Tue, April 27, 2021 6:00 P.M.
Friends, please join us for a virtual author visit and book talk with Lexie Bean, author of the middle grade epistolary novel, The Ship We Built. Lexie will read a chapter of the book and then your librarians, Mx. Kate and Ms. Naomi, will moderate a discussion about the book with YOU!
This virtual event is a all ages, all are welcome: children of all genders and sexualities, their parents, LGTBTQIA+ adults, and allies.
"It's a really great semi fictional account of a 10 year old grappling with sexuality and gender identity. It's a good read for young readers, but is also wonderful for parents, particularly cishet parents, who may be, or may one day be raising an LGBT kid.
1 out of 6 kids under the age of 24 identify as LGBT, so wouldn't it be great if we were all better prepared to help our kid if they are the 1?" -Liz Scott, local parent.
Lexie Bean is a queer, performance and trans multimedia artist from the Midwest. Their work in film, literature, and curation revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence, and LGBTQIA+ identity. Lexie is a member of the RAINN National Leadership Council and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist; they're passionate about creating honest and complex trans narratives that "transition and grow" alongside them. Their writing has been featured in Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, Them, Logo's New Now Next, Bust Magazine, Autostraddle, and more. The Ship We Built is their debut novel supported with residencies at the Sundress Academy, Paragraph New York, and the Santa Cruz Bookshop. Like the protagonist, Lexie has a deep resonance with water, letter writing, and is also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
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* ”Bean vividly and sensitively captures the struggle of being a child who just can’t fit in and doesn’t understand why. It is an authentic portrayal of childhood pain without an ounce of condescension. . . . While the book tackles big issues, primarily addressing being trans and queer and surviving incest as well as touching on parental incarceration, anyone who has ever been a sad or confused child will be able to see a little bit of themselves in Rowan and Sofie. . . . Everyone should read this remarkable, affecting novel. ”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “This heartfelt, emotionally raw narrative delicately and respectfully covers incredibly complex issues (homophobia, substance abuse, sexual abuse, racism) that many young people around the world face, compounded by Rowan’s status as a trans boy. Bean’s debut novel for young readers is as difficult as it is hopeful, beautifully captured through a 10-year-old voice. A remarkable and memorable book!”—Booklist, starred review
“A tender story . . . Queer and trans author Bean brings tremendous sensitivity to the tale of a young child exploring their identity and experiencing abuse. . . . A strong addition to any library collection.”—School Library Journal