Monday, January 30, 2017

In honour of the victims of the Quebec City attack...

In honour of the victims of the Quebec City attack, we've chosen two lesbian Muslim authors for February and March: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, a young Iranian American author, and A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar, another Arab-American.

In April we'll read Michelle Tea's latest, Black Wave. May we'll read Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things.

Some other options we'll likely be adding to our reading list: Emma Donoghue's The Wonder. Zoe Whittall's The Best Kind of People. Stella Duffy's London Lies Beneath. Gina Cole's Black Ice Matter. Tara Clancy's memoir The Clancys of Queens. Nicole Dennis-Benn's Here Comes The Sun. Carellin Brooks' One Hundred Days of Rain. Miranda July's The First Bad Man.

We're always taking suggestions! Drop me a note!

Sunday, October 30, 2016


Hi everybody! Sorry for the last minute news, but November's title is changed!!! We're bumping the next title on our list. So November we're reading Becoming Nicole. January it will be Sister Mine. Thanks!!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Autumn reads

Hi all,
Just this once, our October meeting won't be the last Monday of the month - because the last Monday of the month is Halloween and our members want to be home trick or treating with their kids. So this month's meeting will be Monday October 24, 2016. Don't miss it!!!
Last month's meeting was a great discussion of Loving Eleanor. Not big fans of this one - can't recommend it, although it did pique curiosity about Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hikock in general.
Remember, October's title is Gabby Rivera's Juliet Takes a Breath. In November, we're reading Thanhha Lai's Listen, Slowly. December we don't meet. January's title is Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nut and February we're reading Nalo Hopkinson's Sister Mine.
See you soon!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer reading!

Thanks for a great book club discussion the other night peeps! Yabo was a fascinating read and the discussion was scintillating. Love that one of our members met the author recently.
New titles have been added to the reading list:
July - Camilla Gibb's This is Happy
August - Snapshots of a Girl by Beldan Sezen
September - Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert
October - Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
November - Thanhha Lai's Listen, Slowly
January - Becoming Nicole: Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nut
February - Nalo Hopkinson's Sister Mine

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Pride week!

Hi all,
A quick update for PRIDE week! We're looking for members! Come join us! We're easygoing, casual, and like chatting about books!
We read fiction and biographies by lesbians!
June's title is Yabo by Alexis DeVeaux.
July we're reading Camilla Gibb's newest: This is Happy.
August's title is graphic novel Snapshots of a Girl by Beldan Sezen.
More updates to come!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Hi all,
We've added a bunch of titles to our reading list. I hope you'll check them out and join us!
We don't meet in December. With all the holidays, no one seems to have the time to make book club happen that month!
In January, we'll read Toronto author Farzana Doctor's newest title, All Inclusive. Very excited and hoping to hook up with Farzana to discuss!
In February it's Dirty River by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.
In March we'll read Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta.
April's title is The Walk-In Closet by Abdi Nazemian.
May we'll read Yabo by Alexis De Veaux.
And finally in June we are going to read Vancouver's Amber Dawn in her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life.
Keep in touch folks!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

reading list update!

Just a quick reading list update!
  • May 2015: Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • June 2015: For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu
  • July 2015: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  • August 2015: How To Grow Up by Michelle Tea
  • September 2015: Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves
  • October 2015: A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez
  • November 2015: Half World by Hiromi Goto
Yes, I know it's already June. Sudden illness cancelled our May meeting, so our June meeting we'll discuss Adult Onset AND For Today I am a Boy.
Some other future possibilities:
  • Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha has a memoir coming out in the fall, called Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home.
  • Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey 
  • Casey Plett's A Safe Girl to Love
  • Yabo by Alexis De Veaux
  • The Walk-in Closet by Iranian-American author Abdi Nazemian
  • How Poetry Saved My Life by Amber Dawn, a memoir

Saturday, March 28, 2015

kissing keeps us afloat!

Hi all,
Please join us this Monday, even if you don't normally come to book club (I know many of you only attend in spirit!), please come on Monday night! We're reading Laurie MacFayden's kissing keeps us afloat! And Laurie is going to join us to read and chat!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Shani Mootoo, again!

This month, we're reading Shani Mootoo, AGAIN. What can I say, we like her. Her latest, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, is our February title. March we are reading local author Laurie MacFayden's kissing keeps us afloat, and Laurie is going to join us to read a little something! Tell all your friends! Bring all your friends!

