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Vivek Shraya: I'm Afraid of Men

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Vivek Shraya: I'm Afraid of Men

Wednesday September 5, 2018 7 - 8:30 pm

Join Vivek Shraya in conversation with Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul, Jully Black, to celebrate the launch of Shraya's new book of non-fiction, I'm Afraid of Men

Vivek Shraya has reason to be afraid. Throughout her life she's endured acts of cruelty and aggression for being too feminine as a boy and not feminine enough as a girl. In order to survive childhood, she had to learn to convincingly perform masculinity. As an adult, she makes daily compromises to steel herself against everything from verbal attacks to heartbreak. Now, with raw honesty, Shraya delivers an important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, releasing trauma from a body that has always refused to assimilate. I'm Afraid of Men is a journey from camouflage to a riot of colour and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid.

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, poetry, fiction, visual art, and film. A Publishing Triangle Award winner, her books include even this page is white,The Boy & the Bindi, and She of the Mountains. Shraya is one half of the music duo Too Attached and founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. She teaches creative writing at the University of Calgary.

Jully Black is a platinum-selling recording artist, with multiple singles reaching the Top 10 pop, R&B and dance music charts. As a songwriter, Jully has written music that has touched the hearts of her fans and collaborated with industry heavyweights Sean Paul, Destiny’s Child, among many others.  As former host and correspondent for CTV’s etalk, Jully was chosen to interview global megastars such as Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, and former president Bill Clinton. She has also appeared in films, television and theatre.

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