S. Bear Bergman writes essays that are personal, honest, and like the best storytellers, will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. Bergman is the author of nine books, including the Lambda Literary Award finalists The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You and Blood, Marriage, Wine and Glitter. He delves equally brilliantly into such topics as Jewish masculinity and lesbian potlucks; gender and cultural identity; and family dynamics and being a trans parent. His work has been called “both hilarious and heartbreaking” as it touches on tricky topics and praised for the way his writing engages readers from all perspectives. His latest book, Special Topics on Being Human, illustrated by Saul Freedman-Lawson, provides practical advice on how to be a better human, how to make a good apology, how to quickly adapt to someone’s new name and pronouns, and was named one of CBC’s “books we can’t wait to read” in Fall 2021.