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Schuyler Bailar - He/She/They

Left Bank Books presents Schuyler Bailar, one of the top LGBTQ+ educators and advocates. Join us for discussion of He/She/They: How We Talk about Gender and Why It Matters. He/She/They is a crucial, urgent--and lifesaving--book that forever changes the conversation about gender. Publisher's Weekly calls it "a smart and accessible discussion of gender and sexuality."

Bailar will personalize and sign copies after the presentation!

Join us at the High Low Listening Room (entrance on N. Leonard Ave)
3301 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103

Watch the livestream on Left Bank Books' YouTube Page

 

 

About He/She/They

Go-to expert on gender identity, Schuyler Bailar, offers an essential, urgent guide that changes the conversation.

Anti-transgender legislation is being introduced in state governments around the United States in record-breaking numbers. Trans people are under attack in sports, healthcare, school curriculum, bathrooms, bars, and nearly every walk of life. He/She/They clearly and compassionately addresses fundamental topics, from why being transgender is not a choice and why pronouns are important, to more complex issues including how gender-affirming healthcare can be lifesaving and why allowing trans youth to play sports is good for all kids. With a relatable narrative rooted in facts, science, and history, Schuyler helps restore common sense and humanity to a discussion that continues to be divisively coopted and deceptively politicized.

Schuyler Bailar didn't set out to be an activist, but his very public transition to the Harvard men's swim team put him in the spotlight. His choice to be open about his transition and share his experience has touched people around the world. His plain-spoken education has evolved into tireless advocacy for inclusion and collective liberation. In He/She/They, Schuyler uses storytelling and the art of conversation to give us the essential language and context of gender, meeting everyone where they are and paving the way for understanding, acceptance, and, most importantly: connection. He/She/They is more than a book on allyship; it also speaks to trans folks directly, answering the question, "does it get better?" with a resounding yes, celebrating radical trans joy. Myth-busting, affirming, compassionate, and fierce, He/She/They is a crucial, urgent--and lifesaving--book that forever changes the conversation about gender.

About our Speaker

Schuyler Bailar (he/him) is an educator, author, and advocate. He is also the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men's team. Schuyler's exemplary work has earned him numerous honors including NYC Pride Grand Marshall, the Out 100, LGBTQ Nation's Instagram Advocate of the year, and the Harvard Varsity Director's Award. In addition to being one of the top LGBTQ+ educators and advocates, Schuyler is a leading DEI speaker and advisor who has been featured in countless media outlets. Schuyler also hosts the hit podcast "Dear Schuyler" on gender and culture and is the creator of the groundbreaking LaneChanger.com gender literacy online learning series. He holds a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology from Harvard, and works in four research labs focusing in clinical psychology and public health.

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews (08/15/2023):
Understanding the realities of gender identities. In this remarkable book, Bailar, the first trans athlete to play a sport on an NCAA Division 1 men's team and now a prominent advocate for trans rights, reflects on his experiences as a trans man and explains how we might best comprehend and discuss gender identity. In four sections, the author provides definitions of critical concepts related to gender, recommendations about ways to discuss complex and sensitive issues, scientifically informed debunking of common misconceptions, and guidance about how trans individuals and their allies can successfully navigate the challenges of an often transphobic society. Along the way, Bailar astutely unpacks the assumptions informing key debates that have become flashpoints in the nation's culture wars: the appropriateness of surgery and hormone treatments for young people; the participation of trans individuals in sports; the politics of bathrooms; the significance of pronoun use; and the relationship between trans identities and mental illness. Among the many strengths of this book is the author's patient, informed unfolding of his arguments. Though his claims are obviously deeply held and passionately rendered, Bailar refrains from polemics and remains generous toward those who might disagree. Another key point is the author's linking of transphobia to other forms of prejudice and indictment of deep-seated cultural anxieties about gender and sexual orientation. Trans individuals, he writes, "are a threat because our very identities disrupt the most basic conventions of Western society: cis white patriarchal power--the system of oppression that has built and controlled this country since its inception...we know ourselves even when those in power say it is impossible for us to exist." Bailar's appeals for understanding could not be timelier, given the recent rise of anti-trans legislation as well as anti-trans violence. For those seeking such understanding, this is an invaluable resource. A wonderfully clear and convincing guide to comprehending and defending gender diversity. COPYRIGHT(2023) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Publishers Weekly (08/21/2023):

Transgender activist and former Harvard University swimmer Bailar (Obie Is Man Enough) offers a smart and accessible discussion of gender and sexuality, adapted from hundreds of speeches on trans inclusion he has given across the country over the past four years. Bailar, the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any NCAA Division I men's college sport, writes that he did not intend to become a transgender educator, but when his high school asked him to give a speech about transgender inclusion, the experience helped him realize that what young transgender people really need are public figures who empathize with them and inspire hope. Combining memoir and reportage, Bailar addresses fundamental issues such as why pronouns are important, why being transgender is not a choice, and how transgender healthcare can save trans people's lives. He also touches on more complex topics such as how trans men navigate toxic masculinity and how race affects one's experience of being transgender. Explaining that state governments have introduced record-breaking numbers of anti-transgender legislation in the past three years, he encourages readers to speak out about transgender rights and educate people about what it means to be trans. Written for both a trans and a general readership, Bailar's account is lucid and accessible. It's a solid introduction to why trans rights matter. (Oct.)Correction: An earlier version of this review mistakenly used a term that some in the trans community find offensive.

Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

Sunday, October 22, 2023 - 4:30pm

Dan Santat - A First Time for Everything

Left Bank Books presents Dan Santat, Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet?

