Happy holidays and welcome back to my monthly update that I’m not sure I can call monthly anymore since I skipped last month! October was a bananas month for me for a few reasons, which made me late in my update for that month, so I decided it made sense to just wait until December for the next one, and here we are!
I can’t believe I’m sitting at $104 a month on Patreon from all you lovely supporters! Thanks so much. It’s been almost a year since I started a Patreon and I’m honestly surprised it has gone so well. It’s really reinvigorated me to dedicate time to this blog and made me think about what kind of content my readers are really looking for and try to meet those wants and needs as best as I can. I’m really, really grateful for any support you all have given me, whether it’s supporting my Patreon at any level, sharing my posts, commenting on my posts, chatting with me about queer bookish stuff on social media, and more!
Probably the biggest news for this blog is my new monthly-ish segment Queer Can Lit Newsflash! If you took the survey I did earlier this year, maybe you were one of the people who wanted more news-related posts. This is me listening to your feedback and thinking, oh yeah, that is a great idea. I get tidbits of news about LGBTQ2IA+ Canadian and Indigenous bookish stuff all the time from a variety of venues, and it totally makes sense for me to share it with y’all. Check out the first installment and second installment! If you’ve got any tips for me, from news about upcoming queer literary events to new releases to calls for submissions and anything else that seems relevant, email me at stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com.
More news is that I’ve upped the Interview with a Queer Reader posts to two a month! This is also in response to the feedback I got on the survey, where a lot of people said they wanted more of those posts. Two interviews already went up in November, and you can expect this to continue. I put a call out one day on Twitter for potential interviewees last month and the stars must have been aligned that day, because I got a gazillion responses. I’m excited to get to share with you all these new queer readers’ experiences! But just because I’ve got folks lined up now, doesn’t mean you still can’t participate if you want. Send me an email (stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com) if you’re interested!
This month’s winner in the queer book draw is Leigh! Congrats Leigh! These are the books Leigh got to choose from:
Besides the first two Queer Can Lit Newsflash segments, there is some other November content that maybe you missed. Are you into audiobooks? If so, (or if you’re just thinking about getting into audiobooks), check out this post: Five Queer Canadian Audiobooks for Your Ear-Reading Pleasure. I also wrote about some of my all-time favourite books, Four Amazing Queer Short Story Collections You Must Read. Really, I count those books by Nalo Hopkinson, Casey Plett, Nancy Jo Cullen, and Shani Mootoo among the best books I’ve EVER read. In November I also reviewed two really great books: Meanwhile Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy by Transgender Writers edited by Cat Fitzpatrick and Casey Plett and Oracle Bone by Lydia Kwa. Damn, there is some amazing queer speculative fiction being written these days.
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, Laurita, Jason, Jillian, Shelagh, Priscila, Allison, James, Seed, Julie, Katherine, Rachel, Samuel, Amy, Sarah, Daniel, Sarah, Chantelle, Al, Undertheteacup, Karen, Nicole, Leora, Loretta, and Mandy!