queerbook is the culmination of Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room’s first-ever writing contest. At the beginning of this year, we invited members of our community to submit work for our writing contest with the ultimate goal of publishing an anthology, as well as hosting a release party event where all the authors in the book would be invited to do a reading. Obviously with COVID-19, that plan has changed a bit, but we are still here and proud to present queerbook as a collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from members of our store’s community from all over the world. Featuring over 30 writers, as well as an introduction from one of the founders of Giovanni’s Room, this book reflects our pasts, presents, and futures: it is a snapshot of our current moment — our hopes, dreams and fears in a quickly changing world.
“QUEERBOOK is an amazingly good book: a collection of poems, stories, and personal essays. It’s some of the best and most recognizable writing — about everything from thoughtless family interactions to how to make a cheese sandwich and what can happen to it —I have read in years. …
All I can say is: Get it. Browse it and read. You will read some amazingly good work. It’s a book that keeps raising my eyebrows with surprise at the quality of the pieces.” — Samuel Delany