Listening Library Announces Full-Cast Audiobook Adaptation of Award-Winning Memoir “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe

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April 9, 2024 – This spring, Listening Library is set to release a groundbreaking full-cast audiobook production of “Gender Queer: A Memoir” (Listening Library, May 7, 2024), based on Maia Kobabe’s critically acclaimed graphic memoir, originally published by Oni Press.

Kobabe, who identifies with e/em/eir pronouns, embarked on creating this graphic novel to articulate to eir family the nuances of being nonbinary and asexual. “Gender Queer” serves as both a deeply personal journey of self-discovery and a poignant guide to understanding gender identity, aimed at advocates, friends, and individuals worldwide.

Despite facing repeated bans, “Gender Queer: A Memoir” stands out as a beacon of advocacy for the rights of trans and nonbinary individuals and underscores the importance of access to diverse literature, particularly for young people.

Regarding the audiobook adaptation, Kobabe expresses excitement, stating, “Audiobooks are my constant companions… It was a dream come true to record these words in my voice, and I hope every reader who loves the print version of the book finds something new to enjoy in the audiobook.”

Joining Kobabe in the narration are their siblings Phoebe Kobabe, André Santana, Jeremy Carlisle Parker, and Stephen Graybill. Renowned actress Trini Alvarado, famed for her portrayal of Meg March in 1993’s “Little Women,” lends her voice to the role of Kobabe’s mother.

In tandem with the release of the audiobook, Listening Library will also publish the audiobook edition of Maia Kobabe’s forthcoming graphic novel with Dr. Sarah Peitzmeier, “Breathe: Journeys to Healthy Binding” (Listening Library, May 7, 2024).

About the Author:

Maia Kobabe (e/eir/em) is the author of the award-winning and bestselling memoir “Gender Queer.” E and eir work have been featured in Time, NPR, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among other outlets.

About Listening Library:

Since its inception in 1955, Listening Library has become a leading name in youth audiobooks, garnering numerous accolades, including ALSC and YALSA Audiobook Awards, Odyssey Awards, Audie® Awards, and GRAMMY® Awards.

About Oni Press:

Established in 1997, Oni Press boasts a 25-year history of publishing acclaimed comic books and graphic novels, including titles such as “Scott Pilgrim” by Bryan Lee O’Malley and “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe. In 2019, Oni Press merged with Lion Forge Comics, creating one of the largest independent libraries of comics content.

The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group publishes over 60 original and licensed graphic novels annually, continuing its tradition of delivering diverse and engaging storytelling to audiences worldwide.

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