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Hi and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit! I’m exhausted and sick from the mountain and also swallowed my tongue piercing, barbell and all, yesterday, which sound like really good excuses for why I haven’t been reading lately if you ask me, which you didn’t. I don’t actually hate Queen Victoria, obvs. Here are some links!
Things About Queer Books (And Other Books Relevant To Your Interests)
The 2016 Lambda Literary Award winners have been announced! Some titles relevant to your interests include Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North, Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham, Tiny Pieces of Skull, or a Lesson in Manners by Roz Kaveney, succubus in my pocket by kari edwards and The Muse by Meghan O’Brien.
“I Didn’t Have Anyone Particular In Mind, But Maybe One Of Our Intellectually Curious Friends Would Be Interested In Our Open Marriage, After All, It Is A New Century And I Hate Queen Victoria But Love Bisexuality,” and every modernist novel ever.
Also “You’re A Social Climber. What Horrible Faux Pas Have You Committed At This Dinner Party, Alienating Your Only Allies In High Society And Ruining, Perhaps Forever, Your Chance Of Winning Lord Grangemere’s Affections?” (We do not deserve The Toast.)
Zadie Smith’s new short story, “Two Men Arrive in a Village,” is available now at The New Yorker.
Why aren’t more books by trans women writers making it into the classroom?
The top most-well-read cities in the United States include Seattle, Portland, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Austin.
Check out these zines about woman musicians.
At the Rumpus, Terryn Hall writes about Beyoncé, Badu, and southern Black womanhood. Also, don’t give Beyoncé credit for the rise of African literature; give African literature credit for Beyoncé: “To see African aesthetics as the centre of meaning in Lemonade is to literally turn the world upside down. The conventional assumption is that ideas and aesthetic innovation flow from the west to places such as Africa. But this can be reversed: African literature shines light on Beyoncé’s work, not the other way round.”
In her new graphic memoir, Turning Japanese, MariNaomi “renders the in-between spaces of culture and identity in her distinctly simple yet bold style.” At Bitch, she discusses self-understanding, cultural contexts, and more.
Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian reviewed Dirty River by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, noting, “This is an immensely raw, vulnerable book where Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is laying bare so many things about her life and struggles, in the most bad-ass way that makes it seem like vulnerability is the most radical, heroic thing.”
Josie & the Pussycats is coming back.
Astrology can be a strategy for queer resilience.
The Frog and the Toad were super gay for each other.
The Pilgrim, a Boston literary magazine focused on homeless voices, was profiled in the Boston Globe.
Don’t splice that comma.
Hardcover is the new vinyl, argues Yahdon Israel at LitHub: “There’s something gratifying about being able to underline a sentence or write a response in the margin of a book, knowing with certainty that it will be there later. I can’t get that guarantee from a phone. My data could be hacked, a new upgrade could wipe its memory, my battery could die mid-sentence and cause me to lose everything I’ve typed. They say that what goes up into the Cloud must come down, but ‘they’ can’t always be trusted — least of all with the things I value most, my books.”
At Book Riot, Jessica Valenti discusses Sex Object, being a bad feminist, feminist syllabi and more.
Book Things To Do In Person
11 June, Madison: Madison’s LGBTQIA book club will discuss Sex and Punishment. 2 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
June 16, New York: This Words Against Humanity Reading will feature Ivan Davenny, Julie Goldberg, Yahdon Israel, Ali Osworth and Nikita Singh at Stop Time (1223 Bedford Ave.), 7 p.m.
25 June, Durham, North Carolina: Editors S Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle will discuss a new collection of Black lesbian short stories, Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction, at the LRoomBNB, 7 p.m.
Know of a queer event with literary merit? Send it to us! The Liberty Lit is bi-weekly.
Books! They are really great. You just won’t believe how great they are. You may think that the Internet’s great, but that’s just peanuts compared to books. In Lez Liberty Lit, we talk about queer books and literary shit that’s happening that you should probably care about.
The name “Liberty Lit” was inspired by the short-lived literary journal produced by Angela Chase at Liberty High School in 1994.