Author: Ivan Coyote
Publisher: arsenal pulp press
Release Date: 2016-10-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Stonewall Book Award Honor Book winner Ivan Coyote is a celebrated storyteller and the author of ten previous books, including Gender Failure (with Rae Spoon) and One in Every Crowd, a collection for LGBT youth. Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving memoir told in stories, in which Ivan recounts the pleasures and difficulties of growing up a tomboy in Canada’s Yukon, and how they learned to embrace their tomboy past while carving out a space for those of us who don’t fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels. Ivan writes movingly about many firsts: the first time they were mistaken for a boy; the first time they purposely discarded their bikini top so they could join the boys at the local swimming pool; and the first time they were chastised for using the women’s washroom. Ivan also explores their years as a young butch, dealing with new infatuations and old baggage, and life as a gender-box-defying adult, in which they offer advice to young people while seeking guidance from others. (And for tomboys in training, there are even directions on building your very own unicorn trap.) Tomboy Survival Guide warmly recounts Ivan’s adventures and mishaps as a diffident yet free-spirited tomboy, and maps their journey through treacherous gender landscapes and a maze of labels that don’t quite stick, to a place of self-acceptance and an authentic and personal strength. These heartfelt, funny, and moving stories are about the culture of difference—a “guide” to being true to one’s self.
Author: Ivan Coyote
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Release Date: 2014-03-31
Genre: Social Science
"Being a girl was something that never really happened for me." —Rae Spoon Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon are accomplished, award-winning writers, musicians, and performers; they are also both admitted "gender failures." In their first collaborative book, Ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all. Based on their acclaimed 2012 live show that toured across the United States and in Europe, Gender Failure is a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics, and images documenting Ivan and Rae's personal journeys from gender failure to gender enlightenment. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, it's a book that will touch LGBTQ readers and others, revealing, with candor and insight, that gender comes in more than two sizes. Ivan E. Coyote is the author of six story collections and the award-winning novel Bow Grip, and is co-editor of Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. Ivan frequently performs at high schools, universities, and festivals across North America. Rae Spoon is a transgender indie musician whose most recent CD is My Prairie Home, which is also the title of a new National Film Board of Canada documentary about them. Rae's first book, First Spring Grass Fire, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2013.
Author: Ivan Coyote
Publisher: arsenal pulp press
Release Date: 2012-09-11
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Lesbian storyteller Ivan E. Coyote’s first book for queer youth includes brand new stories and others culled from previous collections, inspired by the tragic increase in the number of teen suicides resulting from bullying. Funny, inspiring, and full of heart, these stories are about embracing and celebrating difference and feeling comfortable in one's own skin, no matter what the circumstance.
Author: Ivan E. Coyote
Release Date: 2010-11-26
Ivan E. Coyote is a master storyteller and performer; her beautiful, funny stories about growing up queer in the Canadian north and living out loud on Canada's west coast have attracted big audiences whether gay, straight, or otherwise. Missed Her is Ivan's fifth story collection, following 2008's Lambda Literary Award-nominated The Slow Fix, 2004's Ferro-Grumley Award-nominated Loose End, and 2006's Bow Grip, her novel that was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association (now in development as a feature film).In her passionate and humourous new collection, Ivan takes readers on an intimate journey, both literal and figurative, through the experiences of her life: from her year spent in eastern Canada, to her return to the west coast, to travels in between. Whether discussing the politics of being a butch with a pet lapdog, or befriending an effeminate young man at a gay camp, or revisiting a forty-year old heartbreak around her grandmothers kitchen, Ivan traverses love, gender and identity with a wistful, perceptive eye, and a warmth that's as embracing and powerful as Ivan herself.
Born in 1918, Lloyd reflects on two world wars, the Great Depression, and changes he has experienced in education, family life, growth of personal freedom, leisure and entertainment, life in the churches, and more. He concludes Portholes to the Past with cautious optimism: ¿¿ it may not be too much to hope that from the fragments of dismantled Christendom we may rediscover and reinvigorate the moral values of justice, truth and environmental guardianship. Together with the spiritual forces of faith, hope and love, these qualities may yet enable us to create a viable human future.¿
Author: Ivan Elizabeth Coyote
Publisher: arsenal pulp press
Release Date: 2002
From the award-winning author of Close to Spider Man comes this series of stories about being queer and searching out new frontiers. Including the hilarious account of an attempted lesbian wedding in a Las Vegas chapel, and a touching tale of being beguiled by an uncle's girlfriend, these are stories about being on the road: to the northern tundra or the southern desert, through cities and towns, on horses, in trucks and vans, with family, friends and lovers. In achingly personal tones, Coyote paints honest and beautiful portraits of life and the spirits within.
Author: MS Latasha D Miles
Publisher: Latasha D.\Miles
Release Date: 2014-09-02
Ladies, are you tired of your man watching football all day on Sundays? Men, are you tired of your lady being tired of you watching football all day on Sundays? Well, "When Football Season Turns You Into His Side Chick" by Winston-Salem State University Alumna and award-winning sports writer LaTasha D. Miles has your resolution. Award-winning sports writer and the self-proclaimed "dainty tomboy" LaTasha D. Miles brings her experiences as a football sideline reporter and radio personality into this literary work. With an entertaining and insightful look into the dynamics of how and why relationships may change, "When Football Season Turns You Into His Side Chick" explains why a woman may feel like she has temporarily transitioned from the "main chick" to the "side chick" during this time of year. From how to handle various situations in the world of watching football, like fantasy football and amusing anecdotes to some competitive scenarios such as who gets to watch the "big TV" while the games are on, this book will answer several penetrating questions including, what is a side chick? It will also open the lines of communication on how a man can successfully balance two of his loves...his love for the woman in his relationship and his love for football. "When Football Season Turns You Into His Side Chick" provides some assurance for the women, some explanation for the men, and some understanding for both genders. This collection of interesting tips and resolutions will prescribe the perfect balance on how to keep peace in your relationships and households...well at least during football season.
Author: Jody Mitic
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-10-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
"What does it mean to serve? Bestselling author Jody Mitic brings together veterans and active military personnel from across Canada to tell us, in their own words, what it means to answer the call of duty. Meet the World War II bomb aimer whose plane engines failed over Hamburg during a raid, the naval signalman who patrolled heavily bombarded waters in Southeast Asia during the Korean War, and the unarmed peacekeeper who found himself standing on a road riddled with mines in Rwanda. From the young recruit who marched over thirty kilometres on a broken leg to prove her mettle, to the three brothers in arms who endured a summer of relentless fighting in Afghanistan, this collection captures the pain and sacrifice, the risks and rewards of standing on guard for Canada. Featuring stories of courageous rescues, bravery in the face of conflict, and comradery at home and overseas, Everyday Heroes is an authentic and stirring look inside the hearts and minds of the men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces. These stories will make you proud to be a Canadian."--
Author: Ivan E. Coyote
Release Date: 2010-07-09
Ivan E. Coyote is acclaimed as one of North America's most beguiling storytellers; Ivan's honest, down-to-earth tales, many of which are based on personal experience, are compelling for their simple human truths. Her 2005 story collection, Loose End, was also shortlisted for the prestigious Ferro-Grumley Award for Women's Fiction. Bow Grip, Ivan's long-awaited first novel, is a breathtaking story about love and loneliness, and the long road one must travel between them. Joey is a good-hearted, fortysomething mechanic from small-town Alberta whose wife has recently left him for another woman. When a stranger named James approaches his shop and agrees to purchase a beat-up blue Volvo in exchange for a beautiful, hand-crafted cello, Joey sees it as an opportunity to finally make some overdue changes in his life. But some troubling suspicions about James, and a desire to close the door on his failed marriage, compels Joey to hit the road and travel to Calgary, the big city by the Bow River. He stations himself at a rundown motel, where he struggles to learn how to play the cello, and strangers with their own complicated pasts - an older gay man, a single mother - become confidants. With quiet authority, Bow Grip is about one man's real rite of passage - trying to keep the ghosts of personal history at bay with a heart that's as big as the endless prairie sky.
Author: Taste This (Performance group)
Publisher: Press Gang Pub
Release Date: 1998
Boys like her us an adrenaline-rush road movie of young queer life and gender transformation. First stop, the Canada-U.S. border, four young queers in a borrowed car pulled over, notebooks, make-up, clothes and violin flung out on the concrete. The car is checked for drugs, contraband, fruit - and declared clean. The four in a borrowed car are smuggling dangerous goods. But what they're smuggling can't be sniffed out, pawed through, or seized. They're smuggling stories, poetry, scripts; words they've sold in performance on-stage. Felons, all of them, they've memorized their act and now are speeding away from the border, smiling, self-satisfied and definitely up to no good. Join Anna, Ivan, Zoe and Lyndell as they evade customs, tell their stories, forget underwear, break hearts and come clean. Surrender yourself to the brash fun of Zoe's Amsterdam "sideshow", to the darling day when Ivan first sheds her bikini top, to the fearless audacity of Anna's superhero adventure, and the soulfol guiding spirit of Lyndell's violin, Experience the world and truth of Taste This, where stories have no hard and fast boundaries, where gender and genre are malleable and where transgression is often the way to the most delightful transformations.
