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‘Big’ picks up silver medal

June 14th, 2021

The subject of the cover story in BC BookWorld’s Autumn 2020 issue, Big: Stories about Life in Plus-Sized Bodies (Caitlin, 2020) has tied for a silver medal in the anthology category of the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Edited by Christina Myers, Big explores the diverse and intimate experience of being large in a culture obsessed with thinness.

This year’s IPBA contest (nicknamed the ‘IPPIES’) drew over 4,500 entries from independent authors and publishers in countries across the world including the U.S., U.K., New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Jamaica, and Malawi. 

Big offers a closer look at what it means to navigate a world designed to fit bodies of a certain size, and in turn, invites readers to ask questions about — and ultimately reconsider — our collective and individual obsession with women’s bodies. These stories are increasingly important, as the pandemic has affected people’s body image and has led to a spike in eating disorders.

Christina Myers is an award-winning newspaper journalist turned freelance writer and editor. She holds degrees in journalism and psychology from TRU and UBC respectively, and is an alumnus of the Writer’s Studio at SFU. 978-1-7738-6021-3

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