By Seamus Gallivan
Re-posted from The Good Neigborhood
Continuing its steadfast commitment to hosting heavy conversations with world-renowned activist writers, Burning Books (420 Connecticut St, West Side, 7pm) will host a Wednesday night visit from Filipina author Lisa Factora-Borchers for a discussion about sexual violence inspired by her latest work as an editor, Dear Sister. The anthology is a diverse collection of letters and essays sharing the lessons, memories, and vision of over fifty artists, activists, mothers, writers, and students who share their stories of survival or what it means to be an advocate and ally to survivors.
“Every story is shadowed by the teller’s sense of shame, brokenness, depression, and pain, but at the same time, in anticipation of the addressees’ experience of sexual assault, the letters also offer comfort, solidarity, reassurance, the possibility of healing, and testimony of survival,” wrote Publisher’s Weekly about Dear Sister.
Said Factora-Borchers in a recent interview with The Feminist Wire, “[W]hen a survivor steps forward and explains which tools they used to survive, they teach us something about hope and healing. This is already happening in our communities, but what’s become clear to me during the book tour is that there’s a deficiency of facilitated spaces in which we can have conversations about how to heal from sexual violence. I think if we had more of those, we’d see a lot more hope.”
Enter Burning Books and Buffalo activist Harper Bishop, who convinced the bookstore to host Factora-Borchers and together launched a modest fundraising campaign to cover the author’s travel costs.
“It is statistically proven – and our daily interactions tell us – that we all know someone that has experienced sexual violence in their life,” said Bishop. “It is imperative as a community that we make it part of our responsibility to provide a safe space for open discourse and healing to take place.”