Tacoma Mayor Selects “Hunger” for Tacoma Reads


Join the Tacoma community for discussions and lectures centered around this year’s Tacoma Reads selection: “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay. This powerful narrative examines the tensions between acceptance and meeting societal expectations while also speaking bravely about the difficulties experienced by women struggling with weight and body image.

“I chose ‘Hunger’ for Tacoma Reads 2017 because Roxane Gay’s brutally honest memoir explores issues that make us uncomfortable and are worthy of discussion such as body image, our relationship with food, assault, pain and our sense of basic human decency,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland in a press release. “Gay is a New York Times bestselling author and we look forward to hosting her for a book talk.”

Interested in participating in this important event? Be sure to mark these dates in your calendar:

October 18, 2017: Mayor Marilyn Strickland will be holding an interactive community-wide book discussion. Where: Wheelock Library (3722 N. 26th St. in Tacoma). When: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25, 2017: Join author Roxane Gay for a lecture, reading, and book signing of her memoir “Hunger.” Where: Lincoln High School Auditorium (701 S. 37th St. in Tacoma). When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration required.

Nov. 2, 2017: Come see a screening of film “Miss Representation” and participate in a discussion led by Deirdre Raynor, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Washington. Where: The Colored Women’s Club (2316 S. Yakima Ave. in Tacoma). When: 6 p.m.

Starting now, you can find “Hunger” at any Tacoma library location or local bookstore; you can also grab a copy from King’s Books during the October 18 and October 25 events.

All events are free and open to the public. If you’d like to check out more information, or register for an event, head on over to www.tacomalibrary.org.

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