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Grey Gardens Ticket Give Away Spectacular!!!

Just two weeks away from the big event, and we got to thinking: who is the BIGGEST GREY GARDENS FAN IN THE WORLD? What a better way to find out than a free give away contest! That’s right! FREE (you Dirty lil’ Cheapskates)! This is your chance to win two VIP tickets — that includes…

Ten Books for Pride 2018

One way to recognize LGBTQ+ communities is to make sure their voices are heard, so for Pride Month 2018 we have put together a list of books we think are worth reading (or re-reading) this summer. Here are ten books for your Pride 2018, in no particular order: We the Animals Justin Torres’ first novel…

Black Girl Magic

Black Girl Magic: A Poetry Anthology

In Black Girl Magic, the second volume in the BreakBeats Poets series, the Black girl magic is an undeniable force, igniting the pages and speaking necessary truths. Edited by Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds, and Jamila Woods, the anthology collects poetry from the canon of Black women. The poets write from a range of intersections within the…

Special Visitor — Nicole Dennis-Benn!

Wow! The wonderfully talented Nicole Dennis-Benn stopped by the store this week and signed a few copies of her novel Here Comes the Sun! These signed copies won’t last long — grab yours today!

Queer Book News: Two Pulitzer Prize Winners, Wow!

There is much excitement around this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners, two of which are gay authors! Andrew Sean Greer won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with his novel Less.  A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed…

Philly AIDS Thrift featured on KYW News!

KYW News just ran a story about our grant program, click here to read (and hear!) what they have to say! What’s that, you want to know more about a grant program? Head over to our sister store’s website to read more about it!  

Five New LGBTQ Graphic Novels

The Latest LGBTQ Graphic Novels and Memoirs You may be an expert in queer literature. You may have read everything from Sappho to James Baldwin. But how about trying something fresh from an up and coming genre? Over the past years, comics and graphic novels have become more mainstream, and more queer! So why not…

In Polar Bear News…

As our staff is abuzz with discussions of all things polar bear leading up to our International Polar Bear Day Sale this Tuesday 2/27, we are saddened to hear about the recent passing of beloved Colidlocks of the Philadelphia Zoo. The oldest bear in the country, Coldilocks passed on Thursday at the age of 37….

Just In! How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

New in African American History and Feminism: In this collection of essays and interviews edited by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the Combahee River Collective and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of the Collective’s contributions to Black feminism and its impact on today’s struggles. A path-breaking group of radical black feminists, the Combahee River Collective…

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Danez Smith’s Electric Power

Danez Smith’s Electric Power: Don’t Call Us Dead by Alison Cooper To experience the poems of Danez Smith is to witness electricity. I had the privilege of seeing Smith perform in 2015 at a small but packed art gallery in Minneapolis. The performance of their poems, the lyricism and urgency, sent the room into a…