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So I just wanted to say hello. I'm Jamie, I'm a 20 year old college student from Missouri.
I'm Sandra Barret, author and mostly lesbian fiction reader (which is why I'm here!). I've just started adding the books I've really enjoyed reading and I'm going to make an effort to put in at least a little review blurb on why I liked the book.
I just graduated from college -- my majors were English/Creative Writing and Feminist Studies. My partner graduated two years ago, and her major was Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
We're regular Michfest attendees (yay!), we love the Indigo Girls, and we only wear Birkenstocks (okaaay, that last one's NOT TRUE, but I figured I was on a stereotype roll, so...).
Glad to meet everyone. :) Thanks for creating this group.
In fiction I read mostly SF, but used to love to read mysteries. I read lots of nonfiction: legal stuff, SF studies, history, queer theory, politics, etc.
I've only just discovered that there IS a significant amount of lesbian fiction (one doesn't exactly learn about it at school), and consequently started to read it. AndCrystal, I love the Indigo Girls and never wear Birkenstocks! (And I use parentheses a lot; also semicolons.**)
*Wikipedia significantly calls it "an urban area... consisting of a number of large formerly industrial cities".
I am Finnish-American, born in/living in the United States. My dream (if work didn't get in the way) would be to go to grad school in Finland and study the impact of Scandinavian social policy on the lives of women (and children). Maybe when I retire....
My taste in lesbian literature is eclectic....I tend to read anything I can get my hands on, whether fiction or nonfiction.
Besides that I have a growing library of fibre arts, knitting and quilting related books. The latest purchase was The Painted Quilt by Linda and Laura Kemshall.
I'm currently reading Ironcrown Moon by Julian May. I've been a huge fan of hers for years.
In fact, if I could have some more science fiction and dark (I mean *dark*) fantasy/steampunk/alternate history books with lesbian characters, that'd be pretty fantastic. ;) Off-hand, I can think of...er...one. And I might be forgetting another...um, one, probably.
Wow, that's depressing. Even the one really fantastical Jeanette Winterson book I like ("The Passion") is heterocentric.
I am the author of a trilogy, When Women Were Warriors. The main characters are all women in relationships with women, although in Bronze Age Britain, they probably wouldn't have called themselves lesbians.
if I could have some ... dark (I mean *dark*) fantasy/steampunk/alternate history books with lesbian characters
Well, OK, my book isn't *dark* dark, although there are plenty of dark moments, and it isn't really fantasy. I call it Epic without fantasy/Sword without sorcery, because I really tried to make it real-world credible, i.e. a society in which women are powerful, take leadership roles, make dreadful mistakes, learn from them, and finally succeed.
I am making When Women Were Warriors Book I available for free, to introduce people to my work. The entire text of Book I is posted on my website, and I'd be glad to email a .prc (Kindle or mobi) file of Book I to anyone who requests one.
Catherine M. Wilson
Seems like I'm the crone of the group. :D Let's see....if you add my age and my partner's age you get.....116. This year we will celebrate 26 years together.
I'm a bookaholic - always have been. I started reading lesbian books in the early 70s - from the older pulp romances (always so tragic!!) through Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle through Sally Gearheart's The Wanderground and everything I could get my hands on in those days. We were so thrilled when each new lesbian author appeared, and we waited for each new book. Today I can't keep up!
I love mysteries, so these days my limited budget goes more to that genre, and less to the romances, etc. My favourite author is Sarah Dreher, I am a great fan of the Stoner McTavish series, and I adore her plays as well (Lesbian Stages). I also like Katherine V. Forrest, Claire McNab, Lee Lynch, Penny Sumner, and the list goes on. I'm trying to get to know some of the newer authors as well. I have to order them all online, I try to support the women's publishers as much as possible.
>14 saroz: saroz, do you like Forrest's fantasy works?
>13 ILoveAGoodYarn: GoodYarn, I am also a knitter! There is always at least one book and one knitting project in my bag wherever I go. Are you also on Ravelry?
Good to find this group!
I love mysteries
I'm not really a mystery buff, but I just finished Angel Food & Devil Dogs by Liz Bradbury, a Maggie Gale Mystery, the first of a series, and I really enjoyed it.
Aside from being a good mystery, the characters were so much fun to be with, and I admire her protagonist, Maggie Gale. Not your average lesbian gumshoe at all, she's a many-faceted character who endlessly surprised me. I hate spoilers, so I'll say no more than that.
The book is for sale on Amazon and also from Liz Bradbury's website at:
Catherine M. Wilson
http://www.catherine-m-wilson.com/ (my new author website)
I'm a 29 year old dyke from Melbourne Australia. I started a lesbian book club, and we're focusing on lesbian novels (oddly enough) and I wanted some ideas, so I joined this group. We just read Highsmith by Marijane Meaker and now we're onto The Orphan Gunner by Sara Knox. Have only just started it; it's nice to read something by an Australian.
Oh, and I'm an English teacher and have just finished my Masters in Education. If I never read Judith Butler again it may be too soon.
I'm 22 and originally from Missouri. I've lived the past couple years in California although I'm still attending a school via the internet in MO. I'm majoring in Human Resources.
I read mainly in the fantasy and science fiction genres but dabble in others when the mood strikes me.
I have added you as a friend, cos I checked out your library and it looks cool.
Hope that's ok.
Lord but I never realized how hard it would be to find a lesbian group on LT.
Found Library Thing recently and love it! I'm a 48 year old dyke who lives in Central IL with my honey of 19 years. We both work at a major university library and my position is in the bookstacks...a paradise of six million books!
I was starting to wonder if anyone even still paid attention to this group. Welcome!
My latest book is the fictional memoir of a fifties Hollywood gay actress. It's already seen some very good reviews, including AfterEllen.com.
If anyone wants to check out my books and interesting, yet checkered past, go to: www.lindamorganstein.com
I just started to become active on LT, but I've been a loyal Bookmoocher for much longer (my wishlist is getting near 1500 books). I love hearing any sort of recommendations for lesbian books. I'm so glad to have found this group! Okay, I'm done rambling.
I'm living in Central Pennsylvania.
I am reading From The Closet to the Screen: Women of the Gateways 1945-85
It is excellent!
I'm Gill, and I joined awhile ago but wandered off. This looks like a nice group though so I'll try to hang around.
I write, and am always trying to catch up on my reading. I'm never going to make it as the list just keeps growing :)