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Focus on New Adult Fiction and LGBTIQ

Posted by Katrina Carpenter, Profiling & Selection, James Bennett on 7 August 2015 | 0 Comments

Today's blog from Katrina Carpenter in our profiling & selection team is about two genres we purchase books for on behalf of libraries - new adult and LGBTIQ. Read more about them below.

New Adult Genre Purchasing

New Adult fiction is a genre that explores a protagonist’s experiences making the transition from teenager to adult usually between ages 18-25 and shown through key experiences such as university/college life, first serious relationships, exploring sexuality, living away from home and first full time employment and financial responsibilities. In the past we may have termed these types of books as crossover YA/adult fiction but the genre has grown over the past few years to cover more than just Contemporary New Adult.  It is now represented in New Adult Fantasy, Horror, Romance, GLBTIQ and Humour and Crime too. However the major topic of New Adult publishing is by far Romance.

Try these great New Adult titles

The ‘Off the Map” series by Lia Riley.



Australian author C. J. Duggan


The Boomerang Series by Noelle August (writing name of authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger)


LGBTIQ or GLBTIQ Genre Purchasing

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning. We have a number of libraries who want to have a good collection of books for their community. Some suggestions for you to consider include:

Sarah Waters. Multiple literary award winner. Her most recent book is The Paying Guests


David Levithan. From the classic Boy Meets Boy & Two Boys Kissing YA novels to the thoughtful Every Day and forthcoming Another Day that explore the complexities of love and attraction beyond the physical identity.


Patrick Gale. Try A Place Called Winter


Other new titles of interest include

Lost Boi by Lowrey, Sassafras. A queer punk reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story.


Bi-Satisfied by Nikki-Michelle - a September Release.


Mislaid by Nell Zink - an August Release - a literary and intriguing debut novel


For Fantasy try:

C.S. Pascat, Australian author and her Captive Prince trilogy.

Captive Prince #1
Prince's Gambit #2 
Kings Rising # 3
due early 2016


The Prophecy by Jerry Rabushka.  Out in October.


For Romance try:

Best Lesbian Romance 2015 - short stories.


A Little Bit of Spice by Georgia Beers, out in August


Like to know more about Young Adult titles or LGBTIQ books for your adult fiction collection? Contact us today! #adultfictionrocks