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Sun, Feb. 28th, 2010, 12:09 pm
danneeness: Lesbraries

I just started a lesbian book blog (The Lesbrary) and I wanted to see what other people's "lesbraries" look like. Do you have all your queer books together? If so, can I see a picture? One shelf of my TBR (to be read) lesbrary is the header on my blog, but there's another half shelf of TBR lesbian fiction and a stack of TBR lesbian non-fiction, plus a stack of lesbian fiction I have read. Please, post some pictures so I can see yours!

crossposted at lesbopalooza

Sun, Feb. 14th, 2010, 08:03 pm
danneeness: The Lesbrary!

I made a queer girl book blog! It's called the Lesbrary, and I'm hoping to get people to send in there own reviews and add those in, too. So if anyone is interested in a place for queer girl book reviews that's a little more active than this, please comment and send in reviews. Thanks!


Mon, Jan. 4th, 2010, 10:56 am
danneeness: Bow Grip by Ivan E. Coyote

Wow this community is dead...

Oh, Ivan E. Coyote. First I must tell the story. You see, at some point I was regularly going to poetry slams, but I was a little iffy about going one night. Then I heard the feature was by someone called "Ivan E. Coyote" and I didn't bother to go, because it was just some random guy I hadn't heard of before, right? Wrong! My other friends went and told me that not only a) Ivan E. Coyote is a lesbian, not some random guy, but also b) that she was amazing. They bought her books and I flipped through them and loved them. I have always regretted not going that night. Later, I went on a trip to Portland and went to Powell's and found signed copies of her books but couldn't get any because I had literally 0 dollars to spend. All in all, a very painful experience. But story complete, moving on.

Bow Grip! Synopsis: Bow Grip is Ivan E. Coyote's first novel (as opposed to her collections of short stories). It is about this guy, Joey, whose wife left him for another guy in town's wife. His a-little-overbearing mother thinks he should either get a hobby or go on Prozac, he's sort of lost in his own life, and he for some reason just agreed to trade some guy a car for a cello even though he's a mechanic and not exactly the musical type. The bulk of the book is him taking a bit of a trip to the big city (Calgary) to go drop off the rest of his ex-wife's stuff with her and her girlfriend, try to learn to play the cello, and maybe gather his life back together again.

I loved this book. I wasn't sure what to expect, as a mechanic guy in a small town isn't my usual choice of protagonist, but it was beautifully done. Coyote introduces wonderful, nuanced characters. Her depictions of the complexity of relationships were what really sold me, and Joey turns out to be a very easy to relate to character. It's one of those books that just describes that weird way human beings interact so well. Highly recommended.


Tue, Dec. 30th, 2008, 12:34 pm
jrosestar: Austin Event - January 10th

The Sapphic Reading Group in Austin, Texas is hosting a lesbian author event on January 10. 2009 from 2-5 p.m. at Genuine Joe's Coffeehouse on West Anderson Lane. There will be readings, book signings, and chatting with members of the community.

The authors attending will be Frankie Jones/Megan Carter (Bella), Peggy Herring (Bella), Carsen Taite (Bold Strokes), Stacia Seaman (Bold Strokes), Erin O'Reilly (Intaglio), Carrie Carr (Regal Crest), Brenda Adcock (Regal Crest), and Kelly Sinclair (Blue Feather). Books will be available from BookWoman.

Tue, Dec. 30th, 2008, 12:27 pm
jrosestar: Website for lesbian fiction/reading material

Therese Szymanski has a neat new website with a lot of content on it. There are some sample chapters to read from her many published books, as well as some stories and essays.

For the writers out there, you will also find some helpful links.

If you are interested in buying any of her books, she also tells you where you can buy them.

And, unlike some author's websites, this one actually has real pix of real people! Okay, there some cute furry four-legged critters as well. And no...I don't mean cats or dogs. You'll have to go see for yourself.

Check out: http://www.bigbadbutch.com/

or if you prefer: Therese Szymanski

Tue, Nov. 11th, 2008, 02:27 pm
jrosestar: Lesbian book signing at Sue Ellen's on Friday

If any of you are interested, or know of anyone who might be. There are no "bcc" s on this, so if you know of anyone who isn't in the email that might be interested, please forward this to them.

This is for Carsen Taite, a Dallas writer. Vicki and I will both be there.

Carsen Taite
Author of Truelesbianlove.com
and It Should be a Crime (August 2009)
from Bold Strokes Books

Launch Party for truelesbianlove.com
Friday, November 14, from 6-8pm
at Sue Ellen's, 3014 Throckmorton, Dallas 75219
Munchies, prizes, and a cash bar

There will be some print copies of the book available for purchase/signing. If someone already purchased a print copy, she will be happy to sign it at this event or, if they purchased an ebook, she will have bookcover cards to sign.

