JACOB TOBIA in conversation with ANI DUTTA

March 3, 2020 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Gender nonconforming writer, producer, and performer Jacob Tobia will talk about their memoir, Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender Story.  They will be joined in conversation by Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Ani Dutta.

"[Tobia] combines incisive wit and undeniable intelligence to invite readers into their personal journey as a gender-nonconforming young person in North Carolina. . . It is in Tobia's often self-deprecating humor that Sissy is most transformative, and where it most departs from other trans memoirs. The seriousness of the topic never feels glossed over, which allows for an organic and seamless journey from tears on one page to laughing aloud on the next. If Tobia aspires to the ranks of comic memoirists like David Sedaris and Mindy Kaling, Sissy succeeds." --New York Times Book Review

Jacob Tobia (pronouns: they/them) is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 and the OUT 100, and Jacob made television history voicing the nonbinary character of Double Trouble in Netflix's She-Ra and The Princess of Power. Their writing and advocacy have been featured by The New York Times, Time, The Guardian, Good Morning America, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, among others. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Jacob has worn high heels in the White House twice, and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Aniruddha Dutta is an Associate Professor of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. Dutta’s work has appeared in journals such as Transgender Studies Quarterly, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Gender and History, and South Asian History and Culture. Dutta also works as a volunteer and advisor with several collectives of gender non-conforming communities such as kothis and hijras in eastern India.