Review Policy

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 or non-binary folks and/or feature LGBTQ2IA+ women or non-binary folks.

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, 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.e., I do not want this site dominated by writers from Toronto, as much as I love some literary Torontonians). I’m especially interested in featuring two-spirit or queer-identified Indigenous writers and characters; any suggestions would be very helpful!

My usual Sunday afternoon, ‘working’ on CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

If you’re wondering what I’ve read and what’s on my list, check out the Books I’ve Read; Books I’ve Yet to Read page and have a look at my Goodreads. Also, look for the Facebook page for my blog–you can find out about new posts that way. I use Twitter a bunch too, so follow me there!

If you’d like to have your–or someone else’s!–book reviewed here, would like to tell me about resources/authors/blogs/etc., or have any questions, email me at stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com and put “Canadian lesbrarian” in the subject. Happy reading!

23 Responses to Review Policy

  1. kathleenreed says:

    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! (:

  2. Lulu Laru says:

    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.

  3. 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!

  4. pervfageln says:

    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!

  5. wonderful website (i also found you through library thing) keep up the good work !

  6. rmiles says:

    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!

  7. Jess says:

    Hi do you post your reviews on Goodreads?

  8. M says:

    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.

  9. Sev says:

    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!

  10. 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/

  11. Anonymous says:

    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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