4 Holiday Titles to Get You in the Spirit

With Thanksgiving past, marking the official start of the holiday season, we have put on display some of our favorite holiday titles that will make visions of sugar-plums dance in your head!

1453802630.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Christmas in Graymoor Mansion
by Mark A. Roeder
Written by Bloomington resident, Christmas in Graymoor Mansion tells the story of friends and family who gather in stately Graymoor Mansion to celebrate the holiday season, but a blizzard traps them in the massive Victorian home Christmas Eve and all of Christmas Day. To entertain themselves, the guests take turns sharing their Christmas memories and special holiday stories. Join Sean, his family, and friends in their Christmas celebration. There’s plenty of food, including wonderful desserts, Christmas cookies, and steaming hot cocoa to go with this set of Christmas tales. This is a collection of previously unpublished Christmas tales to be read year after year.

51j2QPiSLhL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_A Little Fruitcake: A Childhood in Holidays
by David Valdes Greenwood
Ah, the sweet memories of Christmas. Gifts under the tree. Cookies for Santa. And, of course, the annual fruitcake. For young David Valdes Greenwood, the indomitable “little fruitcake” at the center of these tales, nothing is sweeter than the promise of the holidays. A modern-day Tiny Tim, he holds fast to his ideal of what Christmas should be, despite the huge odds against him: Sub-zero Maine winters. A host of eccentric relatives. And his constant foil: a frugal, God-fearing Grammy who seems determined to bring an end to all his fun. A book that’s “fa-la-la-licious” (Louisville Courier Journal) and filled with funny, charming Yuletide memories (from building a Lego® manger to hunting for the perfect Christmas tree), A Little Fruitcake will inspire even the biggest Grinches around.

51yQgQ8RDUL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Christmas Truck
by J. B. Blankenship, illustrated by Cassandre Bolan
Authored by a former GLBT office intern, if you are in need of Christmas cheer or have some cheer to spare, here is a book to warm your heart, a gift for friends to share. So settle in and know, my friend, before you turn the page, that this is a story for everyone: for friends of every age.
When celebrating a special Christmas tradition things go awry. Papa, Dad, their amazing kid, and one fabulous grandmother work together and implement a plan to save Christmas for a child they have never met. It’s a story where joy is found in giving and selfless acts unite families.

MV5BNzc5MTM5Mjc0Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzI0MTcxMw@@._V1_SY317_CR6,0,214,317_AL_Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)
Olaf “Gunn” Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his family. He keeps his cool as his quirky Midwestern-hearted parents try to set him up with his high school sweetheart, Abby. But when his boyfriend, Nathan, shows up at their doorstep unannounced, Gunn must put on a charade to keep the relationship a secret. With pressure mounting from all sides, will Gunn come out before the truth does?

Celebrate Halloween with Some Spooky Reads

halloweenGet ready for a fright, folks! I’ve gathered our some of our best spooky reads to get you in the spirit for Halloween!

1590212398.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Queer Hauntings: True Tales of Gay & Lesbian Ghosts
by Ken Summers
An exclusive collection of eerie locales worldwide with a queer bent. This guidebook combines historical fact and unearthly encounters from across the United States, as well as around the globe.
The stories range from the serious, from brutal murders in rural Georgia, to the light-hearted, including the male spirit who enjoys unzipping men’s trousers at a British pub. Ghosts of legendary celebrities intermingle with ordinary individuals. Along with these queer spirits are many businesses, either gay-owned or catering to a gay/lesbian clientele, experiencing hauntings.

1573440124.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_A Ghost in the Closet: A Nancy Clue and Hardly Boys Mystery
by Mabel Maney
With their fearless crime-fighting, good manners, and manly fashion sense, the Hardly boys are the pride of Feyport, Illinois. In A Ghost in the Closet, dark-haired, muscular Frank and his lovable kid brother Joe return from a gay trip to Europe to find that their parents — world-famous detective Fennel P. Hardly and his wife, Mrs. Hardly — have been kidnapped! Even worse, so have six poodles from the Lake Merrimen Dog Show! Pals Nancy Clue, Cherry Aimless, R.N., and Police Detective Jackie Jones help the Hardly boys track down the criminals — and in the meantime, pick up useful tips on fingerprinting, evidence retrieval, and the laundering of sporty twill slacks.

