Travis Alabanza with Victor Yang: None of the Above
In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of None of the Above with author Travis Alabanza, in conversation with Victor Yang.
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None of the Above: Reflections on Life Beyond the Binary
A "humane and heart-rending" memoir exploring what it means to live outside the normative boundaries imposed by society, from an award-winning trans writer and performer (The Guardian). In None of the Above: Reflections on Life Beyond the Binary, Travis Alabanza considers seven phrases people have directed at them throughout their life. These phrases--some deceptively innocuous, some deliberately loaded or violent, some celebratory--have fundamentally shaped Alabanza, both for better and for worse. But these phrases also illuminate broader issues about a world that insists on gender as a fixed identity.
Alabanza considers the meaning of gender, and the role it plays in a world that rigidly and aggressively enforces the binary. Drawing from their experiences as racialized queer person, Alabanza deftly interrogates our current frameworks around identity with nuance, openness, and humor. The result is a meditation on doubt and language that turns a mirror back on society, and on ourselves. By heralding transformative futures, None of the Above questions what we think we know--and shares new ways that we might live.
Travis Alabanza is an award-winning writer, performer, and theater maker. After being the youngest recipient of the Artist-in-Residency program at Tate Galleries, Alabanza’s debut show Burgerz toured internationally to sold-out performances in London, São Paulo, and Berlin, and won the Edinburgh Fringe Total Theatre Award. Their writing has appeared in the Guardian, VICE, gal-dem, and BBC Online, and they previously had a fortnightly column in Metro.
Moderator Victor Yang (he/him) is a queer writer and organizer. His stories and essays appear in the Boston Globe, Longreads, the Chicago Tribune, The Rumpus, and the Southern Review, among others. He was a 2020-2021 Boston Artist-in-Residence. He earned his MFA at Boston University and teaches creative writing at Amherst College.
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