Join us for a conversation to celebrate all things awkward, funny, and poignant about middle school in Dan Santat's middle grade memoir A First Time for Everything! Dan will be in conversation with Amy from the book!

Santat will personalize and sign copies after the presentation! If you are unable to make it to the event, leave a personalization note in your online order.

Order your book from Left Bank Books to support local independent businesses! You can pick up your book at the event or have your signed book shipped to you after the event.

Join us at Left Bank Books
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

Watch the livestream on Left Bank Books' YouTube Page

 

 

About A First Time for Everything

A middle grade graphic memoir based on bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life.

Dan's always been a good kid. The kind of kid who listens to his teachers, helps his mom with grocery shopping, and stays out of trouble. But being a good kid doesn't stop him from being bullied and feeling like he's invisible, which is why Dan has low expectations when his parents send him on a class trip to Europe.

At first, he's right. He's stuck with the same girls from his middle school who love to make fun of him, and he doesn't know why his teacher insisted he come on this trip. But as he travels through France, Germany, Switzerland, and England, a series of first experiences begin to change him--first Fanta, first fondue, first time stealing a bike from German punk rockers... and first love.

Funny, heartwarming, and poignant, A First Time for Everything is a feel-good coming-of-age memoir based on New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat's awkward middle school years. It celebrates a time that is universally challenging for many of us, but also life-changing as well.

 

About Dan Santat

Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet? His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.

 

 

 

Reviews

A Junior Library Guild selection
"[Santat] unpacks his transformational experience with vulnerability and raw honesty--the sincerity is heartening and the outcome inspiring." -- Shelf Awarenessstarred review
"[A] relatable story of self-discovery... the perfect balance of humor and poignancy." -- Kirkusstarred review
"[A] great read among a crowded field, especially for sensitive middle-grade boys." -- Bookliststarred review
"A thoughtful memoir with lots of humor and heart." -- School Library Journalstarred review
"[E]motionally perceptive" -- Publisher's Weeklystarred review
"This is Santat at his best." -- Horn Book
"Without preachiness or condescension, Santat gives readers a story that is both a reassuring hug and a nudge to get out there and experience the world beyond what they know." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Dan San tat perfectly captures all the humor, confusion, awkwardness, and pure joy of being a young person stepping out into the world. Read this book! You're going to love it, and you are going to laugh and cry so much!" --CHRISTINA SOONTORNVAT, two-time Newbery Honor Winner
"A humane, hilarious, and gently awkward story of seeing [your] world open up for the first time. It almost makes me wish I was a teen ager again. Almost." --VERA BROSGOLNew York Times-bestselling creator of Be Prepared
"Dan's book manages to capture all the things that make you fall in love in the first place--awkwardness, humor, a bit of teen pathos, and most of all, sincerity and vulnerability." --LEUYEN PHAMNew York Times-bestselling illustrator of the Friends series
"A hilarious, beautiful, and cap tivating memoir about the cringeworthy catapult into adolescence." --JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA, National Book Award Finalist creator of Hey, Kiddo

Monday, September 18, 2023 - 6:00pm

Raj Haldar - This Book is Banned

Left Bank Books, Schlafly Public Library, and Washington University Center for Humanities presents Raj Haldar, author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling picture book, P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever.

Join us for read aloud and discussion of This Book is Banned, a hilarious and thoughtful new picture book that underscores the importance of the fight against censorship in schools and libraries across the country! Discover just what happens when we aren't allowed to freely share and explore ideas with this funny, self-referential picture book romp that kids (and grown-ups) will want to read over and over again.

Haldar will personalize and sign copies after the presentation! If you are unable to make it to the event, leave a personalization note in your online order.

Order your book from Left Bank Books to support local independent businesses! You can pick up your book at the event or have your signed book shipped to you after the event.

Join us at Schlafly Public Library
225 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

Watch the livestream on Left Bank Books' YouTube Page

 

 

About This Book is Banned

Banning books is downright dangerous-and if you manage to make it to the end of this book, you might just find out why.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of P Is for Pterodactyl Raj Haldar comes a hilarious and thoughtful new picture book that underscores the importance of the fight against censorship in schools and libraries across the country

This is a book about dinosaurs. No it's not. Dinosaurs are not allowed.

Oh. This is now a book about avocados! Sorry. We deleted those too.

FINE. This book is about- nope! Forbidden! BANNED!

Maybe you shouldn't even try reading this book...But what could possibly be inside?

Discover just what happens when we aren't allowed to freely share and explore ideas with this funny, self-referential picture book romp that kids (and grown-ups) will want to read over and over again.

 

About Raj Haldar

Raj Haldar is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling picture book, P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever. But, for close to a decade, he has been better known as Lushlife, the rapper, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. In that time, he's amassed a fervent global fanbase and released award-winning viral music videos that highlight his erudite lyrics. The Sunday New York Times describes his work as "an intoxicating mix of captivating rhymes with audacious, gorgeous production." So it should come as no surprise that Haldar has made the leap into the world of children's literature. His latest book entitled, This Book is Banned gives young readers a lighthearted entrypoint to begin understanding the dangers of book banning and censorship. His work has been featured by The Washington PostInterview MagazineVICEPitchforkVillage VoiceMental FlossBBCSPIN and more!

 

Review Quotes

"Well done and adorably funny... a really great introduction to the subject of banned books for little ones." -- Youth Services Book Review, STARRED review
"A zany, fourth wall-breaking exploration of book banning." -- Kirkus Reviews

 

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 6:00pm

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