Transgender Awareness Week reading list - book coversTransgender Awareness Week, typically observed the second week of November, is a celebration leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, which honors victims of transphobic violence. This year, PEN America is proud to partner with the Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) and Elle Hearns—founder of MPJI—to curate fiction and nonfiction books that center the stories of trans individuals and communities alongside the work of trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer writers. Their recommendations include a number of seminal works by theorists of Black feminism, Marxism, and other interrelated discourses, because trans liberation is not possible without an intersectional approach to dismantling injustice and the systems that support it. In addition to paving the way for more narratives about trans identities and individuals, these books work toward combating violence against trans individuals, as they affirm the depth and breadth of trans lives and the need to support, defend, and protect them.