Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian)
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About the Author
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.
--Quill & Quire, starred review
Little Blue Encyclopedia understands perfectly how pop culture -- and pop culture fandom -- can become bound up in our lives inextricably. As the narrator assembles her encyclopedia, memories of Vivian when she was alive start to trickle into the text. Sometimes the narrator is conscious of those memories taking over, and sometimes it happens almost without her having to try.
If we mourn for too long, society might tell us that we're wrong, that it's time to move on, get over it, but this book shows, at least at times, that it's actually conventional wisdom that is misguided. Since Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian), at its core, is about nothing more or less than the fact that the narrator still loves and is still grieving, both emotions intertwined with the difficulties of survival. -- Jacob Wren, Montreal Review of Books
Vancouver author Hazel Jane Plante's quirky, queer debut destined to be a cult classic. --Toronto Star
The last time I read a novel with such a startling, original, winning first-person narrator was Miriam Toews's
A Complicated Kindness.
-- Paul Headrick, Ormsby Review