Lavender Lit Book Club
A monthly LGBTQ+ book club featuring books by LGBTQ+ women and femmes
The Lavender Lit Book Club is a monthly book discussion series curated by Women’s Program Curator Suyane Oliveira. Each month, we’ll be reading a new book by a queer woman/femme author to celebrate queer women and femmes in literature. Book discussions take place on the third Wednesday of every month. Read more about the books featured in this year’s Lavender Lit program below!
Check out our titles from 2021:
What Makes You Beautiful by Bridget Liang
Altar for Broken Things by Deborah Miranda
T is not Silent by Andrea Jenkins
The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel
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
Unwrap These Presents, an anthology edited by Astrid Phletz and RG Emanuelle
Our 2022 Schedule for the Lavender Lit Club
Stone Butch Blues
by Leslie Feinberg
“This internationally acclaimed novel looks at the world through the eyes of Jess Goldberg, a masculine girl growing up in the ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ McCarthy era and coming out as a young butch lesbian in the pre-Stonewall gay drag bars of a blue-collar town. Stone Butch Blues traces a propulsive journey, powerfully evoking history and politics while portraying an extraordinary protagonist full of longing, vulnerability, and working-class grit. This once-underground classic takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of gender transformation and exploration and ultimately speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever suffered or gloried in being different.” -Goodreads
A book discussion will be held on Friday, April 8th @ 6:30pm in person at the New Haven Pride Center. Register to join us (it’s FREE).
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens
by Tanya Boteju
”Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town.
Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be—one that can confidently express and accept love. But she’ll have to learn to accept lost love to get there.” – Goodreads
A book discussion will be held on Wednesday, May 18th @ 6:30pm both in person and via Zoom. Register to join us (it’s FREE). Make sure you also join us for a special discussion with author Tonya Boteju on Thursday, May 26th @ 6:30pm via Zoom.
I’m a Wild Seed
by Sharon Lee De La Cruz
In this delightfully compelling full-color graphic memoir, De La Cruz shares her process of undoing the effects of a patriarchal, colonial society on her self-image, her sexuality, and her concept of freedom. Reflecting on the ways in which oppression was the cause for her late bloom into queerness, we are invited to discover people and things in the author’s life that helped shape and inform her LGBTQ identity. And we come to an understanding of her holistic definition of queerness.
A book discussion will be held on Wednesday, June 15th @ 6:30pm in person and via Zoom. Register to join us (it’s FREE). Make sure you also join us for a special discussion with author Sharon Lee De La Cruz on Thursday, June 23rd @ 6:30pm.
This Has Always Been a War
by Lori Fox
Capitalism has infiltrated every aspect of our personal, social, economic, and sexual lives. By examining the politics of gender, environment and sexuality, we can see the ways straight, cis, white, and especially male upper-class people control and subvert the other—queer, non-binary, BIPOC, and female bodies—in order to keep the working lower classes divided. Patriarchy and classism are forms of systemic violence which ensure that the main commodity of capitalism—a large, disposable, cheap, and ideally subjugated work force—is readily available. There is a lot wrong with the ways we live, work, and treat each other.
In essays that are both accessible and inspiring, Lori Fox examines their confrontations with the capitalist patriarchy through their experiences as a queer, non-binary, working-class farm hand, labourer, bartender, bush-worker, and road dog, exploring the ugly places where issues of gender, sexuality, class, and the environment intersect.
A book discussion will be held on July 20th @ 6:30pm in person and via Zoom. Register to join us (it’s FREE). Make sure you also join us for a special discussion with author Lori Fox on Thursday, July 28th @ 6:30pm via Zoom.
by Myriam Gurba
“Myriam Gurba’s debut is the bold and hilarious tale of her coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Mean turns what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, funny, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously.” -Goodreads
A book discussion will be held on August 17th @ 6:30pm in person and via Zoom. Register to join us (it’s FREE). Join us for a special author talk with Myriam Gurba on August 30th @ 6:30pm.