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Great Reads for Latinx Books Month!

Graphic 1 of 2. Entitled "Our Favorite Queer Latinx Books," this graphic features six book covers over a faded-out rainbow striped background. The six book covers are: Sordidez by E. G. Condé, The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes, The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl, The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas, She Wears the Midnight Crown, and Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera and Celia Moscote.
Graphic 2 of 2. This graphic features 12 book covers over a faded-out rainbow striped background. The books are: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora Reyes, Cemerary Boys by Aiden Thomas, Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz, The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older, The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz, Belle of the Ball by Mari Costa, Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier, The Last 8 by Laura Pohl, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa, and If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich.

May is Latino Books Month, and here we are as always with some of our favorite books! We asked our usual book recommendation list contributors for their favorite books starring latinx characters, written by latinx authors, or – most often – both! The Duck Prints Press creators who contributed to this rec list are: Terra P. Waters, Sebastian Marie, Nina Waters, Shadaras, May Barros, Annabeth Lynch, Neo Scarlett, Tris Lawrence, and an anonymous contributor.

Honorable Mentions: Several of the books on last week’s Speak Your Language Day recommendation list also fit the theme for this list! These books are:

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Queer Book Recs for Speak Your Language Day!

A graphic (1 of 2) on a pale blue background. It's entitled "Our Favorite Non-English Queer Reads" and shows a stylized artwork of the globe with a swirl of rainbow colors over it, and shows three book titles. The books are: Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha; Guardian by priest; and The Center of the World by Andreas Steinhofel.
A graphic (2 of 2) on a pale blue background. The books are: Journey Home by May Barrows; Roze Brieven by Splinter Chabot; Modu by priest; Favorite by Mayara Barros; Amatka by Karin Tidbeck; Thieves by Lucie Bryson; Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins; Love Me For Who I Am by Kata Konayama; This Is Our Place by Vitor Martins; Heaven Official's Blessing by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu; Golden Hue by May Barrows; and The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories edited by Regina Kanyu Wang and Yu Chen.

Once a year on Tumblr on May 7th, the account spyld organizes Speak Your Language Day, a day to encourage people on such an English-centric platform to speak their native languages instead. Duck Prints Press works with creators from over the world, many of whom speak languages other than English as their native tongues (French and German are most common among our folks, but they’re far from the only mother tongues) and so we wanted to join in the celebration for the day by highlighting some of our favorite queer works originally published in languages other than English. Six people contributed to this list (half themselves not native English speakers.). Original language blurbs used when possible!

Where We Go from Here (Você Tem a Vida Inteira) by Lucas Rocha. Original language: Brazilian Portuguese

As vidas de Ian, Victor e Henrique se encontram de uma forma inesperada.
Ian conhece Victor no dia em que recebe o resultado de seu teste rápido de HIV. Os dois são universitários. Victor está envolvido com Henrique. Ian está solteiro. Os três são gays.

Dois deles têm a vida atingida pela notícia de um diagnóstico positivo para o HIV. Um não tem o vírus. Um está indetectável. Dois estão apaixonados.
Henrique é mais velho e, depois de Victor, pensou que poderia acreditar de novo em alguém.

Victor têm medo do que o amor pode trazer para a sua vida.

Ian sequer sabe se será capaz de amar.

Os três são, ao mesmo tempo, heróis e vilões de uma história que não é sobre culpa, mas sim sobre amor, amigos e sobre como podemos formar nossas próprias famílias.


Guardian (镇魂/Zhen Hun) by priest. Original language: Chinese

Zhao Yunlan heads up a covert division of the Ministry of Public Security that deals with the strange and unusual, blurring the line between the mortal realm and the Netherworld. His cocky, casual attitude conceals both a sharp mind and an arsenal of mystical tools and arcane knowledge. 

While investigating a gruesome death at a local university, Zhao Yunlan crosses paths with the reserved Professor Shen Wei. Zhao Yunlan is immediately intrigued by Shen Wei’s good looks and intense gaze, and the attraction between them is immediate and powerful, even as Shen Wei tries to keep his distance. Shen Wei and his secrets are a puzzle Zhao Yunlan feels compelled to solve as mysterious circumstances throw them together, and their connection becomes impossible to deny.


The Center of the World (Die Mitte der Welt) by Andreas Steinhöfel. Original language: German

Was immer ein normales Leben auch sein mag – der 17-jährige Phil hat es nie kennengelernt. Denn so ungewöhnlich wie das alte Haus ist, in dem er lebt, so ungewöhnlich sind auch die Menschen, die dort ein- und ausgehen – seine chaotische Mutter Glass, seine verschlossene Zwillingsschwester Dianne und all die anderen. Und dann ist da noch Nicholas, der Unerreichbare, in den Phil sich unsterblich verliebt.


