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2022 Reading List!!!

  2022 Edmonton Lesbian+ Book Club Reading Line Up January: Iron Goddess of Mercy by Larissa Lai (American-born Chinese Canadian lesbian writer); 2021 epic poem February: The Gospel of Breaking by Jillian Christmas (Black Canadian lesbian writer); 2020 poetry collection March: You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat (LGBTQ Palestinian American writer); 2020 novel April: Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto (queer Japanese Canadian writer), illustrated by Ann Xu (Asian American artist); 2021 graphic novel May: Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen (asexual Asian American writer); 2020 non-fiction June: Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid by Shayda Kafai (American queer disabled WOC writer); 2021 non-fiction July: Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante (White Canadian queer trans writer); 2019 novel August: 47,000 Beads by Koja Adeyoha (Indigenous-Oglala Lakota, two-spirit lesbian writer) and Ang
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Our (Slightly) New Name!!

Hi friends! After 17-odd years, we’re making a tiny little change to our name. We’ve heard from some in the community that it wasn’t inclusive enough. We mulled over lots of big changes but in the end we’ve settled for subtle. From here on, we’re Edmonton Lesbian+ Book Club. We hope this keeps us in your search engines but also lets our enby and trans friends know this group is open. Just to reiterate WHO WE ARE: We welcome queer women of all ages, genders, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, and socio-economic classes to attend. We also welcome the presence of their families, friends, and community members who get it. We wish to specifically extend a welcoming invite to Indigenous and Black women, disabled women, fat women, trans men and women, bisexual women, non-binary peeps, people of colour, and asexual women. We commit to doing our best to engage with parts of our communities that have been excluded. As such, there will be no identity policing and we trust that each and every one

2021 Reading List ch-ch-changes...

Hi all!  We've made a couple of adjustments to our lineup in order to take advantage of some fun events happening around town (or well, really, online...). March is the month we've really changed. On March 29, when we would normally meet, we'll attend the CLC Kreisel Lecture by Vivek Shraya, online at 7 pm. On Wednesday, March 31, there is a CLC Brown Bag lunch online meeting with Cicely Belle Blain! Then that evening we'll meet to chat about her book, Burning Sugar at 7 pm. Kimiko Tobimatsu's book moves to November. Here're the revised lineup:   January :  The Subtweet  by Vivek Shraya February :  Polar Vortex  by Shani Mootoo March:  Burning Sugar  by Cicely Belle Blain (on March 31) (March 29 attending lecture by Vivek Shraya) April :  Coconut  by Nisha Patel and  Postcolonial Love Poem  by Natalie Diaz May :  We Have Always Been Here  by Samra Habib June :  Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera July :  Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies  by Leanne Bet
January : The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya February : Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo March : Kimiko Does Cancer by Kimiko Tobimatsu and Keet Genitza April : Coconut by Nisha Patel and  Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz May : We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib June : Fiebre Tropica l by Juliana Delgado Lopera July : Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson August : The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif September : Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez October : Like a Boy but Not a Boy by Andrea Bennett November : Burning Sugar by Cicely Belle Blain and  Iron Goddess of Mercy: A Poem by Larissa Lai Note: We had selected Jessica Johns' "How Not to Spill" but it is currently out of print so we removed it. #2021ReadingList #YEGLesbianBookClub #TheSubtweet #VivekShraya #PolarVortex #ShaniMootoo #KimikoDoesCancer #KimikoTobimatsu #KeetGenitza #HowNottoSpill #JessicaJohns #PostcolonialLovePoem   #NatalieDiaz #WeHaveAlwaysBeenHere   #SamraHab


Our lesbian book club 2020 reading list!  January : The Song of the Sea by Edmontonian and book club member (we’re so proud!) Jenn Alexander. Jenn will be there to chat with us! February : Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis. About five very different women in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship. March : Holy Wild by Gwen Benaway. This is the bisexual, trans, Anishinaabe and Métis author’s third collection of poetry. April : Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki, Toronto writer. This graphic novel gives back story on Harley Quinn before The Joker. May : The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel. This Montreal born author’s first novel delves into the heart of Jewish mysticism, faith and family. June : nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon, Cree-Métis-Saulteaux writer. Their first novel is a groundbreaking memoir spanning nations and queer love stories. July : Flèche by Mary Jean Chan. This Hong Kong raised, London author explores multilingualism, queerness, psychoanalysis and cu

2019 lineup!

Hey everybody. We tried something different. Had a get-together. Selected all the books for 2019 together. P.S. We decided for 2019 we will read only authors that are queer women of colour. And, here's our list: January:  It's Not Like it's a Secret  by Misa Sugiura February:  The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde March:  The Tiger Flu  by Larissa Lai April:  A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder  by Ma-Nee Chacaby and Mary Louisa Plummer May:  Bingo Love  by Tee Franklin June:  A God Dance in Human Cloth  by Nasra and hopefully something by Shima Robinson (Dwemminnen) July:  Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars  by Kai Cheng Thom August:  This Accident of Being Lost  by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson September:  Marriage of a Thousand Lies  by S.J. Sindu October:  ¡Cuéntamelo! Oral History by LGBT Latino Immigrants  by Juliana Delgado Lopera November:  Eve Out of Her Ruins  by Ananda Devi

Fall reading list!

Hey all, Here's the fall line-up: September: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby October: Femme Confidential by Nairne Holtz (who will be JOINING us IN PERSON!) November: It's Not Like It's a Secret by Misa Sugiura PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASEY PLEASE tell all your friends about Nairne Holtz's visit!
Hey everybody. Reading list update time! This month (May) we're reading Corona by Bushra Rehman. In June our selection is Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee. For summer, in July we're reading Mean , a memoir by Myriam Gurba and in August it'll be Alice Walker: A Life by Evelyn C. White. That's all for now!

Is spring in the air? hah.

Not very springy yet around here, is it? Oh well, at least we have books to keep us warm. February's title is Nicole Dennis-Benn's Here Comes the Sun . In March, we're reading Julia Serano 's Excluded . In April, we'll try Calling Dr. Laura , a novel by Nicole J. Georges about a young woman finding out some deep family secrets. May it's Corona by Bushra Rehman - a super interesting read about a Pakistani Muslim woman in Queens, NY. June let's read the first of C.B. Lee's Sidekick series, Not Your Sidekick . My daughter says it's awesome.