Reading Recommendations

Finding Books by LGBTQ+ Authors

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Here are five tips to help you explore voices of the LGBTQ+ experience as well as a convenient clickable list of LGBTQ+ authors linked directly to our catalog for placing requests or checking out e-books and audiobooks. If you need help finding books by LGBTQ+ authors, we can help!

1. Read an award winner.

Make a selection from some of the most distinguished honors in literature.

2. Borrow e-books or downloadable audiobooks.

Browse OverDrive’s LGBTQIA+ collections of e-books and downloadable audiobooks.

If you have never borrowed from OverDrive or the OverDrive Libby app before, both browser directions and app directions are available as well as a video tutorial and Overdrive/Libby Support.

Need more help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. Additionally, the Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

3. Get reading recommendations from IndyPL staff.

Featured Book List: LGBTQ+ Historical Fiction

LGBTQ+ people have always existed, and these stories prove it. Here are some historical fiction novels from various places and time periods.

Title - Up With the SunTitle - After SapphoTitle - Lavender HouseTitle - My Government Means to Kill MeTitle - All of You Every Single OneTitle - Siren QueenTitle - KaikeyiTitle - GreenlandTitle - The MerciesTitle - The Sweetness of WaterTitle - The Queer Principles of Kit WebbTitle - Swimming in the Dark

4. Use your IndyPL Library card to login to Novelist Plus.

Novelist Plus makes finding books by LGBTQ+ authors easier. Browse recommendations, read-alikes, series lists, reviews, and lists of award-winning books all by LGBTQ+ authors on Novelist. Browse the LGBTQIA category to see sample and see listings that show a star rating and the option to “Check Availability” to see if a book is available to borrow from IndyPL. When you click on a book you can read a brief description and get ideas for read alikes.

5. Subscribe to the Rainbow Reads newsletter from NextReads.

Subscribe to NextReads to receive reading recommendation in your inbox monthly for help finding books by LGBTQ+ authors. Book suggestions are linked to our catalog for easy requesting. It’s FREE! See a sample issue and Subscribe to NextReads!

LGBTQ+ Adult Authors

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LGBTQ+ Childrens Authors