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The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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"[T]houghtful, humorous, and moving...Read together, the letters become a powerful refrain." ―Publishers Weekly
*"[A] lovely, often funny, and always heartfelt book...that may save lives." ―Booklist, starred review
"Offering encouragement, comfort, advice, valor, and love, they create a vivid rainbow of political perspectives, personal anecdotes, and wisdom." ―Elle
"[W]ith its repeated exhortations to relax more and worry less, this book might be a life-saver for some-and could function as an author list, as well, for teens wanting to read more about People Like Us." ―Horn Book
"The Letter Q is the most recent book addressing the issue and sheds the formalities of speaking to a broad audience you've never met. It is instead an anthology of letters from LGBT writers to their younger selves. The result is an intimate experience where the authors address specifics and call themselves out on their own faults." ―The Advocate
About the Author
James Lecesne is an actor, writer, and activist. His Academy Awardwinning short film, Trevor, inspired the founding of The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org).
Top Customer Reviews
The notes in The Letter Q are inspirational, funny and above all powerful.
Definitely one to have on the shelf, and worth keeping a backup copy on hand to pass along to any young person you think might need it.
And that is how this anthology of writings by some of our most important and impressive writers of the day came about. In this anthology, sixty-four award-winning authors and illustrators such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline, Woodson, Terrence McNally, 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 transgender people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love, messages of 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.
The question was asked "If I knew then what I know now..." If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would it say?Read more ›
This isn't a novel at all. It's a collection of letters by queer authors to their younger selves. The book was produced because every young person identifying as queer has a right to know that their situation of feel lost, alone or misunderstood isn't unique - there's someone out there that can understand.
I enjoyed it because it had so many emanations with my teenage years, and it's always pleasing to read about other success stories.
Another thing is that I often read short story collections to find new authors whose writing style agrees with me. Those are just letters, but the authors hint enough about themselves that I can tentatively pick ones that I'd buy books to try.
I initially picked up this novel because one of my favourite authors, Julie Anne Peters, has a contribution in it. I'd also already encountered Erika Moen from her comic, DAR.
I had fun trying to pick whether the writer was male or female in each case where it wasn't immediately obvious. A weird thing to do when the authors are all queer and any sexuality or gender could be presented. I didn't do this in a judgemental way, just in an interested way.
If you're queer, you're questioning, you just want to understand more about what queer people go through, this could be a good novel for you to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loved these letters to self I found pieces of me in every one of them...Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey S. Wasinger
I really enjoyed this book as it was extremely uplifting to see a successful adult connecting with their younger self at a moment of desperation, sadness, loneliness and when they... Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Nik S
As Fats Waller wrote, I Want to sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter ..... and I will. Thanks James and Sarah for this important book. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by P. N.
When I picked up THE LETTER Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves, I was super excited to have another book to add to my QUILTBAG list. Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by Liviania