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.
- Malinda Lo’s The Invisible Lesbian in Young Adult Fiction: Malinda Lo’s informational posts on LGBTQ lit are some of my favourite things to read, and they’re always full of infographics.
- School Library Journal’s Not Quite Banned: Soft Censorship That Makes LGBTQIA+ Stories Disappear: How queer lit gets quietly censored in schools.
- Tor.com’s Season of the Witch: The Rise of Queer Magic in YA SFF: What a time to be alive. Queer witch lit is finally here!
- Anime Feminist’s Yuri is for Everyone: An analysis of yuri demographics and readership: This is an ambitious analysis of who reads yuri (f/f) manga. Spoiler alert: it’s a wide range of demographics.
- Book Riot’s Want to Start a Queer Book Club? Here’s How: Live the dream! Includes some recs for your first reads.
- Tor.com’s Looking Back on Ten Years of Queering SFF, From 2010 to 2020: I’ve only recently discovered Tor.com’s Queering SFF column, so I was surprised to learn that it turned ten this month! The Lesbrary and Queering SFF are both fifth graders!
- Book Riot’s Seeing My Queer, Ill Self in Jenn Shapland’s New Memoir: This is a personal essay relating to Shapland’s description of her illness, and how its erasure connects to the invisibility of her sexuality. Vulnerable and compelling.
- Literary Hub’s Googling Literary Lesbians: On Carson McCullers and the Erotics of Incompletion: Another take on the Shapland new release. I loved this thoughtful meditation on a Google search I know all too well: “Was [NAME] a lesbian?”
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Authors of Colour:
- YA Pride’s LGBTQIAP+ Black History Month Book List 2020: I was so glad to see Black History Month produce so many resources like this!
- LGBTQ Reads’s Black History Month 2020: And this! Which is updated and expanded every year.
- Reads Rainbow’s Book Recs: Books By and About QPOC: Rainbow Reads is a new follow for me, but I’m really liking what I see so far.
- ‘The Color Purple’: A sublime portrayal of lesbianism ahead of its time: This post discusses how The Color Purple, a classic of Black literature, has had its lesbianism erased.
- Lambda Literary had the Audre Lorde Taught Us series, where authors discuss Lorde’s legacy in their own work. Meanwhile, Autostraddle is celebrating Year of Our (Audre) Lorde every month.
- LGBTQ Reads’s TBRainbow Alert: 2020 Graphic Novels and Memoirs, Part I
- Lambda Literary’s New in February: Brandon Taylor, R. Eric Thomas, and Lidia Yuknavitch
- Anxious Nachos’s F/F February: Most anticipated 2020 sapphic releases
- Book Riot’s 15 LGBTQ YA Audiobooks to Listen to in the First Half of 2020
March new releases are going to be their own post, which will be up soon!
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