Charis Books and More Logo

Writing in a World of Turmoil: Roxane Gay in Conversation with Soraya Nadia McDonald

Event date: 
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

The award-winning novelist, essayist, professor, editor, commentator, and acknowledged master of Twitter, Roxane Gay is the author of renowned and bestselling nonfiction—the essay collection Bad Feminist and standout story collection Difficult Women, and, most recently, HUNGER: A Memoir of (My) Body. In this event, Gay will discuss Hunger with culture critic Soraya McDonald. Raw and beautifully written, HUNGER is a remarkable work about pain, healing, strength, and coming to terms with oneself and one’s body. Roxane opens up about her ordinary childhood with a loving family and supportive parents, then shares the devastating act of sexual violence that was a traumatic turning point in her young life. Roxane describes with heartbreaking, unflinching candor the experience of moving through the world in her body since, and presents an incisive analysis of the culture of shame surrounding unruly bodies. HUNGER piercingly articulates many feelings that are universally human—of being adrift, of carrying an overwhelming burden, of being lonely and unseen—but it also asks us to contemplate with understanding and empathy what it is like to be someone else.. Tune in to experience Gay’s unique perspective in a compelling conversation with Soraya McDonald, moderated by Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Nicole Smith. Charis is proud to be the bookseller for this event. Click here to register for this event.

About the Authors:

Roxane Gay is the author of 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 for the New York Times, she has also written for Time, McSweeney’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Nation, The Rumpus, Bookforum, and Salon. Her fiction has also been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012, The 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.

Soraya Nadia McDonald is the culture critic for The Undefeated. She covers film, television, arts, fashion, and literature. Previously, she covered pop culture for the Washington Post. She will happily obsess about anything from themes of imperialism in Black Panther, to why Noma Dumezweni should be the next Doctor Who, to the best episodes of Bob’s Burgers.

About the Moderator:

Nicole D. Smith is the arts and entertainment editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She joined the newspaper in February 2016. In this role, she oversees a team comprised of copy editors, feature reporters, digital specialists. and freelancer contributors. Nicole leads the group's original reporting and multiplatform storytelling, including launching and producing the first and only things-to-do podcast created for the newspaper. Prior to the AJC, she worked at CNN, freelanced for ESSENCE magazine, and created digital strategy as the social media manager for Bounce TV. Nicole is a member of the inaugural class of the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. She currently serves on the board of the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University and previously served on the board of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. Nicole has a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Learning from The George Washington University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia and is originally from Ohio.

Event address: 
Bad Feminist: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062282712
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller, Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more, and instant classic

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062420718
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

Difficult Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802127372
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - November 14th, 2017

A national bestseller from the "prolific and exceptionally insightful" (Globe and Mail) Roxane Gay, Difficult Women is a collection of stories of rare force that paints a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America.

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780062413512
Published: Harper Perennial - May 1st, 2018

New York Times Bestseller

Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays from writers including Gabrielle Union, Brandon Taylor, and Lyz Lenz tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.

The Selected Works of Audre Lorde Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781324004615
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2020

A definitive selection of Audre Lorde’s "intelligent, fierce, powerful, sensual, provocative, indelible" (Roxane Gay) prose and poetry, for a new generation of readers.

The Sacrifice of Darkness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684156245
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Archaia - October 27th, 2020

Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby adapt Gay’s New York Times bestelling short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” as a full length graphic novel, expanding and further developing the unforgettable world where the sun no longer shines.

“When I was a young girl, my husband’s father flew an air machine into the sun.

Ayiti Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128263
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2018

Roxane Gay is an award-winning literary voice praised for her fearless and vivid prose, and her debut collection Ayiti exemplifies the raw talent that made her "one of the voices of our age" (National Post, Canada).

Event Summary: 
Award winning author Roxane Gay in conversation with culture critic Soraya Nadia McDonald