12 episodes

A monthly book club discussion from Cafe Con Libros, a Feminist Community Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Brooklyn.

Each month, Kalima DeSuze gets nerdy and intimate while interviewing a community member about their perspective on the book. They also take time to reflect on the book club discussion and share their favorite things about Brooklyn.

Produced & Edited by Claire Franjola.

Conversations From The Cafe Cafe Con Libros, Bk

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A monthly book club discussion from Cafe Con Libros, a Feminist Community Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Brooklyn.

Each month, Kalima DeSuze gets nerdy and intimate while interviewing a community member about their perspective on the book. They also take time to reflect on the book club discussion and share their favorite things about Brooklyn.

Produced & Edited by Claire Franjola.

    "Her Body and Other Parties" by Carmen Maria Machado

    "Her Body and Other Parties" by Carmen Maria Machado

    Our producer, Claire, guest hosts this episode in conversation with Jo about Carmen Maria Machado's collection of genre-bending short stories that challenge traditional writing techniques and her spin on common "tropes".

    • 30 min
    "The Fifth Season" by N.K. Jemisin

    "The Fifth Season" by N.K. Jemisin

    Kalima and Shrishti dive into sci-fi and discuss the artful world building and major twists in the first book of a trilogy. (Spoiler Alerts)

    • 37 min
    "The Kiss Quotient" by Helen Hoang

    "The Kiss Quotient" by Helen Hoang

    In the book club's second dance with romance, Kathy and Kalima gush over how much they love the explicit Feminist themes of this book and why this is a must read for folx looking for romance outside the traditional normal troupes.

    Produced & Edited by Ryan Cameron.

    • 46 min
    "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

    "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

    Peter's book selection this month was kismet as the book club grieved the loss of Toni Morrison. In this episode, Kalima & Peter reflect on their own life experiences and confront conflicting empathetic feelings as Morrison's seminal piece dives into topics of race, gender, and intergenerational trauma.

    • 44 min
    "The Proposal" by Jasmine Guillory

    "The Proposal" by Jasmine Guillory

    Rebekkah and Kalima navigate through their first romance novel and discover the void of black romance authors.

    *In a previous iteration of this episode, Kalima mentioned meeting Alyssa Cole.  This was a case of mistaken identity.  Kalima met another local author who is also a romance novelists.  She talked passionately about Alyssa's work.  Later, when the community member dropped off Ms. Cole's books, Kalima assumed it was Alyssa Cole.  We apologize for the mistake.

    • 51 min
    "Normal People" by Sally Rooney

    "Normal People" by Sally Rooney

    Caroline joins Kalima for an introspective dialogue about power dynamics in relationships, open communication, and what it means to be “normal”. 

    Support small bookstores by ordering this book or ANY book from Cafe Con Libros

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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Analysis and Vulnerability

Loved listening in. The Bluest Eye episode was a nice balance of literary analysis and welcoming listeners into your personal and private space. I look forward to hearing more vulnerable and compelling stories from the host and guest as those were the moments that latched me on, left me yearning for more.

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