Pride Book Nook

Celebrate PRIDE with us this month with our Pride Book Nook featuring award-winning Kansas City authors! Read one book or read them all! Have a book that would be a great addition to this list? Email us at and we’ll get it added.

Featured Local Authors

Author: Adib Khorram

Darius the Great is Not Okay
Darius the Great Deserves Better
Kiss & Tell
Seven Special Somethings

Dive into our Pride Book Nook with an award-winning KC local author, Adib Khorram. His featured book, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, earned the William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, as well as a multitude of other honors and accolades. Check out his other books as well! When Adib isn’t writing, you can find him learning to do a Lutz jump, practicing his handstands, or steeping a cup of oolong. You can find him on Twitter (@adibkhorram), Instagram (@adibkhorram), or on the web at

Author: Miguel M. Morales

Fat & Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans
Bodies and Lives
Pulse/Pulso: In Remembrance of Orlando

Miguel Morales is a local KC writer, poet, and author. His books: Fat & Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies, Lives and Pulse/Pulso: In Remembrance of Orlando. As a journalist, he earned the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award. Miguel serves on the Latino Writers Collective board and is featured in its anthologies: Primera Página: Poetry from the Latino Heartland and Cuentos del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland. You can find him on Twitter (@TrustMiguel) or on Linkedin.

Author: C.J. Janovy

No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas

C.J. is currently director of content at KCUR, the city’s NPR affiliate, where she’s overseen digital news and reported on arts and culture.

Her book “No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas” (University Press of Kansas, January 2018) is the epic story of how a few disorganized and politically naive Kansans, realizing they were unfairly under attack, rolled up their sleeves, went looking for fights, and ended up making friends in one of the country’s most hostile states. Or, as she likes to think of it, a love story. It won the 2019 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ nonfiction and was honored as a Kansas Notable Book for 2019.

Read more about C.J. at, or find her on Twitter (@cjjanovy).

Other Books and Authors to Check Out


All Boys Aren’t Blue
George M. Johnson, Justice Horn

David Carter

Making Gay History
Eric Marcus

Pride – the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement
Christopher Measom

Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman
Sharice Davids

Documents of the LGBT Movement
Chuck Stewart

A Queer History of the United States for Young People
Michael Bronski

Love and Resistance
Roxane Gay

Changing Times
Almanac and Digest of Kansas City’s LGBTQIA History

Stand by Me
Jim Downs

The Right Side of History
Adrian Brooks

Before Stonewall
Andrea Weiss

This Book is Gay
Juno Dawson

Beyond Magenta
Susan Kucklin

Gender Queer: A Memoir
Maia Kobabe


How Much of These Hills Is Gold
C Pam Zhang

The Heart’s Invisible Furies
John Boyne

Lawn Boy
Jonathan Evison

Detransition, Baby
Torrey Peters


Allen Ginsberg

Published June 1, 2022