We’re feeling especially proud of our contributors this Pride Season as two of them publish ingriguing new books.
Jeffery Self makes his YA debut with Drag Teen (Scholastic; $18). The novel follows JT, an out teen in Florida who sees a dead-end life ahead of him until he enters a contest to become the next Miss Drag Teen. (Picture the opening pageant scene of To Wong Foo… but younger.) It’s written with Self’s signature mix of old-school comedy and Millennial savvy. Meanwhile, essayist Wade Rouse takes the pen name Viola Shipman — in honor of his grandmother — for his first novel The Charm Bracelet (St. Martin’s Press; $26). Like his nom de plume, the story celebrates love and life lessons passing from generation to generation. Free-spirited Grandma Lolly uses her bracelet’s charms as keys to unlock a century of family history to share with her harried daughter Arden and conflicted granddaughter Lauren in their lakeside home, where memories are stirred by the call of a loon, and new romance can show up suddenly in the arms of a burly male nurse. For more with Jeffery Self, click here.
Last modified: July 27, 2017