Opinions with Roxane Gay

Saturday, March 23 - 4:00 PM

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


215 E. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Event Type
Lecture / Workshop


The Paramount Theater

Date / Time

Saturday, March 23, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Paramount Theater Box Office
(434) 979-1333
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