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by Haley Cowans: an editor, former bookseller, and secret writer of unpublished fiction, essays, and  poems.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.

 

 


March 26, 2019, 7pm: This month's pick is 
The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich.

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"The book feels written in a fever; it is breathless, scary, and like nothing I've ever read before. Krilanovich's work will make you believe that new ways of storytelling are still emerging from the margins." ―NPRthe-orange-eats-creeps-paperback-bookclub.jpg


April 23, 2019, 7pm: This month's pick is 
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

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Parable of the Sower is a dystopian classic of terror and hope-the story of an African American teenage girl trying to survive in an all-too-real future-from the "grand dame" of science fiction, Octavia E. Butler. Chilling and thought-provoking for adult and young adult readers alike, "...there isn't a page in this vivid and frightening story that fails to grip the reader" (San Jose Mercury News).


May 28, 2019, 7pm: This month's pick is 
The Wilds by Julia Elliott.

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"Remarkable . . . [Elliott's] dark, modern spin on Southern Gothic creates tales that surprise, shock, and sharply depict vice and virtue." —Publishers Weekly, starred review


PAST PICKS:

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
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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. 
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September 2018: An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, published by Akashic. 
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August 28, 2018The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell, published by Two Dollar Radio. 
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July 19, 2018: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
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