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Feminist Book Club: The Podcast features interviews with feminist authors, conversations with feminist readers, and readings from contemporary feminist works.

Feminist Book Club: The Podcast Renee M. Powers

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Feminist Book Club: The Podcast features interviews with feminist authors, conversations with feminist readers, and readings from contemporary feminist works.

    59: Megan Angelo, author of Followers

    59: Megan Angelo, author of Followers

    "As technology advances and as we can do more, some of those things may benefit us but we also create a situation and culture where people forget that their bodily autonomy doesn’t have to be bound up in data and science." - Megan Angelo
    Megan Angelo has written about television, film, women and pop culture, and motherhood for publications including The New York Times (where she helped launch city comedy coverage), Glamour (where she was a contributing editor and wrote a column on women and television), Elle, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, and Slate. She is a mother of three and lives in Pennsylvania. Followers is her first novel.
     
    Connect with Megan on Twitter, Instagram, on her website.
     
    Megan's book recommendations: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, The Wives by Tarryn Fisher, and All Adults Here by Emma Straub
     
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    Original music by @iam.onyxrose

    Transcript for this episode: bit.ly/FBCtranscript59
     

    • 36 min
    58: Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop

    58: Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop

    "We tend to denigrate older people in our society, especially older women, and we act as if they’re these silly bitties who are cute, we can pat them on the head and chuckle with them. For me it’s the opposite. Older women are these mountains of strength, they’re who I look up to." - Marjan Kamali
    Marjan Kamali is the author of the novels The Stationery Shop and Together Tea. Born in Turkey to Iranian parents, she has lived in seven countries across five continents. Her first novel was a Massachusetts Book Award finalist, translated into several languages, and adapted for the stage. It follows a mother and daughter as they embark on a return journey to Iran. Her second novel, The Stationery Shop, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as a moving tale of lost love, was one of Newsweek’s Best Summer Reads and one of NPR’s best books of 2019. 
     
    Connect with Marjan on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and on her website.
     
    Marjan's book recommendation: The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames
     
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    I'm Writing You From Tehran by Delphine Minoui
     
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    We donate 5% of all our sales to a different feminist organization each month. Our January charity is Welcoming America.
    Get $5 off your Feminist Book Club Box with the code PODCAST at feministbookclub.com/shop.
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    Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:00pm CST at The Irreverent Bookworm
    We'll be discussing The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya
    RSVP on Facebook
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    Website: http://www.feministbookclub.com
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    Editing support from Phalin Oliver
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose

    Transcript for this episode: bit.ly/FBCtranscript58
     

    • 37 min
    57: Jeannie Vanasco, author of Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl

    57: Jeannie Vanasco, author of Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl

    "I couldn’t imagine how pressing charges would make me feel any better. In some ways, writing the book was my way of holding him accountable." - Jeannie Vanasco
    Jeannie Vanasco is the author of the memoirs Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl and The Glass Eye. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, the New York Times Modern Love section, NewYorker.com, the Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, she now lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University.
     
    Connect with Jeannie on her website.
     
    Jeannie's book recommendation: Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev
    Listen to our episode with Sophia here!
     
    We donate 5% of all our sales to a different feminist organization each month. Our January charity is Welcoming America.
    Get $5 off your Feminist Book Club Box with the code PODCAST at feministbookclub.com/shop.
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    Get $5 off your Feminist Book Club Box with the code PODCAST at feministbookclub.com/shop.
     

    • 37 min
    56: Best Books of 2019

    56: Best Books of 2019

    Renee's top books of 2019
    KNOW MY NAME by Chanel Miller
    I AM YOURS: A SHARED MEMOIR by Reema Zaman (interview)
    THE STATIONERY SHOP by Marjan Kamali
    THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO by Christy Lefteri
    THINGS WE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT WHEN I WAS A GIRL by Jeannie Vanasco
    A WOMAN IS KNOW MAN by Etaf Rum (interview)
    DISAPPEARING EARTH by Julia Phillips (interview)
    SABRINA & CORINA by Kali Fajado-Anstine (interview)
    GOOD TALK by Mira Jacob (interview)
    THE AFFAIRS OF THE FALCÓNS by Melissa Rivero (interview)
    ORDINARY GIRLS by Jaquira Díaz (interview)
     
    Honorable mentions
    THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern
    A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by Ruth Ozeki
    PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee
    BECOMING by Michelle Obama
    HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi
    SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward
    FOLLOWERS by Megan Angelo
    THE BEAUTY OF YOUR FACE by Sahar Mustafah
     
     
    This episode is brought to you in collaboration with the Pay Gap Comedy Tour on December 27 in Saint Paul. Get your tickets here.
     
     
    We donate 5% of all our sales to a different feminist organization each month. Our January charity is Welcoming America.
    Get $5 off your Feminist Book Club Box with the code PODCAST at feministbookclub.com/shop.
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    Website: http://www.feministbookclub.com
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    Goodreads: Renee // Feminist Book Club Box and Podcast
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    Editing support from Phalin Oliver
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose

    Transcript for this episode: bit.ly/FBCtranscript56
     
     
    Get $5 off your Feminist Book Club Box with the code PODCAST at feministbookclub.com/shop.
     

    • 22 min
    55: Grace Talusan, author of The Body Papers

    55: Grace Talusan, author of The Body Papers

    "This is why it’s so important for immigrants and feminists to tell our own stories. If we don’t, someone will tell a story about us for their own purposes." - Grace Talusan
    Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. A graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine, she is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University for 2019–2021. The Body Papers, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, is her first book.
     
    Connect with Grace on Instagram, Twitter, and her website.
     
    Grace's book recommendation: Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger, edited by Lilly Dancyger
     
    This episode is brought to you in collaboration with Leonetti Confetti.
    We donate 5% of all our sales to a different feminist organization each month. Our January charity is Welcoming America.
    Get $5 off your Feminist Book Club Box with the code PODCAST at feministbookclub.com/shop.
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    Website: http://www.feministbookclub.com
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    Transcript for this episode: bit.ly/FBCtranscript55
     
    Get $5 off your Feminist Book Club Box with the code PODCAST at feministbookclub.com/shop.
     

    • 36 min
    54: Meg Niesen, owner of The Irreverent Bookworm

    54: Meg Niesen, owner of The Irreverent Bookworm

    "One of the reasons why I love used books so much is the connection to the person who held the book before you." - Meg Niesen
    Meg Niesen is the owner of The Irreverent Bookworm, an independent, woman and family-owned bookstore on the corner of 52nd St. and Bloomington Ave in South Minneapolis. The Irreverent Bookworm is a warm, welcoming space that encourages literacy and love for the written word throughout our diverse community of friends, neighbors, and fellow bookworms everywhere. They carry a thoughtfully curated selection of high-quality used and new titles, gift items, and other discretionary oddities.
     
    Connect with Meg and The Irreverent Bookworm on Instagram @irrevbooks, Facebook, and their website.
    Support The Irreverent Bookworm on Libro.fm.
     
    BOOKS MENTIONED:
    84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
    Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
    Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
    Divergent series by Veronica Roth
    The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
    Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke
    Midwestern Strange by B.J. Hollars
    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix
     
    This episode is brought to you in collaboration with All Are Welcome Here.
    Get $5 off your Feminist Book Club Box with the code PODCAST at feministbookclub.com/shop.
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    Transcript for this episode: bit.ly/FBCtranscript54
     
    Get $5 off your Feminist Book Club Box with the code PODCAST at feministbookclub.com/shop.
     

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