Best Queer Reads of Fall 2018: Critical Linking, November 20

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As the days get shorter and the nights colder, what better way to enjoy the season than by cuddling up with the best of Fall queer releases and reading the day away?

The last few months have given us an abundance of exceptional comics, along with several historical and paranormal romances, queer retellings of well-loved classics, modern-day contemporaries, and so much more. So find a new Fall favorite and dive right in!

Hello TBR, meet some new lovelies.


The Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) is a nonprofit organization based in Morgantown, West Virginia, that sends free books to incarcerated people across six states in Appalachia: Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Founded in 2004 by Ryan and fellow professor (and recently elected Morgantown deputy mayor) Mark Brazaitis, APBP was born out of a class Ryan taught on the literature of incarceration.

“While reading works from formerly incarcerated or currently incarcerated people, we learned how important books were to them,” Ryan explains. “I mentioned to the students that I didn’t know if a prison book project existed in West Virginia. It turns out, there wasn’t one in the entire region. So, we carved out those six states, and committed ourselves to sending books to people who wanted them.”

Keep finding the helpers and join in helping. (Your heart is bound to grow a few sizes after reading this.)


From jewelry to home decor, candles to cookery, Harry Potter merchandise is everywhere, bringing booming business to plenty of brands, including Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma. The magical merchandise from J.K. Rowling’s most famous works doesn’t show any sign of losing its sparkle.

Working on checking off the “nice” on your holiday gift list? Here’s 25 Harry Potter stocking stuffers.

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