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Powell's Books Presents Trystan Reese in Conversation With Andrew Solomon
When Trystan Reese was just a year into his relationship with Biff (now his husband), the couple learned that Biff’s niece and nephew were about to be removed from their home by Child Protective Services. Immediately, Trystan and Biff took in one-year-old Hailey and three-year-old Lucas, becoming caregivers overnight to two tiny survivors of abuse and neglect. From this surprising start, Trystan and Biff built a loving marriage and happy home — learning to parent on the job. They adopted Hailey and Lucas, and soon decided to grow their family biologically with a child that Trystan, who is transgender, would carry. Trystan’s groundbreaking pregnancy attracted media fanfare, and the family welcomed baby Leo in 2017. In How We Do Family: From Adoption to Trans Pregnancy, What We Learned About Love and LGBTQ Parenthood (The Experiment), Trystan shares their unique story and what he’s learned about being the best parent, partner, and person you can be. Through crisis, adoption, pregnancy — and all the usual challenges of parenting — Trystan shows that more important than getting things right is doing them with love. Reese will be joined in conversation by Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree.

Jun 8, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Trystan Reese
Trystan Reese launched into the public eye as “the pregnant man” in 2017 when the story of his family’s unique journey gained international media attention. He was invited to give closing performances for The Moth Mainstage in Portland, Albuquerque, and Brooklyn; a video of the Brooklyn event has garnered over 2.5 million views. As interest in his family’s story grew, Trystan partnered with many major media outlets, including CNN, NBC, People, and Buzzfeed. Trystan is an established thought leader, educator, and speaker, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is a professionally trained anti-racism facilitator and has been organizing within the trans community for nearly two decades. The founder of his own consulting firm, Collaborate Consulting, Trystan provides customized training solutions for individuals, organizations, and communities interested in social justice. He is married to his partner Biff and they live in Portland with their three kids: Lucas, Hailey & Leo.
Andrew Solomon
Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, and past President of PEN American Center. He is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts. Andrew writes regularly for The New Yorker and the New York Times. His 2012 book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and was chosen as one of the NYT Ten Best Books of 2012. Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World was published in 2016 and was named a NYT Notable Book. He previously wrote The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won the 2001 National Book Award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Most recently, he made an award-winning film of Far from the Tree, available on Hulu. Andrew lives with his husband and son in New York and London and is a dual national. He also has a daughter with a college friend.