This collection of short stories rightfully won the Lambda Literary Award for transgender fiction. Casey Plett talks about her changing relationships to friends, family, sex and more as a young trans woman moving between Brooklyn, Canada, bars, bedrooms, and everywhere in between.
Eli Clare is well-known for writing about the intersections between disability and queerness. Exile and Pride is essential for anyone interested in those two topics and charts Eli's experiences growing up in a rural environment as a white, queer, disabled, trans and working class person.
This is a groundbreaking book about the relationship between trans people, the prison industrial complex, and how state violence permeates our every day lives. Contributors include CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, Chelsea Manning, Dean Spade, and other trans activists and academics.
Nate Marshall is one of Chicago's best poets. This book is a long love song to the city, especially to the South Side.
This anthology calls for a radical future. It critiques the focus of mainstream gay and lesbian politics on marriage equality, military inclusion, and hate crimes legislation.
Mayor 1% builds off of the history of Mike Royko's book Boss in that it takes an in-depth look at a mayor who has had a major influence on the lives of everyday Chicagoans. Lydersen looks at Rahm's efforts to privatize city services, close mental health clinics, and details the city's resistance to his policies.
This is a mixed-genre and experimental book of poetry, journal entries, and news articles about the mysterious murder of Nelson's Aunt Jane. Fans of Nelson's work should also read the follow up book, The Red Parts, which is a prose collection about the reopening of Jane's case and the impact of the trial on Nelson's family.
When We Fight, We Win is a powerful activist history of movements in the 21st century to end mass incarceration, fight for immigrant rights, public education, and more. Its pages have full-color artwork from some of today's best artists envisioning a more just world.