Bookstores, Libraries & Authors
in the Community
Most bookstores, whether in Alberta or not, have the option of online ordering.
More resources to be added....
BOOKSTORES PROMOTING LGBTQ+ AUTHORS
and BOOKS WITH LGBTQ+ CHARACTERS
Location: Latitude 53, 10242-106 St, Edmonton
*NOTE: They will be moving to the Ritchie area soon. Call to make sure of the location before heading there.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
“Founded by Jason Purcell and Matthew Stepanic, Glass Bookshop is a new space in Edmonton, Alberta, that focuses on Canadian writing with special attention paid to queer and racialized writers, as well as the independent publishers who help to produce their work.”
They carry many children’s books. They also have books by Indigenous writers.
Free delivery to Edmonton, St Albert and Sherwood Park.
Glad Day Bookshop (Toronto)
“Glad Day Bookshop is the first queer-focused Canadian bookstore, and the oldest queer bookstore worldwide. Serving the LGBTQ community since 1970, we offer the widest possible selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, and queer literature.”
Many of the books on the Trans Parent Alberta 101 website are available through these bookstores. They may also be available in your local library, or by interlibrary loan.
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PUBLIC LIBRARIES and
If you wish to borrow a book, check with your local public library. If they do not have the book you are looking for, they may be able to bring it in for you on an interlibrary loan.
If you are near one of these organisations, you can also contact them to see if they have a book title you are looking to borrow.
They are developing a lending library. Call Outloud for information.
Call Pride Centre for information on their library.
Yellowknife Rainbow Library. Yellowknife Rainbow Coalition
This resource is for information only regarding LGBTQ+ book titles that are in their library collection. Probably cannot borrow directly, but check with your local library for an interlibrary loan if they have a title you want.
TRANS and NON-BINARY AUTHORS
Edmonton Public Library. EPL Picks.
"For those who may not be familiar with the term, author and Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation Joshua Whitehead offers this definition "Two-spirit (2S) originated in 1990 in Winnipeg as a pan-term that pays respect to the diversity of 2S across hundreds of nations, each with their own understanding, stories, and responsibilities for what a 2S person does and entails within their community."
The media organization Indian Country Today offers the following alternate definition: "Two Spirit people have both a male and female spirit within them and are blessed by their Creator to see life through the eyes of both genders."
Indian Country Today — which covers Native American people in North America as well as First Nations people in Canada and Indigenous people worldwide, also explains that many nations have their own words to describe two-spirit people.
As you can see, the term Two-Spirit is constantly evolving and will vary depending on which people from which nation you are speaking with. EPL has many two-spirited authors in its collection from which we can learn more."
Ivan Coyote (Canadian)
“Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of thirteen books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote’s books have won the ReLit Award, been named a Stonewall Honour Book, been longlisted for Canada Reads, shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction, and awarded BC and Yukon Book Prize’s inaugural Jim Deva Prize for Writing That Provokes. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism.”
Casey Plett (Canadian)
“Casey Plett is a (transgender) Canadian writer. Plett was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up ina Mennonite family in Morden, MB. She attended high school in Eugene, Oregon and later moved to Portland for college and New York for graduate school. She currently lives in Windsor, Ontario.
Casey Plett's 2018 novel Little Fish won a Lambda Literary Award, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and the Amazon First Novel Award. Her latest work, A Dream of a Woman, is her first book of short stories since her seminal 2014 collection A Safe Girl to Love. Centering transgender women seeking stable, adult lives, A Dream of a Woman finds quiet truths in prairie high-rises and New York warehouses, in freezing Canadian winters and drizzly Oregon days.’
Vivek Shraya (Canadian)
“Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theater, and film. Her bestselling book
was heralded by Vanity Fair as ‘cultural rocket fuel,’ and her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part-Time Woman, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached and the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. A five-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek has also received honors from the Writers' Trust of Canada and the Publishing Triangle. She is a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation and an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Calgary.”
Kai Cheng Thom (Canadian)
“Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, and community healer in Toronto. She is the author of the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir, the poetry collection a place called No Homeland (an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in 2018), and the children's picture book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, illustrated by Kai Yun Ching and Wai-Yant Li. Her latest book is the essay collection I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes at the End of the World (an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in 2020). Kai Cheng won the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers in 2017.”
US / INTERNATIONAL
Kacen Callender (US)
“Kacen Callender is an author of children's fiction and fantasy, best known for their Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award-winning middle grade debut Hurricane Child. Callender is Black, queer, trans, and uses they/them. They currently live in Philadelphia.“
Alex Meyers (US)
“Alex Myers is a writer, teacher, and speaker. Born and raised in Paris, Maine, Alex was raised as a girl (Alice) and left Maine to attend boarding school at Phillips Exeter Academy. At Exeter, Alex came out as transgender, returning his senior year as a man after attending for three years as a woman, and was the first transgender student in that Academy's history. After Exeter, Alex earned his bachelor's at Harvard University, studying Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Alex was also the first openly transgender student at Harvard and worked to change the University's nondiscrimination clause to include gender identity. Subsequent to earning a master's degree in religion at Brown, Alex has pursued a career in teaching, as a transgender advocate, and as an active journalist contributing to the Guardian, THEM and other publications. The Story of Silence is his first book for Voyager.”
Alden Thomas (US)
“Aiden Thomas, author of Cemetery Boys, received their MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Born in Oakland, California, Aiden often haunted Mountain View Cemetery like a second home during their misspent youth. As a queer, trans Latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media.”