Coming of Age: A Pride Reading List - Book Covers

This week’s reading list includes recommendations from two YA authors in the LGBTQIA+ community—Kalynn Bayron (author of Cinderella Is Dead, out now) and Candice Iloh (author of Every Body Looking, coming September 2020)—and our own PEN America staff. These books, all by LGBTQIA+ authors, ranging from Octavia Butler (whose birthday we celebrated in June) to Adam Silvera and June Jordan, ask us to question the notions of sexuality and race that many of us grew up with, deconstruct our societal norms of family and community, and remind us how language and narrative can help us to reimagine the future and remember the past.