Third Man Books Celebrates International Women's Day at OZ Arts

On March 8th, 2017, Third Man Books combined forces with local artists and activists, non-profits and OZ Arts Nashville to celebrate International Women's Day. In honor of the occasion, we set up a table spotlighting books from our favorite female authors Kendra DeColo (My Dinner With Ron Jeremy), Kiini Ibura Salaam (When the World Wounds), and newest poet erica lewis (mary wants to be a superwoman). The event kicked off around 6pm with a mesmerizing performance from composer Wu Fei and her guzheng (an ancient Chinese zither instrument), and included other events such as a self-defense course taught by the Muslim Women's Council, a "Be Bold for Change" panel discussion, a performance by Dudette, a three-piece, all girl queer-friendly band of youth ages from 12-17 from Yeah! (Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities) Girls Rock Camp, and of course some spoken word. 

New TMB poet Ciona Rouse helmed the poetry portion of the evening and was joined by Kendra DeColo who debuted a new poem "I Pump Milk Like a Boss," and Destiny Birdsong, a Pushcart-prize nominated poet and essayist, to round out an unforgettable night of female empowerment. 

A portion of the proceeds from the TMB books sold at the event were donated to Thistle Farms*—a global community supporting women's freedom. 

*Thistle Farms is a sanctuary for healing for women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. We are a community of survivors, advocates, employees, interns, volunteers, and friends from all across the world. We are young and old, women and men. We want to change a culture that still allows human beings to be bought and sold. We believe that in the end, love is the strongest force for change in the world.*  


Photo Credit: Melissa Fuller & Samantha Mann