I’m a writer and librarian from Coast Salish territories (west coast Canada), currently working and living in the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation (Nanaimo). I’m a cis white bisexual woman who has an honours BA in English and German from UVic and an MA in English from Dalhousie. I also have half of a PhD in English (it’s a long story). I got my MLIS at UBC.
I am especially partial to writing which is queer, feminist, and/or Canadian–the writing that this site is all about! 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, Goodreads, Instagram, and Litsy.
I have a queer 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 have also written for Book Riot (I’m currently on parental leave but planning to return!) and Inside Vancouver.
You can contact me via email at stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com.
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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?
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.
I will definitely add the website once I have a chance to do some maintenance! I’m excited to see what you all are doing over there!
Love the name of your bike! Mine is called Mary, and it’s yellow 🙂
Hi Casey, I’m working on a new project and I sent you an email to discuss it, as I thought you could help or be interested yourself. Thanks!
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.
I only review books by or about Canadians, and it doesn’t look like your book is that. If you want to contact me again, please send an email to email@example.com. Thanks!
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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.
Thanks so much for the kind words Joshua! Fellow queer librarian, yay!
I love the name of this blog and your so transparent. I will enjoy your posts! -Leigh
Hello Casey. I recently saw your article in Inside Vancouver. I wish I had known about the VanCaf this weekend, I would have gone as an exhibitor, especially since I live here and all!
I write ‘Wildflowers, a Transgender Webcomic’. The longest running trans comic on the net. After some recent goings-on, I have been told I need to be more active in getting exposure to reach a wider audience to help more people with my writing.
If you might be so interested, I would love to discuss my work and perhaps give you some article fuel?
Feel free to send me an email: stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com and we can talk more.
My name is Andrea, I am 10 years old and I go to Norma Rose Point School in Vancouver. I am doing my heritage fair project on the history of lesbian rights in Vancouver and I was wondering if you have any resources or information I can use to research .
Thanks for your help,
Thanks for the question! A big resource would be the BC Gay and Lesbian Archives, but it’s a physical place you’d have to go to do research. I’m not sure if that’s in the scope of your project. Anyway, here’s an article I wrote about it: http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2017/03/14/visit-the-b-c-gay-and-lesbian-archives-in-vancouvers-west-end/. It is very cool to visit, you can look at old newspaper articles and photos and stuff!
There is also this website: http://alotarchives.org/. You can listen to interviews done with older lesbians in BC.
Last thing: I found this online article that I think might be helpful! http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-rights-in-canada/
Hope this helps! Let me know how your project goes!
Hi Casey, I work with a PR Firm in Toronto and would like to speak to you about an opportunity coming up this Fall. Can you send me your direct email address?
I just think you are the cat’s meow!
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