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25 books by GLBTQ authors of color

Quatrefoil Library in St. Paul has put together a diverse list of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays written by GLBTQ authors of color.

Quatrefoil Library in St. Paul is one of the few GLBT lending libraries in the country. It’s a small operation with limited hours, but it has been an important resource for the entire community. The mission of Quatrefoil is to promote understanding of GLBTQ issues and culture and foster an appreciation of diversity and history and the value of communities. Their collection includes thousands of books, DVDs, audiotapes, newsletters and periodicals reflecting GLBT and Queer experiences.

To pique readers’ interest, the folks at Quatrefoil put together a diverse list of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays written by GLBTQ authors of color — all of which are available in the Quatrefoil collection.

1. “The Woman Who Owned the Shadows” by Paula Gunn Allen

2. “Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin

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3. “Harmless Medicine” by Justin Chin

4. “Rice: Explorations into Gay Asian Culture and Politics” by Song Cho

5. “Dark Reflections” by Samuel R. Delany

6. “Blackbird” by Larry Duplechan

7. “Q & A: Queer in Asian America” by David L. Eng

8. “Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country ” by Brian Joseph Gilley

9. “Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day: Poems” by Nikki Giovanni

10. “The Gilda Stories” by Jewelle Gomez

11. “Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa” by Rigoberto Gonzalez

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12. “B-Boy Blues” by James Earl Hardy

13. “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir” by E. Lynn Harris

14. “Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry” by Essex Hemphill

15. “Selected Poems” by Langston Hughes

16. “Zami: A New Spelling of My Name” by Audre Lorde

17. “Pangs of Love: Stories” by David Wong Louie

18. “Bésame Mucho: New Gay Latino Fiction” ed. by Jaime Manrique and Jesse Dorris

19. “Rainbow Boys” by Alex Sanchez

20. “The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom” by Barbara Smith

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21. “Outrageous” by Shelia Ortiz Taylor

22. “Tortilleras: Hispanic and U.S. Latina Lesbian Expression” by Lourdes Torres

23. “Virtual Equality: the Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Literature” by Urvashi Vaid

24. “The Other Side” by Jacqueline Woodson

25. “Porcelain, and A Language of Their Own: Two Plays” by Chay Yew

To learn more about these titles or to check these books out, visit the Quatrefoil Library. You can also search the catalog online by clicking here.