Current reviews

IhopeWeI Hope We Choose Love

Underlying all the essays and poems in this book is a trans woman aware of her own growth and deliberating upon the communities which nurtured her, but which she is reluctantly discovering may now be limiting her.

ThisOneLooksThis One Looks Like a Boy

A worthwhile and readable memoir. Lorimer Shenher served with the Vancouver Police Department and was the first detective assigned to the notorious case of missing Vancouver women.


LoveLivesLove Lives Here

Amanda Jette Knox’s book Love Lives Here suggests that in an age when hate seems to dominate the news and social media, people are thirsting for stories in which love triumphs.


imsupposed-2I’m Supposed to Relate to This? 

A Trans Woman on Issues of Identification with Trans Moving Images, by Valérie Robin Clayman; illustrations by Kat Verhoeven.



SoarAdamSidebarSoar, Adam, Soar

While Soar, Adam, Soar is very much about the short, inspiring life of Adam Prashaw – indeed, he contributes to much of it through his Facebook postings reprinted periodically within the text – it’s also about his dad and co-author, Rick Prashaw. I don’t think Rick intended it that way, but I also don’t think the book suffers for it.

mamaskatch-1Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age

Mamaskatch is a reminder of a time not so long ago when racism, colonialism, homophobia and transphobia had direct and devastating effects on individuals. I hope we’ve become better since then.


vivek2I’m afraid of men

The book begins with a sentence that explains the title: “I’m afraid of men because it was men who taught me fear.” The introductory chapter that follows then demonstrates how this “fear governs many of the choices I make, from the beginning of my day to the end.”


GenderGuideReviewImageGender: your guide

An easy reading guide to gender written mostly for “people who just haven’t had to think about how gender rigidly structures our lives, spaces and interactions.”



InOnePersonI’m a little late to the party in reviewing John Irving’s book In One Person, first published in 2012. Having just finished reading it, however, I felt compelled to write a few words. It’s simply too good a novel to be quiet about.



TransLikeMe2Trans Like Me C. N. Lester’s critique of the way trans people have been, and continue to be, portrayed in the media and popular culture has a mild undercurrent of anger which I found invigorating. Anger has a way of focusing one on the need for action, and as Lester clearly demonstrates the battle is far from over.


LittleFish2Little Fish. If Dickens wrote of Great Expectations (however ironically), Casey Plett’s novel about a trans woman finding her way in the early months of winter in Winnipeg is one of low expectations. And yet…



Detective2Gender Bending Detective Fiction. A survey of detective fiction from the late 1940s to the present reflects the journey trans people have gone through in real life. Transphobic is too mild a word to describe what we’ve often experienced.


Revealing Selves: Transgender Portraits from Argentina & Out: LGBTQ Poland

Trans Ottawa looks at two books that explore the experiences of trans people in Argentina and Poland.




AtTheBrokenAt the Broken Places. In this collaborative memoir, a parent and transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook his transition. Despite my best efforts to be sympathetic to the mother’s complaints, I failed.


ToTransSisters1To My Trans Sisters is an entertaining and inspirational collection of letters written by successful transwomen sharing what they have learned on their journey to womanhood. It is by turns honest, heartfelt, funny and furious. “A love letter to our community.”


traumacleaner1The Trauma Cleaner is the biography of the remarkable Sandra Pankhurst, a woman who brings order and care to the living and the dead. Before she was a trauma cleaner, she was many things: abused child, husband and father, drag queen, sex affirmation patient, sex worker, businesswoman, and trophy wife. An affirmation that we are all in this together.


TransActivism1Trans Activism in Canada  is an anthology that brings together activists and allies to examine the various strategies and forms of resistance needed to transform oppression into opportunity for change.