I recently visited Oregon for the first time, and as part of my trip made a pilgrimage to Powell’s City of Books. It is a majestic bookshop, the best I have ever been in. I had a limited amount of time there and thus did not have time to explore it fully, but still ended up buying four books, a t-shirt, and a magnet (“Fuck Your Wall”). I was specifically looking for Lorde’s and Hopkinson’s books, and the other two just grabbed me (Johnson’s because it is signed). I was impressed by how the store felt like a queer space–there were queer books displayed everywhere, not only in the LGBTQ section, which itself was impressive. The four books I acquired are all queer, and I only found one of them, Johnson’s, in this section. Lorde’s and Tolbert and Peterson’s were on endcaps; I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen queer literature highlighted so prominently before in a general bookstore.
Hopkinson, Nalo. Falling in Love with Hominids. San Francisco: Tachyon Publications, 2015.
Johnson, Chelsey. Stray City. New York: Custom House, 2018.
Lorde, Audre. The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde. 1997. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000.
Tolbert, TC, and Trace Peterson, eds. Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Callicoon, NY: Nightboat Books, 2013.
I recently went to a writing retreat at Laurelville Mennonite camp where we discussed the subject of theopoetics quite a bit. I bought Ewing’s, Lorde’s, and Remer’s books as a result because I feel the need to do more reading on the subject. I purchased Gay Latino Studies because I have done very little reading about the queer/Latinx intersection, something which needs to be remedied. All four were bought on amazon.com.
Ewing, Eve L. Electric Arches. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2017.
Hames-García, Michael, and Ernesto Javier Martínez, ed. Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.
Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. 1984. Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press, 2007.
Remer, Molly. Earthprayer, Birthprayer, Lifeprayer, Womanprayer. N.p.: CreateSpace, 2015.
Keillor, Garrison. Liberty: A Novel of Lake Wobegon. New York: Viking, 2008.
I enjoy Keillor’s fiction and almost bought this book when it first came out. There have been a number of times in the intervening years when I wished I had bought it, and then yesterday I was browsing in the public library in Old Forge, New York, and they had a book sale of discarded volumes. Liberty was among them, and I purchased it for $1.00. So I was able to both get it for much cheaper than I would have in 2008 and support a good cause as well.
Lorde, Audre. The Cancer Journals. 1980. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1997.
I love Lorde’s autobiography Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, and have been wanting to read more of her nonfiction. The Cancer Journals recently came up in another book that I was reading and I decided it was time to acquire it. I purchased it from amazon.com.