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The Library Coven is a bi-weekly podcast in which two besties, Jessie and kelly, discuss (mostly) YA fantasy through the lens of intersectional feminist criticism. Why? Because talking about books is pretty magical.

The Library Coven The Library Coven

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The Library Coven is a bi-weekly podcast in which two besties, Jessie and kelly, discuss (mostly) YA fantasy through the lens of intersectional feminist criticism. Why? Because talking about books is pretty magical.

    96. I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me by Jamison Shea

    96. I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me by Jamison Shea

    Show announcement: several months ago we decided that it’s time for The Library Coven to come to an end, so this will be our final season. Over the past nearly 6 years we’ve loved making the show and forging connections with folks we never would have met otherwise. But it’s time for our HEAs*. Whether you’re a new listener or someone who’s been with us since early days, thank you for giving us your attention 3 Links for ways to keep in touch included below 🙂 *happily-ever-afters Onto the penultimate episode! We were both captivated by the debut horror novel I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me by Jamison Shea. Laure has been working incredibly hard at the Ballet Academy of Paris, putting her body on the line in the process in a world filled with seemingly innocent white girls in pink tutus. But the world of ballet is cutthroat, and there’s no space for a Black ballerina. When Laure makes an otherworldly pact, she’s able to make people do her bidding. But when others who’ve also sold pieces of themselves start dying, Laure is sure she’s next – trying to keep up with her ballet while figuring out who’s hunting them down. Chaos ensues as white privilege and racism strike yet again. Recommend if you like
 Ace of Spades by Faridah ÀbĂ­kĂ©-ÍyĂ­mĂ­dĂ© Get Out Black Swan Tiny Pretty Things by Dhonielle Clayton or the tv show adaptation   Blacks in Ballet on instagram how to find us slash keep in touch after the show ends: Jessie shares baking adventures at jessie.mae.bakes (on instagram and TikTok) and knitting escapades at jessie.mae.knits on instagram. kelly is less online but can still be found making queer community radio with the OutSources Collective on KNGU (kgnu.org/outsources) or at kellyjdrumright.com. As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical people. Reach out to us on Instagram (@thelibrarycoven) or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). Access complete show notes on our website, thelibrarycoven.com. We really appreciate ratings and reviews on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or any other platforms. Help us share the magic by spreading the word about the podcast! You can support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Better yet, become a monthly patron via Patreon and you can unlock a bunch of exclusive perks like access to our community of reader-listeners on Discord. Our cover art is by the talented artist nimsby. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com. We support #LandBack. The Library Coven is recorded and produced on stolen indigenous land: Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Ute (kelly) and Chickasha, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Mascoutin, Miami, Mesquaki, Odawa, Ojibwe, Peankashaw, Peoria, Potawatomi, Sauk, and Wea (Jessie)

    • 37 min
    95. House of Marionne by J. Elle

    95. House of Marionne by J. Elle

    Today we’re talking about House of Marionne by J. Elle, which introduces us to 17-year-old Quell who has lived an itinerant life with her mother for *reasons* (namely, the forbidden power Quell wields), but is then forced to go directly into the belly of the beast
the magic boarding school at a lavish estate near New Orleans. Will Quell be able to fit into the debutante society and hide her secret from the hot mentor slash assassin Jordan and domineering Grandma slash Headmistress?! Y’all can probably surmise the answer is yes
until it’s no. Chaos ensues! Recommend if you like
 Magical boarding school stories (e.g., the series that shall not be named, The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton – middle grade example) The Belles series by Dhonielle Clayton  (from J) “I saw someone say this book was Mortal Instruments meets the Grishaverse and I would add Folk of Aire, Gossip Girl, and The Originals to that, and I think that’s a pretty apt description.”  As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical people. Reach out to us on Instagram (@thelibrarycoven) or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). Access complete show notes on our website, thelibrarycoven.com. We really appreciate ratings and reviews on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or any other platforms. Help us share the magic by spreading the word about the podcast! You can support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Better yet, become a monthly patron via Patreon and you can unlock a bunch of exclusive perks like access to our community of reader-listeners on Discord. Our cover art is by the talented artist nimsby. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com. We support #LandBack. The Library Coven is recorded and produced on stolen indigenous land: Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Ute (kelly) and Chickasha, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Mascoutin, Miami, Mesquaki, Odawa, Ojibwe, Peankashaw, Peoria, Potawatomi, Sauk, and Wea (Jessie)

    • 46 min
    94. To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose

    94. To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose

    In this episode we discuss the first book in the Nampesheweisit series, To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose. We both listened to the audiobook narrated by Charlie Flyte. J starts the show giving it 4.5 stars but revises the rating up to 5 by the end –– this book rocks! Recommend if you like
 How to Train Your Dragon ofc Magic school books generally Mythology stories. There’s a lot of mythology from Anequs’s people and Norse mythology Funny enough, I think if you like this book, you might also enjoy Jane Austen. Both authors are really funny and point out the differences between those from different societies, although it’s about class in Jane Austen, and both poke fun at some of the ridiculousness of traditionRecommend if you like
 Here’s a short post by Blackgoose about the impact of (the lack of) representation of indigenous characters in SFF. Jessie mentions Apple Skin to Core by Eric Gansworth. As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical people. Reach out to us on Instagram (@thelibrarycoven) or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). Access complete show notes on our website, thelibrarycoven.com. We really appreciate ratings and reviews on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or any other platforms. Help us share the magic by spreading the word about the podcast! You can support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Better yet, become a monthly patron via Patreon and you can unlock a bunch of exclusive perks like access to our community of reader-listeners on Discord. Our cover art is by the talented artist nimsby. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com. We support #LandBack. The Library Coven is recorded and produced on stolen indigenous land: Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Ute (kelly) and Chickasha, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Mascoutin, Miami, Mesquaki, Odawa, Ojibwe, Peankashaw, Peoria, Potawatomi, Sauk, and Wea (Jessie)