Loretta’s mother was a trapeze artist in Europe, the star of the famed Rodzirkus circus, before she walked out on her drunken husband and his debts while on tour in Australia. But a life in 1960s suburban Adelaide was always going to be difficult, even if she does land herself the most handsome young barrister of the town, and Leda’s behaviour raises more than a few eyebrows. Leda’s father, handsome barrister Gilbert Lord, has no interest in his past, but hidden in a wardrobe are the journals of his ivory merchant great-great-grandfather who led an expedition to Australia’s desert interior to search for elephants. For Loretta, growing up in her mother’s flamboyant and often outrageous shadow, life is stifling and at times brutal. But the harder she tries to separate herself from her mother, the more she longs for her attention and love—and the more she finds that the past is inextricably woven into her own life and who she is. The Trapeze Act weaves stories of the circus and the doomed ivory expedition through a novel that is at once a heartbreaking tale of the search for acceptance and a celebration of the lustre and magic of life. My mother, whose name was Leda, never shied from telling stories about the Dutch circus pedigree from which she’d sprung. If her ancestors were revealed to be a little unhinged in the process, so be it. I am not being fey when I say some of my ancestors could fly. My middle name, Maartje, comes from Flying Maartje May, the first woman in the world to successfully complete a triple somersault to catch on the flying trapeze, a woman of such reckless grace and beauty that during an 1851 tour of the goldfields, men emerged from the mines to shower her in gold dust. Libby Angel is an Australian poet whose work has appeared in several journals. The Trapeze Act is her first novel. ‘The brutal and tragic circus tales in The Trapeze Act will appeal to fans of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, while the family drama and Australian history will delight any modern literature reader.’ Books+Publishing ‘Angel’s evocative prose easily captures the eras she describes, and her quirky characters...A colourful tale.’ BookMooch ‘One to pick up early this year...A complex narrative that interweaves circus tales with family heartache.’ ArtsHub ‘The Trapeze Act is not a novel about being in the circus, but about what happens after the circus...the novel follows Loretta’s journey as she grapples with her parents’ past and their influence on her present.’ Guardian ‘A book of whimsy and wit...It’s the pure imaginative feat of The Trapeze Act, and Angel’s joyous, clever use of language that makes it such a rollicking good read. I’m always excited when I hear a poet has made the leap to prose, because sometimes the result bends the rules of what we expect from a novel and creates something new. With The Trapeze Act, Angel has done just that.’ Adelaide Advertiser ‘With the release of The Trapeze Act, 2017 in Australian publishing is off to a great start.’ AU Review ‘Libby Angel weaves captivating stories of the circus throughout this lyrical work about acceptance and the influence of family.’ Sunday Life ‘It is an enriching story of heartbreak and a search for love and acceptance.’ Weekly Times ‘This family drama weaves circus magic, suburban malaise and tales of the Dark Continent in seamless harmony. An impressive debut.’ Qantas Magazine ‘An expertly layered, lyrical rumination on family and identity...Angel has a vivid imagination and poetic skill with language. Her prose is evocative, her strikingly original characters as bright and colourful as they are intense. The Trapeze Act is a compelling portrait of a highly dysfunctional but delightful family. I look forward to seeing more from this talented writer.’ Readings ‘Quixotic and unpredictable and entertaining, like a good circus act.’ ReadPlus ‘The Trapeze Act is a stunning novel—something that should come as no surprise, give that it’s the debut from poet Libby Angel. Angel transitions with ease between voices, eras and writing styles, crafting a lyrically beautiful world populated with fantastic characters...A beautiful debut’ AU Review ‘The Trapeze Act weaves stories of the circus and the doomed ivory expedition through a novel that is at once a heartbreaking tale of the search for acceptance and a celebration of the lustre and magic of life.’ Better Read Than Dead ‘Libby Angel’s The Trapeze Act proves a colourful and striking coming-of-age novel, composed with a poet's sensitivity, flair and finesse.’ Age
If he is to become a man, what sort of man should Thomas Page McBee be? To find out, McBee must confront the suffering he has endured at the hands of men: the abuse he endured as a child from his father, and the violent mugging which almost killed him as an adult. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee seeks to understand these examples of flawed manhood, and reclaim his body on his own terms. Powerful, uplifting and profound, Man Alive is a story about transformation; about freedom, and love, and finding the strength to rebuild ourselves as the people we are meant to be.
This is the first volume of Witi Ihimaera's enthralling memoir, packed with stories from the formative years of this much-loved writer. Witi Ihimaera is a consummate storyteller - one critic calling him one of our 'finest and most memorable'. Some of his best stories, however, are about his own life. This honest, stirring work tells of the family and community into which Ihimaera was born, of his early life in rural New Zealand, of family secrets, of facing anguish and challenges, and of laughter and love. As Ihimaera recounts the myths that formed his early imagination, he also reveals the experiences from real life that wriggled into his fiction. Alive with an inventive, stimulating narrative and vividly portrayed relatives, this memoir is engrossing, entertaining and moving, but, more than this, it is also a vital record of what it means to grow up Maori.