Book of the Week

Every Friday (more or less) the Small Trans Library Dublin post a book rec to their Twitter feed, sometimes themed, often not.
This page is an archive of every book recommendation we’ve put up, and also an encouragement for trans readers to share your own!
If you’d like to suggest a book to promote, you’re welcome to contact us via the form below or via any of the Dublin branch’s social media platforms.


The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions by Larry Mitchell
A celebration of community still cherished over four decades later.
Imago by Tristan Alice Nieto
A quick bite before Halloween.
The Combahee River Collective Statement
A pick from our good friends at Black Queer Book Club.
Between Perfect & Real by Ray Stoeve
A closeted trans boy has a shot at showing his true colours by playing Romeo.
Burgerz by Travis Alabanza
The award winning play on survival and complicity in transphobic violence.
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
A pick from our good friends at Black Queer Book Club.
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
What is the world like for girls after a fairytale’s happy ever after?
We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib
A celebration of queer Muslim lives on Eid.
King and the Dragon Flies by Kacen Callender
A magical realism story of grief and love for young readers.
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
“A fun, honest, heartwarming story” picked by one of our readers.
A Map to the Door of No Return by Dionne Brand
Further reading to Brand’s article “On narrative, reckoning and the calculus of living and dying“.
The Deep by Rivers Solomon
The descendants of drowned slaves have lived on in a life underwater.
Captive Genders ed. Eric Stanley & Nat Smith
A look at the US prison system through the life for trans and queer people within it.
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
This YA book asks: what happens to trauma in a utopia? Where does it go? Can it still be spoken?
Lote by Shola Von Reinhold
A queer debut novel interrogating the obscurement of Black figures from history.
Black on Both Sides by C. Riley Snorton
A history of the erasure of African American trans experiences.
The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts
A reading from one of our Gay Liberation workshops.
The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
A nobleman’s daughter must act as his son. But with magic. And is it really pretend…?
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor
A tie-in to Book28‘s discussion of representation.
The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman
A collection of very insightful and very fun essays.
Invasions by Calvin Gimpelevich
Short stories bouncing fascinatingly between high stakes sci-fi and the mundane surreal.
The Bride Was a Boy by Chii
The story of mangaka Chii’s transition and happy marriage to ‘Husband-kun’.
Harry Josephine Giles’ online book recommendations
A list of work by trans authors available at pay-what-you-can rates.
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
A sci-fi graphic novel on long-lost love populated entirely by female or non-binary characters.
Unbound by Arlene Stein
Follows four people seeking top surgery in the US and the realities of medical transition.
The Black Tides of Heaven by Neon Yang
Magic, matriarchy, machinations, and of course, gender.
Gender: A Graphic Guide by Meg-John Barker
An illustrated primer to gender studies.
Dreadnought – Nemesis: Book One by April Daniels
An exciting trans twist on popular sci-fi that leaves Marvel and DC in the dust.