Or, "Word After Word: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Book Club" — "Speculative fiction" (science fiction, fantasy, horror) has always been a vehicle for writers to explore identity, social inequality, the strangeness of the world, and the hopes and fears for the future. In this monthly book club we'll be reading works of speculative fiction by women and nonbinary writers, discussing the ways these works make us think, feel, and reflect on reality.

haley-cowans-feminist-sci-fi-bookclub-headshot.jpgHosted by Haley Cowans: an editor, former bookseller, and secret writer of unpublished fiction, essays, and  poems. She has worked on various projects with Two Dollar Radio and also enjoys volunteering at Thurber House. Her lifelong obsessions include Joan of Arc, animated film, and browsing staff recommendations at bookstores. Her most recent obsession is her adopted cat Lulu.

 

 


September 24, 2019, 7pm: This month's pick is 
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

"Four years in the life of an unloved English schoolboy who’s invited to a secret magical school and learns that even in fantasyland, real life is messier than books. . . . But over the course of four years training among child soldiers, Elliot, unsurprisingly, grows up. His slow development into a genuinely kind person is entirely satisfying, as is his awakening to his own bisexuality and to the colonialism, sexism, and racism of Borderlands society. . . . A stellar . . . wholly rewarding journey." 
―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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In Other Lands

October 22, 2019, 7pm: This month's pick is 
The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington

"Her stories are vivid, funny and surprisingly fresh...[combining] satire with surrealist situations to deftly mock the pomposity of organized religion, sexual repression or the endless forms of bureaucratic hypocrisy and ineptitude." —The New York Times
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Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington

 

November 26, 2019, 7pm: This month's pick is 
The Female Man by Joanna Russ

“A work of frightening power, but it is also a work of great fictional subtlety. . . . It should appeal to all intelligent people who look for exciting ideation, crackling dialogue, provocative fictional games-playing in their reading.” —Douglas Barbour, Toronto Star
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December 17, 2019, 7pm: This month's pick is 
A Stranger in Olandria by Sofia Samatar

“It’s the rare first novel with no unnecessary parts – and, in terms of its elegant language, its sharp insights into believable characters, and its almost revelatory focus on the value and meaning of language and story, it’s the most impressive and intelligent first novel I expect to see this year, or perhaps for a while longer.” —Locus
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PAST PICKS:

August 2019: The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza
The Taiga Syndrome

July 2019: Mars: Stories by Asja Bakić
Mars stories

June 2019: Radio Iris
Radio Iris

May 2019: The Wilds by Julia Elliott
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April 2019: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
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February 2019: The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich
BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE, OR IN THE STORE.
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January 2019: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE, OR IN THE STORE.
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January 2019: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE, OR IN THE STORE.
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December 2018: Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link, published by Small Beer Press. 
BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE, OR IN THE STORE.
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November 2018: Not Dark Yet by Berit Ellingsen, published by Two Dollar Radio. 
BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE, OR IN THE STORE.
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October 2018: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. 
BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE, OR IN THE STORE.
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September 2018: An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, published by Akashic. 
BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE, OR IN THE STORE.
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August 28, 2018The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell, published by Two Dollar Radio. 
BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE, OR IN THE STORE.
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July 19, 2018: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE, OR IN THE STORE.
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