About Book Club
The LGBTQ Center Book Club is a twice-monthly meeting of lit nerds and casual readers who love to discuss books, fanfic, and other readings with LGBTQIA+ themes. We meet on a pattern of discussing things we love/late to read on the 1st Friday and meeting to discuss the group's chosen works on the 3rd Friday. We stay in touch and discuss readings using a dedicated GroupMe chat in between meetings.
During Summer 2021, we will meet twice to discuss reading recommendations and anti-rec's. What are you reading? Tell us what you’ve loved, as well as what you’ve hated!
June 22nd from 6:00 PM - 7:00PM and July 30th from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM via Zoom.
1st and 3rd Friday starting 8/21 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm via Zoom.
January: What's Normal Anyway and Zami
- January 8th: Reading recs meeting. What are you reading? Tell us what you’ve loved, as well as what you’ve hated!
- January 22nd: We’ll be discussing What's Normal Anyway (2011 archive) and Zami. Read whichever one interests you (or read both)!
Reads of The Month
What's Normal Anyway (web comic) by Morgan Boecher
How would you define normal? Is it when you wear shoes on your feet at the mall or eat toast for breakfast? Is it when you’re female and feel like a woman? What happens when you go somewhere else and they don’t even have shoes or toast, or when you’re in a group of people who are female and don’t feel at all like women?
What’s Normal Anyway? is a comic that discusses the trans male experience through the story of Mel, who takes the big risk of being himself and transitioning from female to male. This comic aims to add another voice representing a part of the wide spectrum of human diversity. And be funny about it too.
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (biomythography) by Audre Lorde
"ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author's vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde's work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page."--Off Our Backs
February: Black Sun and Feminist, Queer, Crip
- February 5th: Reading recs meeting. What are you reading? Tell us what you’ve loved, as well as what you’ve hated!
- February 19th: We’ll be discussing Black Sun and Feminist, Queer, Crip. Read whichever one interests you (or read both)!
Reads of The Month
Black Sun (novel) by Rebecca Roanhorse
From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.
(Full text available online via UNC Libraries)
Feminist, Queer, Crip by Alison Kafer
In Feminist, Queer, Crip Alison Kafer imagines a different future for disability and disabled bodies. Challenging the ways in which ideas about the future and time have been deployed in the service of compulsory able-bodiedness and able-mindedness, Kafer rejects the idea of disability as a pre-determined limit. She juxtaposes theories, movements, and identities such as environmental justice, reproductive justice, cyborg theory, transgender politics, and disability that are typically discussed in isolation and envisions new possibilities for crip futures and feminist/queer/crip alliances. This bold book goes against the grain of normalization and promotes a political framework for a more just world.
March: Every True Pleasure and Boyfriends
- March 5th: Reading recs meeting. What are you reading? Tell us what you’ve loved, as well as what you’ve hated!
- March 19th: We’ll be discussing Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of NC and Boyfriends
Read whichever one interests you (or read both)!
Reads of The Month
Every true pleasure : LGBTQ tales of North Carolina (fiction anthology) edited by Wilton Barnhardt
Some of North Carolina's finest fiction and nonfiction writers come together in Every True Pleasure , including David Sedaris, Kelly Link, Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan, and more. Within the volume--featuring writers who identify as gay, trans, bisexual, and straight--are stories and essays that view the full spectrum of contemporary life though an LGBTQ lens. These writers, all native or connected to North Carolina, show the multifaceted challenges and joys of LGBTQ life, including young love and gay panic, the minefield of religion, military service, having children with a surrogate, family rejection, finding one's true gender, finding sex, and finding love. One of the only anthologies of its kind, Every True Pleasure speaks with insight and compassion about living LGBTQ in North Carolina and beyond.
Boyfriends (comic) by Ray Pratiwi
Boyfriends is comic about getting yourself a boyfriend. Or multiple boyfriends.
April: Plain Bad Heroines and Cosmoknights
- April 9th: Reading recs meeting. What are you reading? Tell us what you’ve loved, as well as what you’ve hated!
- April 23rd: We’ll be discussing Plain Bad Heroines and Cosmoknights
Reads of The Month
Plain bad heroines (novel) by emily m danforth
The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls--a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit
Cosmoknights (comic) by Hannah Templer
Pan’s life used to be very small. Work in her dad’s body shop, sneak out with her friend Tara to go dancing, and watch the skies for freighter ships. It didn’t even matter that Tara was a princess… until one day it very much did matter, and Pan had to say goodbye forever. Years later, when a charismatic pair of off-world gladiators show up on her doorstep, she finds that life may not be as small as she thought. On the run and off the galactic grid, Pan discovers the astonishing secrets of her neo-medieval world… and the intoxicating possibility of burning it all down.