Each year, a committee of students, staff, and faculty chooses a book for our Queen's community to read together. These books are ones that encourage readers to listen to underrepresented voices and frequently unheard stories. Through events and programming, Queen's community members are invited to meaningfully participate in critical and creative conversations that are inspired by the Queen's Reads books with a specific focus on questions concerning equity, diversity, and inclusion; community dialogue; and hope. All Queen's community members can opt into the Queen's Reads program and receive a free copy of the book. For the 2021-2022-year, electronic and limited physical copies of the Queen’s Reads book are available (details below). If you have any questions about Queen's Reads, please contact Clarissa de Leon (co-ordinator).
I Hope we Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World by Kai Cheng Thom
What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice without violence? How can we love in the absence of faith?
In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, acclaimed poet and essayist Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as Adrienne Maree Brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse.
Free Copies Available for Queen's Community Members
Free copies of I Hope We Choose Love will be available to all Queen’s students, faculty, and staff starting in September 2021.
Pick up a physical book at any of the below locations:
- Student Experience Office
- Stauffer Library
- Education Library
- Yellow House
- Four Directions
- Queen's Residence
Download an e-book here.
Queen's Reads Programming
HONESTY, GLORY, AND POSSIBILITY: QUEER EXPERIENCES OF GENDER
“I DON’T WANT TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE SOME TRANS PEOPLE ARE CONSIDERED NORMAL AND OTHERS ARE CONSIDERED FREAKS. I WANT TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE ALL OF OUR FREAKISH, UGLY, GORGEOUS MAGNIFICENCE IS CELEBRATED FOR ITS HONESTY, GLORY, AND POSSIBILITY.” (THOM, 2019, P. 109)
Deadline: March 11th, 2022
Queen’s Reads and Union Gallery invite 2SLGBTQIA+ Queen’s students, staff, and faculty—from all disciplines and departments—to submit artworks for a collaborative exhibition that will be installed at the Union Gallery in April 2022. Drawing inspiration from the 2021-2022 Queen’s Reads selection I Hope we Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom, Honesty, Glory, and Possibility is an art show that will explore the complicated, messy, and nuanced ways queer folks experience gender.The goal of this collaborative exhibition is to invite 2SLGBTQIA+ Queen’s community members to resist and disrupt gender-binary narratives rooted in heteronormativity, settler-colonialism, and white supremacy through art. Questions that interested artists can consider for their submission(s) include: In what ways do I stand outside of the gender-binary? How do I choose to express my gender as a queer person? How is my queerness and gender related? What do I want the world to know about how I experience gender? We invite open-ended, individual, and collective explorations of queer experiences of gender. Artists of all levels of experience are invited to submit.
Please feel free to distribute widely to Queen’s students, staff, and faculty as well as 2SLGBTQIA+ members in the wider community.
Queen's Reads Author Talk