I got all overeager and announced that I would be reading at an event I am not, in fact, reading at. Oh, my errant enthusiasms.
So I am NOT reading on Monday, March 13 at Dog Eared Books in San Francisco on the Perfectly Queer event, but I will be there to listen because Ellen Klages! And the other readers, M. Christian and Vylar Kaftan, look splendid.
And I AM reading on Wednesday, March 22 at Nomadic Press Uptown in Oakland. I adore Nomadic Press and I could not be more excited to meet Kwan Booth and Na’amen Tilahun. What should I wear?
I’m reading on Perfectly Queer in March! 3/13 in San Francisco and 3/22 in Oakland. Perfectly Queer is a reading series run by the truly excellent Richard May and Wayne Goodman, who do tons to bring LGBTQIA authors and literature forward on shelves and events and generally raise awareness of the queer written word. Thanks, Rick and Wayne! More details to come.
“…Delightful, stressful, ingenious, and riveting.” Christina’s Bookshelf reviews The Songbird Thief.
I’m thrilled to be on YA Interrobang today, talking about writing about girls who like girls, the teenage sweethearts in Pretty Peg, and the need for representation in YA.
Here’s the belated proof that The Songbird Thief did indeed get launched one swell night at The Octopus Literary Salon, with some marvelous readings by Andrew Demcak and Arisa White and some fine guitar tunes by Steve Luntz and my best poet David West as our MC.
The 2016 Rainbow Awards is an annual contest celebrating outstanding work in LGBT fiction and nonfiction. Blogger Elisa Rolle runs the contest, and IMO, the best part of participating is that instead of a standard entry fee, applicants donate to a charity that supports the LGBTQIA community.
I chose St. James Infirmary, which provides healthcare and social services to sex workers in San Francisco. The organization was recently forced to move from their longterm space in the SoMa District as a result of depressingly widespread tech industry gentrification. And I’m pretty sure I came across the great work of founder Margo St. James back when I was a bitty little baby activist in the 90s.
So then the Songbird Thief received an Honorable Mention! From the review on the Rainbow Awards site:
1) Believable and relatable characters in a landscape that skillfully blends San Francisco with a wonderful fantasy world makes for a very entertaining story.
2) I am not really a fan of this type of story but I found this one to be. An enjoyable read. I really loved Lee and the book offered many twists and turns. I hadn’t read the other book in this series but I didn’t need to. This one could have been a stand alone.
I especially appreciate those reviews where the reader doesn’t like urban fantasy, or doesn’t read a lot of YA, or isn’t used to queer girls as protagonists (all things that are true of both my books). It shows the reviewer was still willing to take a chance on unfamiliar territory, and that’s a win for for new authors and for reading in general. Now that most fiction is marketed or digitally shelved according to such finely diced subcategories, a reader might never stumble across a book that isn’t a whole lot like all her other favorite books, not without a little courage and initiative.
And I’ve never gotten an award before. To the champagne!
I’m on the Lit Crawl! At the Litquake! Tomorrow! Saturday 10/15 at 8:30 p.m. at Borderlands Books Cafe. Chaz Brenchley and Becky Chambers are reading too. I’m kind of awed. Come in out of the rain (rain has been promised) and take in the fantastical words.