Cat Fitzpatrick Presents The Call-Out: A Novel in Rhyme, in conversation with Casey Plett

November 9th

McNally Jackson Seaport
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A fast-paced, debut tragicomedy of manners written in verse about queer (mostly trans) women that is funny, literary, philosophical, witty, sometimes bitchy and sometimes heartbreaking.

Anvi, Kate, Bette, Keiko, Gaia, and Day are six queer, mostly trans women surviving and thriving in Brooklyn. Visiting all the fixtures of fashionable 21st century queer society—picnics, literary readings, health conferences, drag shows, punk houses, community accountability processes, Grindr hookups—The Call-Out also engages with pressing questions around economic precarity, sexual consent, racism in queer spaces, and feminist theory, in the service of asking what it takes to build, or destroy, a marginalized community.
A novel written in verse, The Call-Out recalls the Russian literary classic Eugene Onegin, but instead of 19th century Russian aristocrats crudely solved their disagreements with pistols, the participants in this rhyming drama have developed a more refined weapon, the online call-out, a cancel-culture staple. In this passionate tangle of modern relationships, where a barbed tweet can be as dangerous as the narrator’s bon-mots, Cat Fitzpatrick has fashioned a modern novel of manners that gives readers access to a vibrant cultural underground.
"funny and queer and honest and dark and daring and brilliant" —Michelle Tea, author of Black Wave

"The sweetest, truest tale in verse
Of how we sloshed and spoke and swived.
Of broken hearts and sweet reverse,
“Trans lit” and all it catalyzed."
Jacke Ess, Author of Darryl

"Cat Fitzpatrick is on the short list of contemporary writers whose work is actually fun"—Tommy Pico, Author of IRL

"How does Fitzpatrick do it? How does she see it all so clearly--the grace of trans women who play Zelda in gross apartments, the social maneuver behind the moral absolute, the loopy mores of the picnic, the queer lit reading, the library date? She's the heiress to Thackeray and Rochester, and we're so lucky to have this gossipy, glamorous, and vital novel: one all about justice and the messy queers who have to build it."— Jeanne Thornton, author of Summer Fun

"This is just fucking sonnets, Cat"—Imogen Binnie, author of Nevada

We recommend that guests wear masks on the night. 

Cat Fitzpatrick is the Editrix at LittlePuss Press, the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University—Newark, and a noted society hostess, for a given definition of “society” and “hostess”. She tweets @intermittentcat and maintains a website at Her first novel, The Call-Out, is out in November 2022 from Seven Stories Press.



Casey Plett is the author of A Dream of a Woman, Little Fish, A Safe Girl to Love, the co-editor of Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy From Transgender Writers, and the Publisher at LittlePuss Press. She has written for The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications. A winner of the Amazon First Novel Award, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and a two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award, her work has also been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She splits her time between New York City and Windsor, Ontario.







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