Link Round Up: February 15 – 28

Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado cover            Hurriance Child by Kheryn Callender cover

Autostraddle posted Queers at the End of the World: An Interview with Queer Feminist Fabulist Carmen Maria Machado and Desiree Akhavan on Sex Scenes, Spectatorship, and Shooting ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’: The Autostraddle Interview.

Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian posted The Ten Queer Black Books I’m Most Excited to Read in 2018.

LGBTQ Reads posted Around the Blogosqueer: Queer Black Sites, Books, and Posts.

YA Pride posted 8 LGBTQIAP+ Books By Black Authors and Body Diversity in Queer YA.

   Ezili’s Mirrors: Imagining Black Queer Womanhood cover      Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver cover   

Emma Donoghue was interviewed about her Irish/Canadian citizenship. (‘When I was in Ireland, I always felt like a lesbian writer’)

Shira Glassman was on Les Do Books, discussing her favorite lesbian fiction.

“The Literature of Ezili, Vodou Spirit Force of Queer Black Womanhood” was posted at LitHub.

In Orange County, residents call for segregation of LGBTQ books and limiting LGBTQ material purchases.

The Stonewall Book Awards 2018 winners have been announced!

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann cover   Bingo Love by Tee Franklin cover   Kase-San and an Apron cover   Epicurean Delights by Renee Roman cover   My Solo Exchange Diary Japanese cover

Taken In by Erica Abbott was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin,‎ Jenn St. Onge, and‎ Joy San was reviewed at Autostraddle.

Hitori Koukan Nikki (My Solo Exchange Diary) by Nagata Kabi was reviewed at Okazu.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann was reviewed at YA Pride.

Cracking Love by Emily King was reviewed at Omnivore Bibliosaur (plus snack suggestions!)

Epicurean Delights by Renee Roman was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Kase-san and an Apron by Hiromi Takashima was reviewed at Okazu.

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Link Round Up: October 10 – November 11

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Autostraddle posted

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Gay YA posted So Now What? The Post-Coming Out Story in LGBTQ YA Fiction and How to Build a Safe Space for LGBTQIA+ Teens via Books.

Lambda Literary posted New in November: Laura Jane Grace, Philip Dean Walker, Joanne Passet, Anne Raeff, and Cleve Jones and Ken White: On Starting Query Books and Republishing Classic LBGTQ Literature.

“Why Queer Retellings of Classic Stories Are So Necessary” was posted at Vice.

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“Marvel Comics Needs to Do Way Better With Its LGBT Representation” was posted at io9.

“Five Important Lesbian Pulp Novels to Read During LGBT History Month” was posted at AfterEllen.

Malinda Lo posted Examining perceptions of LGBTQ+ characters in children’s and YA trade book reviews.

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Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction by S. Andrea Allen was reviewed at Read Diverse Books.

Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw by Elissa Altman was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown was reviewed at LGBT YA Reviews.

I’ll Tell You In Person by Chloe Caldwell was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper & Jim Obergefell was reviewed at ALA GLBT Reviews.

A Body, Undone: Living On After Great Pain by Christina Crosby was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

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Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart was reviewed at Bella Books.

The Missing Museum by Amy King was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

The Jungle Around Us by Anne Raeff was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Alaskan Bride by D Jordan Redhawk was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman was reviews at Lambda Literary.

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki was reviewed at Disability in Kidlit.

Black Wave by Michelle Tea was reviewed at Tor.

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Link Round Up: March 26 – April 10

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Autostraddle posted

BCLA LGBTQ Interest Group posted YA Fiction Featuring LGBTQ+ Characters that I Either Love or Am Really Excited About.

Lambda Literary posted The 8th Annual Rainbow Book Fair and New in April: Edmund White, Mariko Tamaki, Jonathan Corcoran, S. Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle.

teahousefire   rightsideofhistory   south of sunhine dana elmendorf   the-gay-revolution-9781451694116_lg    searching for sappho philip freeman

The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery was reviewed at Omnivore Bibliosaur.

The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism by Adrian Brooks was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf was reviewed at Omnivore Bibliosaur.

The Gay Revolution: the Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman was reviewed GLBT ALA Reviews.

Searching For Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet by Philip Freeman was reviewed at GLBT ALA Reviews.

when I was your girlfriend nikki harmon   annieonmymind   undertheudalatree   lez talk   felicity mary oliver cover

When I Was Your Girlfriend by Nikki Harmon was reviewed at Sistahs On the Shelf.

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden was reviewed by Anna Larner.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta was reviewed at BD Live.

Felicity by Mary Oliver was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Juliana by Vanda was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas by Betsy Warland was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

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Link Round Up: March 1 – 13

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AfterEllen posted

Autostraddle posted

apocalypse   the first bad man miranda july cover   ThereseandIsabelle   irrepressible   dirty-river

Lambda Literary Awards posted 28th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced and New in March: Kaitlyn Greenidge, Saleem Haddad, Jim Downs, Sarah Schulman, and Augusten Burroughs.

