The Letter Q

The Letter Q

Queer Writers' Notes To Their Younger Selves

Book - 2012
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If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?

That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?

In this anthology, sixty-three award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780545399326
Branch Call Number: 392.6 L569
Characteristics: 281 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Moon, Sarah 1982-
Lecesne, James


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Jun 24, 2019

This book is a collection of autobiographical communications from famous LGBTQ+ creators to their younger selves. Some of the entries are funny, others quite emotional, and some are incredibly profound. Since many LGBTQ+ people are already largely disenfranchised by our culture, these messages of encouragement and open dialogue between current and past selves are truly heartfelt. The contributors range from all walks of creative work: fiction authors, playwrights, journalists, etc. I highly recommend this book, even if you don't identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. The message is incredibly clear for all humanity: IT GETS BETTER!

Mar 24, 2019

Honest, reflective & a thoughtful read.


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May 15, 2012

This amazing book is a compilation of "Queer writers' notes to their younger selves".

Half of the royalties from the sale of this book will go towards supporting The Trevor Project's mission of reaching LGBT and Questioning youth in crisis.


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