Rainbow Reads

rainbow faced teen. Covers of Cemetery Boys, You should See Me In A Crown, and The Gentleman's Guide to Virtue and Vice

An LGBTQIA YA Reading Group


Join Rainbow Reads–a young adult LGBTQIA book group for Lane County teens hosted by Wordcrafters in Eugene in partnership with the Eugene Public Library! Rainbow Reads meets the first and third Monday of every month to discuss young adult literature for queer teens, by queer teens, and/or about queer teens. All teen readers across the gender and sexuality spectrum are welcome.

First Monday: community building–group activities including LGBTQIA picture book storytime, guest LGBTQIA authors, discussing LGBTQIA artists, media, and issues, and recommending LGBTQIA works

Feb 1: Come meet and talk with our amazing guest, Rosie Thor, author of Tarnished are the Stars!

Third Monday: book club– in which we dive into the book of the month

Feb 15: Come discuss The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue!

To foster an inclusive space, a brief safe space policy will be read at the start of each meaning, and participants will be encouraged to share their preferred name and pronouns. Discussions will be kept to age-appropriate topics, and content warnings will be provided.

Eugene Public Library is giving away free Book Boxes with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue!!! Simply go to the front desk of the downtown branch (100 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401) say you’re there to get your book box for the Rainbow Reads Book Club, and they’ll get it for you! Even more exciting? YOU GET TO KEEP IT, AND ALL OF THE GOODIES (book marks and more)!!!

If the library runs out of give aways and rentals, Wordcrafters has digital and audio books available for the reading group to ensure all readers have access. Request your copy here.

The event is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Lane County Cultural Coalition. 


About the Facilitator

Ben Brock was born in Eugene, OR, and has lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated with a B.S. in Science at PSU—which he mostly uses to contemplate how we can achieve a civilization more closely aligned with Star Trek—and completed a capstone in Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies.

With over a decade of experience in social media marketing, fundraising, and community relations management, Ben has worked for local authors, nonprofits, and publishing companies as a freelance writer. 

Ben’s passion is LGBTQIA advocacy and spends his free time volunteering for LGBTQIA organizations, writing the queer stories he wished he grew up with, playing RPGs, training for marathons, and bemoaning the fact the world has yet to make a decent gluten free donut.


2021 Group Meeting Dates:
Jan 4, 18 | Feb 1, 15
Mar 1, 15 | Apr 5, 19
May 3, 17 | June 7, 21
July 5, 19 | Aug 2, 16
Sept 6, 20 | Oct 4, 18
Nov 8, 22 | Dec 6, 20

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