Lesbrary Links: Queer Black Love in Literature, The Rise of the Queer Novella, and Censoring LGBTQ+ Kids’ Books

This has been a Pride like no other. Our usual celebrations were cancelled for COVID-19, and police brutality protests take us right back to where Pride began. LGBTQ people have Black trans people to thank for the LGBTQ rights movement, for Pride, and for so much that we take for granted, which is why it’s even more important for us to stand by them now. Police continue to target Black people of all genders, Black trans people continue to face so much violence, and the fight for rights is far from over. Black Lives Matter protests continue (even if they’re not getting as much news coverage), and there are many ways to support the movement. Check out the Black Lives Matter carrd for continually updated petitions to sign, places to donate, and ways to educate yourself. For white and white-passing people, I highly recommend reading Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. It guides you through digging into your own internal racism and the work to be done, and it’s really opened my eyes to how far I have to go, and how much anti-racism education is a lifelong process.

The world of LGBTQ books and publishing has began to reckon with its own racism, with Black Lives Matter protests bringing more attention to the inequalities that Black authors have been raising the alarm about for years. Check out the Lesbrary’s recent article Let’s Talk About Racism in Lesbian Publishing for a brief overview of the most recent iteration of the conversation.

Breaking Jaie by S. Renée Bess  You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson  Pink Slip by Katrina Jackson  The Days of Good Looks by Cheryl Clarke  Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells  Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden  Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron  Bestiary by K-Ming Chang  Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

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Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History by E. Patrick Johnson   We Are Everywhere by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown  How We Get Free edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor   Butch by Kanithea Powell  Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera  Odd One Out by Nic Stone   Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore   Kings Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju   Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud  The Ever Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco  Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender cover   This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone  Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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Lesbrary Links: Black Lives Matter, Books Featuring Queer Joy, and Pansexual Lit

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I follow hundreds of queer book blogs to scout out the best sapphic book news and reviews! Many of them get posted on tumblr and twitter as I discover them, but my favourites get saved for these link compilations. Here are some of the posts I’ve found interesting in the last few weeks.

Zami by Audre Lorde   The House You Pass On the Way by Jacqueline Woodson   Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn   Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett   Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

  • I’m proud to see how many queer lit pages are using their platforms to advocate for Black Lives Matter–Pride was a riot against police violence, and it is imperative for LGBTQ people to stand together with Black Americans (and Black people around the world) fighting for their rights. Andi Marquette talked about this at Women and Words: Yeah…About that Whole Pride Thing…
  • One way you can support is with your wallet, and LGBTQ Reads posted Shop Queer Books from Black-Owned Bookstores to make it easy to support Black-owned bookstores while you’re building your Pride TBR.
  • Autostraddle has been celebrating the Year of Our (Audre) Lorde all 2020. Check out the latest addition: May’s Burst of Light.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo  You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson  Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron  The Black Veins by Ashia Monet  The Weight of the Stars by K Ancrum

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Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby  Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann cover  Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera  The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco  Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi cover

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn  & more black by t'ai freedom ford  The Deep by Rivers Solomon  In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado  We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib

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Lesbrary Links: LGBTQ Book Challenges, Queer Comfort Reads for Tough Times, and Giving the Lavender Scare the Middle Finger

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I follow hundreds of queer book blogs to scout out the best sapphic book news and reviews! Many of them get posted on tumblr and twitter as I discover them, but my favourites get saved for these link compilations. Here are some of the posts I’ve found interesting in the last few weeks.

Lesbian/Woman by Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon   The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus   The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore   Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen   The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

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Rebent Sinner by Ivan Coyote  Bloom Into You Vol 1  On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden  Bestiary by Donika Kelly  She Rises by Kate Worsley

Sword in the Stars by Cori McCarthy & Amy Rose Capetta  I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre  The Seep by Chana Porter  Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust  Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi cover

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Lesbrary Links: Literary Awards, Rainbow Covers, Polyamory, and Quarantine Reads

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Well, we are living in weird times. I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy, and that you’re using this time inside to catch up on reading. If you have to be on the front lines, whether as a grocery worker or as a nurse or doctor, or anything else that is helping the world keep turning right now, I am grateful for you. Personally, I’m temporarily out of work, but I’m in Canada, so monetary help should be coming soon (fingers crossed). On to your regularly-scheduled links!

I follow hundreds of queer book blogs to scout out the best sapphic book news and reviews! Many of them get posted on tumblr and twitter as I discover them, but my favourites get saved for these link compilations. Here are some of the posts I’ve found interesting in the last few weeks.