Women and Words posted Hot off the Press, March 2016 and Coming Attractions, April 2016.

“Books I Wish I’d Read as an LGBTQ Teenager” was posted at Lit Hub.

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A Little Bit of Spice by Georgia Beers was reviewed at Lesbian Reading Room.

Saving Alex by Alex Cooper with Joanna Brooks was reviewed at Omnivore Bibliosaur.

Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden was discussed in depth on Reading with Aspergers.

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley was reviewed at BCLA LGBTQ Interest Group.

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Link Round Up: December 22 – 28

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Afterwritten posted Keep It Queer: How My Love Affair with LGBTQ YA Started.

Autostraddle posted Liberty Lit #62: Snowing Pages.

Sarah Waters was interviewed at the hairpin.

The Sista Hood on the Mic by E-Fierce Twinja Book Reviews.

junemageernfestivenurse   underafallingstar   lieswetellourselves

Under a Falling Star by Jae was reviewed at Lesbian Reading Room.

June Magee, R.N. Festival Nurse by Anne McMan, with Salem West and Barrett was reviewed at Lesbian Reading Room.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley was reviewed at Afterwritten.

Fighting Kudzu by Mystic Thompson was reviewed at Gay YA.

Link Round Up: December 16 – 21

MandOForever  dyke-the-halls   lieswetellourselves

AfterEllen posted How to Have a Very Lesbian Christmas.

Babbling About Books posted Announcing the 2015 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event! (#LFAE2015).

GayYA posted

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Women and Words has been celebrating their holiday hootenanny! (Giveaways every day!)

Ivan Coyote was written about at ZY.

Catherine Lundoff posted On LGBT Science Fiction and Fantasy 2000-2010 (Part 2).

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Primary Stein: Returning to the Writings of Gertrude Stein edited by Janet Boyd and Sharon J. Kirsch was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

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Link Round Up: December 8 – 14

NoStraightLines   dogsofwar   SpitandPassion

Autostraddle posted Lez Liberty Lit #61: Snowing Pages.

Elisa posted 2014 Rainbow Award Winners.

GLBT Reviews posted

acupofwaterundermybed   zami   lieswetellourselves

Lambda Literary posted

Malinda Lo posted 2014 LGBT YA by the Numbers and A Holiday Gift Guide to My Books.

Robin Talley was interviewed at R U Coming Out.

“Outhouse library: a new home in Dublin for LGBT literature” was posted at Irish Times.

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Love Enough by Dionne Brand was reviewed at Lindy Reads and Reviews.

Season’s Meetings by Amy Dunne was reviewed at Far Nerdy and Lesbian Reading Room.

Just Girls by Rachel Gold was reviewed at I’m With Geek.

Somewhere To Run by Anna Goldman was reviewed at The Rainbow Hub.

Under a Falling Star by Jae was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch was posted at GLBT Reviews.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters was reviewed at Lindy Reads and Reviews.

Year of the Monsoon by Caren Werlinger was reviewed at C-Spot Reviews.

Mara by Brian Wood was reviewed at crunchings & munchings.

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Danika reviews Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan Coyote and Zena Sharman

I’ve been a fan of Ivan Coyote for years, so I had high expectations for this collection. It absolutely delivered.

It’s hard to sum up Persistence other than using its own subtitle. It contains a huge array of different kind of butches and femmes (and a futch, and some switches, and…), embodied by many different genders and sexualities.

The writing it top-notch, and there are a lot of big names:  Ivan Coyote, Jewelle Gomez, S. Bear Bergman, Joan Nestle, Sinclair Sexsmith… The content ranges from academic essays to poem and short stories. Some are incredibly personal, and some are political declarations. I really appreciated the amount of essays that approached how race intersects with butch/femme, and a few that also address class.

If I could guarantee one thing, it’s that at least one entry in this collection will piss you off. There are opinions all over the spectrum in this collection, and there is a lot to be debated. For example: do butch and femme constitute each other, or can you be a butch without a femme and vice versa? Are femmes more privileged by having “passing privilege”, or are they invisibilized, or are people just not looking hard enough for femmes? Is the concept of “butch” too tied to whiteness to be used in an antiracist way? Can other sexualities and genders by butch or femme, or only lesbians? Where do butch and femme fit into the trans* spectrum, or vice versa, or are they unconnected? It is the trans* questions that are particularly divisive. But I think this range is the strength of the collection: it is a good attempt to encapsulate a broad-ranging community that is entirely in flux. And the voices are strong, so even the essays that were actively angering me were still compelling.

I definitely recommend Persistence, even (especially?) if you’re not butch or femme or know very little about butch and femme. It is an important part of the queer community as a whole today, and lesbian history as well. There are quite a few contributors that I will now be seeking out in a longer format.