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LEE WIND – Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill: Book Launch Party
October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
What if you knew a secret from history that could change the world? Come celebrate the publication of Lee Wind’s debut novel for teens that asks just that: “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill.”
Wyatt is fifteen, and nobody in his homophobic small town of Lincolnville, Oregon, knows that he’s Gay. Not even his best friend (and accidental girlfriend) Mackenzie. Then he discovers a secret from actual history: Abraham Lincoln was in love with another guy! Since everyone loves Lincoln, Wyatt’s sure that if the world knew about it, they would treat Gay people differently and it would solve everything about his life. So Wyatt outs Lincoln online, triggering a media firestorm that threatens to destroy everything he cares about—and he has to pretend more than ever that he’s straight. . . . Only then he meets Martin, who is openly Gay and who just might be the guy Wyatt’s been hoping to find.
Join us for a talk, reading, Q&A, book signing… and a BIG DANCE PARTY! There will be fruit, and desserts, and sparkling apple cider to toast to this book that is heading out into the world to make a difference in LGBTQ teen lives.
No tickets required for this free community event. Copies of the novel will be available to purchase and/or donate to LGBTQ and Allied teens.
“Wind’s engaging, utterly enjoyable tale of teen self-discovery is riveting both for its well-structured,
historically based plot and its emotional honesty. . . . Wind’s polished prose is filled
with laugh-out-loud moments. . . . A resonant and admirably crafted work.”
—The Book Life Prize
“The premise is a real hook . . . with real potential to influence and educate, on top of entertaining. . . .
A tapestry of the gay teenage experience—frayed edges repaired with earnest love and care.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Bound to spark curiosity . . . A sympathetic novel that will change the way
young readers look at history and the lessons it has to teach.”
— Foreword Reviews
Lee Wind is the founding blogger and publisher of I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?, an award-winning website about books, culture, and empowerment for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning and Queer youth, and their Allies. For over 10 years, readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.5 million page views—and counting!
In his “Clark Kent” jobs, Lee is the director of marketing and programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association and the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. His Superhero job is writing, inspired by our world’s amazing—and untold—LGBTQ history.