Library starts LGBTQ book club

The South Regional Durham County Library has formed a new LGBTQ adult book club, says librarian Jackie Martinez.

When and where do you meet? The club will hold its first meeting at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23 at the library at 4505 S. Alston Ave. in Durham.

Tell us about your club. We hope our meetings will be filled with constructive discussions that show our passions, likes, and dislikes about LGBTQ fiction and nonfiction books, themes, characters, and topics. The first three books have been chosen for January through March, but we will select future titles based on input from club members. Meeting dates and book titles will be available on the library’s online calendar found on

What are you reading now? Our first selection will be “Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!” by Big Freedia with Nicole Balin. Big Freedia, born Freddie Ross, is a New Orleans hip-hop musician known for bringing “bounce” from the underground music scene to the forefront of the industry. This is her first book and it’s a no-holds-barred memoir that tells her story of acceptance, healing, self-expression, and stardom.

What’s unique about your club? This club will be inclusive of all who are interested in discussing themes, issues, and topics that are relevant in LGBTQ books.

How to join: For more information, contact Adult Services Librarian, Jackie Martinez at 919-560-7436 or

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Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!

Big Freedia

Gallery Books, 272 pages