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Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) fall 2019 tour

September 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - November 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

“I’m writing an encyclopedia about a television show for a friend of mine who died,” says the narrator of Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian)

Hazel Jane Plante’s debut novel does just that, in layered, delightful, and dense prose. Out this October, the novel will launch in Vancouver, Burnaby, Victoria, Montreal, Toronto, and more. Hazel will also appear in September at Canzine Vancouver.


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.

Trish Salah, author of Wanting in Arabic and Lyric Sexology Vol. 1, calls the book “gorgeously whimsical, inspired, odd and anguished. Reminiscent of early Jeanette Winterson, but also utterly innovative, this is a love letter to heart break and to art as its only, imperfect salve.”


Canzine Vancouver – Sept 21, 2 pm
with Ali Blythe, Cass Blanchard, and Adele Barclay
Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia St

with special guest Raven Slander
Massy Books launch – October 10, 7 pm
229 E Georgia St

with special guest Onjana Yawnghwe
W.A.C. Bennett Library – October 16, 12:30 pm
Simon Fraser University

with special guest Ali Blythe + hosted by Victoria’s poet laureate, John Barton
Bolen Books – October 22, 7 pm
1644 Hillside Ave #111

L’Euguelionne, November 1, 6-8 pm
1426 Rue Beaudry

with special guest Tom Cho
Glad Day, November 4, 6-8 pm
499 Church St


Hazel Jane Plante is a queer trans librarian, cat photographer, and writer. In a previous life, she co-founded a micro-press, co-edited a little literary journal, co-hosted a podcast, and released lo-fi albums under the name Sparse. Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) is her first novel.

She currently lives in Vancouver on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


Get a copy of the Little Blue Encyclopedia directly from Metonymy Press or at a bookstore or library near you!


September 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am
November 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm