The Letter Q by Sarah Moon
Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

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Life-saving letters from a glittering wishlist of top authors.

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 Transgendered 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 Sarah Moon

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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 (
Published August 1, 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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To hear the more than 50 contributors tell it, one might think that queer adults mostly end up living in ritzy corners of New York City and becoming published authors.

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In a thoughtful, humorous, and moving collection of letters and comics (not all seen by PW), 64 queer authors and artists tell “their younger selves what they could do to make their lives a little better, a little lighter.” Though largely hopeful, these correspondences often include painful r...

Apr 16 2012 | Read Full Review of The Letter Q: Queer Writers' ...

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Inspired by mentors in her own childhood, editor Sarah Moon asked sixty-four gay, lesbian, and bisexual writers, illustrators, and publishing professionals to write letters to themselves at a younger age — names such as Marion Dane Bauer, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, Brian Selznick, and a...

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