Virginia Festival of the Book Presents: Opinions with Roxane Gay
Live Events | 03/23/2024 | 4:00PM
Politics. Social Justice. Feminism. The Culture Wars. Not to mention that all-consuming office crush….
New York Times bestseller of Bad Feminist and Hunger, and talked-about New York Times columnist and trusted “Work Friend” Roxane Gay has never shied away from any issue, whether it’s an incendiary argument sweeping America, or a mundane matter of meddling coworkers. Roxane will bring her sharp and witty acumen to the Virginia Festival of the Book in a discussion of Opinions: A Decade of Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People’s Business; as well as insightful workday advice to readers in need of a little guidance.
Purchase general admission or Priority-Seating tickets before February 15, and you could have your burning (and anonymous) “work friend” question answered on stage!
About Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.
Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when describing Roxane. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Roxane released her bestselling memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, which was called “Luminous…intellectually rigorous and deeply moving” by the New York Times. She also released her collection of short stories, Difficult Women. The Los Angeles Times says of the collection, “There’s a distinct echo of Angela Carter or Helen Oyeyemi at play; dark fables and twisted morality tales sit alongside the contemporary and the realistic…”
In 2018, she released Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, a valuable and searing anthology that has been described as “essential reading” and a “call to arms” by its readers. In 2020, Roxane released the short story Graceful Burdens, as an Amazon Single, as well as a graphic novel called The Sacrifice of Darkness. Roxane was the first black woman to lead a Marvel title, writing a comic series in the Black Panther universe called World of Wakanda.
Roxane hosts the Webby Award winning podcast The Roxane Gay Agenda where she has interesting conversations with interesting people. She also pens the “work friend” advice column for The New York Times, and in 2021 she began her own publishing imprint with Grove Atlantic, “Roxane Gay Books.” She has several books forthcoming including How to Be Heard, on writing advice and how to use your voice as well as The Year I Learned Everything, a YA novel. She is also at work on television and film projects including a film adaptation of Hunger and a television adaptation of her comic book The Banks.
Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and, when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament.
Made possible with generous support from Michelle and David Baldacci
Front-Section Tickets: All Virginia Festival of the Book Paramount Theater Events
10:30AM, 1:00PM, 4:00PM, 6:30PM
One ticket gives you access to up-front section seating at all four Virginia Festival of the Book featured and headlining events at The Paramount Theater. Hear Senator Danica Roem explore Burn the Page: A True Story of Torching Doubts, Blazing Trails, and Igniting Change at 10:30AM; then, hear U.S. Poet Laureate and recent MacArthur “Genius” Awardee Ada Limón at 1:00PM. Bestselling author and columnist Roxane Gay, author of Opinions: A Decade of Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People’s Business at 4:00PM—and don’t forget to purchase your tickets before February 15 for an opportunity to have your “Work Friend” question answered! Finally, join Percival Everett at 6:30PM for his book tour of James: A Novel.
Note that the house will be cleared between events, but that your ticket grants you seating in the front and center rows. Limited up-front seating is available for this extraordinary day of authors.
Book sales and signings will be available with Danica Roem, Ada Limón, and Roxane Gay immediately following each Paramount event. Pre-signed books by Percival Everett will be for sale.
$75 Priority-Seating, All Festival Paramount Events
$25 Student Priority-Seating, All Festival Paramount Events
$125 Couples Priority-Seating, All Festival Paramount Events*
*discount will be applied at checkout upon the purchase of two $75 tickets at a time
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! The Paramount Theater is pleased to bring diverse programming to the stage and screen. The Theater does not provide advisories about subject matter for events, as sensitivities vary. Not all events may appeal to, or be appropriate for, every person. Patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows offered in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets.