Fullerton College Library

Queer Book Club

Ever been a book club member? There’s never been a better time to connect with fellow literature lovers. The Queer Book Club includes instructors, staff, and students. Allies welcome!

We’ve discussed: 1) white fragility, 2) not being brown enough or queer enough, 3) Spanish language in popular American literature, 4) white feminism vs. brown feminism, 5) the hegemony of the canon, & 6) a space cat, of course.

This group was created in response to students’ request at the 2019 LGBTQ+ Student Forum.

Join us for a meeting. Even if you don’t have time to read the book; we enjoy seeing your face & we appreciate the experiences and thoughts that you share.

Join our 1x-per-semester book club talks via Zoom or in-person!

Want more info? Contact Monique Delatte, mdelatte@fullcoll.edu. The next meeting will be a discussion of Brian Broome’s debut memoir Punch Me Up to the Gods, date: TBD. Students may join in-person or via Zoom; register at the link on the right side of this page.

The Queer Book Club will read one book per semester, and we’ll meet to discuss our experiences of the book towards the end of the semester.

A previous read was David Sedaris‘ new collection of essays, Happy-Go-Lucky. 
Another great (previous) read:
Even if you can’t find time to read the book, please join us!🙃
We appreciate the experiences/thoughts that you share.Book Cover, 2 Boys Kissing


Another prior selection was: The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, by Alison Bechdel.

Read the NPR review : )

"Punch Me Up to the Gods" by Brian Broome

QBC’s Past Reads

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Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson

Critic Jason Heller writes that Hopkinson’s stories “dazzle with a hard-won sense of hope.” 


LA Times Book Prize – Winner, Hugo Award – Nominee, Lambda Literary Award – Nominee, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Harvey Award, Washington Post Best Books of the Year


New York Times bestseller, Orange Prize

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Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Pulitzer Prize for Drama,
Tony Award for Best Play,
Desk Award for Outstanding Play


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1994 Lambda Literary Award finalist in the category of Lesbian Fiction

1994 American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Award

HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH BY John Cameron Mitchell

Sundance Film Festival, Best Director Award

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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

American Library Association Top Ten selection,
Over the Rainbow Project winner,
Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction silver award winner. 

Females by Andrea Long Chu

Well-reviewed in Vogue, LA Times, & NPR

Queer Book Club Reads & Intersection

• Hispanic queer writers
1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Sáenz, Benjamin Alire (Mexican American, gay)
• Ppbk, display and PZ7.S127 Ar
2. Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World De Erauso, Catalina (Spanish, trans)
• 2nd Floor ; CT1358.E7 A3 1996
3. Juliet Takes a Breath Rivera, Gabby (Puerto-Rican, trans)
• Currently unavailable, but on order
4. More Happy Than Not Silvera, Adam (Puerto Rican, gay)
• 2nd Floor ; PZ7.1.S54 Mor 2020

• Queer female writers
1. Nightwood Barnes, Djuna (poly)
• 2nd Floor ; PS3503.A614 N5 2006
2. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For Bechdel, Alison
• 2nd Floor ; PN6728.D94 B475 2008
3. One Last Stop McQuiston, Casey
• 2nd Floor ; Paperback McQuiston
4. On a Sunbeam Walden, Tillie
• 1st Floor ; PN6727.W266 O5 2018

• Gay Asian writers
1. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Vuong, Ocean (Vietnamese)
• 2nd Floor ; PS3622.U96 O52 2019
2. The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) Nguyen, Trung Le (Vietnamese-American)
• 2nd Floor ; PZ7.7.T79 Mag 2020

• Gay Jewish writer
1. Two Boys Kissing Levithan, David
o 2nd Floor ; PZ7.L5798 Two 2015
2. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Kushner, Tony
o 2nd Floor ; PS3561.U778 A85

• Caribbean queer writer
1. Falling in Love with Hominids Hopkinson, Nalo (raised in Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad, and Canada)
o Currently unavailable, but on order

• Cherokee Two-Spirit and Queer writer, also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent
1. Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory Driskill, Qwo-Li
• 2nd Floor ; E99.C5 D795 2016

• Female writer
1. The Song of Achilles: A Novel Miller, Madeline
• Currently unavailable, but on order

• Gay poet
1. (he)art. Frederick, Zane 2nd Floor ; PS595.H65 F7 2018
2. Also by Zane: I Am Tired of Being a Dandelion: 2nd Floor ; PS586 .F743 2021

• Gay writer, Primarily of Greek decent, but also of Middle-Eastern and Ashkenazi Jewish descent
1. Happy-Go-Lucky Sedaris, David
• Not currently available, so go for: 2nd Floor ; PS3569.E314 A6 2010 (Holidays on ice with six new stories)

• Queer Black writer
1. You Should See Me in a Crown Johnson, Leah
• 2nd Floor ; Paperback Johnson

• Queer Muslim writer
1. We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir Habib, Samra
• 2nd Floor ; Paperback Habib

• Queer writer
1. Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Broadway Edition Mitchell, John Cameron (nonbinary)
• (co-writer, Stephen Trask is of Jewish descent)
• 2nd Floor ; ML50.T769 H4 2003

• Trans female writer, partially of Chinese descent
1. Females Chu, Andrea Long
• 2nd fl HQ1155 .C549 2019

• Trans male writer of Irish Catholic descent
1. Tomboy Survival Guide Coyote, Ivan
• 2nd Floor ; HQ77.8.C696 A3 2016

• Chicanx/Latinx, trans, non-binary writer/retired professor
1. L.A. Interchanges, Otero, Lydia
• 2nd fl: HQ 76.25 O84 2023

• Non-binary, trans male author, whose genetic lineage includes a gay, Jewish bullfighter who befriended Hemingway
1. Confidence: A Novel, Frumkin, Rafael
• 2nd Floor ; PS3606.R88 C67 2023

• Non-binary, queer, first-gen Iranian-American writer
1. The Ventriloquists: A Novel, Ramzipoor, E.R.
• Currently unavailable, but on order

• Zines (various) from QZAP – the Queer Zine Archive Project