Hunger is Roxane Gay's powerful memoir discussing the effects of trauma on self-image and weight, and exploring the author’s experience interacting with societal expectations around a woman’s appearance. The title is Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s selection for Tacoma Reads 2017, the city's community wide reading program, now in its 15th year.
“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 Strickland. “Gay is a New York Times bestselling author and we look forward to hosting her for a book talk."
Tacoma Reads 2017 events will include:
- Book discussion hosted by Mayor Marilyn Strickland on Oct. 18, 2017, from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Wheelock Branch
- Lecture, reading and book signing with “Hunger” author Roxane Gay on Oct. 25, 2017, from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Lincoln High School Auditorium
- “Miss Representation” screening followed by discussion led by Deirdre Raynor, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Washington on Nov. 2, 2017 at 6 pm in the Colored Women’s Club (2316 S. Yakima Ave. in Tacoma)