What’s On – LGBTQ BOOK FESTIVALS – 2020

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CLEXACON 2020

6th – 19th April

​Tropicana, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ women and allies, ClexaCon brings together thousands of diverse LGBTQ fans and content creators from around the world to celebrate positive representation for LGBTQ women in the media.

Make sure to visit the Bold Strokes Books stalls/panels/readings.

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South Coast Lesfic Hangout | 2020

2nd May @ 10:00 – 16:00
Crawley Horticultural Society,
Ilfield Avenue,
Crawley, West Sussex 
RH11 7AJ, 
United Kingdom.
Free for readers to attend. You’ll be able to meet authors, listen to readings, purchase books and merchandise. Great networking opportunity!

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Waterstones Queer The Shelves Extravaganza 2020

5th June @ 11:00 – 19:00
Waterstones Nottingham,
1/5 Bridlesmith Gate,
Nottingham, NG1 2GR, 
United Kingdom.
A whole day of literary fun with a wide range of LGBTQ prose and poetry performers. Join a whole host of independent, YLVA and Bold Strokes Books authors. A day not to miss!

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11th Annual Bold Strokes Books Festival UK 2020

6th June / 7th June  @  11.00 – 17:00
Waterstones Nottingham,
1/5 Bridlesmith Gate,
Nottingham, NG1 2GR, 
United Kingdom.
Join Bold Strokes Books authors for an amazing weekend of literature and laughs. Ask questions, hear us read from our latest work, buy exciting new LGBTQ fiction, and mingle with the authors in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
You can even pitch your work in progress!

GCLS | 16th Annual Conference

8th July – 12th July
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town,
800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, NM87104
United States.
The GCLS’s annual conference is the premier lesbian literary event for both authors and readers. The event brings together readers, fans, writers, editors and publishers to celebrate lesbian-themed literature.

 

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Review of Love’s Portrait by Omnivore Bibliosaur

“It’s a bit depressing how facts seem to hide more than they reveal.” – Molly Goode, museum curator Less than a year on the job, Molly finds herself tasked with at a make-or-break crossroads with Evelyn Fox, the frosty and exacting Director. In order to carry out the final bequest of their longtime benefactor, George […]

via Review: Love’s Portrait — Omnivore Bibliosaur

Breaking down fun by Anna Larner — Bold Strokes Books, UK

The theme for this year’s BSB book festival blog tour is ‘fun’, and what the word means to us. Well, to be frank, I always approach the word ‘fun’ with the appropriate amount of cynicism and measured caution that the word deserves. This is because how I interpret the word ‘fun’ entirely depends on the […]

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Best Lesfic Reviews – Love’s Portrait by Anna Larner

Molly Goode draws you into the book and into her from the first dialogue. Committed, passionate, idealistic, open, funny, giving…she is completely adorable. The other MC, Georgina Wright, starts off tilting towards being an Ice Queen, but is mercifully, as open to Molly as Molly truly deserves.

Brief synopsis: Molly is a newly appointed art curator of a museum. Wright Foundation is one of the main benefactors of the said museum. Georgina’s father willed a fairish number of artifacts to the museum, and now Georgina has to hand over the bequest. She seems to be dragging her feet and Molly is assigned the task to get Georgina going on it. However, the first time the two MCs meet, Georgina has come to the museum to find the provenance of one particular painting of one of her ancestors’, Josephine. At that point Molly doesn’t know who Georgina is. The painting captures Molly’s imagination and the story unfolds on two levels: the growing relationship between Molly and Georgina and the relationship between Josephine and Edith (the painter of the portrait) two hundred years back.

This was a complex story to cultivate but has been excellently executed. While all the characters are beautifully developed but the tortured Josephine and completely lovable Molly really burrow into your heart. The relationship between the two MCs grabs you and the chemistry is oh, so there.

Definitely recommended.

4-and-a-half-stars

Review by Best Lesfic Reviews