*Please note: this event will take place live on Crowdcast. RSVP here to join the livestream or watch the replay!


Sasha Masha (FSG)

Alex feels like he is in the wrong body. His skin feels strange against his bones. And then comes Tracy, who thinks he's adorably awkward, who wants to kiss him, who makes him feel like a Real Boy. But it is not quite enough. Something is missing.

As Alex grapples with his identity, he finds himself trying on dresses and swiping on lipstick in the quiet of his bedroom. He meets Andre, a gay boy who is beautiful and unafraid to be who he is. Slowly, Alex begins to realize: maybe his name isn't Alex at all. Maybe it's Sasha Masha.

Praise for Sasha Masha:

*A Junior Library Guild Selection!*

"Written in the first-person, this coming-of-age story offers an intimate view of self-discovery. Queer community and history play a refreshing significance in Sasha Masha’s personal revelations. . . . a sensitive and vulnerable story of self-growth." —Kirkus Reviews

"Borinsky does an excellent job of taking the reader inside Sasha Masha’s troubled mind as he agonizes over his identity. The result is a memorably offbeat coming-of age-novel that is sure to resonate with readers." —Booklist

"In straightforward first-person prose, debut novelist Borinsky captures the ups and downs of teenage soul-searching, struggling to define one’s gender, and coming out as trans . . . Sasha Masha is a well-crafted, memorable protagonist whose voice rings true and whose experiences will resonate as he learns to accept that his journey, like any questioning person’s, is an ongoing one." —Publishers Weekly

"Sasha Masha is a quiet, yet insightful novel, chronicling the confusing stages of understanding and exploring your gender identity and shows that gender is a spectrum and that it’s okay to not know where you land on it just yet. That it’s okay to experiment and find what feels right for you and that there’s no rush to put a label on it." —The Nerd Daily

Agnes Borinsky is a writer from Baltimore, now living in Los Angeles. She mostly writes essays and plays, and has collaborated on all sorts of projects in basements, backyards, gardens, circus tents, classrooms, bars, and theaters. Sasha Masha is her first novel.

Chana Porter is an emerging playwright, speculative novelist, and education activist. She is a MacDowell Fellow, a New Georges Audrey Resident, a Target Margin Artist-in-Residence, and the recipient of Honorable Mention for the Relentless Prize. She is currently writer-in-residence at The Catastrophic Theatre in Houston. Chana is the co-founder of the Octavia Project, a free summer writing and STEM program for Brooklyn teenage girls and non-binary youth. She has taught her embodied creativity course Writing from the Body at University of Houston, Fordham University, Hampshire College, Goddard College, Weber State, and with Sarah Lawrence’s Global Classroom. Her debut novel, The Seep, out from Soho Press and Brilliance Audio, with starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and Foreword Reviews. The Seep is an ABA Indie Next Pick for February 2020.

***PLEASE NOTE: We expect all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Anyone who violates this standard of behavior including engaging in any form of harassment, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Sasha Masha Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374310806
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 10th, 2020

Pre-Order Now Badge
The Seep Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641292153
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Soho Press - December 8th, 2020