Sam van Zweden: Eating With My Mouth Open

Yarra Libraries

Event Date: 
17 February 2021
Author / Presenters: 
Sam Van Zweden

In partnership with the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club, Sam van Zweden will discuss her debut collection "Eating With My Mouth Open" with host Ellen Cregan.

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based freelance writer interested in experimental nonfiction, essays, mental health, body writing, food, and memory.

Her collection of personal essays, Eating With My Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award and will be published in February 2021 by Newsouth Publishing.

Sam’s writing has appeared in the Saturday Paper, Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, The Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others.

Eating with My Mouth Open

To eat is to build upon our collective story. We use food to say, again and again, who we are.

Eating with My Mouth Open is food writing like you’ve never seen before: honest, bold, and exceptionally tasty. Sam van Zweden’s personal and cultural exploration of food, memory, and hunger revels in body positivity, dissects wellness culture and all its flaws, and shares the joys of being part of a family of chefs.

Celebrating food and all the bodies it nurtures, Eating with My Mouth Open considers the true meaning of nourishment within the broken food system we live in. Not holding back from difficult conversations about mental illness, weight, and wellbeing, Sam van Zweden advocates for body politics that are empowering, productive, and meaningful.

Registrations required. This event will be held in the Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library Community Room.

If you have accessibility questions or requirements, please contact us at yarralibraries@yarracity.vic.gov.au or on 1300 695 427.