Early 2020 Books with Trans &/or Non-Binary Authors

Here are some books I’m excited about that were released or are coming out January 2020-June 2020 that have trans and/or non-binary authors. For past lists: books by trans and/or non-binary authors with release dates from the first half of 2019, and from the second half of 2019. I have not read most of these books yet, and this list is not intended to be comprehensive.

It is not my intent to out anyone. If I have listed identities in error that you would like me to change, or you would like to be removed from this list, please let me know.

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January Releases

  • Dragons Past Dawn by Ennis Rook Bashe (Jan 1) Enemies to lovers romance between enby dragon riders, need I say more? (Trans author)
  • The Blundering Billionaire by Chace Verity (Jan 13) I really enjoyed this activist m/f romance with a trans woman MC set in the fashion industry. (Enby author)
  • Criminal Intentions: Hard Angle by Cole McCade (Jan 14) I adore this m/m police procedural romance serial and it’s characrers so so much. (Trans man author)
  • Homie by Danez Smith (Jan 21) A poetry book about friendship by an amazing contemporary queer non-binary poet. I need this. (Non-binary author)
  • Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement ed by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ejeris Dixon (Jan 21) This book has brilliant editors and looks like it will be both essential and amazing. (Piepzna-Samarasinha is a non-binary femme editor.)
  • Spellhacker by MK England (Jan 21) YA fantasy heist story with an ownvoices non-binary MC, yes please. (Non-binary author)
  • Blood Sport by Tash McAdam (Jan 28) Trans teen boy joins boxing gym to investigate the murder of his sister. (Trans author)
  • The Storm of Life by Amy Rose Capetta (Jan 28) This sequel to The Brilliant Death completes the Italian-inspired fantasy duet. (Non-binary author)

February Releases

  • The Ward of Nightingale Hall by Ennis Rook Bashe (Feb 1) This fantasy m/f romance has a trans man wizard hero, a curse, and chronic pain rep. (Trans author)
  • King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (Feb 4) This queer magical realist middle grade book is by one of my favorite trans authors. (Demiboy author)
  • Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans (Feb 4) Queer teen friends make magic together in this YA fantasy from one of my favorite writers. (Enby author)
  • Criminal Intentions: Deep Spiral by Cole McCade (Feb 10) This book is supposed to be especially intense as far as this series goes. (Trans man author)
  • Love Language by Reese Morrison (Feb 12) This m/m kink romance has an age gap, a grief arc, Daddy play, and a Deaf femme trans man dominant. (Genderqueer author.)
  • The Weight of Living by MA Hinkle (Feb 17) This f/f small town romance has a trans woman lead, and I’ve heard it’s lovely.  (Non-binary author)
  • Tundras, Travelers and Other Travesties by Amara Lynn (Feb 22) A solarpunk post-apocalyptic sci-fi short with a queer non-binary protagonist. (Enby author)
  • Finna by Nino Cipri (Feb 25) Exes become friends in this story about big box stores and multi-dimensional swashbuckling. (Trans/non-binary author)
  • Bring Her On by Chelsea M Cameron (Feb 27) Rival cheerleading coaches who once hooked up years ago at cheer camp have a second chance in this contemporary f/f romance. (Demigirl author)

March Releases

  • Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel by Julian K Jarboe (Mar 5) A collection of near-future dystopia short stories that captures what it’s like to live under capitalism while (gender)queer, disabled, mentally ill, when you are unwilling or simply – particularly – unable to climb higher in the great chain of oppression. (Non-binary author)
  • More Than Organs by Kay Ulanday Barrett (Mar 12) A new volume of poetry by one of my most favorite contemporary poets. So exciting! (Non-binary trans author)
  • From the Dark We Came by J. Emery (Mar 16) Monster/monster hunter romance with a demisexual MC by one of my favorite paranormal romance authors! (Enby author)
  • Stolen Hart by E Davies (Mar 17)  Barista rescues a gentle, bashful hunky customer from the depths of app-swiping hell, they make a sex pact, and of coutse they catch feelings… (Femme non-binary trans man author) 
  • Tenderness by Xan West (Mar 24) (me!) A short story centering a bisexual autistic women whose chosen queer family gathers to support her after she gets dumped by her girlfriend. (A prequel for Their Troublesome Crush.) (Genderqueer trans butch author)
  • We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanukia (Mar 31) Messy queer YA with a questioning MC who is grappling with a relationship with his best friend and his own internalized queer hatred. (Trans woman author)

