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The Library Coven is a bi-weekly podcast in which two bookish besties, Jessie and Kelly, discuss (mostly) YA fantasy through the lens of intersectional feminist criticism. Why? Because critique is our fangirl love language. And 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 bookish besties, Jessie and Kelly, discuss (mostly) YA fantasy through the lens of intersectional feminist criticism. Why? Because critique is our fangirl love language. And because talking about books is pretty magical.

    Interview with Ashaye Brown, author of Dream Country

    Interview with Ashaye Brown, author of Dream Country

    We’re thrilled to bring you this interview with author Ashaye Brown (she/her) whose debut novel, Dream Country,will be released on April 27, 2021. Aka next week (!!) for those of you listening when the episode drops. This will be the first in a mini-series of three author interviews we will be releasing in the lead up to our next season of the podcast. You can order Dream Country directly from Onwe — do it soon to get a limited edition, signed version!! I mean, behold the beautiful bookplates. Follow Ashaye on twitter @AshayeBrown for amazing content. Really, tho, follow her! (listen to the episode to hear why Jessie and Kelly rave about Ashaye’s social media) Onto notes from the episode! Onwe is a UK-based independent publisher and lifestyle brand founded by two Black women in 2018. We have an interview with Onwe co-founder and author Reni K. Amayo coming up later in this mini-series, so stay tuned! (and subscribe, obvi) Ashaye is enjoying the novel The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston is one of the middle grade books Ashaye has been reading and loves Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko gets a glowing recommendation from Ashaye. We’ve decided to move it the top of our TBR and are planning to bring you an episode about the novel next season! Ashaye mentions Megan Thee Stallion’s issues with her label and releasing her 2020 album Suga. This article from The Root explains the situation and digs into some of the social media drama. Our sincere apologies for mispronouncing Ashaye’s name at the end. As she clarifies in this tweet, the syllables rhyme, people! As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical people. Post or tweet about the show using #CriticallyReading or #TheLibrarycoven. Let us know what you think of the episode, anything we missed, or anything else you want us to know by dropping a line in the comments or reaching out to us on twitter or Instagram (@thelibrarycoven), or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). You can also check out the 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! Please support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Even 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. 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) #LandBack. You can support Indigenous communities by donating to Mitakuye Foundation, Native Women’s Wilderness, or the Navajo Water Project. These suggested places came from @lilnativeboy. 

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    Episode 49: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

    Episode 49: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

    It’s here! Our final episode of Season 3, in which we discuss A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, the 3rd book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. It’s a longer episode…#SorryNotSorry because we have so many thoughts and feelings! We’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming (aka bi-weekly podcasts about a-mah-zing books) starting June 1st, 2021. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get the show so you don’t miss out on some exciting bonus content we’ll be releasing in the meantime (hint hint, author interviews!!) Please consider taking our supporter survey. It should require only 5-10 minutes and it will help us get to know our audience and get your feedback about the content we create. http://bit.ly/LibraryCovenSurvey Content warning for discussions of sexual violence.  In A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre starts out in the Spring court, bringing it to its knees as retribution for every terrible thing that Tamlin did. She escapes back to the Night Court with Lucien so she can get back together with her mate, Rhysand, and help all of Prythian and the human realm take on Hybern, who basically wants to kill everyone. This episode contains major spoilers for books 1-3 of the series. You can check out episode 14 for our ACOTAR chat and episode 21 for our discussion of ACOMAF. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas We won’t be doing episodes about the Throne of Glass series…. Although, we would consider doing Kingdom of Ash ….but only if y’all come out in STORM to request it!! That’s an invitation to email us and/or slide into our DMs to let us know 😉 shoutout to J’s “low stakes” book club!! You know who you are 3 An Jessie doesn’t “do” maps. Kelly loves them. K is watching The Vampire Diaries for the first time and has…thoughts/feelings [there are flip phones! Ian Somerhalder’s “smizing” (term from Tyra Banks)! So much to discuss about race/class/(dis)ability/gender] We reference The Avengers film series, including Spiderman and the first Thor movie. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas The Ouroboros figure has a long history. Some of the oldest examples in Egypt date back to at least the 14th century BCE. K suggests the mirror (aka The Ouroboros in ACOWAR) might be a metaphor for “shadow work,” a concept from Jungian psychology which you can learn more about in this short video. Deus ex machina Does Tamlin need a redemption arc? We have strong opinions on the thread of forgiveness that appears in YA. COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program of the FBI). Here’s a brief video that explains the program. “golden skin”?!?!?!! it’s ambiguous. we have questions. @_litmedown on instagram for an in depth conversation about sex work and colonization, check out The Red Nation episode “The myth of sex work with Esperanza Fonseca and Khara Jabola-Carolous” Jessie recommends Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall In an interview with Gayle King, the artist FKA Twigs shuts down an iteration of the “why didn’t you leave” question often asked of domestic abuse survivors. Here’s a short article about the interview and why the question is a harmful one. “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion is a jam transcripts to come, spring 2021 As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical people. Post or tweet about the show using #criticallyreading or #thelibrarycoven. Let us know what you think of the episode, anything we missed, or anything else you want us to know by dropping a line in the comments or reaching out to us on twitter or Instagram (@thelibrarycoven), or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). You can also check out the 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

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 48: Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

