Event: THE COLLECTION: short fiction from the transgender vanguard

THE COLLECTION: short fiction from the transgender vanguard

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Kelly Writer’s House, 3805 Locust Walk

THE COLLECTION is the first compilation of literary fiction featuring transgender protagonists.  While transgender authors have long participated in thriving arts communities, never before has a single volume sought to gather literary fiction along this theme.  “The writers chosen for THE COLLECTION represent some of the best trans work that is being done in North America within this genre,” said co-editor Tom Léger, “and putting them all together in one place is an unprecedented step forward as a unified movement.”  Among the authors are Carter Sickels (“The Evening Hour” Bloomsbury USA 2012), Ryka Aoki (“Seasonal Velocities” Trans-Genre Press 2012), Everett Maroon (“Bumbling Into Body Hair” Booktrope 2012), Susan Jane Bigelow (“Broken” Candlemark & Gleam 2011), Casey Plett (McSweeney’s), and Katherine Scott Nelson (“Have You Seen Me” CCLAP 2011, Lambda Literary Finalist).  After an international search lasting 16 months, a total of 28 authors from the US and Canada were chosen to contribute fiction to THE COLLECTION.  Their work represents not only an array of gender identities, but also narrative styles.

Topside Press, founded in 2011, is a new independent press with the intent of publishing authentic transgender narratives.  Visit www.topsidepress.com.