Author Archives: CaseytheCanadianLesbrarian

About CaseytheCanadianLesbrarian

Known in some internet circles as Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian, Casey Stepaniuk is a writer and future librarian who holds an MA in English literature and is currently studying for an MLIS in the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, BC). Topics and activities dear to her heart include cats, bisexuality, libraries, queer (Canadian) literature, running, and drinking tea. She runs the website Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian, where you can find reviews of LGBTQ2IA+ Canadian books, archives of the book advice column Ask Your Friendly Neighbourhood Lesbrarian, and some other queer, bookish stuff. She also writes for Autostraddle, Book Riot and Inside Vancouver. Find her on Twitter: @canlesbrarian. Some of her old reviews, especially the non-Canadian variety, can be found at the Lesbrary.

5 Canadian Queer Beach Reads

When I say “beach reads,” I mean books that are relatively light-hearted in content, have a writing style that isn’t dense, and are easy to pick up and put down (i.e., don’t have very convoluted plots). You may read these … Continue reading

Posted in Bisexual, Canadian, Erotica, Fiction, Graphic, Lesbian, list, Mariko Tamaki, paranormal, Queer, Romance, South Asian, Vancouver, Young Adult

Dignity, Love, and Community in Catherine Hernandez’s Unique Debut Novel SCARBOROUGH

Scarborough is an impressive, ambitious debut novel by writer—among other things—Catherine Hernandez. (She’s also, to quote her website bio, a “proud queer woman of colour, radical mother, activist, theatre practitioner, burlesque performer, the Artistic Director of Sulong Theatre Company and … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian, Fiction, Gay, Indigenous, Queer, Toronto

Sacred Sex, Bisexuality, and the Failings of Monogamy: A Review of Karen Connelly’s THE CHANGE ROOM

Well, the blurb on the front cover that calls Karen Connelly’s The Change Room a “juicy peach of a novel” certainly hits the nail on the head. Just imagine a woman biting into a fresh, ripe peach, with the juice … Continue reading

Posted in Bisexual, Canadian, Erotica, Fiction, Queer, Sex Work, Toronto | 1 Comment

Two-Spirit Futures: A Review of LOVE BEYOND BODY, SPACE, & TIME: AN INDIGENOUS LGBT SCI FI ANTHOLOGY

Some books are just like a delicious treat that you want to savour for as long as possible. Love Beyond Body, Space, & Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology is one of those books. It’s a slim volume of short … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay, Indigenous, Lesbian, magic realism, Non-Canadian, Queer, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Trans, Trans Feminine

July Patreon Update: Still Collecting Survey Answers from YOU on Your Thoughts and Suggestions about Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian

In last month’s Patreon update—click on that link if you don’t know what I’m talking about—I gave you a link to a very quick Google forms survey so I could get some feedback from you, dear readers, on what directions … Continue reading

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Interview with a Queer Reader: Julie Thompson Talks Lesbian Pulp Novels, Queer Book Awareness Overload, ANNIE ON MY MIND, and More!

July’s queer reader of the month is Julie Thompson, who describes herself as a “thirty-something, Jane-of-all-trades, bisexual/queer librarian in the Pacific Northwest (US).” She grew up in small towns in the Pacific Northwest and always enjoyed weekly trips to the … Continue reading

Posted in Bisexual, Fiction, Interview with a Queer Reader, Lesbian, Non-Canadian, Non-Fiction, Queer, Young Adult

3 Queer Poetry Collections for Tough Times

There’s nothing better than poetry for tough times. Here are three queer poetry collections to get you through. Bodymap by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha This visceral, evocative collection is Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s writing at its finest. Lyrically these are an incredibly … Continue reading

Posted in Amber Dawn, Canadian, disability, femme, Jewish, Lesbian, Poetry, Queer, Sex Work | 1 Comment