Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Astoria Bookshop 10/29 Leah V Reading + Discussion

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10/29/19 @ 7pm Tuesday

Astoria Bookshop

31-29 31st St, Astoria, New York 11106

Join Leah V on Tuesday, October 29th at 7 PM at the Astoria Bookshop for a reading and discussion of Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim.

UNASHAMED is a searing, honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she chooses to live her life unapologetically. Tired of the constant policing of her clothing in the name of Islam and Western beauty standards, Leah 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, on weight, on mental illness, on domestic violence, on sexuality, and on the process of finding her voice. With charming irreverence, Vernon reflects on her experiences hustling paycheck to paycheck, navigating the millennial world of dating, and coming to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope.

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11/5 California Institute Presents: A Conversation with Leah V
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

11/5 California Institute Presents: A Conversation with Leah V


Tue, November 5, 2019

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST

California Institute of Integral Studies

1453 Mission Street 

San Francisco, CA 94103

Get Your Tickets here: >>Register Here<<

Join style blogger, plus-size Muslim model, public speaker, and activist, Leah Vernon for a conversation about her latest book, Unashamed.

About this Event

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 Leah’s latest book, Unashamed, she 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. Tired of the constant policing of her clothing in the name of Islam and Western beauty standards, she reflects on her experiences with hustling paycheck to paycheck, body-shaming, and redefining what it means to be a “good” Muslim. Leah’s work opens up about her journey to overcome 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.

Join Lean as she talks about her life and work, and gives anyone who is marginalized permission to live an unapologetic, confident life.

Leah Vernon is a style blogger, plus-size Muslim model, public speaker, and activist. She has been featured in BuzzFeed,Huffington PostElleSeventeen, Cosmopolitan, the New York TimesTeen VogueMuslimGirl, and hundreds of combined podcasts, television appearances, radio spots, and other features. She’s also worked with national and international brands such as Adidas Originals, Torrid, Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Addition Elle, and Eloquii. She received a 2017 Gilda Snowden Award from the Kresge Arts Foundation and is a 2018 recipient of an Ariane De Rothschild Fellowship. She lives in New York, NY. Connect with her on Instagram and her blog.

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Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

WORD Presents Leah V 11/12

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Word Jersey City

123 Newwark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

WORD Jersey City is excited to host Leah Vernon to discuss her debut title Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Woman. Join us on November 12th at 7 pm for an intimate conversation and q&a.

Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of the book OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in-store at WORD on the day of the event only.

ABOUT THE BOOK
A searingly honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she comes to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope and chooses to live her life unapologetically.

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.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leah Vernon is a plus-size Hijabi model, social media influencer, public speaker, and freelance writer. She’s been featured by Buzzfeed,Yahoo, CBC, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Seventeen, and the New York Times, and she’s worked with brands including Adidas, Lululemon, and Universal Standard. With a double masters from Wilkes University in creative writing, she's spoken at universities across the nation like Stanford and Columbia on topics of intersectional feminism, race, religion/spirituality, cultural sensitivity, social media, and branding. She grew up in Detroit but currently resides in New York City. Connect with her on Instagram (@Lvernon2000) and on her website (Leahvernon.com).

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Pages Bookshop Detroit 10/21 Author Signing with Leah V
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Pages Bookshop Detroit 10/21 Author Signing with Leah V

Event date:

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address:

19560 Grand River Ave.

Detroit, MI 48223

We are beyond excited to have Detroit author Leah Vernon at Pages to discuss her searingly honest memoir, "Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black, Muslim. Kirkus Review says, "Vernon's narration reads like an intimate heart-to-heart chat with a friend . . . Irreverent, vulnerable, and unapologetic in every sense."

This event is free and open to the public. Leah's book will be available for purchase before and after the event. 

About Unashamed: 

Unashamed is a searing, honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she chooses to live her life unapologetically. Tired of the constant policing of her clothing in the name of Islam and Western beauty standards, Leah 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, on weight, on mental illness, on domestic violence, on sexuality, and on the process of finding her voice. With charming irreverence, Vernon reflects on her experiences hustling paycheck to paycheck, navigating the millennial world of dating, and coming to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope. 

LEAH VERNON is a style blogger, plus-size Muslim model, public speaker, and activist. She has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington PostElle, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, the New York TimesTeen Vogue, MuslimGirl, and hundreds of combined podcasts, television appearances, radio spots, and other features. She's also worked with national and international brands such as Adidas Originals, Torrid, Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Addition Elle, and Eloquii. She received a 2017 Gilda Snowden Award from the Kresge Arts Foundation and is a 2018 recipient of an Ariane De Rothschild Fellowship. She lives in New York, NY. Connect with her on Instagram (lvernon2000) and her blog (leahvernon.com).

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Playground Detroit Book Launch Party 10/19
Oct
19
3:45 PM15:45

Playground Detroit Book Launch Party 10/19

Come meet with Leah V at Playground Detroit @ 4pm to 6pm for her huge book launch bash!

Event Address: 2845 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

The dress code will be colorblock (like my book cover or whatever else colors you like) or a monochromatic look.

A searingly honest memoir of one young woman's journey toward self-acceptance as she comes to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope and chooses to live her life unapologetically.

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.

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Bluestockings Bookstore 10/17 Book Signing with Leah V
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Bluestockings Bookstore 10/17 Book Signing with Leah V

Unashamed is a searing, honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she chooses to live her life unapologetically. Tired of the constant policing of her clothing in the name of Islam and Western beauty standards, Leah 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, on weight, on mental illness, on domestic violence, on sexuality, and on the process of finding her voice. With charming irreverence, Vernon reflects on her experiences hustling paycheck to paycheck, navigating the millennial world of dating, and coming to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope. 

Leah Vernon is a style blogger, plus-size Muslim model, public speaker, and activist. She has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Elle, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, the New York Times, Teen Vogue, MuslimGirl, and hundreds of combined podcasts, television appearances, radio spots, and other features. She’s also worked with national and international brands such as Adidas Originals, Torrid, Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Addition Elle, and Eloquii. She received a 2017 Gilda Snowden Award from the Kresge Arts Foundation and is a 2018 recipient of an Ariane De Rothschild Fellowship. She lives in New York, NY.

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The Strand NYC 10/15 Leah V's Book Launch Event
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Strand NYC 10/15 Leah V's Book Launch Event

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!

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