Local Libraries LIT: Virginia Sole-Smith

Apr 18, 2024

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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Virginia Sole-Smith for Local Libraries LIT. April 18 at 7pm online.

Join the libraries of Johnson County for the latest Local Libraries LIT author event featuring Virginia Sole-Smith. This is a free virtual event, with registration required.

As a journalist, Virginia Sole-Smith has reported from kitchen tables and grocery stores, graduated from beauty school, and gone swimming in a mermaid’s tail. Virginia’s latest book, Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture, investigates how the “war on childhood obesity” has caused kids of all ages to absorb a daily onslaught of body shame from peers, school, diet culture, and parents themselves — and offers research-based strategies to help parents name and navigate the anti-fat bias that infiltrates our schools, doctor’s offices and family dinner tables.

Virginia began her career in women’s magazines, alternatively challenging beauty standards and gender norms, and upholding diet culture through her health, nutrition and fitness reporting. Motherhood inspired a reckoning of harm caused, and led to her first book, The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America, in which Virginia explored how we can reconnect to our bodies, and our own innate understanding of how to eat, in a culture that’s constantly giving us so many mixed messages about both those things.

Virginia is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her work also appears in the New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and many other publications. She writes the newsletter Burnt Toast, where she explores fatphobia, diet culture, parenting and health, and also hosts the Burnt Toast Podcast. Virginia lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, two daughters, a cat, a dog, and way too many houseplants.

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The goal of Local Libraries LIT (Listen, Initiate, Talk) is to grow a thriving community which shines with diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Local Libraries LIT is a partnership between the following Johnson County libraries:
• Coralville Public Library
• Iowa City Public Library
• North Liberty Library
• Oxford Public Library
• Solon Public Library
• Springmier (Tiffin) Public Library
• Swisher Public Library
• University of Iowa Libraries

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