Book Soup presents Melanie C., in conversation with Dawn O'Porter, discussing The Sporty One: My Life as a Spice Girl

In partnership with First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

An intimate memoir from international pop star Melanie Chisholm--better known as Mel C. or Sporty Spice--chronicling her trajectory from small-town girl to overnight icon as part of the Spice Girls.

25 years ago, The Spice Girls, a girl band that began after five women answered an ad in the paper, released their first single. 'Wannabe' became a hit and from that moment and, almost overnight, Melanie Chisholm went from small town girl to Sporty Spice, part of one of the biggest music groups in history.

Beginning in her bedroom in the north-west of England dreaming of performing on stage, The Sporty One follows the meteoric rise of the Melanie and The Spice Girls, from the incredible highs of becoming one of the world's most recognizable popstars - playing at Wembley, conquering the BRITs, closing the Olympics - to the difficult lows. For the first time ever, Melanie talks about the pressures of fame, the shaming and bullying she experienced, the struggles she has had with her body image and mental health, and the difficulty of finding yourself when the whole world knows your name.

The Sporty One is an incredible story of resilience, hope and how you can find your power. (Grand Central Publishing)

Dawn O’Porter lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, her two boys Art and Valentine, and cats Myrtle and Boo. 
Dawn is the bestselling author of The Cows and the Richard and Judy Book Club pick So Lucky, and her latest non-fiction title Life in Pieces was also a Sunday Times bestseller. Her new novel, Cat Lady, is out on October 27th. Dawn started out in TV production but quickly landed in front of the camera, making numerous documentaries that included immersive investigations of Polygamy, Size Zero, Childbirth, Free Love, Breast Cancer and the movie Dirty Dancing.
Dawn’s journalism has appeared in multiple publications and she was the monthly columnist for Glamour magazine. She is now a full-time writer of eight books, Co-Founder and Director of Choose Love Inc., designs dresses for Joanie Clothing, LOVES Instagram, and has a large following on her Patreon blog. 


Doors open at 6:30pm; Event starts at 7:00pm.

Tickets include one entry and one hardcover copy of The Sporty One, to be handed out at check-in.


Following the event, instead of a book signing, there will be a photo opportunity with Melanie C. 



Event location: First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, 90020


Please note: Everyone entering First Congregational Church of Los Angeles property must be fully vaccinated (boosters not required) and show proof of vaccination.

Masks must be worn while indoors.


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Event date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
540 S Commonwealth Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
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