Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – Mixtapes to Manors: An Introduction to Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Books with Joce at Yogi with a Book

Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – Mixtapes to Manors: An Introduction to Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Books with Joce at Yogi with a Book

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Our Friend is Here: Latinx Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where between September 15th and October 15th, Latinx authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Latinx and Latinx books. Find the introduction post for Latinx Heritage Month at The Quiet Pond here.

It’s no secret that we here at the Pond absolutely adore Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s books, with CW and I’s gushing reviews of Gods of Jade and Shadow and Mexican Gothic! When our friend Jocelyn from Yogi with a Book agreed to visit the Pond for Latinx Heritage Month, I was thrilled ⁠— not just because she’s a brilliant booktuber who makes thoughtful, lovely content (because she does), but also because she is the most invested fan of Silvia Moreno-Garcia that I know! Today, we have Joce at the Pond to introduce us to the author’s astonishing and prolific body of work over the past few years, as well as discuss her personal experience with these wonderful books!

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Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition – A Discussion with Joel, Booktuber Behind Fictional Fates; If Your Activism Isn’t Intersectional, It Isn’t Activism

Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition - A Discussion with Joel, Booktuber Behind Fictional Fates; If Your Activism Isn't Intersectional, It Isn't Activism. Illustration of Xiaolong with her arms out wide, with Joel as a lion cub wearing a sun crown ,winking, and holding a

An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, waving her hand and winking at you while holding up a flag with the inclusive Pride flag - horizontal stripes of black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Pride Month is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where during the month of June, queer authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being queer, queer books, and their experiences of being a queer reader. Find the introduction post for Pride Month at The Quiet Pond here.

It’s been an amazing month, friends. It’s been a delight to have 21 amazing queer book bloggers and authors visit us to talk about all things queer and also an incredible honour to have such brilliant people give their time and energy to be a part of our little Pride Month series. It was a lot of hard work – for all of our guests and myself – but I do not regret a second of it all.

Pride Month at the Pond aimed to highlight the intersectional ideas and voices within the queer community. Queer experiences can be so interesting, varied, and complex – which is what makes the queer community and its people so beautiful – and our guests have done a stunning job at showcasing the beauty and power in their voices and their experiences.

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Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition – Brody, Booktuber at Et Tu, Brody? Pride Isn’t Pride Without Intersectionality – And Here Are Six Books To Show That

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An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, waving her hand and winking at you while holding up a flag with the inclusive Pride flag - horizontal stripes of black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Pride Month is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where during the month of June, queer authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being queer, queer books, and their experiences of being a queer reader. Find the introduction post for Pride Month at The Quiet Pond here.

As you will learn across our Pride Month posts, intersectionality is not only important – it is mandatory. As you would have seen in previous posts, we have seen our guests talk about how identities can intersect with one another — or that a part of ourselves, one identity, may shape how other parts of ourselves and other identities are experienced and lived. Intersectionality then, is important to be reflected on, considered, and integrated in all the work that we do – otherwise, we risk closing the gates on those who should be included, uplifted, and celebrated in the movement for change.
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Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition – Fadwa, Book Blogger and Booktuber, Discusses ‘I am Muslim, Queer and Not a Contradiction’

Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition. A discussion with Fadwa; booktuber and book blogger behind wordwonders; i am muslim, queer, and not a contradiction. An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, with her arms spread out wide like she is showing off someone, with Fadwa as a brown wolf wearing a pink dress, holding a pansexual and aromantic flag in each hand.

An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, waving her hand and winking at you while holding up a flag with the inclusive Pride flag - horizontal stripes of black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Pride Month is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where during the month of June, queer authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being queer, queer books, and their experiences of being a queer reader. Find the introduction post for Pride Month at The Quiet Pond here.

A conscious goal I had when organising Pride Month at The Quiet Pond was to focus and uplift intersectional queer voices. I wanted to focus on intersectional voices during my Pride Month series because how an individual’s different identities are often excluded in conversations about queer identity and what constitutes as a valid queer experience. More specifically, how other identities such as culture, race, disability, and even social class can shape and influence how queerness is navigated and experienced.
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Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – May Cho, Malaysian Brunei-Based Booktuber, On Why Representation Matters to Her

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Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

One of the understated effects of representation that most marginalised readers will know is that seeing yourself on the page can create an unexpected domino effect: when you finally find a book that’s a mirror into your identity and your experiences, it creates an insatiable hunger to find even more mirrors. Several of the guests in our Asian Heritage Month guest feature series have spoken about what it means to reflect on the lack of Asian characters in literature — but what if the idea of having an Asian character never even crossed your mind? Read More »