A Queer Love Story

The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout

Edited by Marilyn R. Schuster with foreword by Margaret Atwood.

A Queer Love Story

Edited by Marilyn R. Schuster with foreword by Margaret Atwood.

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

648 pages
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9780774835442 Published April 2019 For sale in USA only
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780774835435 Published May 2017 For sale in USA only

A Queer Love Story presents the first fifteen years of letters between Jane Rule – novelist 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. 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.


Foreword / Margaret Atwood


1981 “Any question of such censorship”

1982 “An odd flu”

1983 “It’s raining men”

1984 “Moved by a stranger”

1985 “Why is a star a word for the exceptional?”

1986 “What is it we want when we want sex?”

1987 “Life and its sheer wonder”

1988 “Loving is a way of being”

1989 “Xenophilia”

1990 “The dying of the light”

1991 “There is no fault”

1992 “A lesbian in the ’40s”

1993 “It’s all right (even useful) to write drunk, as long as one edits sober”

1994 “I accept this degree”

1995 “A public space for our views and values”

The Last Chapter “I will do my best to live up to you”

Dramatis Personae


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