1551522519.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire
Edited by Amber Dawn
Fist of the Spider Woman is a revelatory anthology of horror stories by queer and transgressive women and others that disrupts reality as queer women know it, instilling both fear and arousal while turning traditional horror iconography on its head.
In this collection, horror (including gothic, noir, and speculative writing) is defined as that which both titillates and terrorizes, forcing readers to confront who they are.
Subversive, witty, sexy—and scary—Fist of the Spider Woman poses two questions: “What do queer women fear the most?” and “What do queer women desire the most?”

1555839746.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Triptych of Terror: Three Chilling Tales by the Masters of Gay Horror
by John Michael Curlovich, David Thomas Lord, and Michael Rowe
Combining the storytelling talents of three modern masters of gay horror, Triptych of Terror invites readers into a night of mystery and intrigue, the very time when the fabric of time and space separating the world of the living and the dead is forgotten. A night called Halloween.
The stories involve a televangelist who attempts to reclaim Halloween by banishing a closeted minister to a haunted church, a bullied teen who turns to the occult to protect him from harassment, and a man who’s Celtic background may not be enough to save him from the temptation of one of the fairy folk.

New Arrivals!

We have received quite a few book donations this semester, and while we couldn’t put everything on the shelves, we now have some new books for you to peruse!

Here is a sampling of some of our newest arrivals:

Blood Sisters
Blood Sisters: Lesbian Vampire Tales, edited by Bianca de Moss

 

 

A collection of lesbian vampire erotica, sure to set your spine tingling! Award-winning authors won’t let your literary side down, either.

 

 

 

 

Stranded
Stranded by Blayne Cooper

 

 

A sports commentator, soccer player, and team manager meet adventure on a trip to Venezuela to profile the new recruit. The three women are tested mentally and physically as they fight for their lives and learn to depend on each other.

 

 

 

Banshee's Honor
Banshee’s Honor by Shaylynn Rose

 

 

Dive into a fantasy world with half-elf Azhani Rhu’len. Everything she loves has been stolen from her through treachery, and she clings to regaining her honor. Struggling to heal, Azhani meets Stardancer Kyrian, a healer-priest with a past shadowed by darkness and fear. Together they discover an ancient evil threatens the land. Will Azhani abandon her quest for honor to save her people, or will she turn her back on those who cast her out?

GLBT Children’s Literature

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Many of us grew up reading children’s books by gay authors and didn’t even know it, like Tomie DePaola (author of Strega Nona and Bill & Pete), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), Hans Christian Anderson (The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling), James Howe (Bunnicula series), and Louise Fitzhugh (Harriet the Spy).

Today, there are plenty of books that are “out of the closet,” provide positive role models, and are affirming for children who have GLBT family members, do not conform to gender roles, or simply have caretakers who wish to educate them in diversity.

Here are a few places you can go to find resources on GLBT literature for children:

And–you guessed it–here are some children’s books you can find right here in the GLBT Library!

 Heather has Two Mommies
by Leslea Newman
[5.806 NEWhe 2000]
 Saturday is Patty Day
by Leslea Newman
[5.806 NEWsa 1993]
 Uncle What-Is-It is Coming to Visit!
by Michael Willhoite
[5.806 WILun 1992]
 And Tango Makes Three
by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
[5.804 RICan 2005]
 Daddy’s Roommate
by Michael Willhoite
[5.804 WILda 1990]
 King & King
by Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland
[5.804 HAAki 2000]
 Gloria Goes to Gay Pride
by Leslea Newman
[5.800 NEWgl 1991]
 The Boy Who Cried Fabulous
by Lesléa Newman; illustrated by Peter Ferguson
[5.800 NEWbo 2004]
 My Princess Boy
by Cheryl Kilodavis; illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone
[5.800 KILmy 2011]
 The Sissy Duckling
by Harvey Fierstein, illustrated by Henry Cole
[5.800 FIEsi 2002]
 10,000 Dresses
by Marcus Ewert, illustrated by Rex Ray
[5.800 EWE10 2008]
 Be Who You Are!
by Jennifer Carr, illustrated by Ben Rumback
[5.800 CARbe 2010]