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||Eve Ensler in Chicago May 10
From a press release
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Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, will be in Chicago to read from and sign copies of her new book, In the Body of the World: A Memoir, Friday, May 10, 7 p.m. at Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. Her books are available from Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N Clark St. Admission is free with book purchase. Companion tickets are available for $10.
Publishers Weekly called the book "An extraordinarily riveting story of survival." Naomi Klein said: "A masterpiece. Ensler has accomplished the impossible: woven huge, bold, world-changing ideas together with beautiful writing, amazing metaphors, and original structure. Truly on of the most courageous and original works of our time."
Ensler's off-Broadway play Emotional Creature premiered last November to much critical acclaim. On February 14, her activist movement, V-Day, celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a global initiative called "One Billion Rising." The campaign calls for an end to the physical and sexual violence against women and girls, and counts amongst its supporters Rosario Dawson, Thandie Newton, Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Yoko Ono, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Donna Karan, Jennifer Lawrence, Dylan McDermott, Robert Redford and Lily Tomlin.
Even though Ensler has devoted her life to the female bodyhow to talk about it, how to protect and value itshe has spent much of her life disassociated from her own body. This disconnection was 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 by her encounter with 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 bodypricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all the 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, fullyand gratefullyjoined to the body of the world.
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