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Rainbow Reading: Trans! Vampire! Romance!

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Hi everyone! It’s Yashwina, back with my metal detector and everything I’ve dug up on the literary internet over the last couple weeks. It’s been a good time — I got to write my very first quiz for Autostraddle featuring some fun vintage queer literature from my collection, I got to review River Butcher’s latest standup set, and I’ve been having a splendid time reading Melissa Febos’s forthcoming craft book Body Work and Grace Lavery’s amazing new memoir Please Miss. Y’all know I’m a history nerd too, so currently on my nightstand is this book about depictions of women in 1940s graphic art — aka, yes, Rosie the Riveter and her ilk are queer as hell and we knew it all along. Just been on a real nonfiction kick!

Alrighty, folks, let’s make like an orange and peel. On this week’s Rainbow Reading, we’ve got:

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

“Manhunt is really my attempt to show the utility and the importance of existing in discomfort.”


Gretchen Felker-Martin her interview with Drew about her new novel, Manhunt

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

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.

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  1. I somehow missed the poetry column, thank everything you were here! And for that Southern old article i don’t know if you read the comments too but if you missed it – also add Dorothy Allison ! Cavedweller isn’t as well known as her others but damn I loved it

  2. To paraphrase one of my favorite YouTube comments ever: I have never read a Sally Rooney book. I have never even started a Sally Rooney book. But I have an endless thirst for queer theory takedowns of Sally Rooney books

  3. Oooh, Dead Collections looks interesting!

    And I have to gush about the book I just finished – Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree. It’s about an orc who retires from being a mercenary to open a coffee shop, and there’s a lovely slow burn sapphic romance. It’s billed as high fantasy, low stakes and omg is that accurate – it’s like a D&D quest to make friends and open a coffee shop. In another lifetime I might have found this too slow or too obvious but reading it now, it was damn perfect.

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