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Mt. Airy author Janet Mason is well known on the Philadelphia literary circuit and within the local LGBTQ community for her provocative writing that includes poetry, memoir and fiction. Her last book, “Tea Leaves,” won the Golden Crown Literary Award for lesbian memoir.

Mason’s new novel is set primarily in biblical times. “THEY: A Biblical Tale of Secret Genders” (Adelaide Books, $22) is quite different from Mason’s other work. The novel details the story of Tamar of the Hebrew Bible and a twin sister Tabitha, Tabitha’s intersex twins and the dawning of the concept of defining male gender as preferential, along with the concept of gender as finite — two genders with no variants.

 

Author Robert Fieseler’s new book, “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation” dives deep into the events leading up to and the aftermath of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire, a tragic and unsolved arson that claimed the lives of 31 men and one woman on June 24, 1973, the largest mass murder of gays until the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando in 2016.

 

Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History

By Blair Imani; illustrations by Monique Le

Foreword by Tegan and Sara

When I cofounded Tiny Satchel Press in 2010, I was doing acquisitions for a publisher who did not see what I saw — a deep need for diverse books for middle-grade kids. I wanted books that told stories for girls, LGBT youth, kids of color and ethnic minorities. I wanted books for disabled kids and kids on the fringes of poverty. I wanted stories that had yet to be told widely.

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