Violet, etc.

I’m very involved in my community and produce a number of queer literary events and projects (both in Montreal and online)—from a monthly newsletter to a reading series to a book club.


Once a month, I send out the Violet Letter. It’s an LGBTQ literary newsletter filled with book news and events, literary links, and short interviews with authors (always from a Canadian perspective). You can sign up for it below.


Since 2014, I have worked to create a space for LGBTQ literature in Montreal, curating and producing a queer reading series in our city’s gay village. Taking place every month in a non-traditional space, The Violet Hour has introduced more than 140 writers to new audiences.

This year, because of the pandemic, we are coming to you live online via Glad Day Bookshop’s Facebook and Zoom channels (password: 1970). Be sure to tune in to our next events.

Tuesday, March 30 at 7 PM (ET)
With andrea bennett, Mathieu Leroux, Eli Tareq El-Bechelany-Lynch and Pierre Samson

Tuesday, April 27 at 7 PM (ET)
With Jane Byers, Gabriel Cholette and Marie Darsigny

Tuesday, May 25 at 7 PM (ET)
With Tara Borin, Farzana Doctor, Brian Francis and Nisha Patel

You can also follow The Violet Hour reading series on Facebook.


And if you love to read, consider joining the Violet Hour Book Club, a monthly book club where we discuss classic and contemporary works of LGBTQ literature (held in collaboration with Never Apart). Here are our upcoming titles:

April 3, 2021: Just Kids by Patti Smith
May 1, 2021: You Will Love What You Have Killed by Kevin Lambert
May 29, 2021: Real Life by Brandon Taylor
June 26, 2021: Johnny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
July 24, 2021: How Poetry Saved My Life by Amber Dawn
August 28, 2021: Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski
September 25, 2021: In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

You can also join the Violet Hour Book Club on Facebook.