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Mod­ern Na­ture Derek Jar­man

The Tem­pest and Car­ava io were cor­ner­stones in camp cinema. In these diaries, their di­rec­tor, Derek Jar­man, turns to na­ture and re­flects on his life and work as he con­fronts an HIV di­ag­no­sis. With a new in­tro­duc­tion from Olivia Laing.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Au­dre Lorde

This dizzy­ing book is Au­dre Lorde’s life trans­muted into myth, and a love let­ter to the women who made her. The poet, fem­i­nist and civil rights ac­tivist paints a life shaped by 1950s Har­lem, filled with loss, yearn­ing, strength and sen­su­al­ity.

Log­i­cal Fam­ily Ar­mis­tead Maupin

The cre­ator of the beloved Tales of the City nov­els charts his evo­lu­tion from a south­ern con­ser­va­tive to a gay rights pi­o­neer. From North Carolina to San Fran­cisco via Viet­nam, this is a life steeped in the mak­ing of mod­ern Amer­ica, told by one of the world’s great­est sto­ry­tellers.

Don’t Call Us Dead Danez Smith

This poetry col­lec­tion finds a pow­er­ful writer min­ing a dark hu­mour and pro­found hope from the in­ter­sec­tion of black­ness and queer­ness in Amer­ica. Don’t Call Us Dead en­vi­sions a re­birth for black men shot by po­lice, and ex­plores de­sire and mas­culin­ity in charged, joy­ful verse.

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