CollectionsFiction (1,029), Non-Fiction (339), Biography/Memoir (166), Children's Fiction (1), Comics and Graphic (73), Erotica (169), General Fiction (296), History (17), Historical Fiction (70), Mystery/Crime/Thriller Fiction (86), Poetry (45), Romance Fiction (342), Speculative Fiction (295), Theory and Politics (56), Young Adult (239), All collections (1,366)
TagsBisexual (1,366), Novel(s) (838), MC: Cisgender Bisexual Man (428), MC: Cisgender Bisexual Woman (416), Setting: United States (282), Gay (247), Lesbian (239), IMI: Transgender (171), Mixed Orientation Relationship (171), Fantasy (157) — see all tags
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Welcome to The Bi-bliography,* a regularly-updated database of bisexual** books. Too often bisexual stories are erased completely or hidden under the LGBTQIA umbrella, making them difficult to locate. The Bi-bliography seeks to be a resource for the discovery of literature that reflects and explores the lives and experiences of bisexual people.
The books in this database fall into the following categories:
• Fiction that features bisexual characters in main or significant supporting roles. Please note: The word bisexual appears infrequently in fiction, so what constitutes bisexual fiction is subjective. The Bi-bliography's requirement is that the story features at least one character who has (or has had in the past) romantic and/or sexual attraction/intimacy/relationships with people of two or more genders.
• Non-fiction featuring bisexual themes, including theory, history, memoirs, biography, journals, letter collections, etc.
• Queer anthologies of various types that include bisexual content.
• Poetry containing bisexual content.
If you have any suggestions or comments, please send an email.
*Long before this database existed, writer/teacher/activist/speaker Robyn Ochs created a wonderful list of bisexual books called "The Bi-Bliography." Robyn was contacted about the adoption of the name for this database, and she approves. Thank you, Robyn Ochs!
**Bisexuality is defined as attraction to two or more genders and is used here to encompass all non-monosexual identities (queer, fluid, pansexual, polysexual, omnisexual, etc.) For purposes of clarity and consistency, the collection comments and tags use the term bisexual, but will note if another term is used consistently in a work. Please understand that this language choice is not meant to hurt, exclude, ignore, or marginalize other non-monosexual communities/identities, and all are welcome here.
As noted above, this is an ongoing project and books will be continuously added (both new and old.) So far, here are a few examples of resources used to populate the database:
• Winners and finalists of the Bisexual Book Awards and the Lambda Literary Awards (bisexual categories)
• Book review blogs that feature bisexual books, such as Bisexual Books
• The original Bi-Bliography, compiled by writer/teacher/activist/speaker Robyn Ochs
• Cartoonist/artist/writer MariNaomi's Queer Cartoonists Database
• The Diverse Fantastic Fiction Database
• The voracious reading and research of bisexual librarians
To receive updates and news:
• Like the Bi-bliography Facebook page.
• Follow the Bi-bliography on Tumblr.
Kerri Price (creator/maintains database and social media) is a bisexual librarian who works in a non-library-yet-library-related setting. She lives near a large and interesting city, with her charming husband and hound dog. She reads (a lot!), writes some things, and has served as a Bisexual Book Awards judge for the past three years.
Kerri thanks the following wonderful people: Sarah Strumpf and Jan Steckel for providing outstanding feedback and encouragement, Martha Hardy for convincing her that other people might actually appreciate this resource, and her BFF for designing the logo.
About my libraryCOLLECTIONS:
The database is divided into several collections, which are listed at the top of this webpage. Books may belong to more than one collection. To view all books at once, select "All collections."
NAVIGATING THE DATABASE:
When viewing a specific collection (or all collections), the following column labels appear in the default list setting (from left to right):
• Cover Image
• Author: Last Name, First Name
• Date: The original publication year
• Tags: Tags added by the Bi-bliography. See the tag abbreviations key below.
• Collections: All Bi-bliography collections to which the book belongs
• CK* Awards and honors
• CK Series: Series name and book number
• Comments: When possible, the Bi-bliography provides the following information for each book:
1. Bisexual Content: A brief bisexual character description (for fiction titles) or content overview (for non-fiction titles)
2. Intersecting Marginalized Identities (IMI): For fiction titles, includes information about bisexual characters' gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class. For non-fiction titles, will note if particular IMIs are addressed.
3. Publisher's (or sometimes WorldCat) Summary (if available)
• Entry date: The date the book was added to the database
*Some column labels begin with "CK," which stands for Common Knowledge. Each work in LibraryThing has a Common Knowledge page associated with it, where LibraryThing members may add information about that work, such as original publication date, people/characters, important places, etc. It's really quite wonderful, but please know that the Bi-bliography does not necessarily create or control this information.
Please note: When you click on a title from within the database, you are taken to the work's main page, where you can view tags, reviews, etc. from all LibraryThing members who have cataloged that particular work. The amount of information is dependent on how popular the work is. Some interesting things to view: Common Knowledge (see mention above), links to published reviews, member reviews, member recommendations, etc.
TAG ABBREVIATIONS KEY:
• IMI - Intersecting Marginalized Identity: Specific intersecting marginalized identity noted after the colon.
• MC - Main Character: Main character's sexual orientation and gender identity noted after the colon.
• PPBR - Possible Problematic Bi Representation: Explanation noted in the comments field. Please note: Due to its subjective nature, this tag is used very sparingly (mostly for the bisexual sociopath/psychopath trope.)
• SC - Supporting Character: Supporting character's sexual orientation and gender identity noted after the colon.
• TW - Trigger Warning: Used for books that depict domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape/sexual violence, suicide, and torture. Please understand that trigger warnings are added when this content is known. Please contact The Bi-bliography if you believe a trigger warning should be applied to a particular book.
• This is not a list of recommended bisexual books, but rather an attempt to catalog all books containing bisexual content in one database. The Bi-bliography makes no judgment on the quality of the works included here. For star ratings and reviews, please see the main page for each work.
• Below is a section called "Favorite Authors" where you will find the names of bisexual/non-monosexual authors. Clicking on an author name takes you to the author's main page.
• Below is a link to the TinyCat version of this database. It contains the same data, works well on mobile devices, and is (arguably) more attractive (unless you are fond of 1990s web design.) However, the layout and access to tags is much less user-friendly.
• While most LibraryThing catalogs contain physical collections, the Bi-bliography is not a physical collection.
Favorite authorsKathy Acker, Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, James Baldwin, Jennifer Baumgardner, Heidi Belleau, Charles M. Blow, Cynthia Bond, Susie Bright, Cheryl Burke, Rachel Kramer Bussel, John Cheever, Margaret Cho, Colette, Betsy Cornwell, Alan Cumming, H.D., Corinne Duyvis, Shiri Eisner, Harrie Farrow, Ellen Forney, Roxane Gay, Shira Glassman, Casca Kelly Green, Kate Harrad, Ann Herendeen, Daisy Hernández, Loraine Hutchins, June Jordan, Lani Kaahumanu, Piper Kerman, Nicole Kristal, Ellen Kushner, Sheela Lambert, Laura Lam, C. B. Lee, A. M. Leibowitz, Meredith Maran, MariNaomi, W. Somerset Maugham, Erika Moen, Courtney Moreno, Hannah Moskowitz, Anaïs Nin, Robyn Ochs, Sara Ryan, Vita Sackville-West, Sapphire, Sappho, Vikram Seth, Tess Sharpe, Vivek Shraya, Susan Sontag, Jan Steckel, Lilah Suzanne, Cecilia Tan, Catherynne M. Valente, Alice Walker, A.J. Walkley, Lidia Yuknavitch (Shared favorites)
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