Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

That’s What She Said with Artist and Social Activist Kimothy Joy, Thurs., Aug. 23, 5 pm

Join us Thurs., Aug. 23, 5 pm as artist and social activist Kimothy Joy will be here to talk about her new illustrated book That’s What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women (Harper Wave, hb., 128 pp., $22).

Distraught by the results of the 2016 election and the realization that the nation was not ready for its first female president, Kimothy Joy found herself poring over the biographies of brave women throughout history—those who persisted in the face of daunting circumstances—to learn from their experiences.

Turning to art, Joy channeled her feelings to the canvas, bringing these strong women to life in bold watercolor portraits surrounded by inspirational hand-lettered quotes. With each creation, Joy found catharsis and hope. She shared her watercolors with her online community and encouraged everyone to raise their own voices and recharge for the battles ahead.

Now, in this beautiful gift book, Joy has gathered her stunning illustrations and quotes and paired them with surprising, illuminating biographies of her subjects to inspire women of all ages, races, and backgrounds. That’s What She Said honors a powerful and diverse group of over fifty women—from Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and Virginia Woolf to Sojourner Truth, Malala Yousafzai, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—role models whose words and insights remind us that we must never give up the fight for a more just and equitable society.

Kimothy Joy is a Denver based artist whose work combines watercolor and pen with hand lettering. She has collaborated with the Women’s March on Washington, I AM THAT GIRL, Juniper Books, Gucci, Melinda Gates, author Jessica Bennett, and poets Nikita Gill and Cleo Wade. Her illustrations have also been featured in Glamour, Teen Vogue, O, Oprah Magazine, Refinery29, Washington Post and Huffington Post.



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