In Rebent Sinner, Ivan Coyote takes on the patriarchy and the political, as well as the intimate and the personal in these beguiling and revealing stories of what it means to be trans and non-binary today, at a time in their life when they must carry the burden of heartbreaking history with them, while combatting those who would misgender them or deny their very existence. These stories span thirty years of tackling TERFs, legislators, and bathroom police, sure, but there is joy and pleasure and triumph to be found here too, as Ivan pays homage to personal heroes like Leslie Feinberg and Ferron while gently guiding younger trans folk to prove to themselves that there is a way out of the darkness.
Rebent Sinner is the work of an accomplished artist whose plain truths about their experience will astound readers with their utter, breathtaking humanity.
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Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author, co-author or co-editor of eleven books, including Tomboy Survival Guide, shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. They are also the creator of four short films as well as three CDs that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and an audience favourite at storytelling, literary, film, and folk music festivals. Their latest book is Rebent Sinner. Ivan lives in Vancouver.
Published: April 2022
“Coyote describes the burdens of representation that saddle LGBTQ writers and performers, and ponders the legacy of their own generation of trans artists. Audiences interested in the conversation on trans identities will welcome Coyote’s direct style and compassionate voice.” — Publishers Weekly
“There’s humour in this book, alongside pathos and bathos and Joan Armatrading and everything else you’d want from a collection of true stories. …Rebent Sinner is a book you need to read.” — Toronto Star
“Rebent Sinner leaves me feeling like I can face the world. The power of storytelling indeed.” — Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian
“Coyote brilliantly nestles kindred moments together and makes the ordinary magical. …Their writing has a generous quality to it in the way it appeals to everyone’s humanity while still firmly advocating for equity, compassion, understanding, and safety for LGBTQ2S+ people, especially trans and/or gender non-conforming youth.” — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW
“If you’ve never read Coyote’s work, this is a fine place to start; it’s a delightful and passionate example of the candor, humor, resilience and compassion that has made Coyote a beloved hero for whom we are (mostly) undeserving.” — Ms. Magazine