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Girls of Paper and Fire

Do "Q" Believe in Magic?

Queer YA Fantasy Reads for Pride

Queer young adult literature has been making fantastic strides in contemporary reads over the last few years, but over the last year --especially the last six months -- there have been some amazing new fantasy releases. In honor of Pride Month, I've rounded up a few below.  

The Bear and the Nightingale

Game of Thrones Read-a-Like Challenge

Fantasy. Magic. And everything in between.

The most talked about television series of this decade just concluded with an eight season run at the top. As many hardcore fans already know, HBO's Game of Thrones is based on George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. If you're an avid reader of fantasy realms, heroic quests, strange magic, or grandiose battles -- please consider the following recommendations. 

Kushiel's Dart

Fantasy PRIDE

Fantasy Novels Featuring LGBTQ+ Characters

Nerd culture is all the rage these days, and it’s never been cooler to be into science fiction, horror, and fantasy than it is right now. Fans are diving deep into mythologies and histories of invented worlds, finding themselves in the sword-fighting, spell-casting, dragon-riding, and laser-shooting heroes that dominate our media. But what if you’re a queer lover of space opera and epic fantasy and superhero smackdowns?

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

A Short History of Harry Potter Events with Tolonda Henderson

The DC Public Library first hosted Harry Potter scholar Tolonda Henderson in 2015, with the presentation “When Fandom Wears a Cap and Gown: Academic Perspectives on Harry Potter,” which took place at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library. Since then, Mx. Henderson has presented lectures at Tenley-Friendship Library, Southeast Library, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on the significance of birthdays in Harry Potter, banned books and information in Hogwarts’ library, plus “Ask a Harry Potter Scholar.” Mx.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Young Adult Fabulism

7 stories of magic grounded in reality

Fairy tales aren’t just for children. These seven young adult novels will chill teens and adults alike with spooky and haunting bits of magic and fables woven into reality. From a man who moves like corn stalks to a journal that takes its writers to an impossible past in the now, these books will make you want to settle in for the weekend and explore their strange, strange worlds.

Silmarillion

On to the Next Game (of Thrones)

Upcoming Fantasy Adaptations to Fill the Game of Thrones-Sized Hole In Your Heart

With HBO’s mega-hit Game of Thrones about to begin its eighth and final season, television networks and streaming platforms are looking to fill the inevitable void that will be left when the juggernaut fantasy series concludes in May. The success of Thrones, based off of George R.R.

Lock In cover - depicts many white and a few red figures around the title

Sir, That’s My Emotional Support Wookie

Science Fiction and Fantasy With Protagonists With Disabilities

Science fiction and fantasy worlds show countless possibilities. People can travel to other planets, shape-shift, even alter the universe with magic. All too often, however, these books focus on protagonists who are neurotypical and able-bodied.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Royalty Gone Awry

Hard times for royals in fiction

As Lorde sings, “we’ll never be royals,” and maybe it’s for the best. This list includes stories of the royal life not being all it’s cracked up to be. Although we might have dreamed of running our own kingdoms as kids, now fiction tells us how fraught that experience would be. Enjoy your peasant status while you read about stressful politics, assassination, kidnapping and other trials in the court.

Backstagers

Hidden Worlds

Beyond the thin veil separating our reality from all that is or could be exist other worlds. Worlds that are connected to us and affect our lives. The following books depict other worlds or realities, and the people of our world that find themselves part of them.

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