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A Million Quiet Revolutions: Robin Gow in conversation with Tobly McSmith

Event date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Charis welcomes Robin Gow in conversation with Tobly McSmith for a celebration of A Million Quiet Revolutions. A lyrical, aching modern love story, told in verse, about two teenaged trans boys who name themselves after two Revolutionary War soldiers.

For as long as they can remember, Aaron and Oliver have only ever had each other. In a small town with few queer teenagers, let alone young trans men, they’ve shared milestones like coming out as trans, buying the right binders—and falling for each other.

But just as their relationship has started to blossom, Aaron moves away. Feeling adrift, separated from the one person who understands them, they seek solace in digging deep into the annals of America’s past. When they discover the story of two Revolutionary War soldiers who they believe to have been trans man in love, they’re inspired to pay tribute to these soldiers by adopting their names—Aaron and Oliver. As they learn, they delve further into unwritten queer stories, and they discover the transformative power of reclaiming one’s place in history. 

Robin Gow is a trans and queer poet, editor, and educator from rural Pennsylvania. They are the director and founder of Transcendent Connections, an organization that provides trans education resources to support trans youth. Gow also founded the New York City trans and queer reading series Gender Reveal Party. They live in Pennsylvania with their pugs, Gertrude and Eddie. 

Tobly McSmith is author of Stay Gold and Act Cool, young adult novels about love, staying true to yourself, and transgender issues. He is the founder and co-director of The Stay Gold Fund, providing gender-affirming health care and clothing to transgender people in need. Tobly is the co-creator/writer of eight musical parodies that have played 1000s of shows around the world, including Friends! The Musical Parody. Tobly was born in Texas and now lives in Brooklyn with an undisclosed number of cats. For more info: and 

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A Million Quiet Revolutions By Robin Gow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374388416
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 22nd, 2022

Robin Gow's A Million Quiet Revolutions is a modern love story, told in verse, about two teenaged trans boys who name themselves after two Revolutionary War soldiers. A lyrical, aching young adult romance perfect for fans of The Poet X, Darius the Great is Not Okay, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe.

Act Cool By Tobly McSmith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063038561
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 7th, 2021

*Named a Rainbow Book List Title and one of Bank Street Children's Best Books of the Year*

A trans teen walks the fine line between doing whatever it takes for his acting dream and staying true to himself in this moving, thought-provoking YA novel from the acclaimed author of Stay Gold.

Stay Gold By Tobly McSmith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062943187
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - August 3rd, 2021

Debut author Tobly McSmith delivers a coming-of-age teen love story about a transgender boy who’s going stealth at his new Texas high school and a cisgender girl who is drawn to him, even as she’s counting down the days until graduation. Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Becky Albertalli, and Jenny Han.

Event Summary: 
A lyrical, aching modern love story, told in verse, about two teenaged trans boys who name themselves after two Revolutionary War soldiers.