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Writing in a World of Turmoil: Roxane Gay in Conversation with Soraya Nadia McDonald @ AJC Decatur Book Festival
September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
The award-winning novelist, essayist, professor, editor, commentator, and acknowledged master of Twitter, Roxane Gay is the author of renowned and bestselling nonfiction—the essay collection Bad Feminist and standout story collection Difficult Women, and, most recently, HUNGER: A Memoir of (My) Body. In this event, Gay will discuss her latest book with culture critic Soraya McDonald. Raw and beautifully written, HUNGER is a remarkable work about pain, healing, strength, and coming to terms with oneself and one’s body. Roxane opens up about her ordinary childhood with a loving family and supportive parents, then shares the devastating act of sexual violence that was a traumatic turning point in her young life. Roxane describes with heartbreaking, unflinching candor the experience of moving through the world in her body since, and presents an incisive analysis of the culture of shame surrounding unruly bodies. HUNGER piercingly articulates many feelings that are universally human—of being adrift, of carrying an overwhelming burden, of being lonely and unseen—but it also asks us to contemplate with understanding and empathy what it is like to be someone else. In her earlier collection, Difficult Women, Gay gathered a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. Gay gives voice to a chorus of unforgettable women in a powerful and dazzling collection. Tune in to experience Gay’s unique perspective in a compelling conversation with Soraya McDonald, moderated by Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Nicole Smith.