In celebration of International Transgender Visibility Day, we want to showcase some outstanding work by transgender authors. From contemporary romance to graphic novels, here are books that are sure to delight with their expressive storytelling and unique perspectives.
The Thirty Names of Night
By Zeyn Joukhadar (Fiction)
After a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one. As his grandmother’s sole caretaker, he spends his days cooped up in their apartment. The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once-thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria.
Light From Uncommon Stars
By Ryka Aoki (Fiction)
Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. She has already delivered six. When Katrina Nguyen, a young transgender runaway, catches Shizuka’s ear with her wild talent, Shizuka has found her final candidate. But in a donut shop off a bustling highway in the San Gabriel Valley, Shizuka meets Lan Tran, retired starship captain, interstellar refugee, and mother of four.
Red, White & Royal Blue
By Casey McQuiston (Fiction)
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—
Never Say You Can’t Survive
by Charlie Jane Anders (Non-Fiction)
Things are scary right now. We’re all being swept along by a tidal wave of history, and it’s easy to feel helpless. But we’re not helpless: we have minds, and imaginations, and the ability to visualize other worlds and valiant struggles. Writing can be an act of resistance that reminds us that other futures and other ways of living are possible.
By ND Stevenson (Young Adult Graphic Novel)
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.