Lavender Lit Book Club

Lavender Lit Book Club

A monthly LGBTQ+ book club featuring books by LGBTQ+ women and femmes. 

The Lavender Lit Book Club is a monthly series hosted in partnership with our favourite local bookstore People Get Ready. Each month, we’ll be reading a new book by a queer woman/femme author to celebrate queer women and femmes in literature. Discussion on Zoom every second-to-last Tuesday of the month, and an author talk on the last Tuesday of the month. For more information about each month’s books, links to register for the discussion, and specific date information check out more information below. 

Purchase your books from People Get Ready and receive a special bookplate AND 10% goes to support NHPC’s programming efforts. Click here to visit the Lavender Lit book Club on the PGR website. 

 

Check out our titles from 2020 :

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata, White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi, Writing as Witness by Beth Bryant and Unwrap These Presents, an anthology edited by Astrid Phletz and RG Emanuelle.

The Lavender Lit Club programming is made possible with support from :

Meet the Program Officer

Miranda Rector (they / them)

LGBTQ+ Women’s Program Officer
(read their bio)

Contact them with questions at women@newhavenpridecenter.org

Our 2021 Schedule for the Lavender Lit Club

January 2021

What Makes You Beautiful
by Bridget Liang

Logan Osborne knows he likes boys, but has not come out to his family or at school, and no one knows that he likes to sometimes wear girls’ clothes and makeup. When he starts at a school for the arts he finds a wider range of gender and orientation being accepted . . . read more!

A book discussion will be held on Tuesday, January 19 @ 6:00p. Register to join us (it’s FREE). Make sure you also join us for a special discussion with author Bridget Liang on Tuesday, January 26 @ 6:30p. 

February 2021

Altar for Broken Things
by Deborah Miranda

These poems explore interlocking themes of sacrifice–willing and forced–and the sacred dimension of nature and the need for spiritual healing in a world suffering from the aftereffects of slavery and genocide, as well as homophobia and environmental damage . . . read more!

A book discussion will be held on Tuesday, February 16 @ 6:00p. Register to join us (it’s FREE). Make sure you also join us for a special discussion with author Deborah Miranda on Tuesday, February 23 @ 6:30p. 

March 2021

T is Not Silent 
by Andrea Jenkins

The title The T is Not Silent was derived from a quote by Janet Mock. Visibility in the Trans community is increasing dramatically. Ultimately, this book is an effort to create understanding and awareness of a marginalized community. A community that is invisible to most and vilified by some . . . read more!

A book discussion will be held on Tuesday, March 23 @ 6:00p. Register to join us (it’s FREE). Make sure you also join us for a special discussion with author Andrea Jenkins on Tuesday, March 30 @ 6:30p. 

April 2021

The Mystics of Mile End 
by Sigal Samuel

In the half-Hasidic, half-hipster Montreal neighborhood of Mile End, eleven-year-old Lev Meyer is discovering that there may be a place for Judaism in his life. As he learns about science in his day school, Lev begins his own extracurricular study of the Bible’s Tree of Knowledge with neighbor Mr. Katz, who is building his own Tree out of trash. Meanwhile his sister Samara is secretly studying for her Bat Mitzvah with next-door neighbor and Holocaust survivor, Mr. Glassman. All the while his father, David, a professor of Jewish mysticism, is a non-believer.

A book discussion will be held on Tuesday, April 20 @ 6:00p. Register to join us (it’s FREE). Make sure you also join us for a special discussion with author Sigal Samuel on Tuesday, April 27th @ 6:30p. 

May 2021

Nevada
by Imogen Binnie

Nevada is the darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she’d carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey that will most certainly change her forever.

A book discussion will be held on Tuesday, May 18 @ 6:00p. Register to join us (it’s FREE).

June 2021

She of the Mountains
by Vivek Shraya

She of the Mountains is a beautifully rendered illustrated novel by Vivek Shraya, the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist God Loves Hair. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart.

A book discussion will be held on Tuesday, June 15 @ 6:00p. Register to join us (it’s FREE).

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