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Virtual Event: Isaac Fitzsimons, The Passing Playbook, in conversation with Julian Winters

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 7:00pm


East City Bookshop welcomes Isaac Fitzsimons with his new book The Passing Playbook.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here. Registration is required.

About The Passing Playbook

Fifteen-year-old Spencer Harris is a proud nerd, an awesome big brother, and a David Beckham in training. He's also transgender. After transitioning at his old school leads to a year of isolation and bullying, Spencer gets a fresh start at Oakley, the most liberal private school in Ohio. At Oakley, Spencer seems to have it all: more accepting classmates, a decent shot at a starting position on the boys' soccer team, great new friends, and maybe even something more than friendship with one of his teammates. The problem is, no one at Oakley knows Spencer is trans--he's passing. So when a discriminatory law forces Spencer's coach to bench him after he discovers the "F" on Spencer's birth certificate, Spencer has to make a choice: cheer his team on from the sidelines or publicly fight for his right to play, even though it would mean coming out to everyone-- including the guy he's falling for.

About Isaac Fitzsimons

Isaac Fitzsimons is a lifetime dabbler in the arts. His background includes performing sketch comedy in college, learning how to play three songs on the banjo, and, of course, writing. He currently lives outside Washington, DC, and does research for an arts advocacy nonprofit in the city.

About Julian Winters

Julian Winters is the award-winning author of Running With Lions—which won an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best Teen Fiction—as well as How To Be Remy Cameron and The Summer of Everything. A self-proclaimed comic book geek, Julian lives in Decatur, Georgia, where he can be found watching the only two sports he can follow: volleyball and soccer. His next book, Right Where I Left You, will be released by Viking Children's/Penguin Random House in Spring 2022. Visit him online at

The Passing Playbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984815408
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - June 1st, 2021