April Releases

  • Common Bonds: An Aromantic Speculative Anthology edited by Claudie Arseneault, CT Callahan, BR Sanders and RoAnna Sylver (April 1) I’m so excited for this anthology, which I helped back. It looks amazing. (Demigirl, enby, genderqueer, and non-binary editors)
  • day/break by Gwen Benaway (April 2) This collection of poetry focuses on trans womanhood, post op intimacy, surgery, sexual violence, and the author’s first queer romance with another woman. (Trans woman author.)
  • Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert (April 7) Bigender survivor teen overhears a confession from an abusive priest and works to stop the abuse and address their own abuse history. (Bigender author)
  • Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (April 7) The second book in the Once and Future series. (Both authors are non-binary)
  • The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya (April 7) Musicians connect online and form an intense friendship, then firnd themselves at the center of an internet firestorm, their friendship imploding. (Trans woman author)
  • Rick by Alex Gino (April 21) A middle grade novel centering a boy questioning his sexual identity and trying to figure out if he might be on the ace spectrum. (Genderqueer author)
  • The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski (April 30) I’ve heard great things about this magical travel middle grade, which has a trans MC and an enby secondary character. (Non-binary author)

May Releases

  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (May 5) A YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. (Demiboy author)
  • Vanishing Monuments by John Elizabeth Stinzi (May 5) In this novel, a non-binary protagonist grapples with reconnecting with their estranged mother now that she has dementia. (Non-binary author)
  • The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar (May 19) This novel about birds and queer and trans history has a trans man MC and looks amazing. (Trans man author)
  • Trans and Autistic ed by Noah Adams and Bridget Liang (May 21) This anthology looks amazing; I’m excited to read it. (Adams is a trans man editor, Liang is a trans woman editor)
  • I’m Not a Girl by Maddox Lyons (May 26) This loosely autobiogtraphical picture book centers a trans boy coming out. (Trans boy author)
  • Fairest by Meredith Talusan (May 26) This memoir is by a disabled Filipinx non-binary trans woman author whose non-fiction I’ve really enjoyed reading. (Non-binary trans woman author)
  • The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean (May 26) This middle grade novel centers a trans boy protagonist dealing with ongoing sexual abuse and trying to find a way to deal with all the secrets weighing him down. (Trans author)
  • Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith (May 26) This m/f YA romance has a trans teen boy MC, and looks adorable. (Trans man author)
  • Wonderland by Juno Dawson (May 28 in Australia) An exploration of mental health, gender and privilege, this YA is an Alice retelling with a trans girl MC. (Trans woman author)

June Releases

  • The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M Cameron (June 1) This opposites-attract, sweet-and-sexy small-town f/f romance is by one of my fave romance authors. (Demigirl author)
  • How to be Good by Chace Verity (June 2) This m/m geeky/goofy romance is by one of my favorite authors and I’m really looking forward to it. (Enby author)
  • Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky (June 2) This is part of a series of small books with big ideas from today’s leading activists and artists. This particular one is by a gender non-conforming artist whose work I’ve enjoyed. (Transfeminine gender non-conforming author)
  • Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee (June 9) This science fiction novel about resisting colonialism has a non-binary protagonist. (Trans man author)
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (June 9) Latinx trans teen boy, hoping to release his cousin’s spirit and prove himself as a brujo, accidentally summons the wrong ghost and ends up falling in love with him. (Trans author)
  • Just Like That by Cole McCade (June 30)  Coworkers at a private boys school, by one of my most favorite romance authors, yes please.



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