About Me

casey-stepaniuk-bio-picI’m a writer and librarian-in-training from Coast Salish territories (west coast Canada), currently working, studying, and living in the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver). I’m a cis white bisexual woman who has an honours BA in English and German from the University of Victoria and an MA in English from Dalhousie University in Halifax. I also have half of a PhD in English (it’s a long story). I am especially partial to writing which is queer, feminist, Canadian and/or written by women–the writing that this site is all about! Some of my favourite authors are: Dionne Brand, Octavia Butler, Anne Fleming, Nalo Hopkinson, Shani Mootoo, Eden Robinson, Jeanette Winterson, and Virginia Woolf. Topics and activities dear to my heart include cats, bisexuality, libraries, queer (Canadian) literature, running, and drinking tea.

You can look for quick updates, reviews, and sneak peeks at what I’m reading at my Twitter account, as well as on Goodreads and Facebook. Some of my reviews, particularly the non-Canadian variety, can be found at the Lesbrary blog.

I now have a Patreon account for Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian. If you don’t know what Patreon is, it’s a site where creators of all sorts of things can make some money via subscription payments from their readers/watchers/etc. It can be as little as a dollar a month! I’ve got a few exciting rewards to offer for folks who want and are able to contribute, namely a guaranteed spot in my upcoming “Interview with a Queer Reader” series and chances to be in monthly draws to win FREE queer books and get postcards in the mail from me with personalized book recommendations. Let me know if you have any questions about this!

I have an LGBTQ2IA+ book advice column, Ask Your Friendly Neighbourhood Lesbrarian, which runs on Autostraddle. If you need help finding your next favourite LGBTQ2IA+ books, send me an email (stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com) or tweet. Then, I’ll write you up a whole post with suggestions! I’ve helped people find lesbian and bisexual dystopian YA, fat-positive queer books, novels with asexual characters, YA about trans characters that doesn’t focus on transition, books that are similar to Mariko Tamaki’s, and lots more!

I also write for Book Riot, about all kinds of bookish stuff, and Inside Vancouver, where I blog about LGBTQ2IA+ culture in Vancouver.

11 Responses to About Me

  1. Pingback: Welcome to the Canadian Lesbrary! Also, a review of Amber Dawn’s novel Sub Rosa | caseythecanadianlesbrarian

  2. Bookgeek says:

    Hi Casey,
    I am the moderator of the virtual living room, a comfy yahoo group where authors and readers of lesbian fiction hang out and chat. Ever so often we do a weekend with authors and since we have a global membership (yep, Canadians too) weekends with authors from e.g. Australia or recently the UK are a big hit.
    First I would invite you to join and post your blogs (UK lesfic et al. are doing the same) because also a busy reader and bookgeek I admit I don’t know much about Canadian lesbian fiction and thank you for your blog!!
    I would like to host a Canadian weekend with Canadian authors of lesbian fiction possibly at the beginning of January. Any recommendations?

    Thanks, Henriette

  3. Liz Bugg says:

    Hi Casey,
    As a result of the Canadian weekend mentioned by Henriette in her comment to you last October, a small group of us have launched a website dedicated to Canadian writers of lesbian fiction. It would be great if you could include it in your links. (http://canadianlesfic.com/) We just launched on Friday, January 31, so we are still in the process of building, but I hope you have time to drop by and look around.
    Thanks for your consideration.
    Liz Bugg

  4. Sev says:

    Love the name of your bike! Mine is called Mary, and it’s yellow 🙂

  5. Christina says:

    Hi
    I would love for you to review my book, “Curiosity in the Closet” written by my pen name River Stone. I have attached a link and it opens to amazon where there is a free read linked through them. I hope you enjoy this poetry book and the beautiful photographs inside.

    http://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-Closet-River-Stone-ebook/dp/B00ZAO99EE/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445924810&sr=1-3

    Thank you,
    Christina

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  7. Hello. I just discovered your blog and I already love it. I write reviews for my own site and I try to explore bisexuality from time to time, but most of my work deals with male-male sexual intimacy. I just wanted to tell you sites like this are a great resource for me because it helps balance my reading regarding gender and sexuality studies.

    I also work at a library too, so that’s also why I’ve started reading your stuff.

    Anyway, I just wanted to express my admiration, and wish you luck going forward.

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