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“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe,” writes New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay in her new book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that ignite her fiction and non-fiction explorations of the struggles of women, Gay’s new memoir navigates the female body and what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Casting an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—Gay brings readers into the pains and joys of her daily life. In a conversation with Ann Friedman, journalist and co-host of the popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend, Gay takes the stage to share from a deeply personal and necessary story until now untold.

Roxane Gay

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 Best American Short Stories 2012, 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.

Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a freelance journalist who writes about gender, media, technology, and culture. Former executive editor of GOOD Magazine, she is a frequent contributor to The Los Angeles TimesThe GentlewomanThe New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, ELLE, The Guardian, and Los Angeles magazine. Along with Aminatou Sow, she co-hosts the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend, featuring engaging dialogues on friendship, pop culture, and politics.

This program will take place at the Aratani Theatre of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, at 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Parking is available in multiple lots around the theatre. Note that many lots are cash only. Click here for specific lots and directions.

Will Call
6:30pm – Will call opens

7:00pm – House opens

7:30pm – Program begins

All tickets and books are non-refundable, and will require photo I.D. for pick-up. Each ticket will include a copy of the featured book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, which will be distributed the night of the program.  The author will be present to sign books following the program.

Main Image: Courtesy Nico Cavallotto

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