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Love Speech | Toronto Launch & Reading

  • 883 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1G5 Canada (map)

at Type Books

"Poetry might be the material from which we can render a new kind of theory, whose interest depends on thinking hard about something hard."


Xiaoxuan / Sherry Huang, Catherine Fatima, Lily Wang, Sierra Riley

Hosted by Ashley Obscura

Please join us for the Toronto launch of LOVE SPEECH (Metatron Press) by Xiaoxuan / Sherry Huang. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for the very first time! Please note this event takes place at Type Books new Junction location at 2887 Dundas Street West

LOVE SPEECH is an auto-theoretical book that reads both like poetry and an epistle; a textile of literary mothers shot through with cultural-political feelings, threads of conversation, and moments from queer life. LOVE SPEECH takes it titles from an ethics of addressability that Judith Butler originally raises to examine what makes language such as hate speech hurtful. “Our very being exposes us to the address of another,” she says (via Claudia Rankine’s account in Citizen: An American Lyric.) Butler considers the inverse in several conversations, and Huang, too, is more devoted to theorizing and enacting love speech further.

Xiaoxuan / Sherry Huang is a queer writer who experiments across disciplines. Tenderness, gender, utopia, and aesthetics are important considerations in her work. She is an immigrant-settler to Canada, and was born in Shanghai.

Earlier Event: August 8