Journey Home (A Caminho de Casa) by May Barros. Original language: Brazilian Portuguese

Amara e Luiza are two witches that live in a queerplatonic relationship. When Luiza decides to embark on a journey throught the galaxy in a quest for the lost fortress of Laura, the Dragon Queen, she ends up finding more than expected, while Amara follows her footsteps, hoping it’s not too late.


Roze Brieven by Splinter Chabot. Original language: Dutch

Op zijn verjaardag op 3 maart 2020 debuteerde Splinter Chabot met CONFETTIREGEN. Het boek werd al snel omarmd door de boekhandel en media. En daar bleef het niet bij. Sinds de verschijning krijgt Splinter dagelijks reacties op zijn openhartige verhaal over zijn coming-out. Reacties van ouders, van jongeren die met dezelfde worsteling kampen, van ouderen die zichzelf herkennen in het verhaal, van mensen uit de LGBTQ+-gemeenschap, van docenten en nog vele anderen. Ontroerende, grappige, gekke, treurige en hoopvolle reacties die Splinter stuk voor stuk beantwoordt.

In Roze brieven zijn de meest bijzondere brieven verzameld door Splinter zelf met daarbij de reacties die hij heeft gestuurd. Voor alle lezers van CONFETTIREGEN en voor iedereen die worstelt met zijn of haar identiteit zal Roze brieven een waardevolle bron van herkenning zal zijn. Een intieme en ontroerende bundeling waarin een belangrijke boodschap weerklinkt: Het wordt beter.


Silent Reading (默读/Mo Du) by priest. Original language: Chinese

Childhood, upbringing, family background, social relations, traumatic experiences…We keep reviewing and seeking out the motives of criminals, exploring the subtlest emotions driving them. It’s not to put ourselves in their shoes and sympathize, or even forgive them; it’s not to find some reasons to exculpate their crimes; it’s not to kneel down before the so-called “complexity of human nature”; nor to introspect social conflicts, much less to alienate ourselves into monsters.We just want to have a fair trial – for ourselves and for those who still have hope for the world.


Favorite (Preferida) by May Barros. Original language: Brazilian Portuguese

(no blurb available)


Amatka by Karin Tidbeck. Original language: Swedish

Av ren slump har människor hamnat i en parallell värld. Det är en instabil plats, där orden hela tiden formar verkligheten. Den dagliga kampen för att överleva har skapat ett samhälle fyllt av regler, där kollektivet alltid går före individen. Vanja skickas till det avlägsna samhället Amatka. De människor hon möter där ruskar om i hennes sorg och ensamhet. Hon gör häpnadsväckande upptäckter, som förändrar inte bara henne, personligen. I en instabil värld kan en förändring spridas hur långt som helst.


Thieves (Voleuse) by Lucie Bryon. Original language: French

Arriver à l’heure en cours et étudier ? Très peu pour Ella. Ce qu’elle aime ? Regarder à la dérobée la douce et mystérieuse Madeleine et, bien sûr, faire la fête. Un peu trop, même.

Un matin, elle se réveille avec une gueule de bois carabinée : c’est le blackout. Et la panique. Chez qui a-t-elle passé la soirée ? Et pourquoi son lit est jonché d’objets luxueux qui ne lui appartiennent absolument pas ?


Here the Whole Time (Quinze Dias) by Vitor Martins. Original language: Brazilian Portuguese

Felipe está esperando esse momento desde que as aulas começaram: o início das férias de julho. Finalmente ele vai poder passar alguns dias longe da escola e dos colegas que o maltratam. Os planos envolvem se afundar nos episódios atrasados de suas séries favoritas, colocar a leitura em dia e aprender com tutoriais no YouTube coisas novas que ele nunca vai colocar em prática.

Mas as coisas fogem um pouquinho do controle quando a mãe de Felipe informa que concordou em hospedar Caio, o vizinho do 57, por longos quinze dias, enquanto os pais dele não voltam de uma viagem. Felipe entra em desespero porque a) Caio foi sua primeira paixãozinha na infância (e existe uma grande possibilidade dessa paixão não ter passado até hoje) e b) Felipe coleciona uma lista infinita de inseguranças e não tem a menor ideia de como interagir com o vizinho.


Love Me for Who I Am (不可解なぼくのすべてを/Fukakai na Boku no Subete o) by Kata Konayama. Original language: Japanese

男の子?女の子?『ぼく』らの青春にはナゾがいっぱい!

