with Mike Hoolboom

2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist: Transgender Non-Fiction
Voted one of the BEST BOOKS of 2016 by THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Voted one of the BEST BOOKS of 2016 by CBC

"An intellectually expansive, emotional gut-punch of a memoir."
-The Globe and Mail, May 2016

"An ode to friendship that is as beautiful as it is revelatory."
-Quill & Quire, June 2016

What if it's not true that you only live once? In this genre-transcending book, trans writer and media artist Chase Joynt and HIV-positive movie artist Mike Hoolboom come together over the films of Chris Marker to exchange transition tales, confessional missives that map out the particularities of occupying what they call ‘second lives’: Chase’s transition from female to male and Mike’s near-death from AIDS.

Weaving cultural theory with memoir and media analysis, YOLT asks intimate questions about what it might mean to find love and hope through conversation across generations.

"Chase Joynt and Mike Hoolboom here give each other the gift so many people only dream of: ample, unhurried space to unspool crucial stories of one’s life, and an attentive, impassioned, invested, intelligent receiver on the other side. The gift to the reader is both the example of their exchange, and the nuanced, idiosyncratic, finely rendered examination it offers of biopolitical experiences which, in many ways, define our times. I’m so glad they have each other, and that we have this."
– Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts, Bluets)

"What a wondrous, shimmering, piquant concoction of tales and tails and herds and heads. By tails, I mean all the wagging bits of bodies that Joynt and Hoolboom so courageously put on the line. By herds, I mean all the communities with whom they so gracefully graze. By tales, I mean the way they trouble memories. Stories are never simply recounted, but instead, offered as queries and question marks and interrobangs for all of us to worry over like bones. Most of all, such heads! The writing is out of the park -- strong and surprising, a relay race of brilliant twirling, tossing thoughts back and forth like balletic rugby bros. Joynt and Hoolboom’s dances of disclosure are so courageous and generative, gifts to us all."
- John Greyson (Zero Patience, Fig Trees, Proteus)

"You Only Live Twice is an intelligent ode to enchantment, to the possibilities that arise in 'second lives' when all past expectations have been foreclosed."
-Chris Kraus (I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia)


"Part of what I so admire about both Vivek and Chase’s work is its tendency—whether oriented toward race, gender, sexuality, violence, or, most likely, their knotty intersection—to visibilize and make tangible. More than that, however, their work encourages us to reckon with how these images, scenes, and surfaces are temporalized with a delicate titration of precarity and tenderness. Their work is necessarily forward looking, into the open horizon of José Muñoz’s potential-laden queer futurity, the not-yet- here, into a space that feels, even yet, unimagined, beautifully, assiduously, and gracefully drawn out from below the surfaces that they encounter and engage."
-RL Goldberg, Princeton University

McMaster University. Hamilton, ON. September, 2016.
Concordia University. Montreal, QC. September, 2016.
Queen’s University. Kingston, ON. September, 2016.
State University of New York. Fredonia, NY. October, 2016.
Barnard College. New York, NY. October, 2016.
Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. October, 2016.
Columbia College Chicago. Chicago, IL. October, 2016.
University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC. October 2016.
Third Place Books. Seattle, WA. November, 2016.
Hugo House with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. Seattle, WA. November, 2016.
Halifax Public Library. Halifax, NS. November, 2016.
University of Toronto, Mississauga. Mississauga, ON. January, 2016.
University of Toronto, Scarborough. Scarborough, ON. January, 2016.
University of Toronto, St. George. Toronto, ON. January, 2016.
York University. Toronto, ON. March, 2016.