Winter Series Reading List

Inspired by the programming in our Winter Series, 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 librarian Caitlin Ottenbreit for putting this beautiful list together.


Be Gay, Do Comics!: queer history, memoir, and satire from The Nib edited by Matt Bors

Confessions of a Teenage Drag King by Markus Harwood-Jones (Canadian author)

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Little Fish by Casey Plett (Canadian author)

Meanwhile, Elsewhere: science fiction and fantasy from transgender writers edited by Cat Fitzpatrick

Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo (Canadian author)

Vanishing monuments: a novel by John Elizabeth Stintzi (Canadian author)


Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey (Canadian author)

Angry Queer Somali Boy: a complicated memoir by Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali (Canadian author) 

Before I Had the Words by Skylar Kergil

Black on Both Sides: a racial history of trans identity by C. Riley Snorton

Dirty River: a queer femme of color dreaming her way home by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Canadian author)

Gender Failure by Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote (Canadian author)

Gender Queer: a memoir by Maia Kobabe

I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya (Canadian author)

Oscar of Between: a memoir of identity and ideas by Betsy Warland (Canadian author)

Queer Returns : Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies by Rinaldo Walcott (Canadian author)

Rebent Sinner by Ivan Coyote (Canadian author)

We Have Always Been Here: a queer Muslim memoir by Samra Habib (Canadian author)


Belated Bris of the Brainsick by Lucas Crawford (Canadian author)

The Gospel of Breaking by Jillian Christmas (Canadian author)

I Hope We Choose Love: a trans girl’s notes from the end of the world by Kai Cheng Thom (Canadian author)

NDN Coping Mechanisms: notes from the field by Billy-Ray Belcourt (Canadian author)

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