女子の制服を着て学校に通う高校生、もぐもはある日、カフェのアルバイトに誘われる。
可愛い制服を着て働ける仕事に、最初は喜ぶもぐもだったが、このカフェが『男の娘カフェ』であることを知って…。


This Is Our Place (Se a Casa 8 Falasse) by Vitor Martins. Original language: Brazilian Portuguese

O terceiro romance de Vitor Martins, autor de Quinze dias e Um milhão de finais felizes Ambientado e narrado pela mesma casa em três décadas diferentes, Se a casa 8 falasse é um romance sobre jovens lidando com mudanças drásticas, conflitos familiares e primeiros amores, que mostra que, apesar das gerações mudarem, algumas experiências são capazes de atravessar a barreira do tempo. Algumas casas guardam histórias especiais. A que fica no número 8 da rua Girassol tem muito para contar. 2000: Ana recebe a notícia de que vai se mudar e será obrigada a deixar para trás tudo o que conheceu até agora, inclusive a parte mais dolorida de todas: sua namorada. 2010: Enquanto os pais de Greg passam por um divórcio complicado, ele é enviado para a casa da tia, que é dona de uma locadora em tempos de internet e odeia companhia – e muitas outras coisas. 2020: Beto sempre quis se mudar e seguir o sonho de ser fotógrafo em São Paulo. Só que uma pandemia aparece para obrigá-lo a ficar trancado em casa com a mãe protetora e a irmã aparentemente perfeita. Esta é uma história sobre uma casa e seus moradores, incluindo um vira-lata de três patas chamado Keanu Reeves


Heaven Official’s Blessing (天官赐福/Tian Guan Ci Fu) by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. Original language: Chinese

Born the crown prince of a prosperous kingdom, Xie Lian was renowned for his beauty, strength, and purity. His years of dedicated study and noble deeds allowed him to ascend to godhood. But those who rise may also fall, and fall he does–cast from the heavens and banished to the world below. 

Eight hundred years after his mortal life, Xie Lian has ascended to godhood for the third time, angering most of the gods in the process. To repay his debts, he is sent to the Mortal Realm to hunt down violent ghosts and troublemaking spirits who prey on the living. Along his travels, he meets the fascinating and brilliant San Lang, a young man with whom he feels an instant connection. Yet San Lang is clearly more than he appears… What mysteries lie behind that carefree smile?


Golden Hue (Aura Dourada) by May Barros. Original language: Brazilian Portuguese

(no blurb available)


The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories (no Chinese title) ed. by Regina Kanyu Wang & Yu Chen. Original language: Chinese

In The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, you can dine at a restaurant at the end of the universe, cultivate to immortality in the high mountains, watch roses perform Shakespeare, or arrive at the island of the gods on the backs of giant fish to ensure that the world can bloom.

Written, edited, and translated by a female and nonbinary team, these stories have never before been published in English and represent both the richly complicated past and the vivid future of Chinese science fiction and fantasy.

Time travel to a winter’s day on the West Lake, explore the very boundaries of death itself, and meet old gods and new heroes in this stunning new collection.


There are so many wonderful queer books being published in languages other than English. What are some of your favorites, available in translation or not?

View this list, and other books we’ve previously recommend that were originally published in languages other than English, on this Goodreads shelf!

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Let’s Go Lesbians! 32 Books for Lesbian Visibility Day

Graphic 1 of 4. This is a header graphic. The background is stripes in the colors of the wlw flag, and text on the graphic reads "32 lesbian books for Lesbian Visibility Day."
Graphic 2 of 4. A graphic featuring 10 book covers over a background composed of stripes in the colors of the wlw pride flag. The 10 books are: Interesting Facts About Space by Emily Austin; The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel; Bell of the Ball by Mari Costa; Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Veneable and Ellen T. Crenshaw; She Wears the Midnight Crown; Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake; The Scapegracers by H. A. Clarke; Spinning by Tillie Walden; The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag; and The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone.
Graphic 3 of 4. A graphic featuring 12 book covers over a background composed of stripes in the colors of the wlw pride flag. The 12 books are: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson; The Red Scholar's Wake by Aliette de Bodard; Siren Queen by Nghi Vo; She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick; Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle; One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston; Those Who Wait by Haley Cass; Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir; Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree; Into the Bloodred Woods by Martha Brockenbough; From Here by Luma Mufley; and Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink.
Graphic 4 of 4. A graphic featuring 10 book covers over a background composed of stripes in the colors of the wlw pride flag. The 10 books are: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel; Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel; A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine; Female General and Eldest Princess by Please Don't Laugh; A Clear and Muddy Loss of Love by Please Don't Laugh; This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone; Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire; A Restless Truth by Freya Marske; The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz, and Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin.

TODAY! is Lesbian Visibility Day, the first day of Lesbian Visibility Week – April 26, 2024. We are, I’m sure you’re shocked to discover, celebrating with LOTS of lesbian books! 15 people contributed to making this list, all of us sharing our absolute faves, from graphic novels to epic novels, from memoirs to horror fiction, with explicit rep and implied. With this many awesome books to share, we’re prepared to guarantee that everyone who loves wlw lit can find something new to them on this amazing list!

