I love getting review copies of books! Please keep contacting me about them. I do, however, have some stipulations on what I’ll review. This is, after all, Casey the CANADIAN Lesbrarian. What I mean by this is I only accept copies of and review books that
a) are written by a current or former Canadian citizen/resident and/or an Indigenous person from Turtle Island (North America) AND
b) are written by LGBTQ2IA+ women and/or trans people and/or feature LGBTQ2IA+ women and/or trans people.
I’m mostly interested in fiction, both in the form of novels and short stories, but also poetry and the occasional nonfiction title. I love all genres, so please send me fantasy, science fiction, mystery, literary fiction, romance, and everything in between!
My goal is for this blog to be as diverse as possible: particularly, I want to highlight queer and/or trans writers of colour and trans women as well as authors from different parts of Canada. I’m especially interested in featuring two-spirit or queer Indigenous writers.
If you’re wondering what I’ve read and what’s on my to-read list, check out the my Goodreads. I talk about queer books on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy too, so follow me there!
If you’d like to have your–or someone else’s!–book reviewed here, email me at stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com and put “Canadian lesbrarian” in the subject. Happy reading!
I stumbled on this blog via LibraryThing. You were listed as being one of two other people that added Ivan E. Coyote’s “One in Every Crowd” to their library. I saw we’ve read a lot of the same books, so I looked at your profile and it lead me here. As a BC lesbrarian, I can’t wait to read more of your blog!
Hi Kathleen! Thanks for visiting my blog! It is great to connect with other BC lesbrarians. I hope you’ll find the blog useful and fun to read. Let me know if there’s any titles you’ve read/heard of that aren’t on my LibraryThing list (which is still in progress) that you’d think I’d like; it seems we have a lot of favourite books in common! (:
Thank-you so much for putting this together. So necessary and so long overdue. Yay. I will be tuning in regularly and I’ll send you my book list when I put it together.
Thanks for visiting the site! Looks like you’re doing some important work over at onmyplanet.ca too. Yes, please send me any suggestions you have. My list of books-to-read is ever expanding!
Yay! Thanks for following my blog. I wonder if you meant to follow my 2girlsgettingmarried as that is the only one I’m updating at the moment. Thanks for the follow anyhow!
Yes, that was the blog I meant to follow! For some reason although your name has the name of your current blog, when you click on the icon it takes you to your old blog. I’ll look forward to reading your posts!
Hey, though I know not much about you, I think you just might enjoy this review: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n18/terry-castle/you-better-not-tell-me-you-forgot I was thrilled by it!
Wow! I think that’s the most ambitious review I’ve ever read. It’s so detailed, but I still feel a strong urge to go read the book. It’s definitely being added to my to-read list! Thanks for this. (:
wonderful website (i also found you through library thing) keep up the good work !
Thanks for the kind words Spencer! Jane Rule’s Taking My Life, published by Talonbooks, is coming up on my to-read list!
I wish I would’ve found your blog sooner. I really like your concept. Unfortunately, I started a new reading project, and I’ll admit I haven’t bothered to read too many LGBT books in the past, so I picked the 100 Best Lesbian and Gay novels from Publishing Triangle. I thought this would be a good place to start. Even with all of those books, I still look forward to reading your reviews. Happy reading. . .
Thanks for stopping by! It can be overwhelming when you jump into a new genre of books, and don’t know which ones to start with. I haven’t heard of this best 100 list, but I’m assuming it probably doesn’t have many Canadian titles, so I’m glad to help out in that regard!
Hi do you post your reviews on Goodreads?
Hi Jess. I do post on goodreads, usually the first part of the review and then I paste a link to the full review on my site. You can check out my profile here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10463035-caseythecanadianlesbrarian
In your cover photo, what’s the book that’s shelved between Boys Like Her and Bottle Rocket Hearts? I’ve been trying to figure it out for like a year now.
Haha! It’s Love Ruins Everything by Karen X. Tulchinsky
Hello 🙂 I found your blog after looking for reviews of Annabel, which has been recommanded to me after I read Middlesex. I am a cisgender woman, but always happy to learn and educate myself about issues I have no idea about. Because diversity is the best thing ever! I have browsed through the blog and liked what I’ve read so far. Mine is a regular literary blog, and it’s in French (I am French 😉 ). Looking forward to reading new reviews and learning more and more! Keep going!
Thanks for the kind words! I speak French, so I’ll have a look at your blog too. (:
🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy it!
Naomi from Consumed by Ink recommended your blog on someone else’s blog, so that’s how I found you! I am always looking for new bloggers who want to be friends and read each other’s reviews. I’m very devoted to reading and commenting on blogs I follow, and I look forward to learning about new books from you! Although she’s not Canadian, today I reviewed the first book in Monica Nolan’s pulp series, lesbian career girls. It’s called Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary, if you’re interested 😃 https://grabthelapels.com/2016/05/18/lois-lenz-lesbian-secretary/
Thanks for following! Lesbian pulp is super interesting, I’ll check out your review!
Hi Casey, I stumbled across your blog and wondered if you can help me. I am a social work professor and one of my assignments ask students to read a novel (fiction/non-fiction but realistic) to identify themes related to oppression and anti-oppression social work practice. Examples include April Raintree and May Sarton’s As We Were. I am wondering if you know of a good Canadian novel that explores gender identity or sexual orientation and the role of human services, good or bad. Thanks very much.
Hi! What a great question! My mom is a social worker. I have a column where I answer questions like this. If you don’t mind my using your question for the column I could do some research and come up with some options for you!
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