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Congregation Kehillath Israel
384 Harvard St, Brookline, Massachusetts 02446
Roxane Gay will speak from 6:00-7:00pm at Congregation Kehillath Israel (384 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446). A book signing will follow her talk. Roxane is editor of the new anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture and author of the bestselling Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body; attendees select a free paperback copy of either book with their ticket purchase. Please read the following information carefully before placing your order.
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Every attendee must present their ticket, either printed or on-screen, for entry.
Each ticket comes with a free book (your choice of Not That Bad or Hunger). You may p...ick up your book at the event or at Brookline Booksmith before the end of June 2018. Books will NOT be available for pick-up before the event.
Your ticket to this 6:00pm reading is valid until 5:55pm. In the case of a sold out event, open seats will go on sale to the standby line and your ticket no longer guarantees entry.
All tickets are nonreturnable and nonrefundable.
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Roxane Gay's other titles will be available for purchase at the event.
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Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, which was a New York Times bestseller; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. A contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, she has also written for Time, McSweeney’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Bookforum, and Salon. Her fiction has also been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012, The Best American Mystery Stories 2014, and other anthologies. She is the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and sometimes Los Angeles.
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture — In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are «routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied» for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, and Claire Schwartz. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying «something in totality that we cannot say alone.»
Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that «not that bad» must no longer be good enough.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body — In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as «wildly undisciplined,» Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past--including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life--and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.
With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved--in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.