Can’t get enough books with lesbians? Yeah, us neither – this new list for 2024 is on top of THREE rec lists of titles featuring lesbians that we posted last year.

You can also view this list (along with all our other wlw faves!) as a shelf on Goodreads!

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What are YOUR favorite reads with lesbian characters?

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6 Queer Books for Autism Acceptance Month!

A graphic showing six book covers over a muted background of rainbow stripes. The graphic is entitled "6 Queer Books with Autistic Characters." The six book covers are: The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora Reyes; May the Best Man Win by ZR Ellor; Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White; The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor; The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu; and An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.

April is Autism Acceptance Month, so the group of folks at Duck Prints Press who suggest titles for these rec lists dug into personal favorite queer reads to find these six titles that include queer characters who are explicitly or implied to be autistic. Our picks are:

The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora Reyes

Ariana Ruiz wants to be noticed. But as an autistic girl who never talks, she goes largely ignored by her peers—despite her bold fashion choices. So when cute, popular Luis starts to pay attention to her, Ari finally feels seen.

Luis’s attention soon turns to something more, and they have sex at a party—while Ari didn’t say no, she definitely didn’t say yes. Before she has a chance to process what happened and decide if she even has the right to be mad at Luis, the rumor mill begins churning—thanks, she’s sure, to Luis’s ex-girlfriend, Shawni. Boys at school now see Ari as an easy target, someone who won’t say no.

Then Ari finds a mysterious note in her locker that eventually leads her to a group of students determined to expose Luis for the predator he is. To her surprise, she finds genuine friendship among the group, including her growing feelings for the very last girl she expected to fall for. But in order to take Luis down, she’ll have to come to terms with the truth of what he did to her that night—and risk everything to see justice done.

May the Best Man Win by Z. R. Ellor

Jeremy Harkiss, cheer captain and student body president, won’t let coming out as a transgender boy ruin his senior year. Instead of bowing to the bigots and outdate school administration, Jeremy decides to make some noise–and how better than by challenging his all-star ex-boyfriend, Lukas for the title of Homecoming King? 

Lukas Rivers, football star and head of the Homecoming Committee, is just trying to find order in his life after his older brother’s funeral and the loss long-term girlfriend–who turned out to be a boy. But when Jeremy threatens to break his heart and steal his crown, Lukas kick starts a plot to sabotage Jeremy’s campaign. 

When both boys take their rivalry too far, the dance is on the verge of being canceled. To save Homecoming, they’ll have to face the hurt they’re both hiding–and the lingering butterflies they can’t deny.

Hell Follows With Us by Andrew Joseph White

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

But when cornered by monsters born from the destruction, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center, affectionately known as the ALC. The ALC’s leader, Nick, is gorgeous, autistic, and a deadly shot, and he knows Benji’s darkest secret: the cult’s bioweapon is mutating him into a monster deadly enough to wipe humanity from the earth once and for all.

Still, Nick offers Benji shelter among his ragtag group of queer teens, as long as Benji can control the monster and use its power to defend the ALC. Eager to belong, Benji accepts Nick’s terms…until he discovers the ALC’s mysterious leader has a hidden agenda, and more than a few secrets of his own.

The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor

Sam Sylvester’s not overly optimistic about their recent move to the small town of Astoria, Oregon after a traumatic experience in their last home in the rural Midwest.

Yet Sam’s life seems to be on the upswing after meeting several new friends and a potential love interest in Shep, the pretty neighbor. However, Sam can’t seem to let go of what might have been, and is drawn to investigate the death of a teenage boy in 1980s Astoria. Sam’s convinced he was murdered–especially since Sam’s investigation seems to resurrect some ghosts in the town.

Threatening notes and figures hidden in shadows begin to disrupt Sam’s life. Yet Sam continues to search for the truth. When Sam discovers that they may be closer to a killer than previously known, Sam has a difficult decision to make. Would they risk their new life for a half-lived one?

Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Wei Wuxian was once one of the most outstanding men of his generation, a talented and clever young cultivator who harnessed martial arts, knowledge, and spirituality into powerful abilities. But when the horrors of war led him to seek a new power through demonic cultivation, the world’s respect for his skills turned to fear, and his eventual death was celebrated throughout the land.

Years later, he awakens in the body of an aggrieved young man who sacrifices his soul so that Wei Wuxian can exact revenge on his behalf. Though granted a second life, Wei Wuxian is not free from his first, nor the mysteries that appear before him now. Yet this time, he’ll face it all with the righteous and esteemed Lan Wangji at his side, another powerful cultivator whose unwavering dedication and shared memories of their past will help shine a light on the dark truths that surround them.

