Twenty years ago, Philadelphia native Tony Sawicki crafted, wrote and produced “Under the Pink Carpet,” one of the first weekly television news programs to highlight LGBTQ-plus arts, nightlife and culture.

For a lot of our younger readers, summer involves free time. At least we hope. So when better to catch up on recreational reading. Luckily, there are a wealth of queer young-adult titles waiting on the shelves at Philly’s local independent bookstores, just waiting to be discovered.

We reached out to Philly’s histroic LGBTQ bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St., for recommendations on interesting queer YA reads. For more information, visit

The Pulitzer Prize awards were announced on April 15 by the Columbia School of Journalism. Winning for biography was The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart. Stewart is chair of the Black Studies Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara and author of several major works.

The Pulitzer committee cited Stewart for creating "a panoramic view of the personal trials and artistic triumphs of the father of the Harlem Renaissance and the movement he inspired."

Stewart’s biography previously won the National Book Award for NonFiction. His massive work — 1,000 pages — published by Oxford University Press, details the life of black, gay intellectual, Alain Leroy Locke.

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