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She’s Shameless Launches Tonight!

June 23rd, 2009     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

She’s Shameless launches TONIGHT in Toronto! SHE’S SHAMELESS / SHE’S WRITING Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St West, Toronto Tues June 23; 8pm (doors 7:30pm) $5 (or free with book purchase) With readings from Dianah Smith, Shannon Gerard, Zoe Whittall and Shannon Webb-Campbell.

Prom and anti-prom attire encouraged!

Here’s what people are already saying about She’s Shameles:

“An offshoot of the self-described, ‘fiercely independent’ Shameless magazine, She’s Shameless is an anthology that boasts an array of autobiographical accounts taken from the lives of female writers, thinkers, and activists who have learned to be unashamed of themselves and the paths their lives have taken. Body image, teen pregnancy, sexual discovery and creative pursuits are all fair game for conversation in these poignantly honest firsthand narrations of PoMo coming-of-age.” -Kelli Korducki, This Magazine

“Cautionary tales abound — a pregnant 16-year-old contemplates, then rejects, abortion; a fourth-grader’s French teacher peers down her shirt; a virginity is lost to a slimy married father twice her age — but that’s not the point….Young women are rarely ever heard from in society. It’s adults, often men, that are invited on TV to wring their hands about teen-girl crises (pregnancy, anorexia, depression, promiscuity) and asked how to ‘fix’ these problems…Grow up, be smart, take responsibility, teens are told — but in practice they’re not often given that agency, which is what makes She’s Shameless remarkable. The essays neither condone nor condemn; some are full of regret, but the contributors’ bios tell of eventual successes — writers are ‘proud feminist mamas,’ university graduates, artists.” -Canice Leung, Metro

Read an interview with Stacey May Fowles at Open Book Toronto, an interview with Megan Griffith-Greene at Masthead Online, and an interview with Ibi Kaslik at Pages Books and Magazines.

Many thanks to Tightrope Books, NOW Magazine, and Pages Books and Magazines.

See you tonight!

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