A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bebout


By Marilyn Schuster

A Queer Love Story presents the first fifteen years of letters between Jane Rule – novelist (Desert of the Heart, The Young In One Another's Arms, et al.) and the first widely recognized “public lesbian” in North America – and Rick Bébout, journalist and editor with the Toronto-based Body Politic, an important incubator of LGBT thought and activism, and a predecessor to Xtra.

Rule lived in a remote rural community on Galiano Island in British Columbia but wrote a column for the magazine.

Bébout resided in and was devoted to Toronto’s gay village.

At turns poignant, scintillating, and incisive, their exchanges include ruminations on queer life and the writing life even as they document some of the most pressing LGBT issues of the ’80s and ’90s, including HIV/AIDs, censorship, and state policing of desire.

*The 'censorship' is of special note for Little Sister's as Jane Rule was one of the store's star witnesses during our long censorship trials with Canada's Border Services. Her connections to the store are also detailed in this, until now, very personal record of queer Canada in the '80s and '90s.

Hardcover: 648 pages
Publisher: UBC Press (May 2017)
ISBN-13: 9780774835435
Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.3 x 22.6 cm

***Watch a clip of the late Jane Rule on censorship...

***Watch a brief interview with the late Rick Bebout...