    • 45 min
    93. The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa

    93. The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa

    Our season 6 winning streak continues with The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa. We both LOVED the audiobook narrated by the incomparable Vico Ortiz (Jim from Our Flag Means Death). The novel tells the story of Mar, a magical enby/genderqueer/trans-guy whose father made a deal with the literal devil that comes back to haunt everyone. It’s a book about chosen family, survivor’s guilt, alchemizing self loathing learned from the wider society, and picking your battles (against colonizers, obvi).  Recommend if you like
 Our Flag Means Death (show on HBO) Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas for another latine trans guy magical protagonist Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callendar (adult series) for more revolutionary plots and complicated feels (Episode 45)  Hook movie and/or Pirates of the Caribbean  As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical people. Reach out to us on Instagram (@thelibrarycoven) or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). Access complete show notes on our website, thelibrarycoven.com. We really appreciate ratings and reviews on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or any other platforms. Help us share the magic by spreading the word about the podcast! You can support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Better yet, become a monthly patron via Patreon and you can unlock a bunch of exclusive perks like access to our community of reader-listeners on Discord. Our cover art is by the talented artist nimsby. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com. We support #LandBack. The Library Coven is recorded and produced on stolen indigenous land: Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Ute (kelly) and Chickasha, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Mascoutin, Miami, Mesquaki, Odawa, Ojibwe, Peankashaw, Peoria, Potawatomi, Sauk, and Wea (Jessie)

    • 37 min
    92. That Self-Same Metal by Brittany N. Williams

    92. That Self-Same Metal by Brittany N. Williams

    Y’all, we’re on a winning streak with the books this season! That Self-Same Metal by Brittany N. Williams is the first book in the Forage and Fracture Saga, and it’s set in 1600s England.. It’s got Fae, Orisha, Shakespeare, a cool magical system, and a gorgeous cover! Get thee to the library for a copy! Recommend if you like
 Legendborn and Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn (Episode 51 and Episode 75, respectively) Folk of the Air series by Holly Black (Episode 8, Episode 16, and Episode 35) Shakespeare stuff, including adaptations Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi (Episode 2) The Great White Bard: How to Love Shakespeare While Talking About Race by Farah Karim-Cooper “A Brief History of Women in [European] Theatre” (Women’s Museum of California) “The First English Actresses” (by Georgiana Ziegler for the Folger Shakespeare Library) – apparently they came onto the scene (stage! lol) in 1660ish. As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical people. Reach out to us on Instagram (@thelibrarycoven) or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). Access complete show notes on our website, thelibrarycoven.com. We really appreciate ratings and reviews on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or any other platforms. Help us share the magic by spreading the word about the podcast! You can support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Better yet, become a monthly patron via Patreon and you can unlock a bunch of exclusive perks like access to our community of reader-listeners on Discord. Our cover art is by the talented artist nimsby. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com. We support #LandBack. The Library Coven is recorded and produced on stolen indigenous land: Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Ute (kelly) and Chickasha, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Mascoutin, Miami, Mesquaki, Odawa, Ojibwe, Peankashaw, Peoria, Potawatomi, Sauk, and Wea (Jessie)

    • 38 min
    91. The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

    91. The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

    We absolutely loved The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag! This graphic novel is a quick and cute read that digs into the nuances of coming out in various contexts and relationships, among other conflicts (*cough* rich people and their yachts *cough*). And the illustrations are beautiful!  Note: k’s audio is a bit weird on this one, but we tried to mitigate it. Sorry about that!! Recommend if you like
 Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang Heartstopper comics and show mermaids! As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical people. Reach out to us on Instagram (@thelibrarycoven) or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). Access complete show notes on our website, thelibrarycoven.com. We really appreciate ratings and reviews on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or any other platforms. Help us share the magic by spreading the word about the podcast! You can support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Better yet, become a monthly patron via Patreon and you can unlock a bunch of exclusive perks like access to our community of reader-listeners on Discord. Our cover art is by the talented artist nimsby. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com. We support #LandBack. The Library Coven is recorded and produced on stolen indigenous land: Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Ute (kelly) and Chickasha, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Mascoutin, Miami, Mesquaki, Odawa, Ojibwe, Peankashaw, Peoria, Potawatomi, Sauk, and Wea (Jessie)

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

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Love this podcast! I come here for the feminist critique, friendship, and learning. And y’all’s digression into ornithology, the world of mushrooms, Boy Scout skills and fishing, and Crip community is a joyous bonus! ❄

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THIS PODCAST IS EVERYTHING

I love this podcast. As a person who grew up gendered as a girl and woman and who loves fantasy/ sci-fi, my options for seeing myself in novels was mostly limited to Young Adult novels. I am now almost 30 and still love YA and I feel so validated listening to two brilliant, funny, lovely humans who love YA and cannot help but read it through a critical lens. This is how my brain works, with added insights and criticisms. I cannot recommend this podcast more. They discuss race, class, capitalism, ableism, heteronormativity, sexism, and on and on and on and on, in a way that doesn't guilt me for loving problematic fiction, but makes me question what I love about these stories and allows me to feel solidarity in my critique of novels that I still enjoy. So good, so smart, so considerate and thoughtful and funny and thorough.

c h l o e e l y s e ,

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This is one of my favorite book podcasts! I love the hosts’ commentary, and they often bring up interesting critiques I haven’t thought of. If you love fantasy or YA, this is for you!

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