Upstream Author: Virgie Tovar

Introducing Booksmith's newest Upstream author: Virgie Tovar!

Growing up fat, Virgie Tovar believed her body was something to be fixed. But after two decades of dieting and constant guilt, she was over it—and gave herself the freedom to trust her own body again. Ever since, she’s been helping others to do the same.

You Have the Right to Remain Fat is Tovar’s manifesto for the fat revolution. She is hungry for a world where bodies are valued equally, food is free from moral judgment, and you can jiggle through life with respect. In concise and candid language, she delves into unlearning fatphobia, dismantling sexist notions of fashion, and rejecting diet culture’s greatest lie: that fat people need to wait before beginning their best lives.

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight, and edited the groundbreaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press 2012). Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and BUST.


Upstream, for the uninitiated, is our ongoing (and ever-growing) effort to partner with local authors to provide an unending supply of signed books available for purchase—without events, lines, or hassle. Order and enjoy. 


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The Body Positive Journal By Virgie Tovar, Lucila Perini (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Virgie Tovar, Lucila Perini (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781797214450
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - May 3rd, 2022

The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color (Instant Help Solutions) By Virgie Tovar Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781684034116
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Instant Help Publications - May 1st, 2020

You Have the Right to Remain Fat By Virgie Tovar Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781936932313
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feminist Press - August 14th, 2018