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Author Lecture: "Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill" with Author Lee Wind

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Author Lecture:

Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill

Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill

With Lee Wind

Join us on Wednesday, November 7th for an Author Lecture with Lee Wind. He will discuss his book Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill. This historical-fiction book is about a gay teen who discovers a historical secret: Abraham Lincoln was in love with another man! Hear the story behind this tale and Lee Wind's inspiration to write his first book. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).

Lee WindLee Wind’s insightful Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill follows fifteen-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 Bill asks LGBTQ teens (and everyone else): what if you knew a secret from history that could change the world?

Lee 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 over 10 years, readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.5 million page views—and counting!

In his “Clark Kent” jobs, Lee 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.

Lee lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter. Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill is his debut novel.


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