Fiction. LGBTQIA Studies. Winner of the 32nd Annual Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction. Winner of the 2019 Expozine Alternative Press Awards (Literary, English) 2019 BC and Yukon Book Prizes. Finalist for the Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes. 2020 Publishing Triangle Award finalist for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. The playful and poignant novel LITTLE BLUE ENCYCLOPEDIA (FOR VIVIAN) sifts through a queer trans woman's unrequited love for her straight trans friend who died. A queer love letter steeped in desire, grief, and delight, the story is interspersed with encyclopedia entries about a fictional TV show set on an isolated island. The experimental form functions at once as a manual for how pop culture can help soothe and mend us and as an exploration of oft-overlooked sources of pleasure, including karaoke, birding, and butt toys. Ultimately, LITTLE BLUE ENCYCLOPEDIA (FOR VIVIAN) reveals with glorious detail and emotional nuance the woman the narrator loved, why she loved her, and the depths of what she has lost.
"LITTLE BLUE ENCYCLOPEDIA (FOR VIVIAN) is a strange and wonderful hybrid that uses the creation of an encyclopedia about a fictional 2001 television show, Little Blue, to pay tribute to the narrator's closest friend Vivian Cloze after she's gone. In the process, it casts beautiful insights onto its many themes: queer and trans living, unrequited love, ongoing mourning, joyful friendship, and the powers of (obscure) pop culture to help us cope."—Jacob Wren, Montreal Review of Books
Jacob Wren @ Montreal Review of BooksNour Abi Nakhoul @ Quill and QuireCooper Lee Bombardier @ Lambda LiteraryEmily VanDerWerff @ VoxSue Carter @ The Star
Hazel Jane Plante is a queer trans librarian, cat photographer, and writer. In a previous life, she co-founded a micro-press, co-edited a little literary journal, co-hosted a podcast, and released lo-fi albums under the name Sparse. LITTLE BLUE ENCYCLOPEDIA (FOR VIVIAN) is her first novel. She currently lives in Vancouver on the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN