Trans women writers Jeanne Thornton, Imogen Binnie, Red Durkin and Casey Plett read from their recent works for Talks at Google.
The works and writers featured are, in order of appearance:
, The Dream of Doctor Bantam
(short excerpt available at that link)
Jeanne Thornton’s debut novel is a love story unlike any other, featuring Julie Thatch, a tough-as-nails, chainsmoking, wise-cracking 17-year-old Texan. Her idol, her older sister, jogs headlong into the lights of an approaching car, and dies. And Julie falls in love with a girl who both is and isn’t an echo of her older sister, a long-limbed Francophone named Patrice—who is also a devotee of the Institute of Temporal Illusions, a Church of Scientology-like cult.
Jeanne Thornton's site
, and her writing Tumblr
, full of fragments of fiction and works-in-progress and a few updates from all four featured writers' recent tour.
with Jeanne Thornton.
Jeanne is also co-publisher of ROCKSALT
, a comics paper in Austin featuring a whole bunch of fantastic artists and writers, many queer and trans.
(preview of the first three chapters readable online here
Nevada is the darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she’d carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey that will most certainly change her forever.
A conversation with Imogen Binnie
, at The Rejectionist
"She needs to stop explaining and start doing"
: Imogen Binnie talks to Dan Fishback about Nevada
Imogen talks about Nevada
on a bed, in a kitchen, in Mississippi.
, A Roman Incident
from The Collection: Short Fiction From The Transgender Vanguard
A dynamic composite of rising stars, The Collection represents the depth and range of tomorrow’s finest writers chronicling transgender narratives. 28 authors from North America converge in a single volume to showcase the future of trans literature and the next great movements in queer art.
An interview with various members of Topside Press
, on starting a publishing house dedicated to "authentic transgender narratives", beginning with The Collection
Another interview about the book, parts one
, with Casey Plett, Red Durkin, and Imogen Binnie.
, with links to her comedy on YouTube and her activism work.
, A Safe Girl To Love
Eleven unique short stories that stretch from a rural Canadian Mennonite town to a hipster gay bar in Brooklyn, featuring young trans women stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love.
These stories, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up as a trans girl can be charming, funny, frustrating, or sad, but never will it be predictable.
with Casey Plett and fellow Canadian trans woman author Trish Salah
on trans women's lit.
with Casey Plett, by the Winnipeg Free Press.
Casey also wrote a series of columns
for McSweeney's from 2010 to 2011, about her first year of transition. (Previously)
: Joining the four writers featured in the video on tour this summer was Sybil Lamb
, writer of the newly-released I've Got A Time Bomb
and maker of PROFESSHONAL ARTS
Also here's Ryka Aoki
, Imogen Binnie, Red Durkin, and the late Donna Ostrowsky
speaking at Staking Our Claim: Trans Women's Literature in the 21st Century
at the Barnard Centre for Research on Women in 2012.
Finally, trans guy Riley MacLeod reports on the Writing Trans Genres
conference held at the University of Winnipeg earlier this year, which almost everyone featured in this post and about a million more incredible trans writers and thinkers attended.