The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Letters to their Younger Selves (Paperback)

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By Sarah Moon (Editor), James Lecesne (Editor)
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Great gift book for someone just coming out (at any age) or for someone you just want to positively affirm and celebrate.

— Reach and Teach


If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?

That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?

In this anthology, sixty-three award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.

About the Author

Sarah Moon is a teacher, writer, and translator. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

James Lecesne is an actor, writer, and activist. His Academy Award-winning short film, "Trevor," inspired the founding of The Trevor Project (

Praise For…

"The letter Q stands for 'queer,' of course, and in this lovely, often funny, and always heartfelt book, more than five dozen celebrated writers send letters to their teenage selves. Each note, in its own individual way, promises the author's younger self hope that, in the future, life will get better.... The assembled authors, actors, playwrights, and illustrators are a veritable who's-who of the LGBT creative world, and whose audiences include both young adults and adults." -- Booklist, starred review

"A thoughtful, humorous, and moving collection of letters and comics... Read together, the letters become a powerful refrain." -- Publishers Weekly

"With its repeated exhortations to relax more and worry less, this book might be a life-saver for some -- and could function as an author list, as well, for teens wanting to read more about People Like Us." -- Horn Book

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545399333
ISBN-10: 0545399335
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English