Eve Ensler discusses and signs "In the Body of the World: A Memoir" at Vroman's Bookstore.
Eve Ensler: "Body of the World: A Memoir"Vroman's Bookstore (695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA) Map it
Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body—a disconnection brought on by her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s remoteness. “Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the Earth,” she writes, “I could not feel or know their pain.”
But Ensler is shocked out of her distance. While working in the Congo, she is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and through months of harrowing treatment, she is forced to become first and foremost a body—pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully—and gratefully—joined to the body of the world.
Unflinching, generous, and inspiring, Ensler calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.
NOTE: If you only wish to hear the author speak, this event is free and open to the public. If you would like to join the signing line, we require that you purchase one copy* of the author's newest title from Vroman's. Please save your receipt; your receipt will serve as your line ticket.
* Anyone bringing books from home to be signed will need to purchase one copy of the author's newest book for every 3 books they are bringing from home.