Gender Failure

Gender Failure

Book - 2014
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Being a girl was something that never really happened for me. ―Rae Spoon

Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon are accomplished, award-winning writers, musicians, and performers; they are also both admitted "gender failures." In their first collaborative book, Ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all.

Based on their acclaimed 2012 live show that toured across Canada and the US and in Europe, Gender Failure is a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics, and images documenting Ivan and Rae's personal journeys from gender failure to gender self-acceptance. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, it's a book that will touch LGBTQ readers and others, revealing, with candor and insight, that gender comes in more than two sizes.

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781551525365
1551525364
Branch Call Number: YA306.768 C88g
306.768 C88g
Characteristics: 252 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Spoon, Rae

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A remarkable teaming up of author and musician. An explorative memoir that delves into Coyotes and Spoons attempt to fit it and ultimately flop out of traditional gender roles. A well written, humorous and empathic read.

A remarkable teaming up of author and musician. An exploratory memoir that delves into Coyote's and Spoon's attempt to fit it and untimely flop out of traditional gender roles. A well written, humorous and empathic read.

Local author and storyteller Ivan E. Coyote (Loose Ends, Missed Her) teams up with local writer and musician Rae Spoon (First Spring Grass Fire) in a meditation on gender and identity.

Ivan E. Coyote has teamed up with Rae Spoon to create this memoir based on their acclaimed 2012 live show of the same name. They explore, through autobiographical essays, lyrics, and images, their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary.

In a book that started as a live touring show, Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon share moving, personal stories from their lives. Ivan E. Coyote was VPL's 2009 Writer in Residence.


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VaughanPLKasey Nov 09, 2016

This book is based on Spoon and Coyote’s live show of the same title. It contains the text of the stories they told as well as Spoon’s song lyrics, and some of the images from the show.

Gender Failure explores both of the authors experiences growing up and not fitting into the gender binary, and the ways in which they have found authentic identities as non-binary people. Both Coyote and Spoon are wonderful writers, and this book is an emotional read.

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May 26, 2016

For some reason I found Ivan E Coyote super off-putting. I guess I must have read one essay I didn't like and written them off, and it turns out I shouldn't've. Charming, funny, tragic. The essays aren't all equally strong, but they weave together nicely. And they're funny! And charming!

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Apr 01, 2015

Wonderful collection! Vulnerable, tough, painful, passionate, compassionate, and easy to read and understand. Often very humorous. Such an excellent book!

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JudithE
Jan 31, 2015

Honest, brave, interesting, and enlightening. I'd love to spend an evening with these folks.

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