First and foremost, Books Beyond Binaries was created to amplify non-binary, trans, and/or queer voices within the world of books and publishing. It is #OwnVoices, written largely from the perspective of emmy, a gendervoid bookseller and literary agent, and avid reader, and provides reviews, recommendations, news, and other related content about diverse books and book-related events. BBB also aims to provide resources for allies who are seeking to better serve LGBTQ2S+ communities, and a space where LGBTQ2S+ people can find content that resonates with them and that may be difficult to find elsewhere.
Emmy Nordstrom Higdon, purveyor of spines
emmy is the creator of BBB. They are also a PhD student at McMaster University, a member of the planning team for the Festival of Literary Diversity, and a literary agent at Westwood Creative Artists. They are a queer, trans, non-binary colonizer originally from Newfoundland, now based in Tkaronto (Toronto, Ontario). They live with psychiatric disabilities, chronic illness, and are on the autism spectrum. They are proudly queer, nebularomantic, polyamorous, and gendervoid.
In their doctoral program, emmy conducts research on the wellbeing of dogs who work in therapeutic practice. 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 partner and adopted dogs and cats, and enjoys film photography, snail mail, roller skating, embroidery, vegan cooking, and… obviously, reading.
emmy will always have a special place in their 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. emmy grew up on fantasy novels and 90’s kidlit horror like Bunnicula and Goosebumps. Murder is their comfort read.
You can find emmy elsewhere on the internet on their
- staff bio as Assistant Agent at The Rights Factory
- staff picks page at Another Story Bookshop
- Instagram for Another Story or their pets or their embroidery
- website for freelancing and academic work (which almost always needs an update)
- research bio for Re:searching for LGBTQ2S+ Health
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Jack is the newest contributor to Books Beyond Binaries, and is writing rad reviews of queer books. Jack is a queer writer and artist who is completing her English and Cultural studies BA at McMaster University. She likes to read psychological thrillers, Afrofuturistic works and genre-bending memoirs that include Auto-Theory. Also, she enjoys watching films, writing short stories, drawing, and desserts that are sweet, but not too sweet.
Books Beyond Binaries is proud to lend our support to Santana Reads’ Blog and Bookstagram! The content producer behind Santana Reads is Carolina, a bi, genderfluid, Puerto Rican 16-year old teen book blogger who is very passionate about diverse literature. When they’re not reading a good book, they can be found snacking on gingerbread cookies, napping, playing with their dog, and marathoning TV shows on Netflix. They are one of the co-hosts of the Latinx Book Club.