The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde  Fair Play by Tove Jansson  Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki  Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera  Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote

  • Autostraddle’s The Future We Lost in the Fire is one of my favourite articles I’ve read in recent memory: it explores the Nazi burning of the Magnus Hirschfeld library, and the forgotten queer history of Berlin.
  • Also on Autostraddle, they are continuing their Year of Our (Audre) Lorde, reflecting on Lorde’s ongoing legacy and how it relates to our current struggles, with March’s Poetry Is Not a Luxury.
  • The New Yorker’s Inside Tove Jansson’s Private Universe is a thoughtful biography of Tove Jansson, which has reminded me that I really want to pick up some full-length biographies of her, because she seems like such an interesting character.
  • Book Riot’s Queer Representation in Books: Give Me All of It, Every Kind is a personal essay about the importance of a diversity of queer representations, including different identities, genres, and tones.

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The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta  The Summer of Jordi Perez  When You Get the Chance by Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson  Lumberjanes Volume 14: X Marks the Spot  Queer: A Graphic History

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis  Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett  Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn  Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson  Soft Science by Franny Choi

April new releases are going to be their own post, which will be up in the next few days!

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Lesbrary Lit News & Reviews: The Invisible Lesbian, Yuri Demographics, and New Releases

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I follow hundreds of queer book blogs to scout out the best sapphic book news and reviews! Many of them get posted on tumblr and twitter as I discover them, but my favourites get saved for these link compilations. Here are some of the posts I’ve found interesting in the last few weeks.

Saffic Analysis:

Ash by Malinda Lo  Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender cover  The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante  When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey  The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Personal Reflections:

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland  Fire Logic by Laurie Marks   Crier's War by Nina Varela  The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall   Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

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Authors of Colour:

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow  Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole  Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore   The Color Purple by Alice Walker  Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

New Releases:

The Seep by Chana Porter  Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey  The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave  The Unspoken Name by AK Larkwood  The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

March new releases are going to be their own post, which will be up soon!

This post, and all posts at the Lesbrary, have the covers linked to their Amazon pages. If you click through and buy something, I might get a small referral fee. For even  more links, check out the Lesbrary’s twitter! We’re also on FacebookGoodreadsYoutube and Tumblr.

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The Lesbrary Recommendations Page Has Been Updated!

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Check out my master list of more than 100 bi and lesbian books that I (Danika) have read and loved! I have recently updated with some of my recent reads, including an awesome manga and a memorable YA book. They all have links to my full review.

You can also check out the Lesbrary Amazon Page, which has the same recommendations, but you can browse by cover, and each book has a tweet-length recommendation.

Link Round Up: Comics, Best of the Decade, and New Releases

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If you’re a close reader of the Lesbrary, you might have noticed a lack of Link Round Ups in the past few months. That’s a result of me being overwhelmed by practicum (I survived! I’m a teacher now!), but I’m also using it as an opportunity to experiment a little bit. I’ve still been compiling interesting links, but I’ve shared most of them on tumblr and twitter. For this post, I’ve saved up what I think are the most useful links I’ve come across in the last few months.

Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer  Kim Reaper Vol. 1: Grim Beginnings cover  Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman  Heathen Volume 1 by Natasha Alterici   Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak

Some interesting comics content to check out:

Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado cover   Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker   Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis   The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon   Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

The end of the year (and decade!) brought with it a deluge of lists. Here are some of my favourites:

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan  Practically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira  Floodtide by Heather Rose Jones  Baudelaire Fractal by Lisa Robertson  Nottingham by Anna Burke

And as for the present–or near-past–here are some lists of new releases since the last round up:

Spell Hacker by MK England    In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado  The Life and Times of Butch Dykes by Eloisa Aquino  A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow by Makoto Hagino

The recent releases I’m excited about:

The rest of the links had to do with 2020 new releases, so they got their own post here!

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Link Round Up: Sept 4 – 19

This is the Lesbrary bi-weekly feature where we take a look at all the lesbian and bi women book news and reviews happening on the rest of the internet!

Gentleman Jack by Anne Choma  The (Other) F Word edited by Angie Manfredi  Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn  High School by Tegan and Sara  Crossfire by Staceyann Chin

Book Riot posted GENTLEMAN JACK Swag for Fans of Queer Trailblazer Anne Lister.

LGBTQ Reads posted Inside an Anthology: The (Other) F Word ed. by Angie Manfredi.

Logo posted Fall Preview 2019: 10 New Books to Queer Up Your Library.

Nicole Dennis-Benn was interviewed about her new novel Patsy at The Globe and Mail.

Carolina De Robertis was interviewed about her novel Cantoras at NPR.

Gabby Rivera was interviewed about her novel Juliet Takes a Breath at NPR.

Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn  Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz  Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow  In at the Deep End by Kate Davies  Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis

“[Lesbian] Author Julia Watts Disinvited from Teen Lit Festival” was posted at Publishers Weekly.

