What is Lo & Behold?

Lo & Behold is a biweekly newsletter written by me, Malinda Lo, about writing and culture. For the first half of 2021, I’ll be publishing a series about the 1950s, focusing on issues I researched while writing my new novel, Last Night at the Telegraph Club, which is set in 1950s San Francisco. Among the stories and topics I’ll explore are: queer history, midcentury lesbian bars, life in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and how I embedded my research into the novel.

In fall 2020, I published a seven-issue series on the craft of writing, which you can read here.

Why subscribe?

For over ten years, I’ve been blogging about writing, young adult fiction, LGBTQ+ issues, and popular culture on my website. If you’ve enjoyed what I’ve written, subscribing allows you to support my writing, which enables me to write more.

In Lo & Behold I’ll continue to write about the stuff I’m captivated by: writing (because I’m a writer), queer culture, miscellany I discover while writing my books, young adult literature and the publishing industry, and who knows what else serendipitously catches my eye. The world is a fascinating place and I love to write about it.

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What you’ll get:

  • All subscription levels, including the Reader (free) level, will get all issues of the newsletter.

  • All paid subscription levels have access to all issues in the archives (there were a few locked posts before I changed to this sliding scale).

  • Last but not least, you’ll get my genuine gratitude for reading and supporting my writing. I’m the kind of writer who does not publish a book a year, so this newsletter is my attempt to generate a more regular income in between novels. Thank you for reading it and for considering a subscription.

I want to stress that if you’re not able to become a paid subscriber, don’t worry about it! I’m still very grateful that you’ve signed up for my newsletter. Please share the posts you enjoy with people you think would like them! And welcome. I hope you’ll enjoy Lo & Behold.