A Great Gay Book is a gorgeously designed collection of essays, short fiction, poetry, interviews, profiles, art, and photography from the archives of the groundbreaking queer magazine Hello Mr., as well as new material from today’s biggest LGBTQ+ creatives.
Hello Mr. was founded by Ryan Fitzgibbon in 2012. Over its ten-issue lifespan, the beloved and groundbreaking indie magazine became the first home for some of the most prestigious queer voices of a generation.
In A Great Gay Book, Fitzgibbon has curated the most evergreen written and visual content from the magazine’s archives, as well as entries from a new class of contributors, marrying some of today’s most celebrated and emerging queer writers and artists. This is an invitation to a camp class reunion where wisdom and creativity is lovingly passed on to a generation of LGBTQ+ leaders on the rise.
The book features a mix of gorgeous, full-color illustrations alongside Q&As, profiles, short fiction, poems, essays, and comics—what unifies these myriad entries is their exploration of growth, belonging, and other queer possibilities.
Notable artists and writers featured in the book include Jeremy Atherton Lin, Lady Bunny, Alexander Chee, Garth Greenwell, Saeed Jones, Chani Nicholas, Tommy Pico, Ocean Vuong, Bryan Washington, John Waters, Kehinde Wiley, J Wortham, Hanya Yanagihara, and many more. A Great Gay Book is a triumphant celebration of the diversity of queer experience, showcased across several mediums in a beautifully designed package.