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Two Augusts in a Row in a Row

by Shelley Marlow

Two Augusts In A Row In A Row, Shelley Marlow’s new novel and the seventh book in Publication Studio’s Fellow Travelers Series, is a love letter between generations of queer women. Set in New York City in 2001, we follow Phillip–a gender subversive drag king in search of grace and magic–through rich, sad, humorous language that is singularly Shelley Marlow’s.

Published by Publication Studio on June 14, 2015

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Confessions of a Teenage Drag King

by Markus Harwood-Jones

Full of colourful, authentic characters and set in Toronto, Confessions of a Teenage Drag King highlights diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, and identity. Seventeen-year-old Lauren tries to navigate the tricky waters of teen romance that brings high school to the drag show and back, all while Lauren must keep up their two personas — Ren, a drag king, and Lauri, a typical student — and come to terms with their feelings both for mixed-race student Clover and for their own identity as an LGBTQ+ teen. Confessions of a Teenage Drag King is a realistic but light-hearted exploration of gender and identity, making it a fun and topical read for today’s teen readers.

Published by Lorimer Children & Teens, January 01, 2021

 

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Drag King Dreams

by Leslie Feinberg
Published by Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2006

A veteran of the women’s and gay movement of the past 30 years, Max’s mid-life crisis hits in the midst of the post-9/11 world. Max is lonely and uncertain about her future — fearful, in fact, of America’s future with its War on Terror and War in Iraq — with only a core group of friends to turn to for reassurance. Max is shaken from her crisis, however, by the news that her friend Vickie, a transvestite, has been found murdered on her way home late one night. As the community of cross-dressers, drag queens, lesbian and gay men, and “genderqueers” of all kinds stand up together in the face of this tragedy, Max taps into the activist spirit she thought had long disappeared and for the first time in years discovers hope for her future.

 

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Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

By Tanya Boteju

Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town.

Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be—one that can confidently express and accept love. But she’ll have to learn to accept lost love to get there.

Published May 7th 2019 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

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Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

by Sarah Waters

Tipping the Velvet is a historical novel by Sarah Waters; it is her debut novel. Set in England during the 1890s, it tells a coming of age story about a young woman named Nan who falls in love with a male impersonator, follows her to London, and finds various ways to support herself as she journeys through the city.

 

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Under the Mink

2nd edition • by Lisa E Davis

A novel about New York City in the good old days (1949) and entertainers who worked in drag, when that got you jail time instead of a TV show.

 

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