Special Topics in Being a Human by S. Bear Bergman and Saul Freedman-Lawson
Special Topics in Being a Human is a gentle, witty, and insightful illustrated guide of practical advice for the modern age, all filtered through a queer lens. S. Bear Bergman offers Dad advice and Jewish bubbe wisdom to help you navigate some of the complexities of life—from how to make big decisions or make a good apology, to how to get someone’s new name and pronouns right as quickly as possible, to how to gracefully navigate a breakup.
Featuring disarming illustrations by Saul Freedman-Lawson, Special Topics in Being a Human calls out social inequities and injustices in traditional advice-giving, validates your feelings, asks a lot of questions, and tries to help you be your best possible self with kindness, compassion, and humour.
S. Bear Bergman is a writer, storyteller, activist, and the founder and publisher of the book press Flamingo Rampant, which makes feminist, culturally diverse children’s picture book about LGBT2Q+ kids and families. He writes creative non-fiction for grown-ups, fiction for children, resolutely factual features for various publications, and the advice column “Asking Bear.” His books include The Nearest Exit May Be Behind Us and Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter, and he was the co-editor along with Kate Bornstein of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.
Saul Freedman-Lawson is a student and illustrator making art about queerness, transness, Judaism, and childhood. They like to draw people with big noses and big genders. Special Topics in Being a Human is their first full-length book.
Available from Arsenal Pulp Press
About the Author
Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.