Rainbow Reads Book Club

The Rainbow Reads Book Club is another 2019 addition to our book club offerings and is led by Towne bookseller Dana. All the selections for the Rainbow Reads Book Club feature protagonists who are members of the LGBTQ+ community. For the time being as the group continues to grow, each month’s selection is picked by Dana!

Rainbow Reads Book Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm.

Upcoming Meetings and Selections

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023: Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023: The Honeys by Ryan La Sala

Previous Selections

Wednesday, August 16th, 2023: The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath

Monday, June 5th, 2023: Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

Monday, May 1st, 2023: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Monday, April 3rd, 2023: Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin

Monday, March 6th, 2023: Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

Monday, Februrary 6th, 2023: Real Queer America: LGBT Stories From Red States by Samantha Allen

Monday, January 2nd, 2022: The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

Monday, November 7, 2022: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Wednesday, January 12, 2022: Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Wednesday, November 10, 2021: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Wednesday, October 13, 2021: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
September 2021: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
August 2021: David Bowie Made Me Gay by Darryl W Bullock
July 2021: Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

The Honeys By Ryan La Sala Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338745337
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: PUSH - August 1st, 2023

From Ryan La Sala, the wildly popular author of Reverie, comes a twisted and tantalizing horror novel set amidst the bucolic splendor of a secluded summer retreat.

Mars has always been the lesser twin, the shadow to his sister Caroline's radiance.

Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel By Julia Armfield Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250229908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - June 27th, 2023

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR (NPR, The Washington Post, Lit Hub, The Telegraph, Goodreads, Tor.com, them, and more)


The Reckless Kind By Carly Heath Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641293808
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Teen - November 1st, 2022

A genre-defying debut, this queer historical YA centers a wild and reckless trio who fly in the face of small-town tradition—full of compassion, love, and determination to live the lives of their choosing.

Hell Followed with Us By Andrew Joseph White Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682635636
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Published: Peachtree Teen - May 9th, 2023


A furious, queer debut novel about embracing the monster within and unleashing its power against your oppressors.

"A long, sustained scream to the various strains of anti-transgender legislation multiplying around the world like, well, a virus." —The New York Times

The Chosen and the Beautiful By Nghi Vo Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
ISBN: 9781250820129
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tordotcom - March 29th, 2022

An Instant National Bestseller!
An Indie Next Pick!
A B&N Reads April Pick!

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Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead: A Novel By Emily Austin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982167363
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 28th, 2022

In this “fun, page-turner of a novel” (Sarah Haywood, New York Times bestselling author) that’s perfect for fans of Mostly Dead Things and Goodbye, Vitamin, a morbidly anxious young woman stumbles into a job as a receptionist at a Catholic church and soon finds herself obsessed with her predecessor’s mysterious death.

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Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes By Travis Baldree Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250886088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - November 8th, 2022

An Instant New York Times Bestseller
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2022
A Library Reads Pick
An Indie Next Pick

A Goodreads Best Fantasy Choice Award Nominee

The much-beloved BookTok sensation, Travis Baldree's novel of high fantasy and low stakes.

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States By Samantha Allen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316516020
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - June 16th, 2020

A transgender reporter's "powerful, profoundly moving" narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states (New York Times Book Review), offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America.

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The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle: An Uplifting and Unforgettable Story of Love and Second Chances By Matt Cain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496737755
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: A John Scognamiglio Book - May 31st, 2022

“This rollicking romance entrapped me! True in its detail and its scope, it is amusing yet heart-breaking.” —Ian McKellen

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club By Malinda Lo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525555278
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - December 28th, 2021

Winner of the National Book Award
A New York Times Bestseller

"The queer romance we’ve been waiting for.”—Ms. Magazine

Written in the Stars: A Novel By Alexandria Bellefleur Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063000803
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avon - November 10th, 2020

"I was hooked from the very first page!” – Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of In a Holidaze

"This book is a delight." – New York Times Book Review

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The House in the Cerulean Sea By TJ Klune Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250217318
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

A 2021 Alex Award winner!
The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!
An Indie Next Pick!
One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”

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Carry On (Simon Snow Trilogy #1) By Rainbow Rowell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250135025
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wednesday Books - May 9th, 2017

#1 New York Times best seller!
Booklist Editors’ Choice 2015 - Youth!

Named a "Best Book of 2015" by Time Magazine, School Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, NPR, PopSugar, The Millions, and The News & Observer!

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #1) By Seth Dickinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765380739
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - November 29th, 2016

The Traitor Baru Cormorant is the critically-acclaimed debut novel from Seth Dickinson, one of the rising new stars in fantasy.

Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up and see red sails on the horizon.

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music By Darryl W. Bullock Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468316919
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Published: Abrams Press - April 30th, 2019

David Bowie Made Me Gay isthe most “sweeping” and “comprehensive” (Kirkus Reviews, A Best Nonfiction Book Selection) history of LGBT music ever compiled, encompassing a century of music by and for the LGBT community.
From Sia to Elton John, from Billie Holiday to David Bowie, LGBT musicians have changed the course of mod

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Honey Girl By Morgan Rogers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778311027
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Park Row - February 23rd, 2021

Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Oprah Magazine * Marie Claire * Ms. Magazine * E * Parade Magazine * Buzzfeed * Cosmo * The Rumpus * GoodReads * Autostraddle * Brit & Co * Refinery29 * Betches * BookRiot and others

A LibraryReads Pick

"HONEY GIRL is an emotional, heartfelt, charming debut, and I loved every moment of it."