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Inside and Out

Inside and Out is a new series from the Center for Fiction to run this Pride Month 2020! The  series offers solace and affirmation to the LGBTQ+ community during a time of isolation from trusted social groups and support networks. Featuring a phenomenal line-up of authors whose books center the unique experiences of queer characters, conversations will explore how sexuality and gender identity intersect with race, class, religion, and nationality.

Featuring

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    Zaina Arafat

    Zaina Arafat

    Zaina Arafat is a Palestinian American writer. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, the Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, BuzzFeed, VICE, and NPR. She holds an MA in international affairs from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Iowa and is a recipient of the Arab Women/Migrants from the Middle East fellowship at Jack Jones Literary Arts. She grew up between the United States and the Middle East and currently lives in Brooklyn.

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    Brandy Colbert

    Brandy Colbert

    Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of several books for children and teens, including The Only Black Girls in Town, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, Stonewall Book Award winner Little & Lion, and the forthcoming The Voting Booth. She is co-writer of Misty Copeland’s Life in Motion young readers edition, and her short fiction and essays have been published in a variety of critically acclaimed anthologies for young people. Her books have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections, and have appeared on many best of lists, including the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She is on faculty at Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children, and lives in Los Angeles.

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    Nicole Dennis-Benn

    Nicole Dennis-Benn

    Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches at Princeton and lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.

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    Roxane Gay

    Roxane Gay

    Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.

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    Tim Murphy

    Tim Murphy

    Tim Murphy is the author of the novels Christodora (2016), which was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Award, and Correspondents (2019), which was named an Amazon Best Book of June 2019 and was blurbed by Khaled Hosseini. He is a longtime freelance journalist, mostly on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ issues but also on activism, social justice and healthcare, for places including POZ magazine, TheBody.com, New York magazine, Details, the Nation, the New York Times and Impact, the national magazine of the ACLU. He is originally from Massachusetts and has lived in New York City for nearly 30 years.

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    Zibby Owens

    Zibby Owens

    Zibby Owens is the creator and host of award-winning literary podcast, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books.” She hosts frequent author events including book fairs and salons. A mother of four and a writer herself, Zibby has contributed to Redbook, Marie Claire, Parents, Huffington Post, the New York Times online, What’s Up Moms, Kveller, Shape, SELF, and many other publications. She has been called “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by Vulture.com. Her podcast was selected as one of Oprah magazine’s top 21 book podcasts in 2019. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, she previously worked at Unilever, idealab! and other start-ups. She currently lives in New York with her husband, Kyle Owens of Morning Moon Productions, and her four children, ages 5-12.

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    Lucas Rocha

    Lucas Rocha

    Lucas Rocha is a librarian living in São Paulo, Brazil. He received his MS in information science from Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Where We Go From Here is his first novel.

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    L.C. Rosen

    L.C. Rosen

    L.C. Rosen writes books for people of all ages, most recently Depth and Jack of Hearts (and other parts). His next book, Camp, will be out in May 2020 He lives in NYC with his husband and a very small cat. You can find him online at LevACRosen.com and @LevACRosen