Penguin Random House Canada Pre-Order Campaign with Tegan & Sara Foundation for Vivek Shraya’s New Book, I’m Afraid of Men

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IĀ’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya (CNW Group/Penguin Random House Canada Limited)

TORONTO,Ā May 17, 2018Ā /CNW/ – Penguin Random House Canada is proud to announce a special pre-order campaign for Vivek Shraya’s upcoming book,Ā I’m Afraid of Men, to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia onĀ May 17, 2018. This campaign is in support of theĀ Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.

The campaign will run fromĀ 12:01 a.m. ESTĀ May 17Ā throughĀ 11:59 p.m. ESTĀ May 18, 2018. During this time, Penguin Random House Canada will donateĀ two dollarsĀ for every pre-order of Vivek Shraya’sĀ I’m Afraid of MenĀ to the Tegan and Sara Foundation and Vivek Shraya will personally donateĀ one dollarĀ for every pre-order.

I’m Afraid of MenĀ (on-saleĀ August 28, 2018) is Vivek Shraya’s raw, honest and important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia and transphobia. It’s a journey from camouflage to a riot of colour and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid.

Penguin Random House Canada is honored to publishĀ I’m Afraid of MenĀ and its important and timely message. “I had the great privilege of reading this book first, and I couldn’t stay quiet about it. I shared it with my colleagues, who shared it with other colleagues, and before we knew it there was an army of us. Our numbers will only grow from here,” said the book’s editor,Ā David Ross.

“While there is certainly power in naming a collective fear of men, I didn’t want the end result of reading this book to be solely self-empowerment,” said Vivek Shraya. “Donating a portion of the pre-sales fromĀ I’m Afraid of MenĀ to the Tegan and Sara Foundation ties the book to a direct action, one that supports a large group of people who are often impacted by violence from menā€”namely LGBTQ women and non-binary people. Tegan and Sara have been doing vital work for the LGBTQ community for over a decade, even before the formation of their foundation, and on a personal note, they are huge queer role models for me. Sharing my story through writing books has been largely inspired by their generous visibility, so I am thrilled to support the Tegan and Sara Foundation with this book as a small gesture of gratitude so that these formidable women can keep improving queer lives.”

OnĀ May 17Ā atĀ 3:30 p.m. EST, Tegan, Sara and Vivek Shraya will be hosting an Instagram Live to discuss the need for more conversations about queer representation and Vivek Shraya’sĀ I’m Afraid of Men. The three will be live from Tegan and Sara’s Instagram,Ā @teganandsara.

Supporters can pre-order copies from theĀ Penguin Random House Canada website.

About Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, poetry, fiction, visual art and film. A Publishing Triangle Award winner, her books includeĀ even this page is white, The Boy & the BindiĀ andĀ She of the Mountains.Ā Shraya is one half of the music duo Too Attached and founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. She teaches creative writing at theĀ University of Calgary.

SOURCEPenguin Random House Canada Limited

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