Book Beat: LGBTQ Emerging Author Prize & Doctor Who Library

Hi book lovers! Ashley here again. I took some time off because I chose to take an intensive summer course. So again, I was launched into student mode, only reading scholarly articles and complaining profusely. I had one of the scariest moments of my life writing an essay and saving it only to not find it anywhere! Turns out it was in an obscure folder, but I still had a mini heart attack.

A Place Called No Homeland,  Kai Cheng Thom, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016Speaking of scary moments, for those who have watched Netflix’s Black Mirror, you know that scary and scientific technology are not world’s apart. The book is set to be written by the “leading names in the literary world” says this BBC article. The book is set to come out in hardcover and e-book format.

I never got into Doctor Who, but even I know the following it has. In Detroit, a new free library is opening in the shape of a TARDIS. The TARDIS is open to anyone to come leave and take a book and is meant to be a local library. So while you’re waiting for the announcement of who the new doctor is (see I told you I keep up) check out this article on this totally cool and nerdy library.

In some Canadian literary award news, Kai Cheng Thom, a Toronto based poet won the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie prize given to an author who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer and whose work has shown “great literary promise” says this CBC article. Thom’s novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars was heralded as a beautiful and joyous trans memoir.

You know the good days when Barack Obama was president and we got tons of cute Obama with kids and just cute Obama pictures? Yeah, I miss that. Obama will be writing the foreword for the book of photographs his White House photographer Pete Souza is creating. The book will be called Obama: An Intimate Portrait and is set to come out in November. I for one can’t wait to buy it.

I once took one of those Buzzfeed quizzes and it told me the literary heroine I was closest to was Elizabeth Bennet, and honestly, I had never felt more understood. According to this article by Bookstr, the Bennet house used for BBC’s version of Pride and Prejudice is for sale, and boy does it look beautiful, if you’ve got $11.6 million.

Happy Thursday!

Ashley Ash

Ashley Ash

Ashley is a proud Torontonian, third year social worker student, full time child advocate and national award winning writer. She will defend Anakin Skywalker and Jon Snow till she dies.