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Rainbow Reading: It’s a Good Time To Be a Sports Gay

Feature image photo by Peter Griffith via Getty Images

A book in faded colors of the rainbow is open, and the words RAINBOW READING are on top of it.
illustration by A. Andrews

Hey hello, everyone!

God, is it ever a good time to be a sports dyke. I don’t know how I’m supposed to get any reading done between all of y’all’s Rockford Peaches Halloween costumes, Portland’s NWSL Championship, and the ongoing and truly delightful World Series baseball livetweets. Am I even still literate, or is there only “Dancing On My Own” in my brain where literacy used to be? (Apologies in advance to any Houston fans — we can be friends again in a couple weeks 😉💖) It might be the perfect time to revisit Sally’s beautiful roster of queer sports romances, too!

I didn’t do as much reading the last couple of weeks as I’dve liked, and yet. Fall is always book publishing’s busiest season, my TBR looks like Kilimanjaro, and that’s just the way I like it. Whether you’re sneaking in a few pages here and there between innings, or curled all the way up with cider, blankets, candles, the whole nine yards, these books are home runs. (I know, I know, I couldn’t resist, I’m sorry, I can’t help being what I am.)

Okiedoke, let’s make like glow sticks and get cracking. This week on Rainbow Reading, we’ve got:

Shelf Care: Reviews, Essays, and other Things of Note

This week’s Trashwina Banter Blurb of the Week Award goes to this masterpiece from a St. Paul bookseller. HALLUCINATORY FAULKNERIAN GAY GHOST STORY (WITH SNAKES) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“A memoir with the scope ofHereticcould easily turn into a tornado of outrage and despair… But there’s an intellectual precision and rigor to Jeanna’s fury. And found within its white-hot flames are engaging stories of sex and love and community care and deep friendships and tarot and astrology and Dungeons & Dragons.

Heather in her review of Heretic by Jeanna Kadlec

Autocorrect: Books content from the last couple weeks at Autostraddle!

You already know that I’m going to say how great the books coverage is this week and every week.

That’s all she wrote, folks! If you’re a queer writer, particularly an early-career queer writer: I’d love to hear about the cool things you’re up to so that I can share links to your published essays, book reviews, short stories, poems, and longform features on LGBTQ+ topics! Please email me links for consideration at [email protected] with the subject line “Rainbow Reading Submission” — I’m an avid browser-tab-collector, and I especially want to hear from you if you’ve just landed your first publication or first major byline.

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Yashwina Canter is a reader, writer, and dyke putting down roots in Portland, Oregon. You can find her online at @yashwinacanter.

Yashwina has written 53 articles for us.


  1. Hah. Now I remember why I put When Franny Stands Up on hold at my library.

    It just became available and I didn’t even remember placing it on hold. But pretty sure I did it because of this column.

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