20 Years of Spokane Is Reading

https://spokaneisreading.org/the-list/Every summer, Spokane Is Reading (a collaborative one-book, one-community read program put on by Spokane Public Library, SCLD and Auntie’s Books) announces the community read for that year. This was not possible last year because of the pandemic, so they chose instead to focus on a curated book list of Diverse Voices for 2020. This year is the 20th year of this program and while that is a reason for celebration it was unclear if Spokane would be ready for a large in-person event this fall.

To honor the past and look to the future they decided to again create a book list, this time created by many of the past Spokane Is Reading authors. They were asked to share a book that brought them hope, joy or laughter during this past year. The result is varied and wonderful with suggestions for all sorts of readers!

Find the list on the Spokane Is Reading website along with the author’s reasons for picking each book. Discover recommendations from Madeline Miller, Maria Semple, and more! Read one, two, or all the suggested reads! Find copies of the books at your local library or at your favorite bookstore. We are grateful for the support from the Friends of the Library for this program.



Backpacking | The Great Outdoors

tristan-pineda-lfggcsj41bc-unsplashBackpacking is a great way to get into the back country wilderness. Both Washington and Idaho have magnificent destinations, however, being days away from civilization brings a host of issues to do it safely, comfortably, and responsibly. Here are library and other resources to do just that. Don’t forget to have those ten essentials in your pack!

Library Books and DVDs 

The Complete Guide to Backpacking: Field-Tested Gear, Advice, and Know-How for the Trail 

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The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail by Andrew Skurka

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Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes by Craig Romano

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking by Jason Stevenson

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Backpacker Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hike by Liz Thomas

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Hiking & Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide by Buck Tilton

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Hiking and Backpacking: Outdoor Adventures by Marni Goldenberg

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The Backpacker’s Field Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills by Rick Curtis

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Backpacking & Hiking by Karen Berger 

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Backpacking: Essential Skills to Advanced Techniques by Victoria Logue

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Magazine Resources  

Explore magazines from OverDrive or through their Libby app! Here you can read the complete electronic version of titles such as Backpacker, Outside, and The Great Outdoors 

 

Stream videos on Kanopy  

Go to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered.  

Other Resources 

Washington Trails Association: Overnight Backpacking Destinations — Washington Trails Association (wta.org) 

Washington Trails Association: 3-5 Day Backpacking Trips for Summer — Washington Trails Association (wta.org) 



Spokane Public Library selects art for permanent collection

The Library commissioned three sculptures and purchased portable artwork for new libraries in accordance with the City of Spokane’s public art policy, requiring one percent of the construction budget be dedicated to public art. The artwork is one component of a much larger project, a $77 million, voter-approved bond to remodel four existing libraries and build three new ones. In commissioning artwork, Spokane Public Library aims to create a friendly, engaging atmosphere for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Each sculpture is site-specific, meaning it was designed specifically for the Library location where it will be installed, using input from the Library staff and board members, building architects, construction team, city arts commissioners, and more. Details of each piece are featured below!

“Hoop” at Liberty Park Library
The sculpture entitled “Hoop” is a colorful, large-scale embroidery hoop, created by Shawn Parks, with a stitch pattern on the surface that pays homage to the Spokane river. Parks drew on his own experiences with libraries to create a playful piece of art inspired by the library’s mission. “Growing up as a queer, nonbinary kid, libraries were a safe place for me. I would escape to the library, losing myself in books and National Geographic magazines, where I was exposed to countless worlds beyond my rough neighborhood,” Parks says. “Libraries are incredible community assets, and providing free access to learning and technology is a form of caretaking; it is nurturing and loving at its core. We often devalue the importance of caretaking in our culture, so I wanted to create a work that is grounded in that, and at the end of the day, I want to add joy and thread humor (pun intended) with serious ideas. My hope is that ‘Hoop’ makes people smile.”

Installation was completed on this piece at the Liberty Park Library, currently under construction in the East Central neighborhood. Washington State artist Shawn Parks was commissioned by Spokane Public Library and Spokane Arts to create the piece. Parks was selected through a juried process that began with an open call for artists in October 2020. The artist and fabricator team worked on-site in June to install the sculpture. Liberty Park Library construction is anticipated to be complete in fall 2021.

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“Shimmer” at Central Library
Artist John Rogers, of Portland, OR, is creating a stunning piece for the Central Library, called “Shimmer”. The sculpture is “S” shaped, which creates a moire effect when viewed from certain angles. The wave configuration is inspired by the Falls and boulders in the surrounding area. The sculpture highlights that inspiration with over three hundred individual dichroic glass shapes forming a wave that shimmers like water cascading in sunlight. This piece will be installed in early 2022.

“Untitled” at Shadle Park Library
Artist Jasmine Iona Brown of Tacoma, WA, is creating a multifaceted sculpture of diverse people sitting in the grass reading. These figures will be located in the grass outside the Shadle Park Library. Installation of this piece will be completed in fall 2021.

