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Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian)
By (author): Hazel Plante
Hazel Plante


Metonymy Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 07, 2019
$18.95 CAD


8in x 5.25 x 0.5 in | 0.53 lb

Page Count:

200 pages


26 illustrations
Metonymy Press
FICTION / LGBTQ+ / Transgender
Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction 2020, Winner BC and Yukon Book Prize Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes 2020, Short-listed Expozine Alternative Press Awards 2020, Winner

The playful and poignant novel Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) sifts through a queer trans woman's unrequited love for her straight trans friend who died. A queer love letter steeped in desire, grief, and delight, the story is interspersed with encyclopedia entries about a fictional TV show set on an isolated island.

The experimental form functions at once as a manual for how pop culture can help soothe and mend us and as an exploration of oft-overlooked sources of pleasure, including karaoke, birding, and butt toys. Ultimately, Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) reveals with glorious detail and emotional nuance the woman the narrator loved, why she loved her, and the depths of what she has lost.

Hazel Jane Plante is a librarian, cat photographer, and writer. Her debut novel Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) received the 32nd Annual Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction. She also releases music under the name lo-fi lioness and helms the podcast t4t, which is about writing while trans.

She currently lives in Vancouver on the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

"Hazel Jane Plante's quirky, queer debut destined to be a cult classic." --Sue Carter, Toronto Star

"Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) is an unapologetically original amalgamation of many disparate elements: a rough draft of an encyclopedia cataloguing a fictional television show; a profile of a recently deceased friend; a working-through of grief and unreciprocated desire; and a tale of a woman's gender transition." --Nour Abi Nakhoul, Quill and Quire (starred review)

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