Peyton Thomas is an author and journalist based in Toronto. His debut novel Both Sides Now is a Junior Library Guild selection. It is available now from Dial Books and Penguin Teen Canada. He'll be appearing at the Vancouver Writers Fest on October 21, 2021.
Peyton's writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Billboard, and Pitchfork, among other publications. He was a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow and a 2014 recipient of the Norma Epstein Foundation Award in Creative Writing. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 2015, majoring in political science and sexual diversity studies.
Praise for Both Sides Now
"Queer issues are given center stage, evoking the lived experiences of many in a sensitive and sympathetic way... Emotionally charged and politically relevant, this is a must read."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A heady, heartfelt whirlwind of smarts, soul, and contemporary queer coming-of-age adventure."
—Kai Cheng Thom, author of Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir
"Thomas' debut is achingly vulnerable... There's no debate: Both Sides Now is a compelling, heartfelt must-read."
—Booklist (starred review)
"Thomas's nerdy, funny, ambitious queer teens stun me with how realistically they love and fear each other... Bright, funny, savvy, and wholehearted."
—Hal Schrieve, author of Out of Salem
"This coming-of-age romance poignantly depicts self-discovery and finding your place in the world."
"I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more! There's no debating it, this is a hilarious and heartfelt story about love and accepting yourself."
—Mason Deaver, author of I Wish You All the Best and The Ghosts We Keep
"In this sharp and emotional first novel... Thomas doesn't pull any punches on difficult topics and never once reduces his characters to objects of pity. Instead, he depicts teenagers who are working hard to find their places in a world that has thrown obstacle after obstacle in their paths. The novel balances serious political conversations and scenes of moving emotional hardship with moments of comedy and a spirit of true camaraderie."
"Deeply moral without sacrificing complexity, and with a beautiful slow-burn romance at its core, this is a book no queer teen will want to miss."
—Naomi Kanakia, author of We Are Totally Normal and Enter Title Here
"A sharp, witty narrative... full of cerebral teens with big plans and snark to spare."
—School Library Journal
"Thomas writes with effortless ease; his convincing characters have notably diverse traits and he's clear that what they are doesn't necessarily define who they are."
"An excellent, engaging read. And I just can't help but feel a particular affection for a kid who dreams of egging Mitch McConnell's house."
"Still Tears Left to Cry" for Billboard
Album Reviews for Pitchfork
U2's "Zooropa" for Pitchfork's Sunday Review
Soccer Mommy's "color theory" for Pitchfork's Best Albums of 2020
Denzel Curry's "ZUU" for Pitchfork's Best Albums of 2019
Sleater-Kinney's "Hurry on Home" for Pitchfork's Best Songs of 2019
"What Will It Take to Get a Gay Character in Star Wars?" for Vanity Fair
"Ordinary Person, Wild Radical" for the Atavist
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