Barbie Redressed: EAWLC Book Talks with Giovanna Riccio on Plastic’s Republic

Our Book Talks program invites an author, a translator or an avid reader to talk about a book and facilitate discussions.

  • To start our Fall 2023 season, join author Giovanna Riccio for a thought-provoking evening exploring Plastic’s Republic featuring the Barbie Suite!
  •  Time: Saturday, September 2nd, 2023, at 7:30-9 pm (Eastern Time)

Free English hybrid event, Zoom will provide online live transcripts of different languages.


  • In-person venue: 1585 Yonge Street, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (use the Toronto School for Strings and Piano entrance) free parking, close to the subway station. 

To RSVP for in-person discussion: RSVP Form

For Zoom discussion: 

(Zoom opens 15 minutes before the event)

��� Event Highlights ���

  • Engaging in dialogue with author Giovanna Riccio
  • Exploring the intersectionality of themes between Plastic’s Republic (2019) and the new Barbie (2023) movie directed by female director Greta Gerwig!
  • Q&A Session: Your Chance to Ask Questions
  • In-person participants will have a chance to win a signed copy of Plastic’s Republic!


��� About the Author ���

Prize-winning poet, Giovanna Riccio is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she majored in philosophy. She is the author of Vittorio (Lyricalmyrical Press, 2010) Strong Bread (Quattro Books, 2011), and Plastic’s Republic (Guernica Editions, 2019) which was a finalist for the 2022 Bressani Prize. Her poems have appeared in national and international publications and numerous anthologies with translations published in 6 languages.

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��� About the Book ���

In 2019, Barbie celebrated her 60th anniversary, marking not just a mere toy, but an iconic symbol of excellence. Within the pages of “Plastic’s Republic,” Giovanna Riccio delves into the profound impact of Barbie on the perception of female beauty. This exploration highlights how the malleability of Barbie’s physical form and persona has enabled her to retain her status as a revered figure.


In her clever and distinctive verses, Riccio portrays Barbie as a multifaceted and paradoxical global icon. Additionally, her poems delve into profound matters of philosophy, feminism, and the complexities of body image that this enigmatic plastic deity generates.


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