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April New Releases

April 4 Releases

now in paperback!
New printing!

April 11 Releases

New edition!
Now in paperback!

April 15 Releases

April 18 Releases

April 25 Releases

April 26 Releases

April Table: GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER

Oh my god, it’s already April.

Look, we gave you March to be messy: now you have to get it together. The next thing you know 2023 will be over. What did you do with your time?

Here is this month’s table of books that will let you know how to figure things out, get things done, and a couple of memoirs from people who managed to do just that.

 Winter is over; it’s time to get going.

March New Releases

Greetings, March! It’s a huge month for queer new releases, from gay scammers to the latest Angela Davis biography (as a comic!) to sapphic tales of deep sea creatures. Take advantage of the warmer weather and take a stroll down to shop these titles as they arrive in store, or order online to get your new favorite book delivered to your door.

We’ll be updating this list throughout the month, so check back for more!

March 7 Releases

Calling all queer ne’er-do-wells! Dream of scamming, scheming, and queering the system with this gay caper.
Sex, drugs, and… unflinching honesty? This vibrant, brave memoir shines a light into dark – yet surprisingly tender – corners of queer life.
Filled with fierce, indulgent trans fantasies, this novel is for those longing for interdimensional intimacy at the edge of reality.
For those who linger in the shifting boundaries between grief, beauty, and monstrosity: queer horror for the literary set.
Mean Girls meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this underdog adventure! The Ojja-Wojja is a romp for misfits and teen demon-hunters alike.
Hey, Greek mythology buffs! Lies We Sing to the Sea is The Odyssey with a lesbian fantasy twist.
For those who loved Wild – finding ourselves and falling in love on the Pacific Crest Trail.
now in paperback!

March 14

For those who know that queer, Black, feminist poetry is a “vital necessity of our existence.”
Taking enemies-to-lovers to a whole new level, this work of historical fiction is for those who know that war is, well, kinda gay.
Desire and danger; hunger and haunting; lust and limbo: this sensuous book is as disorienting as it is erotic.
Life’s tough as a queer teen – but these stark musings will remind you of the poignancy and the beauty in growing up gay.
The Parent Trap meets Clueless – but make it gay!
For those who know that trauma changes you, but not in the ways you expect.
For those who long to dance on the grave of a capitalist world.

March 21

Grief, technology, and identity combine in this puzzle-box of a novel evocative of Everything, Everywhere, All at Once.
A bus accident; a colonial past; a world of boundaries and judgments: Trace Evidence is for queer survivors of all kinds.
For those who have always wondered: what if Lizzie Bennet wrote her own gay ending?
Ever wondered how well you *really* know your big love? What it’d be like to rewrite the story of the person closest to you?
For teens who aren’t afraid to seek out the scariest, secretest answers when everything feels uncertain.

March 24

March 28

For the Pisces sun drawn to the deep – and dark – depths of the water.
For those in search of further evidence that Greek mythology was always, indeed, very gay.
Hey, even powerless Normies can change the world! Pick up Strictly No Heroics to find out how everyday people can make a big, big difference.
What flourishes in the desert at the edge of the world? Into the Light reveals that there’s so much more life there than one might imagine.
Where does revolutionary poetry come from? Psychiatry, poetry, and prophesy combine to give a surprising answer in this rendering of a generational queer poet.

March 2023 Theme: GAY BETRAYAL*

*aka all the queer heartbreak, murder, and mystery

Welcome to this month’s themed post! In March of 2023, our thoughts turn to queer traitors, turncoats, teases, temptresses, and other tempestuous gay drama. We’ve made it official: March is the month of messy bitches.

Be sure to check out our in-store display of these titles, on the second-floor table in front of the fireplace. Or use the links below to order directly from us, either for home delivery or in-store pickup.

New Releases: February 2023

From cozy romances just in time for V-day to thrilling mysteries and spooky hauntings, these queer books are here to get you through the cold days and dark nights of February!

We keep updating this page throughout the month, so keep it bookmarked!

February 5 Releases

February 7 Releases

February 10 Releases

February 14 Releases

February 21 Releases

February 28 Releases

now in paperback!
now in paperback!

February theme table: Black Revolution (History and Thought)

Happy February, everyone!

This month we want to showcase not just Black writers, our usual tradition for Black History Month, but the history and philosophy of Black revolution in America.

From the Black Arts movement to Black perspectives on asexuality to the emergence of digital misogynoir, we hope this month’s table will enrich your appreciation of politics, sexuality, and history, as well as cement the vitality of the Black perspective in any and all radical movements.

22 Titles to Check Out For Pride in 2022

NONFICTION

POETRY AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

FICTION

YOUNG ADULT AND MIDDLE GRADE

Are you watching “Heartstopper” on Netflix? The final volume of the graphic novel series came out just this year, so if you’re dying to know what happens with Charlie and Nick before the next season…

From the author of best-selling “Red, White, and Royal Blue” and “One Last Stop.”

