I am excited to confirm that Ryka Aoki, Magnoliah Black, and Virgie Tovar will all be performing at the book launch party! The party is taking place September 26th from 7-9 pm at Show and Tell in Oakland. Mark your calendars!
Magnoliah Black (first photo) is a New Orleans native and Bay Area transplant. She is a storyteller who promotes body love and diversity through the mediums of vocal performance, dance, burlesque, writing and public speaking. She performs both as a soloist and as a core member of the internationally-traveled and award-winning Rubenesque Burlesque.
Virgie Tovar, MA, (second photo) is an author, activist and one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012). Virgie has been featured by MTV, Al Jazeera, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, Jezebel, and XOJane, as well as on Women’s Entertainment Television and The Ricki Lake Show.
Ryka Aoki (third photo) has been honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of transgender people.” Her collection Seasonal Velocities was a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Nonfiction. Ryka also appears in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Transfeminist Perspectives, and The Collection. Her novel, He Mele a Hilo, was be published by Topside Signature Press in spring 2014. She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College and of Gender Studies at Antioch University.
Nia King, Jessica Glennon-Zukoff and Terra Mikalson have spent the last year editing a one-of-a-kind collection of interviews titled Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives. Come out to our book launch to EAT GOOD FOOD, SEE AMAZING PERFORMANCES, and BUY THE BOOK!
Entrance to the party is $10-20* (which includes dinner) with no one turned away for lack of funds. Copies of the book are $10-$20 sliding scale. Please BRING CASH.
Space is limited. Seating is first come, first serve, so get there early!
The venue is wheel-chair accessible. We are also trying to keep the space as low-scent as possible. Please do NOT come to the space with smoke (cigarette, weed, wood, or incense) or chlorine on your person or clothes. Please do NOT wear perfume or cologne to this event. If possible, also avoid scented shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc. before coming. More info on how to be fragrance-free and support folks with chemical sensitivities here: http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15
*Artists featured in the book get in free!
This event will also feature catering by the incomparable Amirah Mizrahi, who will be cooking delicious Palestinian food and also vegan brownies.