Talking Queer Books: The Cancer Journals

Join us for Talking Queer Books' July book discussion! In honor of Disability Pride Month, we will be reading The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde.

Talking Queer Books is a new queer book club run by our resident queer booksellers! This is the second official meeting.

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About The Cancer Journals

"Gorgeously written, radically told, eminently quotable. Lorde explores the intersections of her own identities -- Black, queer, feminist, poet, breast cancer patient -- and fights for a future where her communities' struggles are made visible and their voices heard." - Ron, queer disabled bookseller and co-host of Talking Queer Books.

Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer and a radical mastectomy.

First published over forty years ago, The Cancer Journals is a startling, powerful account of Audre Lorde’s experience with breast cancer and mastectomy. Long before narratives explored the silences around illness and women’s pain, Lorde questioned the rules of conformity for women’s body images and supported the need to confront physical loss not hidden by prosthesis. Living as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Lorde heals and re-envisions herself on her own terms and offers her voice, grief, resistance, and courage to those dealing with their own diagnosis. Poetic and profoundly feminist, Lorde’s testament gives visibility and strength to women with breast cancer to define themselves, and to transform their silence into language and action.

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Talking Leaves... Books
951 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
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The Cancer Journals By Audre Lorde, Tracy K. Smith (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Tracy K. Smith (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143135203
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - October 13th, 2020

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