Category Archives: Victoria

Q&A with Karen Rivers, author of A POSSIBILITY OF WHALES

If you haven’t already, read my full review of the book, which I posted yesterday. A Possibility of Whales is a brand new middle grade book by Canadian author Karen Rivers featuring a supporting trans boy character. I was lucky … Continue reading

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Family, Whales, and Trans Kids in Middle Grade Novel A POSSIBILITY OF WHALES by Karen Rivers

A Possibility of Whales by Victoria-based author Karen Rivers is, to my knowledge, the first Canadian middle grade book to feature a transgender character. This makes it a pretty big deal. Overall, I’m happy this book exists for cisgender and … Continue reading

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I Hate Canadian Nature Poetry; Or, Why I Didn’t Like Arleen Paré’s Governer-General-Award-Nominated Lake of Two Mountains

Well, what a coincidence.  I was just finally sitting down today to write a review of Arleen Paré’s poetry collection Lake of Two Mountains and guess what popped up on my social media feed.  Paré has been nominated for  the … Continue reading

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Now in Gorgeous Print Version!: A Review of Plenitude’s Fourth Issue

The fourth issue of Plenitude is both a little new and what I’ve come to expect from this high-quality, diverse collection of writing by queer people.  What’s new, you ask?  Plenitude now comes in a print version!  I was so … Continue reading

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Queer Canadian Books for Everyone!: A Holiday Gift Guide

Feeling inspired by a recent podcast by Mary over at the podcast Queer Books Please where she recommended holiday book gifts and she unabashedly declared, “Yes there is a lesbian book for everybody,” I decided to write a post of … Continue reading

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A Dark, Promising Debut: A Review of Andrea Routley’s Jane and the Whales

If you’ve been following the goings-on in queer Can lit, you’ll likely recognize this name: Andrea Routley.  Just in case: Routley is the founder and editor of Plenitude, Canada’s queer literary magazine based out of Victoria.  I’ve been really impressed … Continue reading

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Talking Sculptures, Sexy Sea Creatures, and Dinner with Your Ex: A Review of Plenitude’s Third Issue

The third issue of Plenitude certainly starts off on a high note: Vancouver writer and performance artist Amber Dawn’s short story “The Nevelson” is a brilliant, fantastical, cheeky, and funny piece of fiction.  Queer and feminist in the oddest and … Continue reading

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