On Monday, August 24th, we were fortunate to host YA author Tobly McSmith in conversation with local moderator Fae Johnstone about his debut YA novel, Stay Gold.
The novel follows the story of Pony and Georgia. Told in two voices, Pony, who is concealing his transgender identity at his new Texas high school, and Georgia, a cisgender cheerleader counting the days until she graduates, develop a complicated relationship.
Fae and Tobly discussed the novel, but also many other things plus a few furry cameos - if you missed this event, you can view their conversation here: https://www.facebook.com/TransFestOttawa/videos/1485803918293788/?vh=e&extid=NHZZR4nHJyMmley4
Thanks to both guests for a wonderful time spent virtually with OPL! Happy Pride!
About the author
Tobly McSmith is the co-creator/writer of seven musical parodies, including Friends! The Musical Parody. Tobly was born in Texas. He now lives in New York City with his two cats, Buster and Bananas McSmith. Tobly is proud to be transgender.
About the moderator
Fae Johnstone is a local public speaker, consultant, educator and community organizer. As an activist and educator, her areas of expertise include 2SLGBTQ+ and trans inclusion, social policy, child and youth mental health, sex education and anti-oppression.