• AUDIENCE: For readers of Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar column and Tiny Beautiful Things, Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men, David Chariandy’s I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You; readers of books about the search for love, such as Glenn Dixon’s Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak, Haley McGee’s The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale; and fans of PostSecret and the Letters of Note series.
• A SHORT HISTORY OF SHIFTING ATTITUDES TOWARDS LGBTQ+ RIGHTS IN CANADA: Through his own moving first-person perspective, Brian tracks how much has and hasn’t changed for the queer community in Canada over the past thirty years.
• BOOK CLUB POTENTIAL: This is a book destined to spark conversations of all kinds, not least between different generations of the LGBTQ+ community.
• POPULAR, WELL-CONNECTED AUTHOR: Brian is a regular contributor to CBC’s The Next Chapter, writes the monthly “Agony Editor” column for Quill & Quire, and works at the Toronto Public Library, where he is the manager of marketing communications.
• FROM PLAY TO BOOK: Brian’s acclaimed 75-minute show had a sold-out debut run at the 2018 SummerWorks Festival’s Lab series, followed by a sold-out production at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in spring 2020 that was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
“Witty, warm, and smart, Brian Francis’s memoir packs an emotional punch through breathtakingly beautiful storytelling. The personal tales in Missed Connections give way to a time-travelling work in which the past informs the present and the present bears witness to the past. At once an intimate narrative and a record of a moment in gay history, this is a necessary, courageous, and deliciously acerbic book.” —Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Intolerable and Brown
“What if you could revisit your past and heal lifelong wounds? In Missed Connections, Brian Francis does just that, casting a forgiving and much wiser eye on his younger self. A funny, moving and keenly observed chronicle of gay life from the 1990s to the present, Missed Connections is a love letter to paths both taken and not.” —Rachel Giese, author of Boys: What it Means to Become a Man
“Brian Francis has written a powerful and moving memoir laced with humour and melancholy. It broke my heart, lifted me up, and left me enthralled. This is a book we all need to read.” —Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans and Operation Angus