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BOOKSMITH: Thomas Page McBee / Amateur

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Booksmith hosts an evening with Thomas Page McBee as he celebrates his new book, Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man. With Thomas in conversarion is Virgie Tovar. Please join us!

From an award-winning writer whose work bristles with "hard-won strength, insight, agility, and love" (Maggie Nelson), an exquisite and troubling narrative of masculinity, violence, and society.

In this groundbreaking new book, the author, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience boxing--learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body--McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes, and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a new way forward, a new kind of masculinity, inside the ring and outside of it.

In this graceful, stunning, and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting, and healing, we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.

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Thomas Page McBee is the author of the Lambda award-winning memoir Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness, and Becoming a Man, which was named a best book of 2014 by NPR, BuzzFeed, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, Glamour, The Rumpus, and Pacific Standard. He lives in Brooklyn. 

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight, and edited the groundbreaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press 2012). Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and BUST.
Booksmith hosts an evening with Thomas Page McBee as he celebrates his new book, Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man. With Thomas in conversarion is Virgie Tovar. Please join us! From an award-winning writer whose work bristles with "hard-won strength, insight, agility,...
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