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An Evening with Jacob Tobia and Samantha Allen

Monday, March 11, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Jacob Tobia and Samantha AllenLeft Bank Books and the Metro Trans Umbrella Group welcome authors Jacob Tobia and Samantha Allen, who will sign and discuss their new books, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story and Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

From the moment a doctor in Raleigh, North Carolina, put “male” on Jacob Tobia’s birth certificate, everything went wrong. Naturally sensitive, playful, creative, and glitter-obsessed, as a child Jacob was given the label “sissy.” In the two decades that followed, “sissy” joined forces with “gay,” “trans,” “nonbinary,” and “too-queer-to-function” to become a source of pride and, today, a rallying cry for a much-needed gender revolution. Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a bold blueprint for a healed world.

Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn't changed is her deep love of Red State America, and of queer people who stay in so-called "flyover country" rather than moving to the liberal coasts.  In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit MTUG!

Ticket Information

-- Single Book Admit One: A $30 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE copy of EITHER Sissy or Real Queer America. Please select the ticket option that corresponds to your book preference.

-- Single Book Admit Two: A $35 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE copy of EITHER Sissy or Real Queer America, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second book at the event. Please select the ticket option that corresponds to your book preference.

-- Two Book Bundle Admit One: A $55 ticket admits ONE person and includes BOTH Sissy and Real Queer America, plus VIP seating at the event.

-- Two Book Bundle Admit Two: A $60 ticket admits TWO people and includes BOTH Sissy and Real Queer America, plus VIP seating at the event.

Tickets are available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their book(s) or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on March 11.

A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.



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Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
Mad Art Gallery
2727 S. 12th St.
Saint Louis, MO 63118
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Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735218826
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2019

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316516037
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 5th, 2019