Throughout history the personal stories of LGBTQIA+ people have been either ignored or told secondhand, but as readers we can address this by seeking out memoirs, biographies, and historical works that center LGBTQIA+ voices. Writer and activist Hida Viloria’s trailblazing memoir Born Both: an Intersex Life explores the author’s intersex identity and activism. Janet Mock’s Surpassing Certainty is a solid follow-up to her previous memoir Redefining Realness, further cementing Mock as an essential modern transgender voice. Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, by transgender author Kai Cheng Thom, is an unforgettable fictionalized memoir that speaks vital truths. Inspired by his identity as a gay Chinese American man, When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen is an honest and witty poetry collection that received the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: LGBTQIA Author or Character”
Book Bingo 2017 is nearly at its end, with just two weeks left to get your bingo or blackout and turn in your card. Have you been puzzling over the Science Nonfiction/Science Fiction category? Enjoy these ideas for avenues to explore.
Although we are hard pressed to think of a single drawback to Book Bingo, it is true that for some readers it calls forth unwelcome memories of required reading. Yet the popularity of bingo and similar reading challenges and groups suggests that something appeals to us about being stretched beyond our habitual reading appetites. Might those same restrictions we chafed at in school suddenly feel like a welcome dose of structure, now that we can read whatever we please?
Rereading can be an interesting way of deepening our awareness both of a text, and of our former selves. This is especially true when we willingly and with curiosity take up some book that we have previously experienced as obligatory drudgery. Freed from the need to take notes, uncover themes or prep for a quiz, we can encounter afresh some of the best and most engaging books ever written, reclaiming them for our own.
As much as I enjoy being immersed in a great book for days on end, there is something particularly satisfying about finishing a book quickly. This year’s Summer Book Bingo again features the category “Finish in a Day.” For the sake of consistency, I have chosen to limit this list to books that average about 200 pages in length. There is a wide variety here, from memoirs to classics, which can help make quick work of some of the other Book Bingo squares as well. After all, you’ll have this particular square done in a day! Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Finish in a day”
Perhaps that fourth row middle square – to read a book by “A SAL speaker (past or upcoming)” — gave you pause this year. It’s a delightful challenge because you have dozens and DOZENS of incredible authors to choose from.
SAL stands for Seattle Arts & Lectures, our partner in the adult summer reading program Book Bingo that we’ve all been loving these past three summers. The back of the Book Bingo card gives you a tease of the authors coming to SAL for the 2017-2018 season: Colson Whitehead, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jesmyn Ward, Tyehimba Jess; you can see the full list here. We’ve included a selection of the authors coming this season in this booklist in our catalog, too: #BookBingoNW2017 – Read a book by a Sal author. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Read a book by a SAL speaker”