October 27 @ 8:00 pm
Gabrielle Union’s Real Life Book Club Tour
- October 27
- Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
**Ticket required to attend this event.
In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.
One month before the release of the highly anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: “It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real.”
In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.
About the Author:
Gabrielle Union is an actress and activist. Currently she stars as the titular character in the critically acclaimed drama Being Mary Jane on BET. She is an outspoken activist for women’s reproductive health and victims of sexual assault. She lives in Miami, Florida.
In conversation with Isis Miller
Isis Miller, boasts no conventional accomplishments. She has no best-sellers, no Ivy League education, no letters following her name. In fact, the only thing you’ll likely hear her brag about is her book collection or extensive sci-fi knowledge. But despite lacking the traditional and quantifiable credentials that makes a person appear “accomplished,” through her work in the community, writing, and social justice she has nonetheless become an integral part of Miami’s burgeoning scene of artists, cultural curators, influencers, activists, and emerging voices. Her writing has appeared in many local publications like The Sun Sentinel, Miami New Times, and The New Tropic, where she was the community manager and events coordinator. But if there if there is anything she’s known for it’s the fact that she takes no shit and inspires those around to do the same. In essence, she is a difficult woman and she wears the moniker proudly.
**About the Voucher:
You will receive a voucher in exchange for your purchase of WE’RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE: STORIES THAT ARE FUNNY, COMPLICATED, AND TRUE($26.99 + tax) through Books & Books. The voucher entitles you to receive (1) one copy of WE’RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE: STORIES THAT ARE FUNNY, COMPLICATED, AND TRUE and also serves as your entry for (1) ONE person to Gabrielle’s talk at Books & Books, Coral Gables.
WE’RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE: STORIES THAT ARE FUNNY, COMPLICATED, AND TRUE will be published on October 17. You may claim your copy of the book any time after publication at a Books & Books location, or at the event on October 27. Your voucher will be stamped to reflect whether or not you have claimed your book. A book signing will follow Gabrielle’s talk.
You must show your voucher and attached receipt to claim entrance to the event, so please remember to bring it with you that day. Books & Books is NOT responsible for lost or stolen vouchers.