The College of Charleston - which recently became the target of government censorship in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in budget cuts for the crime of suggesting incoming freshmen read Alison Bechdel’s highly acclaimed graphic novel Fun Home - will be getting a very special visit.
The cast of the Off Broadway musical adaptation, as well as Bechdel herself, are headed to South Carolina to offer a special performance and a Q&A.
Two shows are happening on Monday, April 21st at 7pm and 9pm at the Memminger Auditorium. Tickets are available at theatre.cofc.edu.
“Call me Sybil. This part of the story is the part where I break out of my restraints again and rip off my EKG and my IVs. Someone tried to kill me 2 weeks ago and I have a lot of coagulated blood saturating my brain. It makes it hard to communicate with the nurses cuz I seem to stutter, mumble, and when I try to talk, I can’t remember the right words.
You have two speech centers in your brain called Werner and Brocha. One turns thought into language, the other turns words in your head in to speech. They also work the other way turning speech into understanding into thought. If someone smashes an iron pipe in to this part of your brain, which is right next to your left ear, then those functions might get impaired, for months or more.”
YOU GUYS!! Thank you to EVERYONE who picked up a copy of LUMBERJANES #1 this week! We’re all so excited with the response. And if you haven’t gotten yours yet, it’s not too late!!
- If you’re interested in finding it at a local shop, www.findacomicshop.com. A lot of stores have sold out, but if you request one, they should order more for you! And remember that pre-ordering from a comic shop is THE BEST way to ensure a copy for yourself and support the series.
- It’s available digitally on comixology!
- Or if you’re interested in print copies arriving at your door step, get it from BOOM!
This comic was SO GOOD! I had high expectations for it and they were all met. There were the first hints of its queer girl couple being coupley, but I didn’t even mind that it didn’t get too explicit yet - the whole comic is a big ball of girl-love-positivity and I loved every minute of it. The end pages include a music mix from one of the characters that includes some rad artists like Laura Jane Grace, Janelle Monae and Jenny Owen Youngs. Definitely worth picking up - for yourself or a young comics-lover in your life!
You guys, two of my poems were selected for the latest issue of Denver Quarterly and one of them was chosen for the back cover! I don’t know if that means I should feel really special, but I’m going to go ahead and feel really special just in case. Buy a copy and tell them it’s because you love me!
Long overdue apologies to the people in my tumblr inbox offering me review copies of their books! I’ve never been offered review copies before a few weeks ago, and then suddenly got a lot of requests at once and felt a bit overwhelmed (tumblr’s inbox functionality that keeps no record of interactions makes me a bit nervous about responding to things, too…). As always, I like hearing about what people are publishing, so don’t take me silence as disinterest!
However, I am not accepting review copies at this time. At the moment I don’t know from one week to the next how busy I’m going to be and if/when I will get around to your book, so it doesn’t feel fair to my schedule or your book. The solution is probably to take on a co-contributor to queerbookclub at some point, but I haven’t decided how I’m going to go about that yet. When I do, I will let everyone know.
We’re looking for another contributer to join us here at Bisexual Books!
When Ellie and Sarah started this blog a year ago we had no idea if anyone would even care about bisexuality in literature. Well, besides us. We were grateful to bring on Evan last fall but we still want to expand!
Sadly we can’t pay you. This is a labor of love. However, you’ll be joining three kick-ass bisexuals who are passionate about the power of stories and information to improve the lives of real people.
Now down to business.
We feel like we’ve got this cis thing covered, so we’re looking for a transgender bisexual to join our motley crew. We’re using transgender as an umbrella term here so as long as you identify as trans in some way, that is good enough for us.
What else are we looking for? You must:
- Be a reader, i.e. you must read a lot. You self-define what this means.
- Have the time to put up one review or analysis of at least 3 paragraphs once a week or more
- Have time to add cool things of interest to the queue a couple times a week
- Speak and write in fluent English
- Be over 18 (since we review erotica here)
Some things would be neat but not required:
- If you regularly read adult fiction (especially science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction)
- If you read in another language than English
- Members of historically disadvantaged communities encouraged.
Interested parties should email us at email@example.com Tell us a little bit about yourself including your age, location, and preferred pronouns along with a writing sample. This could be a review of a book, or an analysis of something relating to bisexuality. Anything you’d like. We want something that tells us who you are and why you are awesome :)
New deadline is April 30th.
Please help us share this as widely as you can
Within the last few weeks, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and CNN have all published articles examining the lack of diversity in children’s and young adult literature — and next month, School Library Journal plans to publish an entire issue devoted to diversity. While all this mainstream interest in diversity is to be applauded for bringing more people into the ongoing conversation about diversity, they still largely fail to tackle the problem of how we can change the status quo.
We at Diversity in YA obviously don’t have all the answers, and we aren’t the first people to talk about these issues. This conversation has been going on for decades. What we do have are ideas for how you can change the status quo right now. If you’re an ordinary reader, you don’t have to wait to show your support for books that show the world as it is. Here are five ways you can help make positive change right now:
1. Look for diversity.
Make a conscious effort to seek out books to read that feature characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters. They may not be front-and-center at your local Barnes & Noble; you may have to look around a bit or go online to find them.
2. Support diversity.
Support the diverse books that are published today by buying them, by checking them out at your library, or by requesting that your library buy them.
3. Recommend diversity.
If you use Goodreads, Facebook, social media, or have a blog, talk up the books you love that happen to have diverse characters. Tell your friends! Word of mouth is still key in bringing awareness to books. And remember: You don’t need to recommend them solely for their diversity — they’re great books to enjoy, plain and simple.
4. Talk up diversity.
When discussions around diversity in literature occur online, join in the conversation if you can to express that you do want more diverse books to read and that the issue is important to you.
5. Don’t give up.
There will always be people who dismiss “diversity” as meaningless. They are the reason we must keep fighting for representation. We’re all in this together.
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Want a list of diverse YA books you can get started reading right now? Here are a dozen YA books of all kinds (contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery — something for everyone!) that happen to have characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters.
Want even more book lists? Here’s a link to all of our book lists.