In April, we're going to read Sarah Waters latest, The Paying Guests, and in May, Ann-Marie MacDonald's Adult Onset.
In book club news, December's foray into a non-lesbian sci-fi writer seems to have been a terrible failure. One certain member gets a gold star for being the only member to slog through The Left Hand of Darkness! Three gold stars! and maybe a donut at the next meeting!
In fact, I think a star system is just what book club needs for some excitement. One gold star for anyone who finishes the book. Five gold stars if you come equipped with some discussion questions, an interview with the author, or the like. Ten gold stars if you bring snacks! 100 gold stars if you bring the author to the meeting!

Friday, December 05, 2014

updates! updates.

A few more titles have been added to our reading list. As you already know, December's title is The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin. It's a departure given that Le Guin is not a lesbian author, but it's history and treatment of gender make it something interesting we might want explore.
In January, we're reading Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo, in February, Shani Mootoo's latest, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab. And in March, we're reading local author Laurie MacFayden's new book, kissing keeps us afloat. Maybe we'll convince Laurie to join us!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2 books; 1 meeting!

This October we are trying something a little different, we are reading 2 books by the same author so that we can compare and contrast! We chose 2 titles from Nina LaCour because one of our members tells us they are quicker, lighter reads in the young adult genre. We are looking forward to chatting about Everything Leads to You and Hold Still.
In November we are reading Emma Donoghue's The Sealed Letter. We are big fans of Emma Donoghue, having already read Hood and Slammerkin for the book club.
In December we are making a rare exception to our rule of reading only lesbian authors to read Ursula K Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, a classic title set in an alien world whose inhabitants can choose and change their gender.
Let us know of any titles you'd like to see for the coming months! I'm always desperately on the hunt for lesbian authors from parts of the world outside of Canada, the US and the UK (we've read those in spades, obviously, and love them, but love to read diverse perspectives too). Any classic titles that we haven't read are great too - just please don't suggest Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues, we've tried several times but it's out of print and we just can't seem to make it happen! ALL suggestions are welcome!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Time marches on and I keep failing to blog promptly! But, never fear, the book club still marches on and meets. We need you to join us! Lately meetings have seen only 2-3 members show up - we're not sure how long we can continue like that. If you like the books and think about coming, please just come! We are laid back and low pressure. Sometimes some of us don't read the book. And we will bring cookies!
Anyway, I didn't get a chance to blog about Tamai Kobayashi's Prairie Ostrich. It's one of those books that's not only good, not only gripping and a page-turner, but it feels like it's changing your life and worldview as you read and you are seriously almost traumatized when it's over. You MUST read!
Malinda Lo's The Huntress was good and definitely a page-turner as well. Not life changing though. One of the things we really enjoyed was the matter-of-factness of same-sex relationships in this fantasy world. It felt good!
We've selected a few titles for the coming months - June's title is Rae Spoon's First Spring Grass Fire. A couple of members had the pleasure of seeing Rae Spoon at the Gender Failure show with Ivan Coyote last month. Great show. July we're reading Awakening to Sunlight by Lindsay Stone. August's selection is Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall. We loved her Holding Still for As Long As Possible, so decided to read another. Another repeat author is Naomi Alderman. Can't wait to read The Liar's Gospel in September. And for October, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.

Saturday, February 01, 2014


February's title for book club is The Panopticon by Scottish author Jenni Fagan. Looking forward to it. Apparently it's full of good Scottish cursing.
We've gone ahead and chosen a few more titles for the coming months.
March we'll read The Miseducation of Cameron Post by American author Emily M. Danforth.
April it's the uber-classic Lambda Literary Award-winner Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg.
May we're reading Toronto-based Japanese Canadian Tamai Kobayashi's first novel, Prairie Ostrich.
In June we'll read Chinese-American author Malinda Lo's newest, Huntress.
In July we'll read Alberta author Rae Spoon's First Spring Grass Fire.
And finally, in August we'll read Awakening to Sunlight by British author Lindsey Stone.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

2014 creepin on.

2014 is already creepin' on. It's been a busy January and February is going to fly by! Tomorrow night we meet to chat about Michelle Tea's Mermaid in Chelsea Creek. I didn't discover until I finished it that it's the first of a trilogy! Yipes! So exciting.
February's title is The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan. Don't know a thing about it other than it was requested by one of our members!

Friday, November 29, 2013


Sorry for the sorry state of this blog, peoples! I haven't got the wherewithal to do much more than keep my kids alive and clean lately. But the book club marches on, no matter.
December is our month off from book club so our next title is Michelle Tea's latest, Mermaid in Chelsea Creek. Can't wait to read it - and chat about it at our next meeting in January, 2014. My goodness, 2014. See you then?