Join us as Lee Kofman discusses her memoir/cultural critique, Imperfect, which casts a questioning eye on the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection and the way media and culture dictates how bodies should and shouldn’t be.
Tickets $5 – includes wine on arrival.
About the Author
Lee Kofman is an Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books, and two memoirs The Dangerous Bride (Melbourne University Press, 2014) and Imperfect: How our bodies shape the people we become (Affirm Press, 2019), and the co-editor of an anthology of memoir, Rebellious Daughters (Ventura Press, 2016). Her short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry have been widely published in Australia, US, UK, Scotland, Israel and Canada. Her writing received numerous awards and her blog about the writing process was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. Her next book is the anthology of personal essays Split (Ventura Press). More at www.leekofman.com.au
By the time she was eleven and living in Russia, Lee Kofman had undergone several major operations on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Her body harbours a constellation of disfiguring scars that have shaped her sense of self and her view of the world. But it wasn’t until she moved from the Soviet Union to Israel and later Australia that she realised these markings weren’t badges of honour to flaunt but were, in fact, imperfections that needed to be concealed.
In a seductive mix of memoir and cultural critique, Kofman casts a questioning eye on the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection and what it’s like to live in a body that deviates from the norm. She reveals the subtle ways we are all influenced by the bodies we inhabit, whether our differences are pronounced or noticeable only to ourselves. She talks to people of all shapes, sizes and configurations and takes a hard look at the way media and culture dictates how bodies should and shouldn’t be.
By turns illuminating, confronting and deeply personal, Imperfect challenges us all to consider how we exist in the world and how our bodies shape the people we become.