emmy is a PhD student (abd) in the School of Social Work at McMaster University, and a bookseller at a social justice oriented independent book shop. emmy is a trans non-binary colonizer, who grew up in Newfoundland, but is now based in Toronto, Ontario. They live with psychiatric disabilities and chronic illness. In their doctoral program, emmy conducts research on social work with other-than-human animals. They are also a member of Re:searching for LGBTQ2S+ Health, based out of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, a team that conducts community-based research to understand physical, emotional, and mental health experiences of LGTBQ2S+ people. emmy loves spending time with their partners and adopted dogs and cats, and enjoys film photography, snail mail, roller skating, embroidery, cooking, and… obviously, reading.
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First and foremost, I (emmy) created this blog to amplify non-binary, trans, and/or queer voices within the world of books and publishing. It is #OwnVoices. It is written from the perspective of me, a gendervoid bookseller and avid reader, and provides reviews, recommendations, news, and other related content about diverse books and book-related events. I also aim to provide resources for allies who are seeking to better serve QT+ communities, and a space where QT+ people can find content that resonates with them and that may be difficult to find elsewhere.
I will always have a special place in my heart for spooky spec fic and feminist thrillers, and I believe that these books are often queer and move beyond binaries in their own ways. I grew up on fantasy novels and 90’s kidlit horror like Bunnicula and Goosebumps. Currently, YA and adult dark fantasy, paranormal horror, dystopian, post-apoc, magical realism, mystery, paranoid fiction, true crime, memoir, and thrillers make up a large portion of what I like to read. I am so excited to have this blog reflect these interests.