The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag
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About the Author
Sasha Velour is a gender-fluid drag queen, artist and speaker. She is the creator and editor of the critically-acclaimed drag magazine "Velour" and the host of the influential New York City-based drag show NightGowns, which was adapted into a docu-series. Her first one-queen theater show, "Smoke & Mirrors" toured to sold-out audiences around the world. In 2017, she was crowned the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 on VH1, with an emotional and reveal-filled finale performance that made history. Velour also holds a degree in Literature from Vassar College, an MFA in Cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies, and was a former Fulbright Scholar in Moscow. The Big Reveal is her first book.
"Spellbinding. Sasha Velour's intellect and imagination transcend genre and gender: blending critical theory, LGBTQ+ history, and memoir leaving readers engrossed and verklempt. This book a treatise on the gravitas of glamor, a love letter to drag and queer culture, and one manicured middle finger to the world that shows that we've always been and are here to stay. The Big Reveal is canonical camp." -- Alok, author of Beyond the Gender Binary and Your Wound/My Garden
"In this showstopping debut...Velour seamlessly mixes rigorous scholarship with inspirational aphorisms and heartfelt anecdotes about finding community and navigating the pitfalls of mainstream success, while enriching the narrative with copious photographs and illustrations. This is a rousing tribute to a revolutionary art form and its practitioners." -- Publishers Weekly
"Colorful Sasha Velour is redefining drag for a new generation with this knowledgeable book. You go, They!" -- John "Lypsinka" Epperson
"With a mind as sharp as her eyeliner, Sasha Velour vamps her way across the entire cultural landscape. The Big Reveal is sweeping and seriously entertaining." -- Simon Doonan, author of Drag: The Complete Story and Transformer: A Story of Glitter, Glam Rock & Loving Lou Reed.
"From the moment I met Sasha, I immediately I sensed her grasp of creative expression and queer history. The Big Reveal gives us a chance to learn something new about our community, about the world, about art, literature, history, and subsequently maybe even ourselves--all while being entertained. A vibrant and insightful read!" -- Miss Peppermint
"Sasha Velour's memoir is a must-read for fans of drag, advocates of the LGBTQ community, and anyone looking for a path to revealing their truest self." -- Booklist
"A unique blending of memoir, personal theory, and well-researched history...Break out the champagne and get ready to celebrate as it is a guaranteed showstopper!" -- Book Trib.