by Catherine Hernandez
  • critically-acclaimed
  • lgbtq
  • literary
  • upmarket

Crosshairs tells a frighteningly believable story about the rise of fascism, and takes place only five years in the future. Can’t happen here? Just you wait. The government-sanctioned regime, The Boots, execute a carefully orchestrated genocidal campaign called The Renovation. Their target? The Others: racialized communities, the disabled, the elderly, and LGBTQ folks. Kay, a gay man of Jamaican/Filipino descent goes into hiding but after six months receives news that an uprising is on the horizon, so he joins the resistance. Along with Bahadur, a transmasculine refugee, and Firuzeh, a queer frontline worker, he learns weaponry and close-quarters combat from Beck, a gay white ally and rogue army officer. In the novel’s fearsome conclusion, the Others, supported by allies, execute the uprising at a large, international event at which they overpower the Boots. Will the Others remain triumphant as they exclaim their right to live? Catherine Hernandez brings us a vision of the future the seeds of which are all too apparent in our country. Crosshairs is a cautionary tale filled with fiercely vibrant characters, who want only for Others like them not only to survive, but to live safely, and to love and be loved as their true selves.

Praise for Catherine Hernandez's first novel, Scarborough:

"Scarborough showcases a necessary shift from the singular voice novel to create space for many voices to be heard – especially ones that are often forgotten. In her dexterous debut, Catherine Hernandez powerfully centres the margins by interlacing narratives that spotlight the beauty that thrives beyond the big city." 
̶  Vivek Shraya, author of I’m Afraid of Men

Awards and distinctions for Scarborough:

Finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award, 2017;
Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, 2018;
Finalist for the Half the World Global Literary Award, 2017;
Finalist for the Trillium Award, 2018;
Named as a Globe 100, National Post, and Quill and Quire Best Book of the Year; Named as a Top Ten Audible Book, 2017;
Finalist, Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Evergreen Award, 2018; Long-listed for Canada Reads



Catherine Hernandez, author

Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, radical mother, activist, theatre practitioner, award-winning author, and the Artistic Director of b current performing arts. She is an accomplished playwright and has served as playwright-in-residence at Shaw Festival Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, Blyth Festival Theatre, and Buddies in Bad Times. Catherine’s first novel, Scarborough, garnered many honours and awards, and much enthusiastic praise.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Transatlantic Agency



rights available: World, excl. English-language rights in Canada (Harper Collins); English- and Spanish-language in the US (Atria, Simon & Schuster); and Commonwealth ex. Canada (Jacaranda)

Additional Information

number of pages: 0

publication date: 11/30/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript