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Book reviewer, Tara Scott, and award-winning author, Kris Bryant, discuss queer books, movies, TV shows, graphic novels and narrow down selections for listeners. Grab a glass of wine, dram of whisky, or cup of coffee and join them as they suggest to you, the listener, and to each other, something wonderfully queer and inspiring to check out.

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Book reviewer, Tara Scott, and award-winning author, Kris Bryant, discuss queer books, movies, TV shows, graphic novels and narrow down selections for listeners. Grab a glass of wine, dram of whisky, or cup of coffee and join them as they suggest to you, the listener, and to each other, something wonderfully queer and inspiring to check out.

    Tattooed Chaps (QR 043)

    Tattooed Chaps (QR 043)

    Tara talks new hair colours and adding to her tattoo collection. Kris is back from ClexaCon, with stories of creating the perfect author photobomb. We’re not in our twenties anymore, with our back tattoos and art house films. We’re past our thirties (how past? None of your business), which means it’s documentary time, bay-bee!
    This week, an interesting theme connects a number of the recommendations: how and why people quit competitions. When discussing Glow Up and RuPaul's Drag Race, Tara tells stories of queens and makeup artists who left before they could be kicked off, and in Kris’s official recommendation, she talks about a skateboarder who had to bow out of the Olympics because of misgendering. Was it planned? Not at all. Is it interesting? Let us know on Twitter.
    If you enjoy this episode, please consider buying Kris & Tara a Ko-fi!
    Official Recommendations
    This week, Kris brings us the Netflix documentary Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story. It’s an inspiring story of one person’s identity and the sport that they love. Kris really dug this one and we think you’ll dig it too.
    Rounding the bases into home, Tara delivers another Netflix documentary, A Secret Love. Inspired by the recent explosion of Amazon Prime’s A League of Their Own, Tara followed up with this documentary about one of the original All-American Girls Professional Baseball League players and her partner, their secret lives, and their changes in older years. It’s a home run, folks.
    Works/People Discussed
    ClexaCon GCLS Women’s Week Alone: Frozen (History Channel) Whiplash (2014) House of the Dragon (HBO) Glow Up (Netflix) Sandman (Netflix) Kissed By Her by Chelsea M. Cameron Listen to the episode

    • 57 min
    Nothing But Ding Dong (QR042)

    Nothing But Ding Dong (QR042)

    By the time you hear Kris say she's looking forward to the upcoming ClexaCon, bemoaning her 9 AM panel and how everyone’ll be hungover… it's already happened. Time is weird, people.
    Regardless, WHENEVER you’re reading this (hearing this?) you’ll be treated to Tara and Kris passing judgement on the contestants wimping out of Alone: Frozen, all from the comfort of their homes. There’s a bunch more stuff, too, all of it very good. Too much to list, really (there is a list, it’s below). Oh, they pick their favourite Drunk Histories! Come on in.
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    Official Recommendations
    This week, Kris hits a home run with her official recommendation of Prime Video’s A League of Their Own. Rather than remaking the 1992 hit movie, this series version shares the stories of queer and/or Black players in the 1940s that couldn't be told 30 years ago.
    And Tara brings us home with Hulu’s Fire Island. This gay romantic comedy is a contemporary reinterpretation of Pride and Prejudice. It takes place on real world Fire Island, where Noah makes it his weeklong business to get his friend Howie laid…all while a new Mr. Darcy enters the field.
    Works/People Discussed
    ClexaCon First Kill (Netflix) based on the short story "First Kill" by V.E. Schwab, from the collection Vampires Never Get Old The Wilds (Amazon Prime Video) Killing Eve (BBC America/AMC) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB/AMC) Lightyear (2022) Alone: Frozen (History Channel) Glow Up (BBC/Netflix) Canada’s Drag Race, RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under, RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Vanderbilt by Anderson Cooper The Sparks Brothers (2021) Mark Cuban CostPlus Drug Company Drunk History (Comedy Central) Listen to the episode

    • 57 min
    You Can Have My Cheese (QR 041)

    You Can Have My Cheese (QR 041)

    A lot is going on in this episode!
    Kris has a book baby coming out. Who does it look like? We’ll find out! Tara reveals how the cosmic calendar and the finite nature of the known universe gave her some peace. They both try their best to fan cast The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and find it surprisingly tough. Kris walks down memory lane with her experiences of Lilith Fair and makes an impassioned argument for its return. To top it off, Kris reveals whether or not she has ever been dumped.
    If you enjoy this episode, please consider buying Kris & Tara a Ko-fi!
    Official Recommendations
    This week, Kris recommends the Neil Patrick Harris show Uncoupled (Netflix), which follows Neil’s character Michael after he is dumped by his partner on his 50th birthday and his subsequent journey into middle-aged queer dating. Kris loved the focus on queer adults and the particular challenges and opportunities that come with that experience.
    Tara doesn’t usually gush, but... who are we kidding? She totally does. And this week, she’s gushing about Ann McMan’s Dead Letters From Paradise. It's a historical mystery about a young woman managing the dead letter office Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and how her experiences there widen her world and connect her to the community around her. Tara tentatively describes this as Ann McMan’s best book. Listen to the review then go and pick this up!
    Works/People Discussed
    Serendipity by Kris Bryant Fire & Ice by Rachel Spangler Fire on the Ice by Tamsen Parker In Her Court by Tamsen Parker Stranded Hearts (Romance Novellas) by Kris Bryant & Amanda Radley & Emily Smith Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014) Blowers & Grafton: Halifax Street Food and Bar (Calgary) Alone and Alone: Frozen (History Channel) Trainwreck: Woodstock ‘99 (Netflix) Age of Adaline (2015) Canada’s Drag Race RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under The Anarchists (HBO Max) LuLaRich (Prime Video) Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama Listen to the episode

    • 1 hr 1 min
    More Fun Than a Horror Movie (QR 040)

    More Fun Than a Horror Movie (QR 040)

    With COVID behind her, we welcome Tara back to the land of the living (sorry, it’s a bit of a mess right now) and catch up with Kris who is back with Brit Ryder’s award from GCLS (thief!). There’s tons to catch up on!
    We revisit a tale of sisterly abuse, which Tara claims is the best story she’s ever heard, minus the living-with-trauma bits. For some reason, the evil presence of Subway’s Jared is invoked, but don’t worry, we hold it down with catching up on Drag Race and recommending two, count ’em, two books!
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    Official Recommendations
    This week, Kris brings us two-time Goldie Award winner, Changing Majors by Ana Hartnett Reichardt. It’s a story about going off to college, thinking you’ll end up one way and discovering, welp, you're going in a whole different direction. Kris loves the writing on this one, even if it is — gasp — first person present tense. It works, y’know?
    Tara’s love of ice queens and the rich girl/poor girl trope strikes again with The Delicate Things We Make by Milena McKay. Journalist Jamie lands the assignment of a lifetime when she's tasked with discovering the secret identity behind the elusive artist DeVor. Turns out, she discovers more than what she signed up for when she falls in love with none other than DeVor herself. Tara loves this one, between the tension, mutual obsession, and exploration of ethics and social issues. It’s a hard recommend from one of our two self-described softies.
    Works/People Discussed
    The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) The Great Canadian Baking Show: Season Five (CBC) Alone (History Channel) The Boys (Amazon Prime Video) RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Season Seven Drag Race Canada Season Three Queer Eye Season Six Queer Eye Germany It Started With a Kiss by Clare Lydon Dead Letters from Paradise by Ann McMan Listen to the episode

    • 53 min
    We Recommend Self-Care

    We Recommend Self-Care

    Sorry, friends. No episode this week, because Tara got COVID and couldn't record an episode. But, in the most mini of mini-sodes, Tara recommends two things:
    Self-care The Great Canadian Baking Show (and yes, it has great queer representation!) See you in two weeks!
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    • 2 min
    Mistaking Access for Permission (QR 039)

    Mistaking Access for Permission (QR 039)

    The world’s a heavy place right now, so after pleasantries about puppies and tattoos, Kris and Tara sit down to talk about the devastating attack on reproductive rights that is the repeal of Roe vs. Wade. There’s no jokes about this, it just sucks.
    Know what else is unacceptable? Sexual harassment of authors. Instead of questions this week, Kris and Tara bring on popular lesfic author, Jae, and Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches Trashy Books to talk about some all-too-prevalent problem behaviours that authors face, ranging from inappropriate emails to straight-up stalking.
    Then, of course, Kris and Tara share their recommendations as always. It might seem trivial in light of everything happening right now, but connecting people with queer media and creators is more crucial than ever. Seeing ourselves in the world is vital to begin changing it — and it fucking needs changing.
    No Ko-fi link today, friends. Please donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds instead.
    Transcript coming soon
    Official Recommendations This week, Kris brings us Transhood, a documentary from 2020. Transhood follows four children through their coming-of-age journeys over five years.
    Tara brings us a few different pieces of media that tell Tig Notaro’s story. Tara starts with Tig's groundbreaking album Live, then recommends her documentary, Tig, her autobiography I'm Just a Person, and the show One Mississippi. Tig’s health struggles, trauma, recovery and success are expressed beautifully in each, ensuring there's at least one way you can take in her story, no matter your media consumption preferences.
    Works/People Discussed Jae's post about stalking and harassment  Queer as Folk (Peacock) Umbrella Academy (Netflix) The Last Lavender Sister by Melissa Brayden RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, Season Seven Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend (Netflix) Listen to the episode

    • 1 hr

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