To celebrate Pride this week, we're pleased to feature Zoe Whittall's Contempory Queer Fiction List:
Skim: a graphic novel with words by Mariko Tamaki, illustrations by Jillian Tamaki: A story about a lesbian student-teacher affair at a thinly fictionalized Havergal College.
Mosh Pit by Kristyn Dunnion: a YA novel about young punk rock queers.
Missed Her by Ivan Coyote: This is the most recent book I've read by Ivan and it had me weeping and I'm *really* not easily moved but actually I would urge you to buy all of Ivan's books of stories, or Bow Grip, Ivan's novel, which was excellent.
Six Metres of Pavement by Farzana Doctor: A great novel set in Toronto's Little Portugal with an overlapping cast of characters that range from a man who accidently leaves his daughter in a hot car to die, a widow across the street, and Fatima, a young queer academic who comes out in a school newspaper and her parents kick her out of the house. All three characters intersect in interesting ways.
The Night is a Mouth by Lisa Foad: Stunning short stories written in a masterful and imaginative style that blew my mind - impossible to describe in one sentence so I'll just urge you to go buy it.
I am a Red Dress by Anna Camilleri: A beautiful performative memoir about three generations of the author's family and the impact of a violent patriarch.
Cumberland by Michael V. Smith: A novel set in a fictionalized Cornwall about Ernest, a sweet, repressed labourer of few words, and several other heartbreaking characters.
Pretty by Greg Kearney: Funniest writer in Canada period.
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