On Actions and Consequences

Brilliant Books StorefrontFriday, September 8, 2023.

As a bookstore, we have always striven to present a range of viewpoints, perspectives, opinions, and experiences on our shelves.  But as our country grows ever more polarized, we've had to draw a line.  Some things aren't up for debate.  For example, Black lives matter, vaccines are an important element of community healthcare, and everyone, regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic status or any other element, deserves to see themselves reflected in the books we carry on our shelves.  

These are just a few of the apparently "radical" stances we've taken in recent years, and while we believe that we are doing our best to do right by our staff and our community, our actions have consequences.

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Reading Beyond the Binary

Thursday, June 22, 2023.

Children reading book

With the number of book bans skyrocketing and controversy over what's appropriate for young readers running rampant, addressing gender identity in children's books has become something of a fraught topic, though as Children's Section Director Rachel points out, it doesn't need to be.  

Rachel shares her thoughts (and recommendations!) for reading inclusively this pride month, especially in regards to nonbinary characters and young readers.

Beyond the Binary

Pride Month Staff Picks

Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Pride Staff Picks

Welcome to Pride Month!

This month, we'll be celebrating all kinds of LGBTQ+ stories, from fiction to memoir, kids' literature, and more.  Today, we're kicking things off with a brand new collection of Staff Favorites, full of brilliant queer stories!

Explore the full collection below — and get ready for a great month of reading.

Staff Picks for Pride

Race and Sexuality

Friday, July 8th, 2022.

Queer Black couple

Last month, our bookseller Peri has shared some great articles about human sexuality and the importance of LGBTQ+ education.  Now they're tackling race, sexuality, .

Explore the complex relationships between racism, feminism, and the fight for queer liberation — plus five of Peri's favorite books on intersectionality.

Race & Sexuality

Rainbow Story Time

Thursday, June 9, 2022.

Girl with pride flag

This Saturday, Up North Pride is coming together with Wild + Wonder, Mindful + Musical, Dharamsala TC Yoga & Wellness Studio, and Brilliant Books to present Rainbow Story Time!

Come by the event to enjoy a morning of storybook reading for young readers, complete with craft time.  Don't miss our inclusive book sale at the event—10% of each purchase benefits Up North Pride!

We hope to see you there!

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Human Sexuality

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Couple at PrideLGBTQ+ Pride Month is a time of celebration, of protest, of community, and also of education—about identity, sexuality, intersectionality, and so much more

This month, our bookseller Periwinkle is delving into the field of human sexuality, a somewhat off-limit topic in our society (and the subject of Peri's current degree).  In a series of articles, they will guide people of all ages and sexual orientations through many complex (and often taboo) topics included under the umbrella of human sexuality.

First up, Periwinkle's top recommendations for covering the basics, including those you never learned about in school.

Peri's Introduction to Human Sexuality

Trans Day of Visibility 2022

Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Trans flag with book

March 31st is Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV), an international holiday that honors transgender people worldwide.  This is a day to celebrate trans resilience, share trans and LGBTQ+ stories, and commit to working towards trans justice and liberation.

Today we're sharing some of our favorite books from trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer authors, from nonfiction to short stories to kids books.

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