How To (Hide) Be(hind) You Songs (2017)

Part of the Kolakovsky Press of Canada “How to Be…” series.

Nobody can live a life completely away from songs. Even without hearing them, they are a part of our daily lives. This easy-to-use manual is based on thirty-six years of experience of escaping uncomfortable identity issues using music. If you have to be yourself and you have to live with music, why not be the music yourself?

This difficult-to-live-without booklet contains many engaging chapters. Some are entitled:

The Songs Will Change You

Down The Gear Hole

Testing Your Songs

And much more!

The Author, a true hider of self behind song, takes the reader on a journey of creation and discovery of the time-honoured method of composing music to hide the less desirable parts of one’s self. Good songs always triumph in the end, and wouldn’t you like to, too?

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Gender Failure (2014)

Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon are accomplished, award-winning writers, musicians, and performers; they are also both admitted “gender failures.” In their first collaborative book, Ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all.

Based on their acclaimed 2012 live show that toured across the US and in Europe, Gender Failure is a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics, and images documenting Ivan and Rae’s personal journeys from gender failure to gender enlightenment. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, it’s a book that will touch LGBTQ readers and others, revealing, with candor and insight, that gender comes in more than two sizes.

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First Spring Grass Fire (2012)

Rae’s first book. A collection of short fiction pieces heavily inspired by the Canadian prairies. A finalist for the Trans Fiction Category of the 2012 Lambda Awards.

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First Spring Grass Fire Book Trailer