Join Novel at the Orpheum Theatre on Halloween for Gloria Steinem in conversation with activist and Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer as they discuss Gloria's new book The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off! A Lifetime of Quotes. Each ticket includes a copy of the book. A percentage of proceeds from each ticket will go to the ACLU.

About The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off! A Lifetime of Quotes

For decades – and especially now, in these times of crisis – people around the world have found guidance, humor, and unity in Gloria Steinem's gift for creating quotes that offer hope and inspire action. From her early days as a journalist and feminist activist, Steinem's words have helped generations to empower themselves and work together.

Covering topics from relationships ( "Many are looking for the right person. Too few are trying to be the right person.") to the patriarchy ( "Men are liked better when they win. Women are liked better when they lose. This is how the patriarchy is enforced every day.") and activism (" Revolutions, like trees, grow from the bottom up."), this is the definitive collection of Steinem's words on what matters most. Steinem sees quotes as "the poetry of everyday life," so she also has included a few favorites from friends, including bell hooks, Flo Kennedy, and Michelle Obama, in this book that will make you want to laugh, march, and create some quotes of your own. In fact, at the end of the book, there's a special space for readers to add their own quotes and others they've found inspiring.

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off! is both timeless and timely. It is a gift of hope from Steinem to readers, and a book to share with friends. 

About Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a writer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She was a founder of New York and Ms. magazines, and is the author of My Life on the Road, Moving Beyond Words, Revolution from Within, and Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, all published in the United States, and As If Women Matterin India. 

She co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Free to Be Foundation, and the Women's Media Center in the United States. She also helped found Equality Now, Donor Direct Action, and Direct Impact Africa.

For her writing, Steinem has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, the National Magazine Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

In 1993, her concern with child abuse led her to co-produce an Emmy Award-winning TV documentary for HBO, Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. In 2016, she and Amy Richards co-produced a series of eight documentaries on violence against women around the world for VICELAND. 

About Tami Sawyer

Tami is an educator, advocate, organizer, leader, listener, and elected official. Her life’s work and passion is people: ensuring they’re represented, heard, valued, and included. In each of the roles she’s held, she’s built coalitions from across communities to challenge systems, propose solutions, and strengthen the bonds between neighbors.

Tami currently serves District 7 in Memphis as their Shelby County Commissioner. In addition, she organizes, speaks, and writes about the continued movement for social justice and racial equity in the South and has been featured on major outlets such as CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and Huffington Post. In 2017, Tami founded #takeemdown901, the successful movement to remove Confederate statues in Memphis, TN. In recognition of this and other community work, Tami was named to the 2018 Ebony Magazine Power 100 list and the 2019 Memphis Business Journal Power 100. In 2019, she was selected as the first Speaker in Residence of Clayborn Temple, the meeting site of the sanitation workers who organized the historic strike and “I Am A Man” march of 1968. Tami also serves as the Education Co-Chair of the NAACP Memphis Branch and as a board member of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. She is a graduate of University of Memphis and attended Howard University School of Law.