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Queer authors get major recognition

Several books with LGBTQ inclusive storylines are getting lots of ink recently, including “Cantoras” by writer Carolina de Robertis which was listed in Entertainment Weekly’s fall books preview. “The author sensitively and singularly touches on themes of queerness, community, and perseverance,” writes EW’s David Canfield. “Cantoras” has made several other lists, including Refinery 29 and is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize .

Also making that list was “In the Dream House,” by Carmen Maria Machado, a memoir about surviving an abusive queer relationship. Machado’s previous work, “Her Body and Other Parties,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. “Red at the Bone,” by Jacqueline Woodson, Jeanette Winterson’s “Frankissstein” and “How We Fight for Our Lives,” by Saeed Jones are also on the list. Jones’ book, described as an “explosive and poetic memoir” about coming-of-age as a black, queer, and Southern man is also a finalist for the Kirkus Prize.

Great queer films coming to a festival near you

Several film festivals these next weeks offer LGBTQ and Latinx themed films not to be missed.

For those of you in Los Angeles, the Panamanian International Film Festival is on this weekend of Oct. 18-20 and includes several queer shorts.

The Austin Film Festival Oct. 24-31 screens the short film "Bibi", co-starring Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza ("Babel"). The moving story about a father and his gay son will be showcased by the Southern Poverty Law Center through its Teaching Tolerance program which is made available to 500,000 educators throughout the US.

Cine Latino Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival Nov. 1-7 will screen, among others, "Carmen y Lola," "The Radical Monarchs" and other films and documentaries inclusive of LGBTQ stories.

New York’s NewFest Oct. 23-29 will screen, among others, "One Taxi Ride" from Mexico, "Temblores" from Guatemala and "Brief Story from the Green Planet" from Argentine director Santiago Loza, about Tania, a young transgender woman who finds out that her grandmother has died but left Tania and friends with an interesting task: helping a tiny alien get back home.

Miami and "Art after Stonewall"

Miami will be one of only three cities in the U.S. to host Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989. The exhibition of more than 200 pieces, opened in Miami in September and will be at the Frost Art Museum.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month LGBTQNation.com published with some terrific profiles of LGBTQ people like Cristela Solorio Ruiz. Check them out any month.