Portable Artwork
As part of the public art budget, portable works were also selected. Portable works are paintings or sculptures that are not permanently installed in any location and may change locations periodically. The call for portable works was limited to Spokane residents, and women and BIPOC artists were encouraged to apply. In total, 55 Spokane artists applied to the call and the selection panel selected artwork by 19 different artists. More than 30 percent of pieces approved for purchase were by artists of color or Indigenous artists, and represent a range of ages. Here are a few of the pieces selected:

Helen Parsons, Urban Landmark: Ice Machine
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Ric Gendron, Home
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Tracy Poindexter-Canton, To Shalimar
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Neicy Frey, Sunny Side Up

 

Many volunteers assisted with the art selection process, including Library representatives, city arts commissioners, and community members with arts expertise. Selection panelists included Andrew Chanse, Remelisa Cullitan, Mark Dailey, Amanda Donovan, Mary Starkey, Carl Richardson, Eva Silverstone, and Andrew Whitver. The art selection process was facilitated by Spokane Arts, who is managing all three public art projects along with the purchase, framing, and installation of portable art at multiple branches.

 


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Library Re-Opening at Full Capacity July 6

On Tuesday, July 6, the Library will make the following operational changes based on the official re-opening of Washington:

  • We will return to 100% capacity.
  • We will reopen public meeting room access for personal/business use. Capacity is limited to 10. Reserve a room here.
  • Computer access will return to pre-pandemic levels, meaning number of terminals and access times.
  • We will maintain current operating hours 
  • We will hold off on in-person library events until at least September.
  • Masks will be required for unvaccinated individuals until CDC/state guidance changes. (Except at STA Plaza where masks are still required for all, regardless of vaccination status.)

 



Library to Operate as Cooling Center During Heat Wave

All Spokane Public Library locations are available as cooling centers for the upcoming heat wave. The Library will also open special hours on Sunday (6/27) & Monday (6/28) to provide more access. The hours will be as follows:

  • Sunday 6/27: Hillyard, Indian Trail, South Hill, & East Side 11-6
  • Monday 6/28: Hillyard, Indian Trail, & East Side 11-6; South Hill 10-8

STA Plaza and Northtown Mall will remain closed on Sunday/Monday. The Governor’s office has also lifted all COVID-related limitations for cooling centers across the state, so visitors may stay longer than 30 minutes.

Hours of Operation

STA PLAZA Tue-Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

EAST SIDE Tue: 12 pm – 8 pm; Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

HILLYARD Tue: 12 pm – 8 pm; Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

INDIAN TRAIL Tue: 12 pm – 8 pm; Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

NORTHTOWN MALL Tue-Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

SOUTH HILL Mon & Tue: 10 am – 8 pm; Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10 am – 6 pm



Navigation | The Great Outdoors

Knowing where you are and getting where you want to go, safely and efficiently, are important skills for spending time in the great outdoors. The traditional use of map and compass is a reliable beginning, but newer technologies are now available. These resources from the Library can help you get to your destination and back out again!  

 
Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter & GPS by Bob Burns

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The Natural Navigator: The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide by Tristan Gooley

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Garmin eTrex Vista HCx: Personal Navigator 

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Outdoor Navigation with GPS 

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Using a Map and Compass by Don Geary

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Be Expert with Map & Compass: The Complete “Orienteering” Handbook by Bjorn Kjellstrom 

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NOLS Wilderness Navigation by Darran Wells

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GPS Outdoors: A Practical Guide for Outdoor Enthusiasts by Russell Helms

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Using GPS Bruce Grubbs

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Magazine Resources  

Explore our digital magazine collection with OverDrive! Here you can read the complete electronic version of titles such as Backpacker, Outside, and The Great Outdoors  

Stream Videos on Kanopy  

Go to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered.  

Other Resources

Eastern Washington Orienteering Club



Statement of Support for Indigenous Communities Grieving Discovery at Residential Schools in Canada

The discovery of the 215 Indigenous children buried at the Kamloops Residential School, the 104 found at the Brandon Residential School, and the 751 found at the Marieval Indian Residential School are a tragic reality of colonization. Spokane Public Library would like to acknowledge the pain and loss these tribal communities are experiencing. There are no words that could possibly soothe the wounds that this discovery and the impacts of residential schools and other colonial policies has had on the First people of the Americas.

While this discovery occurred in Canada, we want to acknowledge that the United States also had similar policies and impacts on Indigenous communities here in the United States called boarding schools. We know there were 357 similar boarding schools in the United States, 14 of which were in Washington State. Additionally, many tribal members in the Spokane region have personal connections to the Kamloops Residential School.