“Tracking Our Way Through Time,” about researching lesbian history, was posted at Ms. Magazine.

“Gideon the Ninth is about lesbian necromancers in space. Obviously, it’s perfect.” was posted at Vox.

Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow was reviewed at Green Tea & Paperbacks.

In at the Deep End by Katie Davies was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis was reviewed at the Advocate.

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib  Two Wings to Fly Away by Penny Mickelbury    Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera  The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib was reviewed at Lamba Literary.

Two Wings to Fly Away by Penny Mickelbury was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir was reviewed at the Young Folks.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera was reviewed at Yahoo.

Orphan Black: The Next Chapter by Serial Box was reviewed at Autostraddle and Bella Books Blog.

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante was reviewed at Rich in Color.

This post, and all posts at the Lesbrary, have the covers linked to their Amazon pages. If you click through and buy something, I might get a small referral fee. For even  more links, check out the Lesbrary’s twitter! We’re also on FacebookGoodreadsYoutube and Tumblr.

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Link Round Up: August 23 – September 3

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This is the Lesbrary bi-weekly feature where we take a look at all the lesbian and bi women book news and reviews happening on the rest of the internet!

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis  His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler   Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman  Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy  High School by Tegan and Sara

Advocate posted 30 Queer-Friendly Books for Young Adults, Kids, and Families.

Electric Lit posted 7 Debut Collections That Continue the Lineage of Queer Poetry.

Lambda Literary posted New in September: Tegan & Sara, Akwaeke Emezi, and Benjamin Moser.

LGBTQ Reads posted New Releases: September 2019.

Logo posted Xena Is Even Gayer in Vita Ayala’s Latest Comic Book Reboot.

Okazu posted Queerness in Sailor Moon: Is It Progressive or is it Just Progress?

Melanie Gillman wrote about their process of researching queer and trans history for Stage Dreams at the Lerner Blog.

The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf  Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki  Space Battle Lunchtime Vol 1  The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m danforth  Gnarled Hollow by Charlotte Greene

“What to Know About Virginia Woolf’s Love Affair With Vita Sackville-West” was posted at Time.

“Five Years of Flame Con” was posted at School Library Journal.

“Read it and weep: LGBTQ kids deserve queer-friendly books” was posted at the Berkeley Beacon.

Vira Letra, a lesbian book publisher in Brazil, was written about at Pioneers Post.

Gnarled Hollow by Charlotte Greene was reviewed at C-Spot Reviews.

The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History by Marc Stein was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

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Link Round Up: August 8 – 22

This is the Lesbrary bi-weekly feature where we take a look at all the lesbian and bi women book news and reviews happening on the rest of the internet!

Olivia by Dorothy Strachey  Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn  Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett   The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus   Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis

Autostraddle posted “Olivia” Is One of the Best Lesbian Films of All Time and Now You Can Finally See It and 30 New Books of Queer and Feminist Interest to Get Excited About This Fall.

Bustle posted These 4 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors Are Writing The Women-Loving-Women Novels They Always Wanted To Read and I’m So Jealous You Get To Read Heather Rose Jones’s The Alpennia Series For The First Time.

Logo posted 11 Queer Books You Need to Read Before Summer Ends.

Queer Book Corner posted Queer YA: 2019 March-April Recap and Queer YA: 2019 May Recap.

Women and Words updated their New Releases & Coming Up page.

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas  The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz  PS I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy cover   Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield  Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson

“Why are there so many new books about time-travelling lesbians?” was posted at the Guardian.

“The word is out: Val McDermid selects Britain’s 10 most outstanding LGBTQ writers” was posted at the Guardian.

“Pulp Fiction Helped Define American Lesbianism” was posted at JSTOR.

“New Illinois Law Requires LGBT History To Be Taught In Schools” was posted at Townhall.

“How LGBTQ books and authors are being censored in middle schools” was posted at Entertainment Weekly.

“Literature’s Wildest Lesbian Love Story Is Coming to the Big Screen” was posted at The Stranger.

Motherland by Elissa Altman  Precious and Adored edited by Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey  The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins  Orlando by Virginia Woolf  

Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple 1890-1918 edited by Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey was reviewed at Washington Blade.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins was reviewed at Black Lesbian Literary Collective.

Delayed Rays of a Star by Amanda Lee Koe was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

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Thank you to the Lesbrary’s Patreon supporters! Special thanks to Sarah Neilson, Shelly Farrell, Martha Hansen, Daniela Gonzalez De Anda, Amy Hanson, Bee Oder, Hannah Dent, Ellen Zemlin, and Casey Stepaniuk.

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