Welcome to The Bi-bliography,* a regularly-updated database of bisexual** books! Too often bisexual stories are erased completely or hidden under the LGBTQIA umbrella, making them difficult to locate. The Bi-bliography seeks to be a resource for the discovery of literature that reflects and explores the lives and experiences of bisexual people.
The books in the database fall into the following categories:
- Fiction that features bisexual characters in main or significant supporting roles. Please note: The word bisexual appears infrequently in fiction, so what constitutes bisexual fiction is subjective. Our requirement is that the story features at least one character who has (or has had in the past) romantic and/or sexual attraction/intimacy/relationships with people of two or more genders.
- Non-fiction featuring bisexual themes, including theory, history, memoirs, biography, journals, letter collections, etc.
- Queer anthologies of various types that include a significant amount of bisexual content.
- Poetry containing bisexual content.
If you have any suggestions or comments, please send an email.
*Long before this database existed, writer/teacher/activist/speaker Robyn Ochs created a wonderful list of bisexual books called "The Bi-Bliography." Robyn was contacted about the adoption of the name for this project, and she approves. Thank you, Robyn Ochs!
**Bisexuality is defined as attraction to two or more genders and is used here to encompass all non-monosexual identities (queer, fluid, pansexual, polysexual, omnisexual, etc.) For purposes of clarity and consistency, the collection comments and tags use the term bisexual, but will note if another term is used consistently in a work. Please understand that this language choice is not meant to hurt, exclude, ignore, or marginalize other non-monosexual communities/identities, and all are welcome here.
The database is divided into several collections, and books may belong to more than one. Here are direct links to each collection (They are set to display in alpha order by author last name.):
Comics and Graphic
Theory and Politics
RECOMMENDED: Bisexual Book Awards
RECOMMENDED: Lambda Literary Awards
RECOMMENDED: By the Bi-bliography
NAVIGATING THE DATABASE:
When viewing a specific collection (or all books), the list displays basic data about each book: Title, author, original publication date, tags, collections, and series information. If you click on a book title, additional data appears, including the following, if applicable:
- Local notes: When possible, the Bi-bliography provides the following information about each book:
More: A link to the work's Amazon page (unable to remove this) and a link to the work's LibraryThing record. The LibraryThing link takes you to the work's main page, where you can view tags, reviews, etc. from all LibraryThing members who have cataloged that particular work. The amount of information is dependent on how popular the work is. Some interesting things to view: Common Knowledge, links to published reviews, member reviews, and member recommendations.
- Bisexual Content: A brief bisexual character description (for fiction titles) or content overview (for non-fiction titles)
- Intersecting Marginalized Identities: For fiction titles, includes information about bisexual characters' gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class. For non-fiction titles, will note if particular IMIs are addressed.
- Publisher's (or sometimes WorldCat) Summary (if available)
TAG ABBREVIATIONS KEY:
The Bi-bliography provides the tags you see when you view the database. Here are some important abbreviations:
- IMI: Intersecting Marginalized Identity. Specific intersecting marginalized identity noted after the colon.
- MC: Main Character. Main character's sexual orientation and gender identity noted after the colon.
- SC: Supporting Character. Supporting character's sexual orientation and gender identity noted after the colon.
- TW: Trigger Warning. Used for books that depict domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape/sexual violence, and torture. Please understand that trigger warnings are added when this content is known. Please contact The Bi-bliography if you believe a trigger warning should be applied to a particular book.
As noted above, this is an ongoing project and books will be continuously added (both new and old.) So far, here are a few examples of resources used to populate the database:
- This is not a list of recommended bisexual books, but rather an attempt to catalog all books containing bisexual content in one database. The Bi-bliography makes no judgment on the quality of the works included here. For star ratings and reviews, please see the main page for each work. Some entries are given the tag "Problematic Aspects," with the aspects described in the comments field. Please note: Due to its subjective nature, this tag is used very sparingly (mostly for the bisexual sociopath/psychopath trope.)
- While most LibraryThing catalogs contain physical collections, the Bi-bliography is not a physical collection.
Kerri Price (creator/maintains database and social media) is a bisexual librarian who works in a non-library-yet-library-related setting. She lives near a large and interesting city, with her charming husband and hound dog. She reads (a lot!), writes some things, and has served as a Bisexual Book Awards judge for the past three years.
Kerri thanks the following wonderful people: Sarah Strumpf and Jan Steckel for providing outstanding feedback and encouragement, Martha Hardy for convincing her that other people might actually appreciate this resource, and her BFF for designing the logo.
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