Lesbian Lit Book Group – May

Up this month is a memoir by Chana Wilson, about sexuality and her relationship with her mother. (And more, of course, but we don’t want to give it away.) Join us to discuss, as always, on the first Tuesday of the month, when we talk about lesbian characters/issues/content.

Running Off Radar, Worth the Wait: MB Austin and Karelia Stetz-Waters

Running Off Radar: Covert operator Maji Rios’s best friend was right: she was an idiot to break up with Professor Rose diStephano, even for the best reasons. When Rose offers her a week of R&R in Sitka, Alaska, she’s ready to let Rose decide if a relationship is worth the danger. But her plans to win Rose back are interrupted when work intrudes and duty calls Maji to help a SEAL team stop a Russian Mobster from harvesting gold from the bottom of Sitka Sound.

MB Austin is a mild-mannered civil servant by day, who plays with real people in the dojo and imaginary ones in her stories. She lives with her fabulous wife in Seattle, an excellent town for coffee-fueled writers who don’t need too much sun.

Worth the Wait: For fifteen years, Avery Crown tried to forget her best friend Merritt Lessing. The late nights studying, the whispered confidences, and the little touches that never turned into something more. Unfortunately, her efforts have not been as successful as her TV career as the queen of home renovation. So when she runs into Merritt at their high school reunion, Avery asks for one night with the woman she’s always wanted.

Merritt spent high school pining after Avery, but never made a move. Their friendship meant too much. The one time it seemed things might change, Avery chose her budding career. So Merritt did the same, throwing herself into her remodeling business. Now Avery is back, and while Merritt still hasn’t forgiven her for walking away the first time, they cant keep their hands off each other. But when their professional paths cross, and it seems like Avery is choosing her career once again, Merritt will have to decide if she’s willing to let go of the past and give herself a second chance with her first love.

Karelia Stetz-Waters remembers a time when romantic love was a holy grail she thought she would never find. Stories about lesbians all ended tragically. At seventeen, she was certain the best she could hope for was to die nobly for the woman she loved (who would never love her back, of course). Four years later, she saw her true love across a crowded room, and they have been together for twenty years. Knowing that happily-ever-after is possible for everyone, Stetz-Waters has made it her life’s mission to craft happy endings for women who love other women. She is also on a quest to spread “cliteracy” across the country, using her work as a romance writer to teach readers about female sexual anatomy, desire, and pleasure.

Karelia writes the Out in Portland series for Forever Yours at Grand Central. Her romance novels include Worth the Wait, For Good, and Something True. Other works include The Admirer, The Purveyor, and Lambda Literary Award finalist Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before. She has a Masters in English and teaches writing at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon.

She’d love to hear from you at www.kareliastetzwaters.com

Lesbian Lit Book Group – Dec

This month we’re reading a new release, Sugar Land by Tammy Lynne Stoner. It’s in the style of a traditional southern book but has lesbians. Woot! It’s been getting a lot of buzz so hopefully it can withstand our critical discussion. We meet the first Tuesday of the month and talk about books with lesbian characters/content/issues.


Local Author Heidi Harrison

Join us in for a reading of The Four Seasons, a new book by Heidi Harrison.

Music begins the story, and music weaves itself around each changing time period and evolution, Vivaldi’s transcendent notes encapsulating the various moods of the Four Seasons.

Irene has taught their intricacies for years, as the music of her life gently coils around her and her longings. As the result of a radio contest, she ends up in Tasmania, crossing over hemispheres and seasons, leaving behind winter for the warm sands of summer.

Helena, mountain woman, humanitarian, and yogurt baron, takes her yearly trek to Tasmania to assess her culture providers, unaware that she will meet her match and love in life.

Individually and together, these two women blend a musically rich tapestry of passion, eroticism, humor, intrigue, and the simple and complex layers of the human existence.

Heidi has always loved writing. At a very early age, she realized that words allowed for the exodus of her soul, a rhapsody, a sense of grace enveloping her. Writing has been her boulder, her stories the healing balm in a world that sometimes cries out for this.

Born in and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she now calls home the Northwest, where towering red cedars surround her, inspiring her imaginative mind. She holds a MS degree in Counseling Psychology, and a dual degree in Child Development and French, and she has spent almost thirty years as a psychotherapist and a teacher of young children. She is also a classically trained violinist. She has traveled extensively between the hemispheres and she has lived and studied in Paris and in Grenoble, France.

She has written several novels and children’s books, countless stories, (fiction and creative nonfiction) and a full-length memoir. In each of these works, she is inspired by imagination itself, by real stories of people’s lives, by love, by music, by the stunning majesty of nature, by the beauty and power of words, relationships, the diversity of cultures, and the human heart and its complexities. We live in a complicated and often challenging world, and yet, as a writer, as an observer, as a teacher, she is, every day, inspired by the grace and by the infinite beauty that we, as humans, embody. Our dazzling earth is of an infinite nature; humbly, she lets words only begin to describe it.

Lesbian Lit Book Group – July

This book just came out in English in time for us to read it for this month’s group. Tribonia Melibea Obono wrote the book La Bastarda in Spanish, one of the languages of her native Equatorial Guinea, and it is the second book ever, and first by a woman, from that country to be translated into English. We should get an entirely unique perspective because of that. Excited to read it and hear what people think. We meet the first Tuesday of the month to talk about books with lesbian content/characters/issues, and all readers are welcome!

Lesbian Lit Book Group – April

Up this month is the most recent winner of the Lambda Literary Award for fiction – Here Comes the Sun, by Nicole Dennis-Benn. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss books with lesbian themes/characters/issues. All readers welcome.

Author Heather Jane and Guests

Join us in welcoming Heather Jane, reading from her new book, Potential. Also reading are Jove Belle, Ila Suzanne, Linda Vogt, and the famous Lee Lynch. It’s an afternoon of lesbian lit in the loft!

Author Sandra de Helen

Sandra de Helen has just re-released her thriller, Till Darkness Comes, and in celebration, she’ll be reading a bit from it and also giving us a teaser of her other work, The Hounding, and The Illustrious Client. Maybe she’ll even read from her work in progress, The Valley of Fear.

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Lesbian Lit Book Group – Feb

This month we’re doing something different and reading a book of essays. It’s our first, and one of the few memoirs we’ve read on top of that. It’s Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear by local author Kate Carroll de Gutes, and it won the Oregon Book Award for narrative nonfiction last year. (We meet the first Tuesday of every month to discuss books with lesbian themes/topics/characters/authors. All readers welcome.)