2017 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Finalist

2017 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction finalist Ivan Coyote for Tomboy Survival Guide

Ivan Coyote
Tomboy Survival Guide 
Arsenal Pulp Press

2017 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction finalist Ivan Coyote Tomboy Survival Guide

“Ivan Coyote’s Tomboy Survival Guide is an intimate, irreverent memoir about growing up transgender in a rigidly gendered world.  

Armed with compassion and a ready supply of wry wit, Coyote recounts their personal history through a collection of fine-spun tales—tracking life as an outsider and illuminating a way of being that our culture has far too long denied. At every step, Coyote deploys tireless cheek and transcendent empathy in confronting the indifference and outright hostility that mark daily life for transgender people. The result is an idiosyncratic testament that moves readers from all hues of the gender spectrum to see one another—and themselves—more truly.”

-2017 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction jury Susan Harada, Arno Kopecky, and Siobhan Roberts.

About the Book

Tomboy Survival Guide warmly recounts Ivan Coyote's past as a diffident yet free-spirited tomboy, and maps their journey through treacherous gender landscapes and a maze of labels that don't quite stick, to a place of self-acceptance and an authentic and personal strength. Coyote writes about their years as a young butch, dealing with new infatuations and old baggage, and life as a gender-box-defying adult, in which they offer advice to young people while seeking guidance from others

About the Author

Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of 11 books and the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote is a seasoned stage performer and over the last 20 years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, literary, film, and folk music festivals. Tomboy Survival Guide won the Stonewall Book Award for outstanding LGBT literature, and was longlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction in 2017. Coyote lives in Vancouver.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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