About this Event
Join us in celebrating the launch of by Tash McAdam on Tuesday November 7, 2023. Enjoy a discussion between Tash McAdam and Jillian Christmas, author of .
Event at 7:00 PM. Free and open to all. RSVP required.
About the book
A trans teen is swept up in a whirlwind friendship with lethal consequences in this taut YA thriller, for fans of HBO’s Euphoria.
BEFORE. Newly out trans guy Max is having a hard time in school. Things have been tough since his summer romance, Danny, turned into his bully. This year, his plan is to keep his head down and graduate. All that changes when new It Girl, Gloss, moves to town. No one understands why perfect, polished Gloss is so interested in an introverted skater kid, but Max blooms in the hothouse of her attention. Caught between romance and obsession, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her on his side.
AFTER. Haircuts, makeovers, drugs, parties. It’s all fun and games until someone gets killed at a rager gone terribly wrong. Max refuses to believe that Gloss did it. But if not Gloss, who? Desperate to figure out truth in the wake of tragedy, Max veers dangerously close to being implicated—and his own memories of that awful night are fuzzy. Both sharp-edged thriller and moving coming of age, this gorgeously wrought novel is perfect for readers who want stories with trans characters front and center.
About the author
Tash McAdam is a Welsh-Canadian author, activist, and high school educator. Their publications include The Psionics, and the Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections Blood Sport and Sink or Swim. They are also featured in multiple anthologies. Tash is a recipient of the Shoot for the Moon fund for trans writers, and a founding mentor with the Gender Generations Project. When they’re not writing or reading you can probably find Tash in a lake, lying on the carpet thinking about monsters, or getting a new tattoo. They enjoy regular cups of tea, existential philosophy, and sharp objects.
Discussant and fellow author Jillian Christmas is a queer, Afro-Caribbean writer, educator, curator, and consultant. She is the spoken word curator of the Vancouver Writers Fest and the former Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Verses Festival of Words. Christmas has represented both Toronto and Vancouver at 11 national poetry events and was the first Canadian to perform in the final round of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is the author of the poetry collection The Gospel of Breaking. Christmas lives on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people (Vancouver).
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