Amelia Possanza and Susie Dumond for LESBIAN LOVE STORY *IN-PERSON*

Loyalty is delighted to welcome Amelia Possanza and Susie Dumond for a LIVE and IN-PERSON event celebrating Lesbian Love Story! Join us at Jackie Lee's at 7 PM on Friday, June 2nd for an author chat, followed by a meet + greet & book signing! 

This is a ticketed event taking place at Jackie Lee's at 116 Kennedy St. NW, Washington DC 20011—grab your tickets using the button below! There are several ticket options: one includes a copy of Lesbian Love Story, one includes a copy of Lesbian Love Story PLUS one drink ticket for a specialty themed cocktail or mocktail, and one includes a drink ticket. Additional copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. Please email with any questions.


For readers of Saidiya Hartman and Jeanette Winterson, Lesbian Love Story is an intimate journey into the archives—uncovering the romances and role models written out of history and what their stories can teach us all about how to love

When Amelia Possanza moved to Brooklyn to build a life of her own, she found herself surrounded by queer stories: she read them on landmark placards, overheard them on the pool deck when she joined the world’s largest LGBTQ swim team, and even watched them on TV in her cockroach-infested apartment. These stories inspired her to seek out lesbians throughout history who could become her role models, in romance and in life.

Centered around seven love stories for the ages, this is Possanza’s journey into the archives to recover the personal histories of lesbians in the twentieth century: who they were, how they loved, why their stories were destroyed, and where their memories echo and live on. Possanza’s hunt takes readers from a drag king show in Bushwick to the home of activists in Harlem and then across the ocean to Hadrian’s Library, where she searches for traces of Sappho in the ruins. Along the way, she discovers her own love—for swimming, for community, for New York City—and adds her record to the archive.

At the heart of this riveting, inventive history, Possanza asks: How could lesbian love help us reimagine care and community? What would our world look like if we replaced its foundation of misogyny with something new, with something distinctly lesbian?


A full-time book publicist and part-time writer, Amelia Possanza currently lives in Brooklyn with her cat. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Electric Literature, The Millions, and NPR’s Invisibilia. Lesbian Love Story is her first book.


Susie Dumond is a queer writer originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the author of Queerly Beloved and Looking for a Sign, and is a senior contributor at Book Riot. When she’s not writing or reading, you can find her baking cupcakes or belting karaoke at the nearest gay bar. She lives in Washington, DC with her wife Mary, her dog Waffles, and her cat Maple.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 

Event date: 
Friday, June 2, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Jackie Lee's
116 Kennedy St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
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Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir In Archives By Amelia Possanza Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646221059
Availability: Not In Store - Available to special order for pickup or ship. For even speediest shipping we suggest our page!
Published: Catapult - May 30th, 2023

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Queerly Beloved: A Novel By Susie Dumond Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593243978
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 3rd, 2022