Author Lee Wind will speak at the Palm Springs Public Library about his debut YA novel “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
This historical-fiction book is about a gay teen who lives in a conservative town who discovers a historical secret: Abraham Lincoln was in love with another man. Hear the story behind this tale and his inspiration to write his first book. QTrading will be onsite for book sales following the presentation.
Wind’s novel follows 15-year-old Wyatt as he comes to terms with his sexual orientation, thanks to the surprising revelations of a class assignment on Abraham Lincoln.
Inspired by real historical evidence that Abraham Lincoln was in love—romantic love—with another man, this debut YA novel was too controversial for traditional publishing. Crowdfunded in six days with a successful Kickstarter campaign that ultimately 182 backers supported, “Queer as a Five-Dollar” asks LGBTQ teens (and everyone else), What if you knew a secret from history that could change the world?
Wind is the founding blogger and publisher of I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?, an award-winning website about books, culture, and empowerment for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning, and Queer youth, and their Allies. For more than 10 years, readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.4 million page views—and counting.
In his “Clark Kent” jobs, Wind is the director of marketing and programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association and the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. His Superhero job is writing, inspired by our world’s amazing—and untold—LGBTQ history.
Wind lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter. “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” is his debut novel.
The Palm Springs Public Library offers a varied and comprehensive collection to the community. The Library is located at 300 S. Sunrise Way, on the corner of Sunrise Way and Baristo Road. For more information about the Library call 760-322-READ (7323) or log on to www.palmspringslibrary.org.