Thomas's new book, Amateur, is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM!, and will be coming soon to an independent book store near you. It will be published by Scribner in August of 2018. Thomas will be in conversation with Saeed Jones at the Brooklyn Historical Society on August 15 to celebrate the book's release. Get your tickets here.
From an award-winning writer whose work bristles with “hard-won strength, insight, agility, and love” (Maggie Nelson), an exquisite and troubling narrative of masculinity, violence, and society.
In this groundbreaking new book, the author, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience boxing—learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body—McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes, and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a new way forward, a new kind of masculinity, inside the ring and outside of it.
In this graceful, stunning, and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting, and healing, we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.
You can read his story about boxing in Madison Square Garden, Why Men Fight, on Quartz, and watch the video below to learn more about the project.