Queer author series

Throughout the week, we'll be hosting book talks with LGBTQ+ authors in the Bay Area.

Sponsored by the Foundation for San Mateo County Libraries, which provides long-term financial health and success of the San Mateo County Libraries.

If you would like to donate to the Foundation, click here.

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Monday, June 8, 4 - 5 pm

Steve Disselhorst (he/him/his)

Determined to Be Dad

Steve’s life has been consumed with the quest to create a family. When he was confronted with his attraction to men and the realization that he was gay,

he thought he couldn’t have a family. Determined To Be Dad chronicles his trials and tribulations of self-discovery to acceptance to building a new reality and, finally, to the joys of creating his own family through adoption.

Please join us for this story of faith, resilience, and the ubiquitous need

for love and family.

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Wednesday, June 10, 3 - 4 pm

Maia Kobabe (e/em/eir)


Maia Kobabe is a nonbinary, queer author and illustrator from the Bay Area, California. Eir first full length book, GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR, was published in May 2019. Maia's short comics have been published by The Nib and in many anthologies including THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS, FASTER THAN LIGHT Y'ALL, GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE, SHOUT OUT, ADVANCED DEATH SAVES and BE GAY, DO COMICS.

Before setting out to work freelance full-time, e worked for over ten years in libraries. Eir work is heavily influenced by fairy tales, homesickness, and the search for identity. 

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Thursday, June 11, 7 - 8 pm

koe creation (they/them/theirs)

This Heart Holds Many: My Life as the Nonbinary Millennial Child

of a Polyamorous Family

Many of us were asked by our mother to do the dishes as children. Perhaps some of us would need to be asked more than once. Koe Creation was the type who’d get asked three times, by three different mothers. Crowded parent-teacher conferences, queer youth summer camp, and parental adoptions over potluck dinner were typical of Koe’s upbringing in a queer, polyamorous family. Taught from young age to embrace sex-positivity and LGBT acceptance, Koe had an experience of “family values” that differs wildly from many raised in conservative North America. Still: all families know conflict and all hearts know struggle, no matter

how loved.


Though a poster child for the alternative Seattle community, Koe yearned for a realization of theirself beyond the “shadow of their tribe.” This drive for a singular identity led Koe to leave the alt-Seattle scene to find the self that no one person or family could make for them. This Heart Holds Many is a testament of transformative, communal love, as told by an educator and life-long learner who has dedicated their life to helping others grasp their extraordinary love.

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