OUT cast 07/05/2021
Join us on OUT Cast Monday, July 5th as Sive and Steve chat with returning guests author Lisa Bunker and Alli Harper from OURSHELVES. Lisa has two books under her belt; Felix Yz and Zenobia July. Hear about her new venture into crossword puzzle construction! Alli and her team at OURSHELVES curate books for children that feature racially and ethnically diverse, LGBTQ+ and feminist characters and themes. Tune in for our discussion on queer literature. Lisa Bunker Lisa Bunker works full time as a writer. Her first novel, Felix Yz, about a boy fused with an alien counting down to a risky procedure to separate them, was published by Viking in June 2017. Her second novel, Zenobia July, about a trans girl getting to live as a girl for the first time in a new family and school and investigating a cyber crime, came out, also from Viking, in Spring 2019. Over the years she has made homes in New Mexico, southern California, Seattle, the Florida panhandle, and Maine. She currently lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with her wife, Dawn Huebner, a retired child psychologist and author in her own right. Between them they have three grown children. Since 2018 Lisa has served her town in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. She is also an online entrepreneur: in July 2021 she founded Crucinova, an indie subscription service dedicated to championing innovation in crossword puzzle construction. In her leisure time she plays chess, plays the bass, and studies languages. Her author website is at www.lisabunker.net, and you can find her on Twitter @LisaBunker. Alli Harper Alli Harper (she/her/hers) is the queer founder of OurShelves (www.OurShelves.com, @OurShelvesKids), a LGBTQ+ and other diverse children's books subcription service and advocacy effort. OurShelves has a dual mission: 1) To connect high-quality diverse kids' books (for kids ages 0-8) to the families, teachers and others seeking them; and 2) To advocate for the many LGBTQ+ and other diverse books still needed, in part by proving the large, yet currently underestimated, audience for such books. Alli's career has focused on social justice lawyering and organizing, including service as President of the ACLU of Maryland during that state's marriage equality victory, as well as on the boards of the ACLU of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Maine. Alli and her, wife, Jenn, are moms to two little ones, Anna (7) and Isaac (1). They live in Cumberland.
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