Author Talks, Banned Books: NYC Special Edition! Teen Banned Book Club with Sonora Reyes

Date and Time
Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 11 AM - 12 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.


For ages 13 to 18 years
Event Details


As we celebrate Pride Month at The New York Public Library, we invite you to join us for a special in-person edition of our Teen Banned Book Club with bestselling author Sonora Reyes to discuss The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School.

This event is taking place at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) in the 7th Floor event space. You can also view a livestream on NYPL's Teen Banned Book Club page on Thursday, June 5, 2024, at 11 AM ET.


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Read the Book

NYPL cardholders can access The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School right away on our free e-reader app, SimplyE. Download the app and look for "Teen Banned Book Club" on the home screen.

Learn More

Check out our all-new discussion guide for The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School and discover previous Banned Book Club titles!

About the Book

Seventeen-year-old Yamilet prefers drawing attention for her killer eyeliner, not for being one of the only Mexican kids at her new mostly white Catholic school. At least here no one knows she's gay, and she intends to keep it that way. After a harsh rejection from her crush at her old school, she could use the fresh start.

It's harder to fake being straight when Bo, the only openly queer girl at school, is so annoyingly cute. Yami isn't sure if she likes Bo or if she's just jealous of her unapologetic nature. Either way, she isn't ready to make the same mistake again. If word got to her mom, she could face a lot worse than rejection.

Here, she has new priorities. Make her mom proud, keep her brother out of trouble, and most importantly, don't fall in love. Granted, she's never been good at any of those things—but that's a problem for future Yami.

About Sonora Reyes

Born and raised in Arizona, Sonora Reyes is the author of contemporary Young Adult novels The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School and The Luis Ortega Survival Club.

They write fiction full of queer and Latinx characters in a variety of genres, with current projects in both kidlit and adult categories. Sonora is also a co-founder of QPOCfest, a virtual book festival celebrating queer and trans BIPOC authors and books.

Outside of writing, Sonora loves dancing, singing karaoke, and playing with their baby niblings.


Register via Eventbrite for tickets to the in-person Banned Book Club discussion or for reminders to tune into the livestream on NYPL's Teen Banned Book Club page.


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Books for All: Protect the Freedom to Read in Your Community

The New York Public Library stands by the right to read freely. In response to recent increases in book banning and censorship across the country—particularly targeting books for young people—NYPL is partnering with the American Library Association to provide opportunities for teens across the country to access frequently banned books, participate in events, and exercise the freedom to read. Get updates and download our free toolkit!

How to Get Involved

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ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing