So after running this tumblr and the Lesbrary for a couple years, I’ve gathered together a couple lists of specific lesbian (etc) books about specific topics, and I’ve stumbled on some similar lists other people have made. In order to keep them a little more…
… from July 28 to August 4, 2013, in Los Angeles!
“The Lambda Literary Foundation is proud to announce details for the 2013 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, the nation’s premier queer writers residency. The Retreat will be held July 28 - August 4, 2013 on the campus of the American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles.
“Faculty include Samuel R. Delany teaching the Fiction workshop, Sarah Schulman teaching the Nonfiction workshop, David Groff teaching the Poetry workshop, and Malinda Lo teaching both Genre Fiction and Young Adult Fiction.”
I’m so excited! Click here to find out more about the Genre & YA workshop and how you can apply.
Lesbian Halloween Costumes and Femslash Friendly Cosplay Couples
We’ve been putting together a list of suggestions for individual and couple lesbian cosplays; the couple ones tend to be popular femslash couples of characters that, while they may have some support for being queer, would not be automatically recognised as such (e.g. Poison Ivy and Harley works as a couple, but Harley on her own? Not so much).
We’ve been trying to pick some awesome lesbian characters who are recognisable, lesbian/bisexual/queer and actually make for good costumes. Most of the lists we’ve looked at… well, I don’t recognise half the characters and of the rest, well, made for very boring costumes.
We’re considering actually writing up ‘how to’ costume pages for some of the characters as well (if we have time!).
Does anyone have suggestions for more costumes? (You can add them straight to the list but you need a Squidoo account; otherwise just reblog and give us suggestions in the comments).
The science fiction genre has always made me nervous. Maybe it’s the thought that sci-fi events might someday be possible, or maybe it’s an aftereffect of seeing parts of Doctor Who and Star Trek when I was still young enough to be terrified by them. In any case, it was only thanks to a Lambda Literary award reference that I picked up Ammonite, a book set first on a space station and then on the distant planet the station orbits—a planet home to a potent native virus. I was looking for more queer novels to write about, so, cautiously, I started reading—and then became so absorbed in the world Nicola Griffith created that I almost missed my bus home from the library.
I need to reread this book, I don’t really remember it properly anymore - it’s been about seven or eight years since I read it. Oh, it officially marked the beginning of my Quest for Lesbian Fiction. Nicola Griffith is a fantastic author, by the way. Read her books. ALL OF THEM (here’s a link to all our Nicola Griffith reviews - some of them are old and short, because she really was the first author I wanted to review, way back in the mists of time when the site first started. I literally only wrote a couple of paragraphs for Ammonite. That’s practically inconceivable (and yes that word does mean what I think it means) now.).
Incidentally it won a Tiptree award, a Lambda Literary Award, a Premio Italia award and was a finalist for the British Science Fiction and Arthur C. Clark awards (that’s right. Non-GLBTQ awards).
“…while it is true that such a man is generally considered to be in want of a wife, it is equally true that not all men desire female companionship, just as not every woman dreams of being married.”
Lesbians and gentlegays (and misc other folk of all persuasions) I present to you the ultimate queer Regency novel: Gay Pride and Prejudice (available on Kindle and in paperback), a skilled rewriting of Jane Austen’s original book by Kate Christie to turn it completely queer.
[image description: the cover of Sleeping Beauty, Indeed, featuring what looks like a classic painting of a person with long hair and a long flowing dress in the background. Overlaid is a photograph of a person with long dark hair and light skin lying on their back with their eyes closed. Overlaid on that is a photo of flowers. End description.]
Sleeping Beauty, Indeed, JoSelle Vanderhooft (editor), Lethe Press, 2009.
“Fairy tales have long intrigued readers. They’re the first stories we remember, and they resonate within us as adults. In Sleeping Beauty, Indeed, editor JoSelle Vanderhooft offers us a new take on an ancient theme: fairy tales from a lesbian perspective. From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty, from original myths by talented authors to classics retold with a deft hand, these tales are by turn erotic and sensuous, loving and wicked. Take a bite of the magic apple and make this anthology your bedtime story tonight.”
Good Lesbian Books
This was a pretty good anthology - some absolutely beautiful stories, some interesting and unexpected ones, and some are based on genuinely obscure fairytales. They range from grimdark in the best original fairytale fashion, to adventure, to fantasy to sensual and erotic. For a quick look at each story, you can check out our review.