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She’s used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, she’d be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world.

Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organised much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot – if she’s willing to sow the seeds of civil war.

What are your favorite queer books with Autistic rep? We’d love to hear about them!

You can access this list as a bookshelf on Goodreads!

Did you know? Duck Prints Press has an affiliate shop on Bookshop.org – and you can access all our rec lists (including this one!) there to facilitate purchasing the books. If you buy with us as your affiliate book store, authors get royalties, Bookshop.org gets a cut, and we get a small percent of the purchase price too – everyone wins!

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Become an Advance Reader for Duck Prints Press!

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Reviews are essential for showing prospective readers that we’re publishing awesome books that they want to buy and read. We’re looking to recruit an active group of people who post reviews of our work, and to do that we need your help! For the first time, we’re offering Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of one of our projects: Aether Beyond the Binary, our most recent anthology, featuring 17 stories of characters outside the gender binary exploring modern-esque aetherpunk worlds.

How it works: You see this post. You think, oh, I love reading! I love leaving reviews! I want to join the Duck Prints Press Reviewer Program! Then, you go and read the rules for our Reviewer Program. And, if everything there sounds like something you can do, you fill out the form, and – we’ll be in touch! Even better: this program isn’t only for Aether Beyond the Binary, and isn’t only for “advance” titles. Our reviewers are encouraged to claim titles that are currently released, too, to help build up a robust collection of reviews of Duck Prints Press titles!

Requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years old.
  • You must be prepared to post reviews on Goodreads and/or Storygraph.
  • You must also post the review on the appropriate listing on the Duck Prints Press webstore (for advance titles, you’ll have to wait ’til we list them there).
  • Upon acceptance to the program, you must join the Duck Prints Press Book Lover’s Server.
  • Reviews must be at least 100 words long must and engage with the actual content of the work being reviewed.
  • Reviews must be left within 6 months of claiming a title, or you will be removed from the program.

What isn’t Required:

  • That the reviews be positive. Reviews are for readers. We require that reviews be honest to your own experience of the work, not that they be glowing.
  • That you post the reviews to social media. Doing so is definitely a bonus, but you don’t have to.
  • That you associate yourself publicly with the review-leaving (beyond using a valid Goodreads and/or Storygraph account). As in, you don’t have to say, “I, (your name here), reviewed this book” or link your book website accounts with your existing social media presence or anything like that, nor do we request any demographic information beyond confirmation of your age.
  • That you purchase anything. Absolutely no purchase necessary!

What You Get:

  • A e-book copy (ePub and/or PDF) of the work you’re reviewing. We do not provide physical ARCs.
  • After you post your first review, you’ll get a coupon for 10% off a purchase from the Duck Prints Press webstore!
  • For every ten reviews you post, you can claim a freebie sticker from among our sticker offerings, if you want. (You’ll have to provide a snail mail address to get this, of course.)
  • A community of fun book-lovers to hang out with! (You can get that even without joining the ARC program, though – our Book Lover’s Discord is open to everyone.)

We’re accepting applicants for claiming Aether Beyond the Binary ARCs through April 10th, 2024. On the 11th, we’ll randomly select 25 of applicants to receive ARC copies of Aether Beyond the Binary. Everyone else will still be entirely welcome in the program and invited to start with a different, back-catalog book or story to review. We’ll make another pool of Aether Beyond the Binary ARCs available in May.

So… those are the basics. Interested? Go read the full rules, then apply to be a Duck Prints Press ARC reader TODAY!

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Meet Some of Duck Prints Press’s Transgender Authors!

A graphic showing 10 book covers over stripes in pastel blue, pastel pink, and white - the colors of the trans pride flag. The graphic is labeled as "Transgender Day of Visibility: 11 reads by Trans Authors x Duck Prints Press." The book covers are: Aether Beyond the Binary: A Duck Prints Press Anthology; Of Loops and Weaves by Catherine E. Green; Sarisa by N. C. Farrell; Whispers of Atlantis: A Tale of Discovery and Belonging by Neo Scarlett; Chrysopoeia by Zel Howland; Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley; A Shield for the People by Puck Malamud; This Treatment for Chronic Pain has an Unbelievable Side Effect! by Xianyu Zhou; And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"; and LA Photographs Itself by YF Ollwell.

Today, March 31st 2024, is Transgender Day of Visibility! We’re celebrating by shining the spotlight on 11 trans authors who’ve published with us, and three more who are contributing to projects that are in the pipeline. Duck Prints Press works with many trans creators, but we never disclose such information without explicit permission – there are way more than 11 trans folks working with us, but the people highlighted in this post all opted in to be included: they’re here, they’re trans, and they’re happy for y’all to know that about them!

