To celebrate this year’s Margate Pride, The Margate Bookshop has curated a selection of books ranging from poetry to graphic novels, from children’s books to nonfiction, to include classics and recent debuts alike. These are stories of celebration and pride. The Margate Bookshop will be donating 30% of sales of select titles to Margate Pride.
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, Andrea Lawlor
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is one of the first novels by a trans or non-binary author to make it out of small presses, bringing trans and non-binary perspectives to a wider audience. Lawlor’s novel will help change the way in which authors (and therefore readers) think about gender – but also pave the way for a new wave of trans and non-binary writing that might just reshape established literary genres. Buy Now
Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin
Giovanni’s Room: with a telling epigraph quoting Whitman: “I am the man, I suffered, I was there”, Baldwin, who contained endless multitudes, shows a more vulnerable side of himself in this heroic love story and ultimate classic of queer literature – queer literature, which is indebted to him for heralding the age of pride and celebration as antidotes to shame. Buy Now
Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown
Don’t let Rita Mae Brown’s lightness of touch fool you, Rubyfruit Jungle is a classic for a reason – because it was groundbreaking, when it came out in 1973, to write lesbian coming-of-age fiction, because it’s funny, because it broaches serious questions seamlessly, and because it does so with pride and celebration: ”You gay?” “Oh, I wouldn’t say I was gay. I’d just say I was enchanted.” Exactly. Buy Now
Queer Intentions, Amelia Abraham
In Queer Intentions, Amelia Abraham sets off on an intimate and passionate journey around the world to meet sex workers, trans activists and a non-binary family to understand what it means to be queer today, all the intersectional nuances, and the essential questions around gender and sexuality. Buy Now
Stonewall Reader, edited by the New York Public LibraryStonewall Reader was published for the 50th anniversary of the most significant event for the fight and liberation of LGBTQIA rights in the US. Meticulously chronicling the fight and the activists at the helm of it, drawing from archives, diaries, periodic literature and articles, documenting both the years leading up to and the years following, it’s still as revolutionary today as it was back then. Buy Now
Loud and Proud, edited by Tea Uglow
Loud and Proud is a collection of speeches, talks, declarations and lectures that have changed our world and our way of discussing it; powerful and celebratory texts that shine a light on the vital questions raised by the LGBTQIA community, they’re as primordial as they’re inspiring and empowering.
Julian is a Mermaid, Jessica Love
One of our consistently best-selling kids books and for the good reason that is beautiful and moving and inspiring… and we could go on. Julian Is A Mermaid introduces children to gender fluidity, love and pride.
Black Flamingo, Dean Atta
Black Flamingo is a jewel of a book, a verse novel for teens and pre-teens (and adults too, it’s just so beautiful) by the immensely talented poet Dean Atta. This is a fierce coming-of-age story about identity and the power of drag. Buy Now
Pride 1 2 3, Michael Joosten and Wednesday Holmes
We had a crush on Pride 1 2 3 because it’s such a simple little board book for young children, and typically the sort of books we’re excited to see more and more, a promise to shape a generation of adults-to-be with a better, because more inclusive, education.