rows of tents housing local authors, publishers, and bookstores lined the square, bringing book lovers together on the beautiful Saturday afternoon. Right next door, at the Boston Public Library, several panels from authors and publishers were held all day. In one panel in particular, which they called Warrior Girls, held in the Teen Central section of the library, several authors tackled topics such as what makes their characters warriors, and the challenges they faced in regard to diversity in their books and making sure those stories are told. The …