Most of these authors have published more than one work with Duck Prints Press; we’re mostly highlighting one story each for this post, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to read!

Aether Beyond the Binary is our most recent anthology (Kickstarted in January, expected to go up for sale in late spring or early summer). About half the contributors are transgender or genderqueer, including four who volunteered to be included in this post!

  • S. J. Ralston, who contributed the story Razzmatazz, about a dystopian Hollywood where robots of long-dead stars are forced to make movies, and about the non-binary mechanic who services them.
  • Kelas Lloyd, who contributed the story True, about a non-binary teen going to a remedial camp to help them learn to channel aether.
  • Catherine E. Green, who contributed the story To Hold the World Close, about an established non-binary couple working together to try to take down a corporation that’s trying to control access to the world-wide aether network.
  • Zel Howland, who contributed the story Flower and Rot, about a world where channeling aether causes human bodies to sprout plants, and about the people who sprout fungi instead.
  • Meet the other contributors, too!

All of our anthologies have had trans contributors; highlighted here also is And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” contributed to by Adrian Harley (a character study of modern-day Benedick’s coming out as a trans man) and Nickel J. Keep (a wlw historical story about the characters returning home after serving in World War 2).

You can read about all the contributors to Aether Beyond the Binary here.

And other works by our trans authors…

And we’ve got upcoming projects featuring even more trans authors!

So come check out Duck Prints Press, an indie press that works with fancreators to publish their original works, and support some awesome trans creators this Transgender Day of Visibility!

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Danmei and Baihe C Novels and Manhua Officially Licensed in English

Things are getting licensed fast enough that keeping a list like this up-to-date is basically impossible, but I saw someone asking in the tags so I figured I’d try. All titles are danmei unless otherwise noted (very little baihe is licensed so far). I’ve included Chinese titles and linked novelupdates for each title when I was able to find them, but sometimes publishers change the original titles so much that I can’t track them down, apologies.

Basically: this is everything I know of as of March 26, 2024. There might be more. I tried.

For the latest danmei news, Danmeinews.com is a great resources.

Note that some of this information was sourced from this Carrd, last updated in March 2023.

Seven Seas:

The full list of danmei novels licensed by Seven Seas is here. The full list of danmei manhua licensed by Seven Seas is here.

These titles are in various stages of publication, from “entire series released” to “license literally announced less than a week ago.” As far as I know, all Seven Seas titles are available world-wide, through major distributors and libraries, and in e-book and print formats.

Mo Xiang Tong Xiu titles:

Meatbun Doesn’t Eat Meat titles:

Meng Xi Shi titles:

priest titles:

Other titles:


Rosmei:

Rosmei licenses are Singapore distribution rights only. There is a list of international partners organizing group orders here. I’ve personally placed my orders through Yiggybean, as discussed in reply to this ask. Titles that weren’t originally on JJWXC (of which there are several here) WILL have e-book editions.

These titles are only being released as print editions.

Ning Yuan titles:

  • BAIHE: At the World’s Mercy by Ning Yuan
  • BAIHE (I think?) The Creator’s Grace by Ning Yuan

priest titles:

Other titles:


Peach Flower House:

Peach Flower House titles are primarily for sale through their website and through some distributors, such as Amazon.com. Whether titles are e-book only, print only, or both varies by title.

Da Feng Gua Guo:

Other Titles:

  • Golden Terrace (Huang Jin Tai) by Cang Wu Bin Bai
  • In the Dark (Zai Hei An Zhong) by Jin Shisi Chai
  • Little Mushroom (Xiao Mogu) by Shisi
  • University of the Underworld (Ziloi) (I’m not sure of the Chinese title for this one, sorry)

Via Lactea:

The full list of danmei novels licensed by Via Lactea is here.

Via Lactea titles are primarily for sale through their website and through some distributors, such as Amazon.com. All titles are either print-only or e-book + print. Only a handful have actually been released, the rest are licensed and presumably in progress.

Jing Shui Bian titles:

Other Titles:

  • Dawning (Liming Zhihou) by ICE
  • Euthanasia by Feng Su Jun
  • Falling (Luo Chi) by Yu Cheng
  • Psycho (Feng Zi) by Xiao Yao Zi
  • Limerence (Wo Xichen Ni Nan Pengyou Henjiule) by Jiang Zi Bei
  • Lip and Sword (Chun Qiang) by Jin Shisi Chai
  • The Missing Piece (Maoheshenli) by Kun Yi Wei Lou
  • Raising Myself in 2006 by Qing Lv
  • Rose and Renaissance (Wo Zhi Xihuan Ni de Renshe [Yule Quan]) by Zhi Chu
  • Killing Show (Sha Lu Xiu) by Fox
  • Soul Vibration (Linghun Saodong) by Dr.solo
  • To Rule in a Turbulent World (Luan Shi Wei Wang) by Gu Xuerou

Monogatari Novels:

It is unclear to me if Monogatari Novel titles are available for world-wide distribution, but there are group orders being organized or I think they can be ordered directly from their webpage; they are based in Spain. These titles can also be ordered from at least some major retailers. Note that there has been some controversy about Monogatari Novels.


