March 28, 7-8:30pm, WLH 309
Nevada - a reading with author Imogen Binnie
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.
This event is programmed in conjunction with WGSS 324, Transgender Cultural Production, and will include a discussion with Imogen Binnie and Tom Léger, publisher at Topside Press, about the work of transgender literary production in the contemporary scene.
About the author: Imogen Binnie is the author of the zines The Fact That It’s Funny Doesn’t Make It A Joke and Stereotype Threat. Additionally, her work has been anthologized in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, released in Fall 2012. She is currently a monthly contributor to Maximum Rocknroll and has previously written for Aorta Magazine, The Skinny and PrettyQueer.com. She is the winner of Lambda Literary’s 2014 Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award. Nevada is her first novel. Topside Press, founded in 2011, is an independent press with the intent of publishing authentic transgender narratives.
Sponsors: This event is sponsored by Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies and the MacMillan Center for International & Area Studies at Yale.
Advance Praise for NEVADA, debut novel by Imogen Binnie
“This book blew my mind. It’s everything – personal, political, funny, raw, hyper-brainy and down to earth. I want to stay in Maria’s brain forever as she rides her bike through the streets of Brooklyn, doggedly hashing out her existence with humor and befuddled honesty. A really powerful new literary voice. I’m really excited about Imogen Binnie!” -Michelle Tea author of Valencia, Lambda Literary Award Winner in 2000
“Nevada has jackhammered the men-only genre of the great American road novel into bits, and gives us instead truth like scraped knuckles, exhilaration, and the terror of possibility. Put the hammer down. Read this.” -Daphne Gottlieb author of 15 Ways to Stay Alive, Lambda Literary Award Finalist in 2001
“Imagine a book was so powerful and authentic it could save a life. Imogen Binnie’s Nevada is that kind of book. A triumph. I can’t wait for the world to read it.” -Ali Liebegott author of The Beautifully Worthless, Lambda Literary Award Winner in 2005
“Binnie’s characters are refreshing, their messy queer lives authentic. Nevada strips America down to its Walmart parking lot core and then asks what the fuck. This book is important.” -Rhiannon Argo author of The Creamsickle, Lambda Literary Award Winner in 2009