Sunday May 10th 2009

Talk and Q&A
with Sabrina Chapadjiev, editor of 'Live Through This : On Creativity and Self Destruction'

LGBT Centre, Sidney St (behind the 8th day on Oxford Rd)
doors - 5pm (tea and cake will be available), PROMPT start 6pm, end by 8pm

This event is free but we will be asking for donations to help with Sabrina's travel costs.

Live Through This is a collection of original stories, essays, artwork, and photography. It explores the use of art to survive abuse, incest, madness and depression, and the often deep-seated impulse toward self-destruction including cutting, eating disorders, and addiction. Here, some of our most compelling cartoonists, novelists, poets, dancers, playwrights, and burlesque performers traverse the pains and passions that can both motivate and destroy women artists, and mark a path for survival. Taken together, these artful reflections offer an honest and hopeful journey through the power inherent in struggles with destruction, and the ensuing possibilities of transforming that burning force into the external release of art.

With contributions by Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Patricia Smith, Cristy C. Road, Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, Carolyn Gage, Eileen Myles, Fly, Diane DiMassa, Bonfire Madigan Shive, Inga Muscio, Kate Bornstein, Toni Blackman, Nicole Blackman, Silas Howard, Daphne Gottleib, and Stephanie Howell.

The Talk will be a reading, visual presentation, and an in-depth exploration of the themes that emerged in the dialogue of art and self-destruction within the book. This will be followed by a Q&A.