Chaleuria:

As far as I can tell, Chaleuria has not updated their webpage since April 2023, so the current status of in-progress titles is unknown. All titles are digital and/or e-book, and I’m not sure how to purchase them as I haven’t tried.

A handful of other licenses are mentioned on the Carrd I linked at the beginning of this post; I have no idea the status of those titles and wasn’t able to find information on them while putting together this post other than what was listed on that Carrd, so I’ve omitted them.

As a final note, I’ve personally purchased from every printer on this list EXCEPT Monogatari Novels (I’m holding off because of the controversy and will see how things play out) and Chaleuria (which I vaguely knew existed but nothing beyond that).

Seven Seas translation varies but the editing is general strong and the editions are sturdy and nice. Extras that have come with final volumes are lovely. I am buying literally everything they publish except for You’ve Got Mail, due to information about the author that was shared with me that the author is a transphobe. Note that Kinnporsche by Daemi is not danmei as it’s Thai (and I’ve heard unsavory things about the author – I don’t have a link for that as the information was shared with me on Discord, and I encourage you to do your own research rather than taking my word for it). No judgement if you make a different choice than me, to be clear, I’m just sharing the information I have and why I personally am not buying the books. Note that Seven Seas isn’t without controversy, especially for treating their contractors poorly resulting in them unionizing. Some people have also been unhappy with the fidelity of their translations compared to the original Chinese (I’ve been satisfied personally but ymmv).

Peach Flower House has inconsistent editing quality, but the books are very readable, and I’m excited that they’re working with translators such as E. Danglars. I haven’t bought any of their special editions so can’t speak to their extras, but I’ve bought all their print translations and will continue to do so going forward.

I just got my first title from Via Lactea last week and finished reading it on Sunday, and the translation read very well and there were minimal errors. It also came with a bundle of cute extras, which I wasn’t expecting and pleased, and writing this post has caused me to cave and spend $150 to buy the rest of their books. Thank you, tax refund. (Should I spend this money? No. Did I anyway? …)

No Rosmei titles have actually shipped yet, so I can’t speak to their quality, though the previews they’ve shared on social media (as outlined here, for example) read decently and I’m optimistic. The cover art is also lovely, and they’ve been communicative and responsive, for example they’ve already issued a statement related to a recent controversy over perceived poor marketing for At the World’s Mercy.

Tl:dr, the above is absolutely everything I personally know about mlm and wlw Chinese novels and manhua that have been licensed for English publication. I hope it helps someone.

Now go forth, and buy some books!

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Happy International Women’s Day! Enjoy these 13 Queer Books Starring Women!

First graphic of two. Shows a squiggly rainbow over a white background, placed above three doodles of flowers: a daisy, a daffodil, and a rose. Text over this reads: 13 queer books starring female characters for International Women's Day.
Second graphic of two. Thirteen book covers overlay a graphic with a rainbow squiggle down the middle and a purple daisy on the side. The thirteen book covers are: The Trator Baru Cormorant by seth Dickinson; Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin; Harrow the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir; Deveil Venerable Also Wants to Know by Cyan Wings; A Memory Called Empire by Arkday Martine; Alanna: The First ADventure by Tamora Pierce; Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee; The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera; She Wears the Midnight Crown edited by Nina Waters; Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle; Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland; Even Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk; and A Restless TRuth by Frey Marske.

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. Duck Prints Press challenged our rec list contributors with a Herculean task: to pick one, and only one, favorite queer book starring a female character. Thirteen contributors rose to this challenge, and this rec list is the result! The contributors to this list are Shadaras, Polls, Alex, boneturtle, Alessa Riel, Dei Walker, Nina Waters, Maggie Page, and four anonymous contributors.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade series) by Seth Dickinson

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb series) by Tamsyn Muir

Devil Venerable Also Wants to Know by Cyan Wings

A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan series) by Arkady Martine

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Quartet series) by Tamora Pierce

Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire series) by Yoon Ha Lee

The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency series) by K. Arsenault Rivera

She Wears the Midnight Crown edited by Nina Waters

Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle

Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland

Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk

A Restless Truth (The Last Binding series) by Freya Marske

How about you? Can you pick JUST ONE favorite queer book starring a female character?

You can view these recommendations, and many others, by visiting the our shelves on Goodreads.

