a monthly LGBTQ+ book club featuring books by LGBTQ+ women and femmes
The Lavender Lit Book Club is a monthly series presented by our friends at the New Haven Pride Center. Each month, they're reading a new book by a queer woman/femme author to celebrate queer women and femmes in literature. And they're holding a Zoom discussion second-to-last Tuesday of the month, and an author talk on the last Tuesday of the month.
We take no credit for this greatness! We're just happy to donate back 10% of your purchase to support the Center's great work. For more info about each month’s books, links to register for discussion, and specific date information check out the content below, or head over to the Lavender Lit Book Club page.
Lavender Lit Book Club is hosted by Program Officer Miranda Rector (they/them). (Want to learn more? Read their bio or contact them with questions at email@example.com)
Book Discussion January 19, 2021 | 5:00 – 6:00p On Zoom – register here
Author Talk with Bridget Liang January 26. 2021 | 6:30 – 7:30p Live on facebook & YouTube
Logan knows he likes boys, but has not come out, and no one knows that he likes to sometimes wear girls’ clothes and makeup. Then Logan starts at a school for the arts. There he meets Kyle, who is straight. Logan experiments with nail polish and more feminine clothes. Logan begins questioning his gender and decides to use they pronouns while trying to figure things out. Logan meets a classmate’s mother, who is a transgender woman, and begins to come to terms with their gender identity. Realizing they are not a gay boy, but a transgender girl, Logan asks for people to call them Veronica. As a girl, does Veronica stand a chance with Kyle?
February 2021See more
Altar for Broken Things by Deborah Miranda
Book Discussion February 16, 2021 | 5:00 – 6:00p On Zoom – register here Author Talk with Deborah Miranda February 23, 2021 | 6:30 – 7:30p Live on facebook & YouTube
These poems explore interlocking themes of sacrifice–willing and forced–and the sacred dimension of nature and the need for spiritual healing in a world suffering from the aftereffects of slavery and genocide, as well as homophobia and environmental damage. Many of the poems describe subjects in the Virginia Appalachian region as well as the author’s indigenous Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen California coastal homeland.
March 2021See more
The T is Not Silent by Andrea Jenkins
Book Discussion March 16, 2021 | 5:00 – 6:00p On Zoom – register here
Author Talk with Andrea Jenkins March 30, 2021 | 6:30 – 7:30p Live on facebook & YouTube
The title The T is Not Silent was derived from a quote by Janet Mock. She and I were both at a convening hosted by the Arcus Foundation, where she is on the board. We were doing our introductions—there were Transgender activists from all across the country in the room—and she said, “The T is no longer going to be silent,” and I immediately thought, That’s going to be the title of my next book.
Visibility in the Trans community is increasing dramatically. Ultimately, this book is an effort to create understanding and awareness of a marginalized community. A community that is invisible to most and vilified by some. A community that is traumatized by the constant threat of violence as well as unemployment, housing instability, and discrimination in multiple areas of social and economic life. A community that is also creative, beautiful, and resilient.
April 2021See more
The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel
In the half-Hasidic, half-hipster Montreal neighborhood of Mile End, eleven-year-old Lev Meyer is discovering that there may be a place for Judaism in his life. As he learns about science in his day school, Lev begins his own extracurricular study of the Bible’s Tree of Knowledge with neighbor Mr. Katz, who is building his own Tree out of trash. Meanwhile his sister Samara is secretly studying for her Bat Mitzvah with next-door neighbor and Holocaust survivor, Mr. Glassman. All the while his father, David, a professor of Jewish mysticism, is a non-believer.
A book discussion will be held on Tuesday, April 20 @ 6:00p. Register to join (it’s FREE).
May 2021See more
Nevada by Imogen Binnie
Nevada is the darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she’d carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey that will most certainly change her forever.
A book discussion will be held on Tuesday, May 18 @ 6:00p. Register to join us (it’s FREE).
June 2021See more
She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya
She of the Mountains is a beautifully rendered illustrated novel by Vivek Shraya, the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist God Loves Hair. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart.
A book discussion will be held on Tuesday, June 15 @ 6:00p. Register to join (it’s FREE).
Rest of 2021 coming soon!
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