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Little Blue Encyclopedia Vancouver launch

October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Vancouver, please join author Hazel Jane Plante for the hometown launch of her debut novel ▼Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian)▲

✦October 10, 7 pm
✦Massy Books
✦229 E Georgia St

*with special guest Raven Slander*


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

Hazel’s novel does just that, in layered, delightful, and dense prose.

The author will also appear in September at Canzine Vancouver.


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.

Zoey Leigh Peterson, author of Next Year, For Sure, calls Little Blue Encyclopedia “an exquisite, kaleidoscopic novel bursting with ache and delight.”


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.


This event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh Nations.

Massy Books is easily accessible by transit! Close to the 22, 3, 8 and 19 bus lines at Main and Georgia/Gore and Georgia. There is metered street parking along Georgia, or lot parking at the Sun Wah Centre around the corner (268 Keefer).

Massy Books’ downstairs event space is accessible! You can view the floorplan here: http://www.massybooks.com/accessibility/
Please feel free to reach out with any inquiries.


October 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Massy Books
229 E. Georgia St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6A1Z6 Canada
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