New! Duck Prints Press is now a Bookshop.org affiliate! We are still in the process of turning all our rec lists into browsable shopping lists, but we’re working on it. See a book on this list, or any of our other lists, that you’d like to buy? Make us your Bookstore on Bookshop.org to support indie book stores and indie press: you get a great book at a great price, and part of your purchase goes to supporting Bookshop.org and Duck Prints Press!

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7 Works with Aromantic Representation for Aromantic Awareness Week!

A graphic created with text and book covers overlaying stripes in the colors of the aromantic flag (dark green, light green, white, light gray, black). The text reads "7 Aro Books for Aromantic Week" and this is followed by 7 book covers. The books are: Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace; An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows; Not Your Backup by C. B. Lee; Hockey Bois by A. L. Heard; Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon; Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata; and The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

Today, February 18th, marks the beginning of Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week! To celebrate, we asked our contributors to recommend to us books with aro characters. This was a doubly challenging ask, because we also did a rec list for Aromantic Awareness Week last year, and we didn’t want any repeats this year!

Recommendations contributed by Shadaras (@shadaras on Tumblr), Nina Waters (@unforth on Tumblr), Polls (@not-gwaenchanha on Tumblr), and Shea Sullivan.

What are your favorite aro books? There’s no such thing as too many aro books on our bookshelves!

You can view all the aromantic books we’ve recommended as a bookshelf on Goodreads!

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Love reading queer books? Our Queer Book Challenge is running on Storygraph through the end of 2024. Come join us! We’ve hit 100 readers, and it’d be awesome to have even more!

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Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with 26 Dragon-y Books!

A graphic entitled "Our Favorite Books with Dragons." It has a gray background and decorative border, and black silhouette clipart of a dragon. It shows four book covers: The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K. S. Villoso, When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill, Highfire by Eoin Colfer, and After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang. Graphic 1 of 3 for this post.
A graphic featuing 11 book covers. It has a gray background and decorative border, and black silhouette clipart of a dragon. The book covers art: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh, Copper Coins by Mu Su Li, The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill, Hands Off Evil Dragon by Kitty Roe Factory, Dungeon Meshi by Ryoko Kui, Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee, Wyrms: An Anthology of Dragon Drabbles edited by Eric Fomley,, To Shape a Dragon's Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, Seraphina by Rachiel Hartman, and Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. Graphic 2 of 3 for this post.
A graphic featuing 11 book covers. It has a gray background and decorative border, and black silhouette clipart of a dragon. The book covers art: The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard, Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce, Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George, The Five Ancestors: Dragon by Jeff Stone, Magyk by Angie Sage, Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson, Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, Draggon-Ridden by T. A. White, His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, and In The Vanishers Palace by Aliette de Bodard. Graphic 3 of 3 for this post.

大家,新年快乐!Happy New Year, everyone! Today, February 10th, is Lunar New Year, and in many countries that use the lunar calendar, the new year to come is the year of the dragon, so we thought it’d be fun to share some of our favorite books featuring dragons! These books have a mixture of dragon type (some more Western, some more Eastern), and some are queer and some aren’t. The common theme is the prominence of dragons in the plot, because we LOVE dragons!

  1. The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen series) by K.S. Villoso
  2. When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
  3. Highfire by Eoin Colfer
  4. After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang
  5. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
  6. Copper Coins by Mu Su Li
  7. The Tea Dragon Society (The Tea Dragon Society series) by K. O’Neill
  8. Hands Off, Evil Dragon! by Kitty Roe Factory
  9. Dungeon Meshi by Ryoko Kui
  10. Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
  11. Wyrms: An Anthology of Dragon Drabbles by Eric Fomley
  12. To Shape a Dragon’s Breath (Nampeshiweisit series) by Moniquill Blackgoose
  13. The Priory of the Orange Tree (The Roots of Chaos series) by Samantha Shannon
  14. Seraphina (Seraphina series) by Rachel Hartman
  15. Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal series) by Zen Cho
  16. The House of Binding Thorns (Dominion of the Fallen series) by Aliette de Bodard
  17. Wild Magic (The Immortals series) by Tamora Pierce
  18. Dragon Slippers (Dragon Slippers series) by Jessica Day George
  19. Dragon (Five Ancestors series) by Jeff Stone
  20. Magyk (Septimus Heap series) by Angie Sage
  21. Dragon Keeper (Dragon Keeper series) by Carole Wilkinson
  22. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon series) by Alison Goodman
  23. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon series) by Grace Lin
  24. Dragon-Ridden (Dragon Ridden Chronicles series) by T.A. White
  25. His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire series) by Naomi Novik
  26. In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard

What are your favorite dragon books? We’d love to add to our list!

The contributors to list this are: Alex, Owl Outerbridge, Hermit, D. V. Morse, Nina Waters, Shadaras, Sebastian Marie, Tris Lawrence, and anonymous.