Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, and community healer in Toronto. She is the author of the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir Metonymy Press), the poetry collection a place called No Homeland (an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in 2018), and the children's picture book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, illustrated by Kai Yun Ching and Wai-Yant Li. Her latest book is the essay collection I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes at the End of the World (an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in 2020). Kai Cheng won the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers in 2017.
THIS WEEK: literary follow-ups to give your Netflix queue a break, author chats and inside scoops, tips to finding a book without its title, and more.
We wrapped up National Poetry Month with five author interviews and excerpts, and a thoughtful piece on writing poetry through times of crisis from Natasha Ramoutar.
All Lit Up turns five today! With growing pains behind us, we're blowing out our candles with a look back on five of our favourite features on the blog AND five + five books we loved this year.
Our final #aluhotsummer picks are for the young at heart: check out our roundup of five books that will make your inner teen yeet.
Montreal-based publisher Metonymy Press—the passion project of high-school friends Ashley Fortier and Oliver Fugler—got its start just a few short years ago. Publishing literary fiction and nonfiction by emerging writers, Metonymy produces quality books that appeal to queer, ... Read more
This week we welcomed spring (in our hearts and future reading piles) with our spring preview, rounded up some of our favourite fairy-tale-inspired books, discovered debut fiction, and more.
This week International Women's Day was a week-long literary affair on ALU with interviews, stories, reading lists, and a special cocktail. Read on for our recap.
This week we left February in the dust with books to look forward to this spring, read a fascinating essay from Kai Cheng Thom on the literary practice of sensitivity reading, contemplated stories of faith, and learned that Netflix is about to serve up a Baby-Sitters Club reboot! ... Read more
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