Tip: if they’re holding , you might want to avoid marriage down the track. So, ladies, don’t book as a man – unless you’re a man.

We will be flying the rainbow flag in a Literary Speed Dating event later in the year. Do tell your eligible single man friends, and next time, get in quick!

Jess Mc Guire is a writer, broadcaster, MC, film reviewer, trivia host and DJ based in Melbourne.

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Bring a book to break the ice and meet other readers for a chance connection you might otherwise have missed on the F train or browsing the stacks.

Tickets are $15 and include a drink (beer or wine) and 10% off all books that night; your ticket purchase goes to Housing Works' mission to fight homelessness and AIDS. Registration required, so we can make sure there's someone for everyone to check out (library pun intended). Please buy a "lady" or "gentleman" ticket according to your gender identification.

You will be asked to submit your age, your favorite book, and the book you are currently reading with the ticket purchase information and will be seated according to those details.

Lovers of Sappho and pals of Armistead Maupin alike, it’s time to grab your favourite book, don your most flattering get-up and head to the Wheeler Centre to meet your next mate (or playmate).

Yes, it’s Literary Speed Dating, this time with a same-sex slant. Jess Mc Guire is a writer, broadcaster, MC, film reviewer, trivia host and DJ based in Melbourne.

Whether you’re mad about books, this could be your chance to meet the Alice B.

Toklas to your Gertrude Stein, or the Oscar Wilde to your Bosie.

Are you still looking for the Mr Darcy to your Elizabeth Bennett? Or even a playboy millionaire for a little B&D, if that’s your thing.

What better way for bookish sorts to form a bond than over your favourite paperback?