• October 12, 2022
  • 6:30 pm
  • Online (PDT)
Add to Calendar 10/12/2022 6:30 pm 10/12/2022 America/Los_Angeles On Not Being Afraid of Love Join Chinese-Australian writer and artist Mimi Zhu for an empowering conversation on life, art, and what it means to not to be afraid of love. Online (PDT) false MM/DD/YYYY

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Copies of Mimi's book, Be Not Afraid of Love, are available at the button below.

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  • This event was recorded and is available to watch on our YouTube channel. 
  • Portions of the audio will be released on our podcast. 


In their early twenties, Mimi Zhu was a survivor of intimate-partner abuse, which left them broken and in search of healing paths to re-learn love. Mimi began writing a collection of powerful, interconnected essays and affirmations that followed their journey toward embodying and re-learning love after their violent romantic relationship. The result is a stunning and provocative book, Be Not Afraid of Love, which like all of Mimi’s work is a testament to the strength and adaptability humans possess and a tribute to love.

Mimi’s work explores the many intersections of love and fear, their effects on self-esteem, friendship, family, romantic relationships, and even how they show up in the socio-political realm. In sharing their own intimate encounters with oppression, healing, joy, and community, Mimi invites us all to reflect deeply on our own experiences with love, with the intention of acting as a guide to undoing the hurt or uncertainty within them.

Join Mimi and author and multidisciplinary artist Fariha Róisín for an empowering conversation on life, art, and what it means to not be afraid of love.

Mimi Zhu portrait made into a circle. Mimi is a Chinese-Australian writer and artist. Mimi is standing outside and is smiling.
Mimi Zhu (they/them) is a queer Chinese-Australian writer and artist. They explore the many intersections of love and fear, and they facilitate workshops that are dedicated to the healing power of the written word. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, PAPER, The Guardian, Slate, Artnet, and more. They are based in Brooklyn, New York.

Fariha Róisín black and white portrait made into a circle. Fariha is a queer, Muslim, Bangladeshi person with short, dark hair. Fariha has one arm up, and the side of her face/hair is resting on her hand.
Fariha Róisín is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Ontario, Canada. She was raised in Sydney, Australia, and is based in Los Angeles, CA. As a Muslim queer Bangladeshi, she is interested in the margins, liminality, otherness, and the mercurial nature of being. Her work has pioneered a refreshing and renewed conversation about wellness, contemporary Islam, and queer identities and has been featured in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and Vogue. She is the author of the poetry collection “How to Cure a Ghost(2019), the novel Like a Bird (2020), and the new book, Who Is Wellness For?. 

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Marcus Books is the nation’s oldest Black-owned independent bookstore celebrating its 60th year. Marcus Books’ mission is to provide opportunities for Black folks and their allies to celebrate and learn about Black people everywhere. Learn more about Marcus Books. 

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