Monday, January 19, 2015

Revolutionary Reads

In honor of our guest speaker today, Alex Myers, the library will be displaying an assortment of transgender literature from our collection each day on the front entry table. These books are for anyone and everyone to better understand these unchartered waters. As librarians we feel strongly that information is power and therefore we are always here to guide you, in the quest for your holy grail.

It's not always easy to locate young adult books with transgender characters or topics using a library catalog, so please feel that you can always ask one of our librarians in confidence for help. This week you will find some great reads on the subject including:
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out   
by Susan Kuklin                                  
Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken.     


Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

by Janet Mock
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much MoreThis “heart-rending autobiography of love, longing, and fulfillment” (bell hooks, author of All About Love) follows Mock’s quest for identity, from an early, unwavering conviction
about her gender to a turbulent adolescence in Honolulu that saw
her transitioning during the tender years of high school,
self-medicating with hormones at fifteen, and flying across
the world alone for sex reassignment surgery at just eighteen.

by Alex Myers

Set during the American Revolution, Revolutionary tells the story of Deborah Samson Gannett, a young woman who runs away from her home in Middleborough Massachusetts, disguises herself as a man and enlists in the Continental Army, serving as a soldier for over a year and a half. Revolutionary tells the story of a fierce-tempered young woman turned celebrated solider and the remarkable courage, hope, fear, and heartbreak that shaped her odyssey during the birth of a nation.
If you are looking for other sources for transgender literature, we suggest the following as go to guides:

American Library Association Rainbow Project
The Rainbow Project puts together a yearly bibliography of GLBTQ books for children and young adults. Members of the Rainbow Project come from the American Library Association GLBT and Social Responsibilities Round Tables.

Lambda Literary Awards
Launched in 1989 by the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Lambda Literary Awards is the nation's most celebrated and comprehensive collection of awards for GLBT writing, including fiction, poetry, mystery, nonfiction, and works for adults as well as for children and young adults.

The Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award
This is a yearly award for GLBT books. This award is sponsored by the American Library Association GLBT Round Table.

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