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Gender Queer: A Memoir with Maia Kobabe

  • September 02, 2020
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


  • Any staff member of a LILRC Institutional Member or a LILRC Retired Member
  • For staff and members of any other councils.


Copresented by LILRC Health Sciences Information Committee, SCLA Health Concerns Committee, and NCLA Health Services Committee.  

Meet Maia Kobabe, author of Gender Queer: A Memoir (Lion Forge, 2019) for a discussion of the book, the 2020 ALA Alex Award winner and 2020 Stonewall-Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award Honor Book.

LILRC will provide free print copies of Gender Queer: A Memoir to the first 25 registrants.
For Suffolk/Nassau public librarians, books will be delivered through the systems to participant libraries. If you are unable to receive a book in that way, you may contact Sally Stieglitz at for more information.
Additionally, copies of Gender Queer: A Memoir are available to read through your library and on Hoopla.

About Gender Queer: A Memoir
In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em.
Now, Gender Queer is here.
Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears.
Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.
(Excerpt from the LionForge website.)

About Maia Kobabe: Maia Kobabe is a nonbinary, queer author and illustrator from the Bay Area, California. Eir first full length book, GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR, was published in May 2019. Maia's short comics have been published by The Nib and in many anthologies including THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS, FASTER THAN LIGHT Y'ALL, GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE, SHOUT OUT, ADVANCED DEATH SAVES and BE GAY, DO COMICS. Before setting out to work freelance full-time, e worked for over ten years in libraries. Eir work is heavily influenced by fairy tales, homesickness, and the search for identity.

Code of Conduct

For questions, please email Sally Stieglitz,

Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

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