Lez Liberty Lit: The Emergency Library


Hi and welcome to this week’s Lez Liberty Lit!

The Internet Archive announced its 1.4 million-book National Emergency Library – “a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation” – is now free.

The Chronicles of Now publishes short fiction based on headlines and Carmen Maria Machado is one of the authors.

Why is choose your own adventure so popular?

Here’s one approach to spending 42 days stuck in your room, including “a case for traveling around [your] room as the truest kind of travel — and also the most democratic type of travel that has or will ever exist.”

Chinese publishing, like most things, is on pause under coronavirus.

Check out these virtual museum tours.

At the Creative Independent, artist Shannon Finnegan discusses community, disability, the place of community in their creative practice and more.

Now is not the time for a coronavirus novel.

Here are a few meditation apps in case you need ’em.

Is now a good time to read The Plague? Who can say?

Read the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist. Read these seven poetry collections by women rewriting history. Here’s what to read when you’re transforming. Read these seven thrillers about female ambition. Read these six debut fantasy novels starring Black women.

Carolyn Yates was formerly the NSFW Editor (2013–2018) and Literary Editor for Autostraddle.com. Her writing has appeared in Nylon, Refinery29, The Toast, Bitch, Xtra!, Jezebel, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles by way of Montreal and Toronto. Find her on twitter or instagram.

Carolyn has written 997 articles for us.


  1. People who grew up with “CYOA” are between 35 – 49 years old. Whenever something is popular again, it’s usually most popular with those with whom it was most popular when they were 9 – 15.
    This is a nostalgia-based pandering cash-grab.

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