MSU alumna to present book on campus
Rosanne Olson, the author and photographer of "This is Who I am: Our Beauty in all Shapes and Sizes" and Minot State University alumna, will present the stories women have to tell from her book on Thursday (Sept. 11) at 7:30 p.m., Aleshire Theater.
The event will be a discussion of women, body image and compassion as seen through the stories and images of 54 women, ages 19-95, photographed in intimate studio portraits. The photos are accompanied by their very personal essays of youth, aging, sexual abuse, anorexia, Alzheimerís disease, obesity, pregnancy and more.
"I was trying to show a new way of looking at each other, to find that everybody suffers, everybody has something beautiful in them," said Olson, a 1972 graduate of Minot State.
Her book came out in April, and she has spoken at bookstores and universities and numerous conferences to promote her book.
"Rosanne Olsonís ĎThis Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in all Shapes and Sizesí communicates a desirable message of acceptance and compassion for all bodies, and that the most important aspect of your body is its health, rather than its shape," said Linda Olson, chair of the humanities division at MSU. "The reading is surely a Ďdonít missí opportunity. The book is a great gift in both its beauty and its message."
Rosanne Olson is an award-winning photographer with a masterís degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. She is a native of Minot, who currently lives in Seattle with her husband. More information about her book can be found at www.bodyimagebook.com.