Winner of the 32nd Annual Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction
Winner of the 2019 Expozine Alternative Press Awards (Literary, English)
2019 BC and Yukon Book Prizes Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes, Finalist
2020 Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature, Finalist
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.
Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante