Happy Canada Day! Here are some queer reads set in the Great White North!

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Happy Canada Day! Joyeuse fête du Canada!

To celebrate, we’d like to share with you a brief list of queer Canadian lit, as recommended by folks on our twitter! I’ve tried to separate these by province/territory whenever possible. For multi-book series, I’ve just listed the first book. One note:

If I’ve made a mistake with regards to orientation/gender identity in the book, genre, or location, please do not hesitate to correct me. I’m basing everything on Goodreads and user tags, which may not be accurate.

One more note: Casey the Canadian Librarian has an incredible list of Canadian Queer Women’s Classics, which I highly recommend you check out.

Now go curl up with a nice cup of Timmies and have a lovely Canada Day! (And if you have other recommendations, toss ’em in the comments and we’ll add them to the list. If possible, please include where in Canada the book is set!)


Betting on Love, by Alyssa Linn Palmer (Calgary area): contemporary, lesbian, bisexual

Rocky Mountain Freedom (Six Pack Ranch #6), by Vivian Arend (Alberta?): western, polyamorous, bisexual [other books in the series aren’t queer]

Arrows Through Archer, by Nash Summers (Banff): contemporary, gay, bisexual

Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi (rural Alberta): young adult, historical, queer, lesbian

British Columbia

Chasing the Dragon, by Kate Sherwood (remote northern BC): contemporary, bisexual, gay

The Better to Kiss You With (The Better to Kiss You With #1), by Michelle Osgood (Vancouver): paranormal, urban fantasy, queer

Apple Polisher (Rear Entrance Video #1), by Heidi Belleau (Vancouver): contemporary, gay

When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai (Vancouver): fantasy, magical realism, queer

Back to You, by Chris Scully (remote BC): contemporary, mystery, gay

New Brunswick

Home and Away, by Samantha Wayland (Moncton): contemporary, romance, gay


Arctic Fire, by Keira Andrews (Nunavut): contemporary, gay


Working It (Ringside Romance #1), by Christine D’Abo  (Toronto): contemporary, gay

Blank Spaces (Toronto Connections, #1), by Cass Lennox (Toronto): contemporary, gay, asexual

Cop Out (Toronto Tales #1), by KC Burns (Toronto)

Nathan Burgoine has several set in Ottawa, including Triad Blood (Triad Blood #1) and Light: both are paranormal, gay

The Fall (The Fall #1), by Kate Sherwood (Rural Ontario): contemporary, gay

Blood Price (Vicki Nelson #1), by Tanya Huff (Toronto): contemporary, urban fantasy, some LGBT characters

That Inevitable Victorian Thing, by E.K. Johnston (Toronto): young adult, historical, science fiction, queer, intersex

Brideprice.com, by Eve Francis (Ottawa): contemporary, lesbian, bisexual

Infamous, by Jenny Holiday (Toronto): contemporary, gay

In Case of Emergency, by Keira Andrews (Ottawa/Mont Tremblant): contemporary, gay


The Gryphon King’s Consort, by Jenn Burke (Montreal): paranormal, gay

The Spirit of the Stairwell, by Eve Francis (Montreal): urban fantasy, lesbian

Voyageurs (Spice it Up), by Keira Andrews (Fort Charlotte/historical QC): historical, gay

Service with A Smirk, by Ariel Tachna (Montreal): contemporary, gay


Wheat Kings and Pretty Things, by G.S. Wiley (Liddon, SK / Regina): contemporary, gay

The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1), by Erin Bow (SK): young adult, fantasy,  queer


Ivan Coyote has written several, including Tomboy Survival Guide (Whitehorse, Yukon Territory): autobiography, queer [see also: full bibliography]

General/Unknown Canada

Prairie Fairies: A History of Queer Communities and People in Western Canada,1930-1985, by Valerie Korinek: non-fiction

Sea Lover, by J.K. Pendragon (remote Canada): contemporary, fantasy, transgender, gay

For the Clan, by Archer Kay Leah (unknown, Canada): science fiction, future, polyamory, queer

First Spring Grass Fire by Rae Spoon (rural Canada): non-fiction, autobiography, transgender, queer

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Again, please feel free to suggest any other books that you can think of! Happy Canada Day to all of you Canadian readers, bloggers, and writers! 

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