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Zoe Whittall's Contemporary Queer Fiction List

To celebrate Pride this week, we're pleased to feature Zoe Whittall's Contempory Queer Fiction List.

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.






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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.






Monoceros by Suzette Mayr: I'm just reading this now, but it should definitely be on the list. About bullying in a high school. (Read Zoe's review here.)





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.






Spelling Mississippi by Marnie Woodrow: a wonderful page-turning literary romp set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. She also has a great book of short stories called In The Spice House.





Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo: Or any novel she's written. Read them all!





Pretty by Greg Kearney: Funniest writer in Canada period.

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