2021 Over the Rainbow Book List features 48 titles for adult readers


CHICAGO – The Over the Rainbow Committee of the ALA Rainbow Roundtable carefully reviewed 312 books this year. The committee chose 29 fiction and poetry titles and 19 non-fiction titles to form the complete list of 2021 Over the Rainbow books. The titles on this list all feature commendable literary quality and authentic and meaningful LGBTQIA + content.

In the books that were reviewed, the committee is pleased to note the increased diversity of transgender, asexual, immigrant, Aboriginal and asexual experiences. The authors explored contemporary history and politics through new lenses, while we also saw innovations in formats, including a cookbook.

The top ten fiction and non-fiction titles are:

  • “Ace: What asexuality reveals about desire, society and the meaning of sex.” Angela Chen. Beacon Press, 2020.
  • “Here for it: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America.” R. Éric Thomas. Ballantine Books, 2020.
  • “A brief history of my body. Billy-Ray.” Belcourt. Two dollar radio, 2020.
  • Homesickness: Stories. Nino Cipri. Dzanc Books, 2019.
  • “My buddy: Poems.” Danez Smith. Graywolf Press, 2020.
  • “My Carson McCullers Autobiography: A Memoir.” Jenn Shapland. Tin House, 2020.
  • “Plain Bad Heroines.” Emily M. Danforth. Guillaume Morrow, 2020.
  • “The most beautiful star.” Carter Sickels. Hub City Press, 2020.
  • “Real life.” Brandon Taylor. River head, 2020.
  • “What’s your pronoun?” : Beyond him and her. »Denis Baron. Liveright, 2020.

To view the full 2021 bibliography, please visit: https://www.glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow/

The Over the Rainbow Book List committee is responsible for promoting improvements in the quality and accessibility of LGBTQIA + literature through the creation of an annual annotated bibliography of books intended for the general adult public. Committee members select titles that feature commendable literary quality and meaningful and authentic LGBTQIA + content and are recommended for adults over 18. The Over the Rainbow Book List (OTR) committee coordinates with other Rainbow Round Table committees to promote improved quality and accessibility of LGBTQIA + Literature.

The Rainbow Round Table (RRT) – formerly known as GLBTRT – of the American Library Association, is the oldest professional association for LGBTQIA + people in the United States. It is committed to meeting the information needs of the professional LGBTQIA + library community and the information and access needs of individuals in general. It is home to Rainbow Book Month, a national celebration each year in June, and the Stonewall Book Award, the top prize honoring LGBTQIA + books. The Rainbow Round Table is committed to encouraging and supporting free and necessary access to all information, as evidenced by the missions of the American Library Association and democratic institutions.


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