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The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

by Sarah Moon (Editor), James Lecesne (Editor)

Other authors: LaShonda Katrice Barnett (Contributor), Marion Dane Bauer (Contributor), Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Contributor), Amy Bloom (Contributor), Anne Bogart (Contributor)57 more, Paige Braddock (Contributor), Melanie Braverman (Contributor), Nick Burd (Contributor), Jennifer Camper (Contributor), Bill Clegg (Contributor), Bruce Coville (Contributor), Howard Cruse (Contributor), Michael Cunningham (Contributor), Stacey D'Erasmo (Contributor), Ray Daniels (Contributor), Benoit Denizet-Lewis (Contributor), Carole DeSanti (Contributor), Diane DiMassa (Contributor), Michael DiMotta (Contributor), Mayra Lazara Dole (Contributor), Colman Domingo (Contributor), Larry Duplechan (Contributor), David Ebershoff (Contributor), Paula Gilovich (Contributor), Jewelle Gomez (Contributor), Brent Hartinger (Contributor), Adam Haslett (Contributor), Randall Kenan (Contributor), Lucy Knisley (Contributor), David Leavitt (Contributor), Arthur Levine (Contributor), David Levithan (Contributor), Ali Liebegott (Contributor), Malinda Lo (Contributor), Gregory Maguire (Contributor), Jaye Maiman (Contributor), Armistead Maupin (Contributor), Richard McCann (Contributor), J.D. McClatchy (Contributor), Terrence McNally (Contributor), Erika Moen (Contributor), Martin Moran (Contributor), Eileen Myles (Contributor), Michael Nava (Contributor), Jasika Nicole (Contributor), Eric Orner (Contributor), Erik Orrantia (Contributor), Julie Ann Peters (Contributor), Christopher Rice (Contributor), Paul Rudnick (Contributor), Rakesh Satyal (Contributor), Brian Selznick (Contributor), Carter Sickels (Contributor), Susan Stinson (Contributor), Lucy Thurber (Contributor), Tony Valenzuela (Contributor), Maurice Vellekoop (Contributor), Linda Villarosa (Contributor), Marc Wolf (Contributor), Jacqueline Woodson (Contributor), Bil Wright (Contributor), Doug Wright (Contributor)

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Collects letters from such famous contributors as Brian Selznick, Michael Cunningham, and Amy Bloom to offer hope and support in the face of prejudice.

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Some great bits in here! It would excerpt very well--maybe as classroom reading. But I found it a little bit repetitive. ( )
  grahzny | Jul 17, 2023 |
I didn't get to read this book all the way through because I gifted it to a dear friend who works with queer youth. The pieces that I did read were really well-written, and I think many young adults can find a voice from this book that speaks to them.
  alyssajp | Jul 29, 2019 |
An impressive and necessary collection of letters, essential for all public libraries. Personally, I think I most enjoyed reading the authors with whom I was already familiar (David Levithan, Bruce Coville, Malinda Lo, etc.), but this is the type of book that's going to mean something different to every reader. A diverse range of contributors is included. ( )
  abbylibrarian | Jun 11, 2012 |
The Good Stuff

David Levithan's essay was so hilarious yet sweet and honest - will now be looking for some of his writing
A good mixture of humour, sadness and anger
The message of hope and forgiveness is so prevalent and beautifully and honestly done
Very powerful and inspiring
Brian Selznick's essay was extremely funny and tender
Martin Moran's essay is heartbreaking, so brave to have told his story - such strength of character and a very inspiring story to those LGBT youths with thoughts of suicide
Wise and non preachy advice for helping kids who are struggling with their sexuality
The Not So Good Stuff

Brutal to hear of parents & educators abuse of children over something as natural as sexual preference
Favorite Quotes/Passages

""I'm still not entirely sure whether I use the word irony correctly, but I believe there's something exquisitely ironic about making fun of your non-gay teacher for being gay, and then going home and listening to Barbara Streisand's Broadway Album over and over again." David Levithan

"Yes, the indignities you suffer at the hands of bigots can make you bitter. But they can also strengthen your ability to empathize with the oppressed, and in doing so, enlarge the capacity of your heart." Doug Wright

"You will discover that all gay men are not stylish, witty, promiscuous, and viciously entertaining. No one said that equality was going to be fun." Paul Rudnick

"I hear you say, I want to die, and it tears at my sould that you're only thirteen and ready to give up on life." and "No! Don't get back at everyone by dying. Get back at them by living and saving lives, starting with your own. Fight for your life." Mayra Lazara Dole

Who Should/Shouldn't Read

For teens of ALL genders and sexuality -- the message of believing and loving yourself apply to everyone and not just those struggling with their sexuality
My Uncle should have read this and maybe he would have loved and accepted his son no matter of Bruce's sexual preference. My cousin told his Dad that he was gay and my Uncle never spoke to him again. My Dad became a surrogate father to Bruce and tried to help him but ultimately Bruce's life was cut short by the acts of self-hatred and abuse (Drugs, alcohol, dangerous sexual partners, etc) caused by his fathers abandonment.
This should be in every public and school library so kids struggling can hear the message of hope that you will get through this from those who have
Required reading for ALL educators and parents
5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

My advice to my younger self

Michael Tinker is never going to go for you - get over him
Michael Corsini is MARRIED - he is scum for not telling you this -- but hey the man who ended up defending you and giving your friends hell - you end of marrying and having two beautiful heathens with him (And BTW he's moving you to Calgary next month so you might want to think about getting over your hatred of country music)
Stop with the diet pills, they are going to fuck up your digestive system for life -- you are beautiful the way you are
Stop pretending to be someone else so people will like you -- accept who you are and love yourself for that and people will actually like the real you
Don't sleep with all those divers -- they are not going to love you -- they just want in your pants and you will hate yourself for it
Don't have a fight with your Dad the night before he goes on vacation to Bermuda -- he dies there and you will not be able to tell him you are sorry and how lucky you were to have such an exceptional (and completely wacky) guy for a Dad
Get over your fear of driving (sorry snorter porter -- you still got to work on that one)
What that man did was wrong, he abused his position of power and it was not your fault!
For gods sake you are smart enough to go to University and become a Librarian - tell that nasty voice in your head to piss off (cause quite frankly Librarians get paid way more than the Library Technician you became) ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Moon, SarahEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lecesne, JamesEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnett, LaShonda KatriceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bauer, Marion DaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bledsoe, Lucy JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloom, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bogart, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Braddock, PaigeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Braverman, MelanieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burd, NickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Camper, JenniferContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clegg, BillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coville, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cruse, HowardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cunningham, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
D'Erasmo, StaceyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daniels, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Denizet-Lewis, BenoitContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DeSanti, CaroleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DiMassa, DianeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DiMotta, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dole, Mayra LazaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Domingo, ColmanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duplechan, LarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ebershoff, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilovich, PaulaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gomez, JewelleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hartinger, BrentContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haslett, AdamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kenan, RandallContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knisley, LucyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leavitt, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levine, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levithan, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liebegott, AliContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lo, MalindaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maguire, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maiman, JayeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maupin, ArmisteadContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCann, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McClatchy, J.D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McNally, TerrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moen, ErikaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moran, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Myles, EileenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nava, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nicole, JasikaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Orner, EricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Orrantia, ErikContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Peters, Julie AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rice, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rudnick, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Satyal, RakeshContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Selznick, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sickels, CarterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stinson, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thurber, LucyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valenzuela, TonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vellekoop, MauriceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Villarosa, LindaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolf, MarcContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Woodson, JacquelineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wright, BilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wright, DougContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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