OUTstages Reading List

Inspired by the programming at OUTstages, our friends at the Greater Victoria Public Library have put together a curated reading list to get more out of the themes on our digital stage. Put together by the GVPL’s finest, these librarian recommendations can be found at your local library and the titles are linked directly to the GVPL catalogue. Our thanks to librarians Devon Tatton & Marguerite Thompson for putting this beautiful list together.


All Out by Saundra Mitchell

Death Threat by Vivek  Shraya

His Hideous Heart: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined  edited by Dahlia Adler

Merry Men by Robert Rodi

Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton

This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar


The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture by Grace Perry

The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives by Selby Wynn Schwartz

Becoming Eve : my Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman by Abby Stein

Care of:  Letters, Connections, and Cures  by Ivan Coyote

Children of God: A Musical by Corey Payette

How to Fail as a Popstar: A Play by Vivek Shraya

The Queens’ English: The LGBTQUIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Expressions by Chloe O. Davis

Fado: The Saddest Music in the World by Elaine Avila

Female Husbands : a Trans History by Jen Manion

Things I have Withheld: Essays by Kei Miller


How to be Better by Being Worse by Justin Jannise

Lost family : a Memoir by John Barton

Mad Long Emotion by Ben Ladouceur

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