New Publisher Query Books Focuses on Lost LGBT Classics

In News by Dennis Abrams

Ken White, former manager of San Francisco’s Books Inc., has launched Query Books, a publishing company focusing on republishing significant LGBT books.

By Dennis Abrams

Ken White

Ken White

The American Booksellers Association reports that the former manager of San Francisco’s Books Inc., Ken White, has launched Query Books, a publishing company “that focuses on republishing significant LGBT novels, biographies, and histories.”

The inspiration for Query? On his website, White writes that while hosting an event for a well-known author, she mentioned that her first novel, a classic lesbian novel from the 1990s, had gone out of print and her publisher had no interest in reissuing it.

Afterwards, a little research showed that a large number of LGBT titles; books that had helped provide the impetus for the gay rights movement, were no longer available.

White wrote:

“It got me thinking, why not try to republish some of these books? Some of them are amazing pieces of writing, or fascinating little time-capsules of people’s lives. There could be a whole generation of readers out there who haven’t yet had the chance to know these books, and there certainly would be academic programs interested in their history. We could do print and digital (most of these books have never been published as e-books!) and definitely as a curated series.”

He told the ABA that “Query Books is a challenge unlike any I’ve taken on before, and it’s a bit scary for that. Don’t be surprised if I ask for help! But the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive; it seems to be tapping into a need that’s really out there, and to be wanted.”

White, a current member of the board of directors of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, has served on the boards of the American Booksellers Association and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. Titles published by Query books will be available through Ingram Content Group.

Visit Query Books here.

About the Author

Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.