    Episode 48: Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

    Hello, Coven! How is your winter going? We’re excited to bring you a new episode discussing Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland and finishing up the Dread Nation series. If you need a recap of what in the first book, you can check out our episode about Dread Nation! Please consider taking our supporter survey! It should require only 5-10 minutes and it will help us get to know our audience and get your feedback about the content we create. http://bit.ly/LibraryCovenSurvey This episode features some animals trying to make themselves heard in the episode. Sorry not sorry. Now on to the notes! Racist history of gynecology from Wear Your Voice  Anti-Blackness in Asian communities Treatment of Black Indigenous folks like Rebecca Roanhorse An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States The Red Nation podcast A Different Mirror for Young People Glossary regarding ableism in language A Few Red Drops Little Monsters movie Transcript to come Spring 2021 As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical folx. Post or tweet about the show using #criticallyreading or #thelibrarycoven. Let us know what you think of the episode, anything we missed, or anything else you want us to know by dropping a line in the comments or reaching out to us on twitter or Instagram (@thelibrarycoven), or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). You can also check out the 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! Please support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Even 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. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com. 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) #LandBack. You can support Indigenous communities by donating to Mitakuye Foundation, Native Women’s Wilderness, or the Navajo Water Project. These suggested places came from @lilnativeboy. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 47: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

    Episode 47: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

    Please consider taking our supporter survey! It should require only 5-10 minutes and it will help us get to know our audience and get your feedback about the content we create. http://bit.ly/LibraryCovenSurvey Greetings, coven! In this episode we discuss Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, their debut young adult novel. It’s a pretty quick read that deals with some heavy issues in ways that are accessible to younger audiences (i.e., middle grade) as well as teen and adult readers. Pet was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature  – after reading it, we understand why! Content warning for discussions child physical and sexual abuse.  On to some (brief) notes! Kelly highly recommends Emezi’s article “My Spirit Burns Through This Body” (Paris Review, 10 December 2020). “My spirit bends worlds and does things that shouldn’t be possible, not with the way my flesh or this world is set up, but I’m learning that my body is something to be reckoned with as well. It keeps receipts and inevitably claims its debts.” Emezi’s other books include The Death of Vivek Oji, Freshwater, and Dear Senthuran Kelly has been learning from the collection Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from Transformative Justice Movements, edited by Ejeris Dixon and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Check out this short video about the book cover design process Transcript to come Spring 2021 As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical folx. Post or tweet about the show using #criticallyreading or #thelibrarycoven. Let us know what you think of the episode, anything we missed, or anything else you want us to know by dropping a line in the comments or reaching out to us on twitter or Instagram (@thelibrarycoven), or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). You can also check out the 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! Please support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Even 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. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com. 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) #LandBack. You can support Indigenous communities by donating to Mitakuye Foundation, Native Women’s Wilderness, or the Navajo Water Project. These suggested places came from @lilnativeboy.  content warning

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    Episode 46: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

    Episode 46: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

    Hold on to your hats, folks! This fortnight we’re reading The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, the first book in The Broken Earth Trilogy. And no matter how many people talk about their love for this book, it was not our cup of tea! We spent a lot of time being confused, and maybe had more questions than answers in this episode. What are your thoughts on this book? Content Warning for discussions of murder, torture, child abuse, and cannibalism On to the notes, which are quite short this week! The Witcher season 1 – slight spoilers about the timeline in that show K brings up Avatar: The Last Airbender (as she is known to do) AudioShelf – podcast about audiobooks! Transcript to come Spring 2021 As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical folx. Post or tweet about the show using #criticallyreading or #thelibrarycoven. Let us know what you think of the episode, anything we missed, or anything else you want us to know by dropping a line in the comments or reaching out to us on twitter or Instagram (@thelibrarycoven), or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). You can also check out the 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! Please support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Even 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. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com. 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) #LandBack. You can support Indigenous communities by donating to Mitakuye Foundation, Native Women’s Wilderness, or the Navajo Water Project. These suggested places came from @lilnativeboy. 

    • 52 min
    Episode 45: Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

    Episode 45: Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

    In this episode we’re discussing Queen of the Conquered Kacen Callender (they/them), the first book in the Islands of Blood and Storm series. The book takes place in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world and follows our main character, Sigourney, as she makes a bid for power as the only Black person in contention to rule the islands that have been colonized by the white Fjern. When all those in line to the throne are gathered for the storm season and start to be killed off one by one, chaos ensues. As it does. Content warning for discussions of rape and white supremacist violence.  Callender also wrote Felix Ever After. It’s on our TBR! Have you read it yet? Here’s a helpful video outlining the history of colonialism in the Caribbean region. It’s about 40 minutes long, and well worth the watch. Check it out! Want to test your Caribbean geography? Here’s a map quiz. I (K) just took it and got 62% *cringing emoji* Go ahead, learn yourself something. Fjerda, Fjern…notice the similarities? In Norwegian, “fjern” means “far away” or “distant.” K highly recommends Sami Schalk’s work, especially her book Bodyminds Reimagined: Race, (Dis)Ability and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction. And follow Professor Schalk on twitter! (@DrSamiSchalk) Resmaa Menakem’s website. K is slowly working their way through his book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.  Transcript to come Spring 2021 As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical folx. Post or tweet about the show using #criticallyreading or #thelibrarycoven. Let us know what you think of the episode, anything we missed, or anything else you want us to know by dropping a line in the comments or reaching out to us on twitter or Instagram (@thelibrarycoven), or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). You can also check out the 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! Please support our labor by leaving us a one-time tip on Ko-fi or purchasing books from our Bookshop! Even 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. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com. 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) #LandBack. You can support Indigenous communities by donating to Mitakuye Foundation, Native Women’s Wilderness, or the Navajo Water Project. These suggested places came from @lilnativeboy. 

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19 Ratings

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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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I really enjoy the hosts’ analysis. They do a good job breaking down the mechanics of the book and discussing the representation in said books.

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This podcast got me more into young adult fantasy. The people on it are so cool I wanna be their friend! To meet them in real life would be so rad. They have such great insight to each of the books which invites interest & depth of thought. Really competent & warm. 10/10!!!

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