We’re incredibly excited to annound Robin Gow will be at our store on 12th and Pine for an event on Saturday, June 18th!

PAPERBACK AND RE-RELEASES

RELEASING IN PAPERBACK MAY 31st!

BACK IN PRINT JUNE 7th! PRE-ORDER NOW!

Book Review: “Queerly Beloved,” by Susie Dumond

If you watched a lot of YouTube, like I do, you might have noticed a trend among those who like to turn on their cameras and talk about pop culture: they miss romcoms. Where did the romcom go? they ask, the previous staple of the Friday night movie date is all but lost to nostalgic reboots and superhero sequels. And more and more people are interested, not just in the return of romcoms, but gay romcoms. After all, what better way to update familiar material?

Enter Queerly Beloved

In 2013, Amy is living in the deep red of Oklahoma, closeted while working her day job at a bakery (The Daily Bread) and bartending at the local gay watering hold on select nights. Life is looking pretty bright when she makes a date with the newest soft butch stranger in town, until she’s outed and fired from the bakery. 

But Amy is resilient, and a chance encounter-slash-conversation leads to a whole new career path: professional bridesmaid. For a reasonable fee, Amy will be the bridesmaid of your dreams. She will stitch up any tear, be careful of mascara while wiping away tears, and wrangle your drunk cousin at the reception before he ruins the toasts.

As her new business picks up, however, Amy is faced with the conflict between her genuine love for weddings and the raw fact that many of the people she’s assisting would fight against her right to ever have one. She’s just a closeted in this role as she was when working for ultra-conservative employers, and not all of her queer friends are wild about the connotations of her new job… including that new beau. Ultimately Amy will have to figure out how to marry her love of weddings — the fantasy, the fanfare, even the fondant — with her growing need for a more raw and unapologetic authenticity when it comes to her own queer identity. 

Queerly Beloved is the debut offering from Susie Dumond, a Senior Contributor from the mammoth online presence that is Book Riot. As a queer writer from Arkansas, she brings a wonderful specificity to Amy’s conflict: the conflict of any queer person living in a polically inhospitable state who still treasures their local community and culture. Queerly Beloved is at its best when it shucks the narrative that queer people should just “move somewhere else,” showcasing them as an integral part of those communities — and pointing out the hypocrisy, especially, in asking this of Native queer people. There’s a lovingly detailed portrait of Red State queer life in its pages that adds something unique to the expected meet-cute-leads-to-misunderstanding of the romantic subplot. 

The book is less sure when it deals with the issue of gay marriage as a concept. There’s a lot of meaty potential to be had in a story about a woman who isn’t legally allowed to marry the person she wants, making a career within the very industry that denies her. But that isn’t what Queerly Beloved wants to focus on — it’s having a lot more fun with stories of Amy’s last-minute saves and improvisational skills, true to its romcom inspiration. The disconnect between the potential seriousness of the subject matter and the book’s insistence on more lighthearted scenes can sometimes create an unevenness in tone, and Amy never really questions the depth of her commitment to weddings as a concept. Other people in the book ask questions like Why is marriage the chosen battleground for equal rights? or Are we chasing a heteronormative ideal when we pursue marriage equality?, but not Amy. When her friends bring up the political and social side of things, she dodges those issues with a straightforward affirmation: she loves weddings, and that’s all that is really important. Amy focuses on the things she can control, and in doing so creates a sphere of influence which can also give comfort and support to others.

Ultimately, Queerly Beloved is a celebration: of hot women in suits, of queer joy, of the diverse experiences and perspectives we have to offer as a community. Dumond urges you to fall in love with the fairytale, and to have hope for the future. Like all the classic romantic comedies, it makes the promise that, even with all the crazy ups and downs, everything will all work out in the end.

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again!

We’ve put together a list of the extraordinary, eye-catching, best-selling titles of our 2021 at PAT @ Giovanni’s Room (so far). These are the books that defined our year: true stories of incredible experiences, fabulous imaginings from diverse perspectives, gorgeous art and photography, and more. We’ve also included a brief collection of what’s always popular, regardless of the year, and of course our perennial CALENDARS!

Don’t forget to to keep our E-Gift Cards in mind when thinking of gifts (for yourself or someone else), and remember we have a CYBER MONDAY SALE! 25% off all website purchases AND free shipping, November 29th!

Wishing you a happy holiday season from everyone here at PAT @ Giovanni’s Room, and we’re excited to see what 2022 will bring.

STATEMENT BOOKS FOR THE COFFEE TABLE

MEMORABLE MEMOIRS

BREAKOUT BOOKS

(Kobabe’s book was a 2019 release, but 2021 was the year it was banned in school districts across several states and has been slated for investigation in several others. We hope this only helps to bring more attention to Kobabe’s heartfelt exploration of identity and gender.)

FICTION FAVES

(new in paperback!)
(new in paperback!)

EVERGREEN FAVORITES

THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES, AND THE CALENDARS TO MARK THEM