YA novels with gay protagonists are rare, so Michael Harris' debut with Homo (Lorimer $9.95) will likely raise some eyebrows, particularly as it includes an HIV-positive boyfriend. As a student at Chilliwack High School, Will has been circumspect about his gay orientation until his best friend outs him on Facebook. Whereas his schoolmate Daniel has been unabashed about being gay, and has even endured beatings as a result, Will quite simply doesn't want to have his sexuality as the main focus for his identity.

Harris is a Vancouver-based magazine editor and writer whose stories have appeared in Xtra, The Walrus and The Globe and Mail.


Homo (Lorimer 2012) $9.95 978-1-45940-191-4

[BCBW 2013]