June Literary Holidays

Here are some interesting literary holidays to enjoy in June.

June is GLBT Book Month, which started as LGBT Book Month in the early 1990s. To quote the GLBT Book Month website: “[this is] a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.”

In honor of this month, let me point you in the direction of the Stonewall Book Awards. These are books that are honored annually in the U.S. for “exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.”

Prepare to have some lasagna on June 19th for National Garfield the Cat day. On June 19, 1978 the first Garfield comic strip was published and thus became his birthday. Created by Jim Davis, Garfield has become more than a comic strip. He’s been in movies, television shows, featured in theme parks, and much more. So grab your favorite stuffed teddy bear (Garfield’s teddy is named Pooky) and enjoy any number of these Garfield books.

image of Garfield at Large image of Garfield Eats and Runs image of Pasta Italiana

Garfield at Large is the first collection of his comic in book form. It’s a classic that will tell you the origins of Garfield. For a completely different view on Garfield, try his latest book, Garfield Eats and Runs, to see how he has changed in 40 years! Pasta Italiana by Gino D’acampo might not have Garfield in it, but it would entrance him with its abundance of pasta recipes.

June 22nd is a great day to honor Octavia Butler, a woman who has won multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, as well as the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship (also known as the Genius Grant.) She spent the last years of her life living just a little North of Seattle in Lake Forest Park! Here are a few of her books.

image of Dawn    image of Parable of the Sower   image of Fledgling

Dawn follows Lilith, who wakes up on a spaceship to find aliens willing to help remake mankind for a price. Parable of the Sower is an engaging dystopian novel following Lauren, an empath, as she tries to survive in an altered America. Fledgling is her last book, in which she tells the tale of Shori, a vampire girl, who is trying to find a family.

To celebrate a little American folklore on June 28th, enjoy Paul Bunyan Day. Believed to have been created in 1837 during the Papineau Rebellion in Canada, Paul Bunyan quickly became an American legend. His legendary feats include creating logging, scooping out the Great Lakes, and clearing all of the Dakotas for farming.

 Image of Paul Bunyan by Steven Kelloggimage of Paul Bunyan by Brian Gleeson image of The Land of Plenty

His tales are best told around a campfire but these two books about his exploits are great anywhere.  I present to you two different versions of Paul Bunyan: Paul Bunyan, A Tall Tale by Steven Kellogg and Paul Bunyan by Brian Gleeson. For a completely different take on logging check out The Land of Plenty by Robert Cantwell. It tells of a fictional lumber mill strike in Aberdeen, Washington that I’m sure Paul Bunyan would have participated in.

So that wraps up June. I look forward to July!

~posted by Meranda T.

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