Dirty River & Bodymap Montreal booklaunch with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna- Samarasinha!

Join us on Oct 22 at 6pm at the Centre Culturel Georges Vanier (Metro Lionel Groulx) for the double book launch of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s books “Bodymap” and “Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home.”

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer and performer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. The author of the Lambda Award-winning poetry book “Love Cake and Consensual Genocide,” and co-editor of “The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities,” her writing has been widely anthologized. She is the co-founder of Mangos With Chili, North America’s touring queer and trans people of colour cabaret, and is a lead artist with the disability justice incubator Sins Invalid.

About “Bodymap”

“Bodymap” Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s first book of poetry in four years. This is her first book to delve into questions of disability justice: “Bodymap”sings a queer disabled femme of colour love song filled with hard femme poetics, mapping luscious and vulnerable terrains of queer desire, survivorhood, transformative love, sick and disabled queer genius and all the homes we claim, make and deserve.

About “Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home”

In 1996, poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, carrying only two backpacks, caught a Greyhound bus in America and ran away to Canada. She ended up in Toronto, where she was welcomed by a community of queer punks of colour offering promises of love and revolution, yet she remained haunted by the reasons she left home in the first place. This passionate, riveting memoir is a mixtape of dreams and nightmares, of immigration court lineups and queer South Asian dance nights; it is an intensely personal road map and an intersectional, tragicomic tale that reveals how a disabled queer woman of colour and abuse survivor navigates the dirty river of the not-so-distant past and, as the subtitle suggests, “dreams her way home.”

Dirty River & Bodymap Montreal double book launch poster

Dirty River & Bodymap Montreal double book launch poster

Accessibility info:

  • For childcare, please email qpirg@ssmu.mcgill.ca or phone 514-398-7432 48 hours before the event.
  • For ASL interpretation, please email qpirg@ssmu.mcgill.ca 48 hours before the event
  • Whisper translation from English to French will be available
  • This is a scent free space!

This event strives to be a scent free space, which means that we are asking anybody attending not to use products with scents and chemically added fragrances, as some people with sensitivities to these chemicals can be harmed by their presence. Here’s some literature about scent-free policies if you want to read more: http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/hsprograms/scent_free.html

– We will ensure that scent-free soap is available in the bathrooms and at handwashing stations.

– Information regarding the building:

This is a wheelchair accessible space, with a ramp outside, and an elevator inside, as well as wheelchair accessible gender-neutral bathrooms. More information about the accessibility of the building to follow.

>> Additional accessibility information:

The full accessibility audit is available online at this link

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Please do not hesitate to contact qpirg@ssmu.mcgill.ca if you have any other access needs, including sensitivities, information about the building’s lighting, and so on.

This event is made possible thanks to the support of:

The Midnight Kitchen

Queer McGill

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies: