Pride Month Book Pairs: Part II

Pride Month Book Pairs: Part II

We're back with more book pairings! 

Dig in! And remember to check out part one. If any of these pairings make you go ???, then read below.

 Description of graphic: The heading reads, "Queerly Reads Presents: Book Pairs.   Mary Renault’s  Fire From Heaven    is paired with C.S. Pacat’s  The Captive Prince.  Their key words are: Greek-esque, trilogy, hot eunuchs, princes and battles, sensual prose, gaaaaaaay.  Ihara Saikaku’s  Great Mirror of Male Love    is paired with Fumi Yoshinaga’s  What Did You Eat Yesterday?    Their key words are: slice-of-life, queer men, urban Japan.  Becky Chambers's  The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet  is paired with Kaia Sonderby's  Failure to Communicate.  Their key words are: queer ladies, aliens, spaceships.  E.M. Forster's  Maurice  is paired with Julian Winters's  Running With Lions.  Their key words are: schoolboys, coming-of-age, gay acceptance.  James Baldwin's  Another Country  is paired with Shay Youngblood's  Black Girl in Paris.  Their key words are: Paris, jazz, love and language, James Baldwin.

Description of graphic: The heading reads, "Queerly Reads Presents: Book Pairs. 

Mary Renault’s Fire From Heaven is paired with C.S. Pacat’s The Captive Prince. Their key words are: Greek-esque, trilogy, hot eunuchs, princes and battles, sensual prose, gaaaaaaay.

Ihara Saikaku’s Great Mirror of Male Love is paired with Fumi Yoshinaga’s What Did You Eat Yesterday? Their key words are: slice-of-life, queer men, urban Japan.

Becky Chambers's The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is paired with Kaia Sonderby's Failure to Communicate. Their key words are: queer ladies, aliens, spaceships.

E.M. Forster's Maurice is paired with Julian Winters's Running With Lions. Their key words are: schoolboys, coming-of-age, gay acceptance.

James Baldwin's Another Country is paired with Shay Youngblood's Black Girl in Paris. Their key words are: Paris, jazz, love and language, James Baldwin.

You might be like, Hannah, some of these pairings are wild. E.M. Forster with Julian Winters? What are you guys doing??? I think some of these pairings are books that capture the same themes across eras. Forster was closeted his whole life and Maurice, his only known gay work, was published posthumously in 1971. Winters also wrote about two young boys finding their way in the big wide world—about one hundred years later. Interestingly, the mothers and young female characters in both stories felt very similar to me, and both books have a kind of dreamy, luxurious prose style that make them especially nice for summer. But ultimately they're paired because they capture boys in two different eras, with two different outcomes. (Julian Winters, of course, is not closeted. You can find him being charming on Twitter here.)

Similarly, we have Saikaku Ihara, who lived in 17th century Japan, paired with Fumi Yoshinaga, a manga creator born in Tokyo the same year Forster's Maurice was finally published, 1971. Ihara lived in Osaka, mingling with all classes of the city, and wrote about the quotidian and romantic in a violent, brutal time when people were expected to do things far more practical than jot down little short stories. Yoshinaga lives in a different Japan, portraying everyday life for two queer men in modern Tokyo, from them eating dinner together to dealing with their families' microaggressions.

James Baldwin is James Baldwin; lesbian writer Shay Youngblood writes about the generation after James Baldwin—a young woman obsessed with his work travels to Paris, wondering if she'll cross paths with the literary legend. Mary Renault, a revolutionary in the world of historical fiction writing, published openly gay works in the 1950s and 60s, and her queer Alexander the Great partly inspired The Captive Prince trilogy, which in and of itself helped break open walls for gay writing in mainstream publishing. Threads through different eras, people. Here ya go.

Thank you to Avery and Robin for brainstorming book pairs with me. Thank you to Robin for coming up with the idea and for making the graphic!

-Hannah

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