A Queer Love Story - The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout Book

A Queer Love Story - The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout Book

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A Queer Love Story presents the first fifteen years of letters between Jane Rule – novelist and the first widely recognised “public lesbian” in North America – and Rick Bébout, journalist and editor with the Toronto-based Body Politic, an important incubator of LGBT thought and activism.

Rule lived in a remote rural community on Galiano Island in British Columbia but wrote a column for the magazine. Bébout resided in and was devoted to Toronto’s gay village.

At turns poignant, scintillating, and incisive, their exchanges include ruminations on queer life and the writing life even as they document some of the most pressing LGBT issues of the ’80s and ’90s, including HIV/AIDS, censorship, and state policing of desire.

"A Queer Love Story is a wonderful book full of daily life's details, notes on the writing process, and commentary on gay and lesbian issues. It will introduce younger readers to two exemplary members of the gay community ... I felt privileged to be in the presence of these two gifted, courageous writers, both of whom left the U.S. for Canada when they were young. Imagine a book of 600 pages that seems to end too soon. Will we ever again, in this age of texting, have such a lively, spirited, and revealing correspondence?"
Author: Margaret Cruikshank Source: The Gay & Lesbian Review

"It is a pleasure and a privilege to “watch” their friendship grow. I highly recommend A Queer Love Story."
Author: Julie Thompson Source: The Lesbrary

"Reading a collection of letters can be something of a guilty pleasure. Marilyn Schuster’s edition of the letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout, by contrast, is a moving experience, deftly mingling genres of memoir, diary, and essay. Though reduced by three-quarters from the carefully chronologised 2700-page collection both correspondents agreed to present to the editor, covering fifteen eventful years of their correspondence (1981-1995), A Queer Love Story offers a deeply personal view of academic and publishing life from two of Canada’s leading gay authors."
Author: Patricia Demers Source: The Ormsby Review

"In an era when tweets, texts, and e-mails have surpassed the art and practice of letter-writing, this volume will delight historians of the LGBTQ movement and everyday readers."
Author: Evelyn C. White Source: Herizons

Author Marilyn Schuster
Format Paperback
Pages 648
ISBN 9780774835442


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