Brooklyn Bookbeat: ‘Vagina Monologues’ playwright to release memoir

Eve Ensler has devoted her life to enlightening the world about the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet, she spent much of life disassociated from her own body, a disconnection brought on by her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s remoteness. Now, Eve shares her story for the first time in a poignant memoir, “In The Body of the World” (Metropolitan Books / On Sale: April 30, 2013).

While working in the Congo, Eve is shocked out of her distance—shattered by her encounter with the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and during months of harrowing treatment she is forced to become first and foremost a body—pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all the distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the Earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully—and gratefully—joined to the body of the world.

Unflinching, generous, and inspiring, “In The Body of the World” is a transformative work that calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.

To celebrate the release of her memoir, Ensler will appear in DUMBO at powerHouse Arena on Tuesday, April 30. The event begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $30 (ticket price guarantees an autographed copy of the book). powerHouse is located at 37 Main St. in DUMBO.

Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, Insecure at Last, and I Am an Emotional Creature, since adapted for the stage as Emotional Creature. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activists, and inspired the global action One Billion Rising. Ensler lives in Paris and New York City.