The Acadia Reads initiative encourages the Acadia community to share their love of books by reading Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl and participating in programming surrounding the book.Programming & Events Schedule
How did we decide whose story to tell? The Campus Community voted for the book that Acadia Reads from a short-list. The closing date for voting was April 20th, 2017 at midnight.
Sex Talk - Sex is for EveryBODY
October 25th, 6:00pm @ Quiet Reading Room
Join Tessa & Max Janes, educators from Valley Vixen Books & Toys. Drawing on themes from the book they will chat about how pleasure is for ALL body types.
Tessa & Max Janes, educators from Valley Vixen Books & Toys, present Sex is for EveryBODY! Drawing on the themes of societal conformity and image-obsessed culture found in Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Tess & Max will chat about how pleasure is for ALL body types and provide tips and tricks for celebrating sexuality in your own skin! Students will have the opportunity to ask questions in person OR anonymously through Whisper using the hashtag #valleyvixen
This event is at 6pm on October 25th in the Quiet Reading Room in the Vaughan Memorial Library (VML).
Multi-disciplinary Panel & Discussion
November 20th, 6:30pm @ Axe Bar & Grill
Discover how 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl stimulates a variety of perspectives and responses through the lens of each panelist's discipline.
Discover how 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl stimulates a variety of perspectives and responses through the lens of each panelist’s discipline.
Moderator Ann Smith (University Librarian, Vaughan Memorial Library)
Dr Barb Anderson (School of Nutrition & Dietetics)
Dr Erin Crandall (Department of Politics)
Dr Glenys Gibson (Department of Biology)
Dr Saraa Linamaa (Department of Sociology)
Rebecca Strachan (Honours Student, Department of Biology)
The panel discussion is at 6:30pm in the Axe Bar & Grill on November 20th, 2017.
Body Image and Art with Emily Clark
December 4th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm @ Quiet Reading Room
Explore personal identity and body image through the use of creative writing and a variety of art techniques.
Please join our art class with Emily. Emily will facilitate the class exploring personal identity and body image through the use of creative writing and a variety of art techniques.
The class is from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Quiet Reading Room in the Vaughan Memorial Library on December 4th, 2017.
Documentary Screening of The Illusionists
January 16th, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm @ Quiet Reading Room of the Vaughan Memorial Library.
A documentary on the disturbing and sometimes hilarious activities of the beauty industry and its impact upon consumer insecurity.
The importance of 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl and the insight with which Awad explores society’s and Lizzie’s obsession with body image, is ably illustrated by comparing the issues she raises to the critically acclaimed documentary The Illusionists directed & written by Elena Rossini. As part of our Acadia Reads initiative the VML is screening the documentary on the disturbing and sometimes hilarious activities of the beauty industry and its impact upon consumer (and Lizzie’s) insecurity. We encourage you to bring your own snacks and beverages; popcorn will be provided.
The screening is from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Quiet Reading Room of the Vaughan Memorial Library.
Smartphone Film Competition
January - February 2018
We want to see what you do when you combine creativity with your phone and engage discussion on important topics and themes of societal conformity and image obsessed culture.
Sign up for a free Vimeo Basic account. Note, if your video meets our guidelines you must agree to make your video public for viewing and voting.
You can also take a look at Adobe Spark Video and Pages. With a free Adobe ID, you can easily creat and edit videos and pages right on your phone (iOS only for the moment) or via a web browser. Learn More!
That little device you’re using to text, snap and tweet is now one of the greatest tools for low-to-no budget filmmakers. We want to see what you do when you combine creativity with your phone and engage discussion on important topics and themes of societal conformity and image obsessed culture found in Mona Awad’s novel, Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl.
Not sure how to make a video or submit it? There will be short workshops for some quick tips and tricks in January. Details coming soon!
Author Reading & Presentation
March 7th, 7:00pm @ K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre
Join Mona Awad for a book reading and signing of her debut novel 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl. Her novel is the winner of the Amazon.ca best first novel award, is shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, long-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and long-listed for the 2018 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Mona Awad was born in Montreal in 2009. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Denver. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Walrus, Time Magazine, and Electric Literature.
Mona Awad is a writer, has worked as a freelance journalist, as a food columnist, and as a bookseller in independent bookstores. She is currently writing BUNNY, which will be released in 2019.
The winner of both the Amazon gift-card and a book from the short-list is Jennifer Oakley.
Jennifer is graduating this year with a degree in Biology and has chosen Birdie by Tracey Lindberg.
Ann Smith (University Librarian, Acting) presents Jessica Oakley with her Acadia Reads prize.
Jeff Hennessy - Dean of Arts, Interim
Brianna Jarvin - ASU Vice-President Academic 2016-17
Abu Kamara - Coordinator Accessible Learning Services
Maggie Nielsen - Librarian in Faculty of Pure and Applied Science
Anthony Pash - Librarian in Professional Studies & Faculty of Theology
Erin Patterson - Librarian in Faculty of Arts
Ann Smith (Chair) - University Librarian, Acting
Britanie Wentzell - Librarian in Faculty of Arts & Faculty of Professional Studies
Peter Williams - Professor of Physics