The Letter Q
Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger SelvesBook - 2012
This book was conceived as part of the response to a spate of suicides among LGBT youth that revealed how vulnerable and isolated these teens often still are. The popularity of the "It Gets Better" YouTube campaign shows how badly needed are messages that tell LGBT teenagers that they will be OK if they just hang on.
The Letter Q takes this one step further by moving beyond the simple platitude of "it gets better" to tell a deeper and more personal story for each of its contributors. Each letter is like a tightly focused biography, where the writer reveals an aspect of his or her self that speaks to the heart of what's important to LGBT teens. With moving stories from contributors such as Brian Selznick, Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, David Levithan, and Rakesh Satyal, this is a book that should be available to every LGBT kid coming of age today and fans of this stellar list of authors.
Contributors include: Amy Bloom, Paul Rudnick, Rakesh Satyal, Michael Cunningham, Eileen Myles, David Levithan, Jasika Nicole, Doug Wright, Stacey D'Erasmo, Jennifer Camper, Erik Orrantia, Brian Selznick, Malinda Lo, Martin Moran, Armistead Maupin, Arthur Levine, Richard McCann, Jacqueline Woodson, Ali Liebegott, Linda Villarosa, J. D. McClatchy, Eric Orner, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Tony Valenzuela, Gregory Maguire, Christopher Rice, Jewelle Gomez, Bill Clegg, Erika Moen, David Leavitt, Sarah Moon, LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Howard Cruse, Michael DiMotta, Terrence McNally, Brent Hartinger, Susan Stinson, Marc Wolf, Julie Anne Peters, Lucy Knisley, Nick Burd, James Lecesne, Paula Gilovich , Colman Domingo, Marion Dane Bauer, Lucy Thurber, Paige Braddock, Melanie Braverman, Michael Nava
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