Queer bookworms, rejoice! A new (virtual) book fest is coming to celebrate LGBTQ+ authors and books. On June 11-13, the inaugural Pride Book Fest will take place with nearly 60 queer authors and no shortage of cool panels that will be announced in the coming weeks.
So far, the PBF lineup includes authors such as Arvin Ahmadi (How It All Blew Up), Becky Albertalli (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda), Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella Is Dead), Mason Deaver (I Wish You All the Best), Leah Johnson (You Should See Me in a Crown), Claribel A. Ortega (Ghost Squad), Mark Oshiro (Each of Us a Desert), Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End), Nic Stone (Odd One Out), Julian Winters (The Summer of Everything), Ashley Woodfolk (When You Were Everything), and many, many more.
Pride Book Fest was founded by Steven Salvatore and Jacob Demlow, who aim to shine a spotlight on queer voices in a new and accessible way. According to PBF, their mission is to:
“-highlight voices that often lack representation
-spark important conversations in the LGBTQ+ book community
-promote diverse authors & books
-celebrate debut queer authors
-inspire new readers & writers to find their voices
-connect readers to queer authors”