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Queer Book Club: Past Editions

Launched in 2019, in partnership with the London Public Library, the Queer Book Club aims to bring all members of our community together in a safe, supportive and inclusive space to enjoy literature, conversation and most of all engage with each other.

This queer-facilitated discussion group is dedicated to reading novels by queer authors that tackle a variety of subject matter and interests.

About our Selections

For the 2SLGBTQIA+ community it is vital that our stories and lived experiences are represented in the world around us and not erased. There is comfort and affirmation in being able to read stories in which we see our selves and our community reflected - stories with queer couples loving and living; stories of queer folks rising up through life challenges and thriving; stories of our past that reflect our struggles and resilience.

With this in mind, every book club selection is carefully selected with the diverse experiences of our community in mind. Within the program year, we strive to ensure that multiple facets of our community is represented and diverse voices are heard.

December 2019's version of Queer Book Club was a special BYOB (bring your own book) edition, check out the LGBT2Q+ literature suggested by our members - Queer Book Club: Member Picks


Queer Book Club: 2021 Selections

An Unkindness of Ghosts

Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn--botanist and healer Aster Gray has little to offer folks in rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them.

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Felix Ever After

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone.

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Fire Song

Adam Garnet Jones

Shane is still reeling from the suicide of his kid sister, Destiny.  How could he have missed the fact that she was so sad?

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Juliet Takes A Breath

Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only, she's not so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer -- what's sure to be a life-changing experience.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born.

Genre: Drama Fiction
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Swimmers in Winter

Certain Women meets The Mars Room in this debut collection featuring three pairs of stories. Sharp and stylistic, the trifecta of diptychs that is Swimmers in Winter swirls between real and imagined pasts and futures to delve into our present cultural moment
Genre: Fiction
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Queer Book Club: 2020 Selections

Life Mask

Emma Donoghue

The Honourable Mrs. Damer is a young widow of eccentric tastes, the only female sculptor of her time. The Earl of Derby, inventor of the horse race that bears his name, is the richest man in the House of Lords-and the ugliest. Miss Eliza Farren, born a nobody, now reigns as the Queen of Comedy at Drury Lane Theatre.

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Little Fish

Casey Plett

Little Fish is the stunning debut novel by the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love.

Genre: Fiction
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A Study in Honor

Claire O'Dell

Dr. Janet Watson knows firsthand the horrifying cost of a divided nation. While treating broken soldiers on the battlefields of the New Civil War, a sniper’s bullet shattered her arm and ended her career.

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Jane Eaton Hamilton

Prize-winning writer Jane Eaton Hamilton's novel explores the complexities of contemporary queer love.

Genre: Fiction
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

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Lindsay Nixon

Lindsay Nixon’s nîtisânak honours blood and chosen kin with equal care.

A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, it is woven around grief over the loss of their mother. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same.

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Queer Book Club: 2019 Selections

Under the Udala Trees

Chinelo Okparanta

Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.

Genre: QIPOC Fiction
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Jonny Appleseed

Joshua Whitehead

A tour-de-force debut novel about a Two-Spirit Indigiqueer young man and proud NDN glitter princess who must reckon with his past when he returns home to his reserve.

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Let's Talk About Love

Claire Kann

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting--working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan?

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Moving Forward Sideways Like A Crab

Shani Mootoo

Jonathan Lewis-Adey was nine when his parents, who were raising him in a comfortable house on a tree-lined street in downtown Toronto, separated, and his mother Sid vanished entirely from his life.

Genre: Fiction
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