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Coming Up on Vulpes Libris: GLBT Week

This week, we in Vulpes Libris get in touch with our alternative side in our first ever Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender (GLBT) Theme Week. We examine the ins and outs of historical lesbianism, gay crime noir writing, the mysteries of gender and the delights of friendship, and much much more.

On Monday, Jackie peers at the dark side of Victorian England in Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith.

On Tuesday, Hilary is moved by the lifelong partnership of Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland, described in Claire Harman’s biography.

On Wednesday, Eve takes us on a mystery trip into either GLBT teen fiction or gay erotic writing – but she hasn’t quite decided yet!

On Thursday, Anne plunges deep into the dark riches of Clare London’s PI novel, Freeman.

On Friday, gender is only one of many themes as Sam takes a look at Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

And on Saturday, we have Brideshead Revisited Revisited as Rosy takes a look at “male friendship” in this classic novel.

This lovely pic, Red Fox by Jeremy Doorten, is licensed for royalty-free usage from photography site Stock.XCHNG under these standard conditions.

About annebrooke

Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK, and writes in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel. When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds, and in the allotment attempting to grow vegetables. She also loves the theatre and is a keen fan of crosswords and sudokus, as long as they're not too hard! Her websites can be found at:,, and (for fantasy fiction).

16 comments on “Coming Up on Vulpes Libris: GLBT Week

  1. Lara Zielinsky
    May 16, 2010

    Looking forward to this. I hope it creates more mainstream reader interest in GLBT fiction. There are some brilliant writers in the broad genre, and beautiful characters anyone can identify with.

  2. annebrooke
    May 16, 2010

    Very true, Lara – it should be a fascinating week!


  3. The Literary Omnivore
    May 16, 2010

    Fingersmith, Middlesex, and Brideshead Revisited? Oh, I can’t wait- the latter two are some of my favorite books.

  4. annebrooke
    May 16, 2010

    A double treat for you then, TLO! Glad we’re already cheering up your week! Axxx

  5. rosyb
    May 16, 2010

    Crumbs – the pressure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. annebrooke
    May 16, 2010

    Tee hee, Rosy – but don’t forget you’re the best so no need to worry! ๐Ÿ™‚ Axxx

  7. Kassa
    May 16, 2010

    Great idea, can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. annebrooke
    May 16, 2010

    Me too, Kassa – especially as GLBT fiction is such a growing genre! ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Jackie
    May 16, 2010

    Mr. Doorten seems to have misidentified his photo. Those look to be dholes, which are wild canids of Asia, not red foxes. Red foxes have dark legs, narrower faces and a longer body. I’m guessing these animals are in captivity & perhaps not labeled, leading people to believe they are red foxes.
    I mean no slight to you, Anne. But as a birder, you understand how one nitpicks to identify the proper species. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. annebrooke
    May 16, 2010

    Actually I must say I just loved the picture – I wasn’t at all worried about the title ๐Ÿ™‚ Axxx

  11. Jackie
    May 16, 2010

    It is a nice photo. The foxes make a nice couple.

  12. annebrooke
    May 16, 2010

    Can’t tell what sex they are though, so I’m probably cheating! ๐Ÿ™‚ Axxx

  13. BethWylde
    May 17, 2010

    What a great event. Hopefully this will introduce more GLBTQ lit to those that haven’t tried reading it before. We need more positive exposure for the genre. Thanks for doing this.

  14. annebrooke
    May 17, 2010

    Absolutely agree, Beth! Thanks for the comment ๐Ÿ™‚ Axxx

  15. Ruth Sims
    May 19, 2010

    This is much needed and I know many others are as pleased as I am that it’s happening. I hope I can check in several times. The topics sound like a lot of fun, and informative also.

  16. annebrooke
    May 19, 2010

    Thanks, Ruth – hope you enjoy the reviews! ๐Ÿ™‚ Axxx

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