The Body Is Not an Apology Book Club
a shared project of Big Blue Marble Bookstore and Springboard Studio
The Body is Not an Apology Book Club is being organized by Melanie Jones, Fat Activist and Certified Abundant Yoga Instructor, and Elliott batTzedek, poet, activist, and Events Coordinator at Big Blue Marble. Through reading and discussion, we intend to support, educate, and share issues about combating body terrorism, including fat hatred, ageism, and the devaluing of disabled/differently abled bodies.
We take our inspiration from The Body is Not an Apology Movement, an international radical self-acceptance movement started by Sonya Renee Taylor. The group is committed to cultivating global Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment that believes discrimination, social inequality, and injustice are manifestations of our inability to make peace with the body, our own and others.
Our book club will be meeting the third Thursday of every month at 8:15 pm at Springboard Studio, 530 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia. The book club will directly follow Melanie’s weekly modified yoga class “You Don’t Have to Teeny to Be a Yogini.” The club is free and open to all – the yoga class, should you want to attend, is $18/session.
Books will be available through Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane. Each month’s selection will be 10% off.
We’ll be alternating fiction and nonfiction, and bringing an intentional diversity of voices!
August 16 "Hunger" by Roxane Gay
September 20 "The Body is Not an Apology" Chapters 4 &5
October 18 "Exile and Pride" by Eli Clare, part 1
November 15 "Exile and Pride" by Eli Clare part 2
December - no meeting