Happy fall! Why does September always feel like New Years to me even when I’m not going back to school? Anyway, not a ton of news to report Patreon-wise, but I am currently at $96 a month which is pretty darn exciting. Almost a hundred dollars, holy cow!! Thanks so much to the new patrons who joined us last month and this month (and if you just joined, you’ll get your chance at rewards and stuff at the beginning of October)! You’re the reason I’m able to keep dedicating so much time to my blog.
Blog-related exciting news is that I finally started a Tumblr! If you use Tumblr, please find me there as Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian. I’m still sort of getting the hang of it and figuring out how Tumblr works! Also, I don’t have very many friends yet (wait, do you call them friends on Tumblr??) and I would love to connect with any readers of my blog who are on there. Hopefully see some of you there?
Amy is the lucky winner of this month’s draw for a free queer book. Congrats, Amy! Check out the options she had to choose from:
Check out some of the August content you might have missed! I did a review of Jane Ozkowski’s debut YA novel Watching Traffic which I loved. It’s kind of a perfect little, quiet book. I wrote about the awesome Vancouver publisher Arsenal Pulp Press twice, because they are just that awesome. First of all, they have some rad queer books coming out this fall, including a long-awaited novel from Lydia Kwa, new dystopian fiction from Kristyn Dunnion, a trans picture book, and a graphic novel by the author who wrote Blue Is The Warmest Colour! Also, along with Vivek Shraya, Arsenal is launching a new mentorship and publishing program for young BIPOC writers in Canada; deadline is September 15th, so you still have time to apply!
Speaking of writers of colour, I also wrote a post in August about the importance of supporting authors of colour in the face of white supremacy. I included a bunch of tips for supporting those authors even if you can’t afford to buy new books, as well as a list of my favourite books by authors of colour that I’ve read this year. If you’re especially interested in Asian Canadian authors, definitely have a look at my list of 8 Awesome Asian Canadian Queer Books. (Actually if you like awesome books, you should read that list!).
And as always I want to individually thank all of the people who’ve signed up to be patrons. You lovely humans are: Danika, Leigh, Anna Marie, Jane, Jakelene, Emmet, Madeline, Heather, Carla, Naz, Laurita, Jason, Jillian, Anton, Shelagh, Priscila, Allison, Ang, James, Seed, Julie, Katherine, Rachel, Samuel, Amy, Sarah, Daniel, Sarah, Chantelle, Al, Undertheteacup, and Karen!
Reminder that if any of you new (or old) folks are interested in being a part of the Interview with a Queer Reader series, write me at stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com