Leah Vernon: Unashamed (with Nisha Sharma)
Tuesday October 15: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Buy a copy of Unashamed or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. The event will take place in the Art Department on the 2nd Floor, accessible through our main entrance at 828 Broadway.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
Ever since she was little, Leah Vernon was told what to believe and how to act. There wasn't any room for imperfection. Good Muslim girls listened more than they spoke. They didn't have a missing father or a mother with mental illness. They didn't have fat bodies or grow up wishing they could be like the white characters they saw on TV. They didn't have husbands who abused and cheated on them. They certainly didn't have secret abortions. In Unashamed, Vernon takes to task the myth of the perfect Muslim woman with frank dispatches on her love-hate relationship with her hijab and her faith, race, weight, mental illness, domestic violence, sexuality, the millennial world of dating, and the process of finding her voice.
She opens up about her tumultuous adolescence living at the poverty line with her fiercely loving but troubled mother, her deadbeat dad, and her siblings, and the violent dissolution of her 10-year marriage. Tired of the constant policing of her clothing in the name of Islam and Western beauty standards, Vernon reflects on her experiences with hustling paycheck to paycheck, body-shaming, and redefining what it means to be a "good" Muslim.
Irreverent, youthful, and funny, Unashamed gives anyone who is marginalized permission to live unapologetic, confident lives.
Join us in the second floor Art Department as Leah Vernon shares her book!
Leah Vernon, who is based in New York, is a style blogger, plus-size model, public speaker, and activist. She has been featured in BuzzFeed, HuffPost, Elle, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, the New York Times, Teen Vogue, MuslimGirl, and hundreds of combined podcasts, television appearances, radio spots, and other features. She has also worked with national and international brands such as Adidas Originals, Torrid, Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Addition Elle, and Eloquii.
RITA award winner Nisha Sharma is the author of My So-Called Bollywood Life, a Kirkus starred reviewed YA romance, and NPR best book of 2018. She is also the author of The Takeover Effect, a Library Journal starred reviewed adult contemporary romance, and the first installment of The Singh Family Trilogy. Her writing has been praised by Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, Hypable and more. Nisha lives in New Jersey with her Alaskan husband, her cat Lizzie Bennett and her dog Nancy Drew. She credits her father for her multiple graduate degrees, and her mother for her love of Jane Austen and Shah Rukh Khan.You can find her online at nisha-sharma.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @nishawrites.