YA Novel ‘When You Get the Chance’ Gets New Release Date

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Authors Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson announced this week that they are postponing the publication of their new book When You Get the Chance. The “super queer, super Canadian, road-trip-to-Toronto-Pride YA novel” was originally planned to come out on May 5, 2020 with Pride month events planned, including a launch at Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore. However, with these events most likely not being possible this year, the decision was made to postpone the publication and launch until 2021.

In a Twitter thread, Ryan expressed that:

Robin and I co-wrote this book from opposite sides of the country. We were living in different cities, and missing our hangout sessions, and so we decided to work on a book together remotely. Yep. WYGTC was a social-distancing project before it was cool 😉

We always said that if WYGTC ever got published, the best part would be finally getting together in the same place to celebrate, when the time was right… So we will look forward to 2021 in that same spirit. Stay healthy, pals. Someday this will all be a memory.”

The novel follows “cousins Mark [from the East coast of Canada, written by Ryan] and Talia [from the West coast of Canada, written by Stevenson] on a road trip to Pride in Toronto as they search for love and adventure and uncover family secrets along the way.”

Though we do not know the exact 2021 publication date, any pre-orders of the novel will still be honored once the new date is chosen.

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