We know that words are not enough but we also know that we must make visible the impacts of how colonial violence has caused so much damage to our Indigenous community members. We encourage our customers to check out this list of books to learn more about how the boarding school system was used as a form of genocide:

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Canoeing and Kayaking in the Inland Northwest

filip-mroz-zk049ofp4ui-unsplashSpokane is a wonderful place to get out on the water in a canoe or kayak. They are affordable, quiet, provide some exercise, and are a link to the paddling past. With dozens of lakes and rivers in the region, there are wonderful opportunities for a beautiful day in the great outdoors. Just remember to bring all the essential gear like a Personal Floatation Device – PFD – and whistle, a hat and sunscreen, a headlamp, a dry bag for personal items and spare clothes, and a first aid kit. Check the weather before heading out, don’t go alone to a remote location, and at the launch site lash down everything you don’t want to lose in a capsize

Paddling Washington: Flatwater and Whitewater Routes in Washington State and the Inland Northwest by Rich Landers

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Paddling the Columbia: A Guide to All 1200 Miles of Our Scenic & Historical River by John Roskelley

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The Art of Kayaking : Everything You Need to Know About Paddling by Nigel Foster

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The Only Kayak: A Journey into the Heart of Alaska by Kim Heacox

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Sea Kayaking Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Better Paddling by John Robison

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Building your Kevlar Canoe: A Foolproof Method and Three Foolproof Designs by James Moran

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Adventure North by Sean Bloomfield

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Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Peter McGee

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Kayak Fitness: The Fusion of Sport and Exercise 

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The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build by Nick Schade

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Practical Kayaking 

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Local Clubs 

Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club | Spokane, WA  

Magazine Resources  

Explore our eMagazines and read the complete electronic version of titles such as Paddle World Magazine, Kayak Session Magazine, Stand Up Paddle World, and Outside.  

 

Stream Videos on Kanopy  

Go to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos that will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered.  



Summer Reading 2021

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Welcome to Summer Reading 2021! Pick up a copy of Spokane Somersault, a Summer Reading magazine for kids, or the Summer Boredom Buster, a teen zine. Try science experiments, stargazing, reading activities, recipes, and even growing your own food!

Challenge yourself to read 15 hours this summer. Track your reading and earn badges online at spl.northwestreads.org.

And don’t forget to stop by your favorite library after you’ve read 15 hours for a free prize book. Have a great summer!

Download a copy of our Summer Reading magazines for kids and teens below:

Spokane Somersault (Kids) | Summer Boredom Buster (Teens)

Or download a copy of our diverse reading challenge and Summer Reading tracker:

Diverse Reads | Summer Reading Tracker



Pride Month Book List for Kids and Young Adults

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In recognition of Pride Month, we created a list of some newer LGBTQIA+ books to add to your Pride celebration.

Check out our Pride Month Book List Recommendations from Community Members. 


Picture Books  

Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown 

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It Feels Good to be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn 

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My Rainbow by Trinity Neal 

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Plenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin

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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders 

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Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart 

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Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. by Rob Sanders and Jamey Christoph 

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This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman 

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When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff 

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Middle Grade

Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass 

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Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne 

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Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo

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Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow 

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Ivy Aberdeens Letter to the Worldby Ashley Herring Blake 

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King and the Dragon Flies by Kacen Callender

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Snapdragon by Kat Leyh 

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The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy

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The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith 

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Young Adult

A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson 

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron 

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Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger 

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

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I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee 

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Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith 

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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta 

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The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar 

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The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

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The Scapegracers  by Hannah Abigail Clarke

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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson 

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Pride Month | Book List Recommended by Community Members

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For Pride Month, we reached out to the LGBTQ community and asked them to share some of their favorite books or books they felt were important for others to read. This is an #OwnVoices list in more than one way, it is selected by #OwnVoices and the books themselves are written by #OwnVoices.

#OwnVoices is a term coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group. The library would like to thank everyone who participated by giving us suggestions.

 

Check out our Pride Month Book List for Kids and Young Adults.

 

Recommended by Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

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Fingersmith  by Sarah Waters

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Recommended by Andrew Whitver, Spokane Arts Commissioner and arts advocate

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

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The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer

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The Hours by Michael Cunningham

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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

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A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White

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Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

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On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sachs

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The Passion by  Jeanette Winterson

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Hunger by Roxanne Gay

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Recommended by Dr. Mimi Marinucci, Professor, Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies and Philosophy, Eastern Washington University

 Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

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Recommended by Dr. Jessi Willis, Senior Lecturer, Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, Eastern Washington University

 A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

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Burn It Down! Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution by Breanne Fahs

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We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

ON ORDER

 

Recommended by Dr. Judy Rohrer, Director and Assistant Professor, Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies 

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation by Eli Clare

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Feminist, Queer, Crip by Alison Kafer

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Men in Place: Trans Masculinity, Race and Sexuality in America by Miriam Abelson

ON ORDER

 

Recommended by Lisa Logan, Manager, Women’s and Gender Education Center, Eastern Washington University

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (graphic novel) by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (graphic memoir) by Alison Bechdel

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Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker

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