I must confess–every year I tell myself that I will try to read more nonfiction and ever year I read a bit more but perhaps not as much as I had intended.
Last year I happened to read two nonfiction titles that delve into different slices of Washington state history.
First, I had heard so much about The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown. It is one of those books that has captured the spirit and the imagination of our region with a story of timeless triumph. So when a bookstore customer told me, “You need to read it–it will make your heart bigger!”–I finally took the plunge. Continue reading “Two Nonfiction books about the Pacific Northwest: ‘The Boys in the Boat’ and ‘The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff’”
In 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson was launched into the presidency. In his Tony Award winner for Best Play, playwright Robert Schenkkan dramatizes Johnson’s first year in office. Creating a vivid portrait of a brilliant politician and flawed man, All the Way brings to life Johnson’s passionate engagement with Civil Rights legislation, and hints at the looming complications of the Vietnam War. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘All the Way’ and the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson”
For our Banned! Books in Drag event at Neighbours Nightclub hosted by David Schmader this Saturday, Sept. 27 (6:30-9:00 p.m.), we asked Drag King Ernie Von Schmaltz, about his first LGBTQ book:
A pivotal LGBTQ book I remember reading and re-reading is Leslie Fienberg’s Stone Butch Blues. I first read it 10+ years ago when I was starting to be more interested in LGBTQ literature. As I read, it struck me as such a harsh piece of work, the character in the story goes through such horrific things in order to survive, just for being visibly butch and/or gay. But in the same way it was startling in its harshness, it was also so eye opening to realize that even though this story is (supposedly) a novel, so many of the things the main character Jess had to endure really happened. It really opened my eyes in a personal way about people in the LGBTQ community that had lived before me, and what it might have been like to be yourself in a time of less social tolerance and acceptance. To me, this book bridges the gap between historical stories about “gay people a long time ago” and real lives of friends and loved ones. As I have read and re-read this book over the years, I continue to think of it as iconic must-read for anyone in the LGBTQ community and beyond.
Come meet Ernie and our other amazing drag performers Saturday night! We hear Ernie puts on quite a show!
Recently, The Seattle Public Library tabled at the Gender Odyssey conference, the first time a library has been present at a major national conference for the trans community.
In preparation for the conference, John from the Capitol Hill branch assembled a number of lists to highlight some of the many trans materials we have in our collection, from teen fiction to fiction to memoirs to DVDs and streaming eVideos. Gender Odyssey conference attendees were surprised and delighted by what we had to offer!
We are bringing these wonderful lists with us to Banned! Books in Drag on Saturday, 9/27 at Neighbours Nightclub but wanted to share them here as well. Enjoy!
Transgender Young Adult & Teen Books
Transgender Memoirs & Biographies
Transgender Films on DVDs
Transgender Streaming eVideos
One of the things you’ll find at our upcoming Banned! Books in Drag event at Neighbours Nightclub on Saturday, 9/27 are lots of LGBTQ booklists. Among them will be lists of gay and lesbian romance.
Here are some hot gay and lesbian romances to try:
Lickin’ License by Intelligent Allah
This urban fiction lesbian story is a hot, steamy read. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: LGBTQ”