Queer Book Club Online
Looking for a safe space to read and discuss books about the LGBTQIA+ community? You've found us! In this monthly book club we'll read both fiction and nonfiction books about the queer* experience, the intersectionality of queerness, class, religion, and race, and discuss the ways in which things have changed, remained the same, or ways we can affect the change we want to see.
This book club is open to anyone who identifies as being part of or is supportive of the LGBTQIA+ community.
*We acknowledge that the term queer has been used through the years as both a pejorative term as well as a rallying cry. In an effort to be inclusive, we've decided to use it in accordance with modern definitions. If you'd like to read more, please click here.
This book club meets the 1st Wednesday of every month on Zoom. To get the Zoom link please register below.
This month we'll be discussing Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao.
The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall of China. It doesn't matter that the girls die from the mental strain. When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it's to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister's death. But when she gets her vengeance, it becomes clear that she is an Iron Widow, a rare kind of female pilot who can sacrifice males to power up Chrysalises instead. To tame her frightening yet valuable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest male pilot in Huaxia, yet feared and ostracized for killing his father and brothers. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will take over instead, then leverage their combined strength to force her society to stop failing its women and girls. Or die trying.