Trauma, food, weight and expectations will be focus of Tacoma Reads Together program


A book exploring the effects of trauma on self-image and weight and social expectations for women is the subject of this fall’s Tacoma Reads Together program, officials announced Tuesday.

“Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay was selected for the program by Tacoma mayor Marilyn Strickland, according to a statement released Tuesday by her staff. As part of the program, the author will visit Tacoma in late October for a presentation about the book.

“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,” Strickland said. “Gay is a New York Times bestselling author and we look forward to hosting her for a book talk.”

Gay is scheduled to speak at Lincoln High School on Oct. 25. Other Tacoma Reads events include a book talk hosted by Strickland on Oct. 18 at the Wheelock Library and a screening of the 2011 documentary “Miss Representation” on Nov. 2 at the Tacoma City Association of Colored Women Clubs.

For more information visit tacomalibrary.org.