Fri, Jun. 27th, 2008, 08:48 am
jrosestar: "Read These Lips"

People often ask me where they can find good lesbian fiction. Well, here's your answer...

Second Helpings, volume two of Read These Lips is out! Here is the official release notice:

Second Helpings from ReadTheseLips.com arrives with more stories and an expanded scope. In our new anthology, incredibly talented writers explore what it means to be lesbian and, in so doing, add definition to our lives and loves.

Please welcome in Second Helpings the enduring pens of Lee Lynch and Marianne K. Martin; the award-winning insights of Nicola Griffith, Susan Hawthorne and Ruthann Robson; the dynamic voices of Erin Davies and Lorenza Martelli; and the diverse contemporary adult fiction of Ovidia Yu, Fran Walker, Stacia Seaman, Lois Cloarec Hart, Robin Alexander, Fletcher DeLancey, Jac Hills and C.C. Saint-Clair.

Second Helpings is now available to download from ReadTheseLips.com.

But wait, there’s more!

To celebrate the release of Second Helpings, we are giving away a free e-book courtesy of Spinifex Press! All you have to do is send us a picture of Second Helpings in a funny or unusual location. (Nothing dangerous or X-rated please, as the winning pic will be posted on our blog.)

Click this link to view Spinifex Press's range of e-books.

Send us your picture and your contact details by 31 July in an email to info@readtheselips.com, with the subject line: Photo contest. One picture per entrant.

The winner will be announced the week after.

Enjoy the book.

Evecho and Linda Lorenzo, Editors.

You can visit the Read These Lips blog here. Also, you can add read_these_lips to your friends page.

Tue, Mar. 4th, 2008, 04:09 pm
chicksupreme: Queer & Trans Vagina Monologues in NYC this weekend!

Saturday, March 8th and Sunday, March 9th is the first ever NYC Queer and Trans Production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.

The performances are at 8:00pm at the LGBT Community Services Center in room 301, 208 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011

Tickets are $10 if you reserve in advance and $12 without at the door. No one will be turned away, but we ask to give what you can.

To make a reservation email us at vday2008nyc@gmail.com with your name, how many tickets you'd like, and for which performance (March 8th or 9th).

You can also call 646-318-3310

All proceeds benefit: The L.A.V.A.A Group, Inc
(Lesbians Against Violence and Aggression)

Visit: our myspace


Thanks for your support!

X-posted like a maniac!!!

Fri, Jun. 2nd, 2006, 01:24 pm
wirigerie: The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren

This is the story of Harlen Brown who was a talented runner who as a teenager was worried he was gay. Because of family and societal pressures he tries to be straight . All the way to getting married and having children. Eventually as a track coach he denies a young student when he attempts to hook up with him.

The student causes a ruckus and Harlen loses his job. He goes through a rough few years, including losing his wife and sons, before being offered a job with a progressive new school. When 3 young runners come to him after being suspended from their school in Oregon for being gay he is worried that his previous troubles are coming back to haunt him.

One of the young runners in particular attracts him and he fights the attraction. He wants to get all three boys to the Montreal Olympics but there is a lot of bigotry in the way. Will any of Harlen's boys make it to the olympics? Will there ever be anyone for Harlen to love?

This is a terrific love story of courage and conviction against terrible outside pressures and prejudices.

Fri, Jun. 2nd, 2006, 10:29 am
wirigerie: Good Intentions

I've just finished "Good Intentions" by Aya tsi scuceblu Walksfar.

It's a story about a young woman who goes off to college and discovers that the vague feelings of being different from her friends has a name. She starts a relationship with another woman but before it can get too serious Bev is called home. Her father has had a fatal heart attack. On arriving home she finds out her parents knew her dad had a heart condition and didn't give her the opportunity to come home and see him before he died. She feels betrayed by this and decides not to go back to college.

She gets a job with the family mechanic. She becomes good friends with her boss and then Rene dies. After Rene's death Bev is shocked to discover she's been left the mechanic shop and Rene's home. There are more shocks to come and Bev is unsure who exactly to trust as no one is as she has always assumed.

Bev continues to hunt up the truth. This hurts a lot of feelings including her own. I think in the end the truth is better out in the open rather than hidden the way it was for 20 years.

Each chapter is written from the point of view of a different character in the book. This was interesting because it was a vehicle to show the background from different points of view. It enabled flashbacks to be told by the different parties involved.

This book made me cry in lots of places. I've recently lost my father too so I could really relate to Bev's anguish. The secrets coming out slowly one by one were often painful and I could understand Bev's anger at being kept in the dark for so long.

I really enjoyed this book and would rate it 8/10.

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