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by Haley Cowans: an editor, former bookseller, and secret writer of unpublished fiction, essays, and  poems.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

 

 


Thursday, October 20, 6pm
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Leguin

When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered.

Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters.

Desperation causes the Athsheans, led by Selver, to retaliate against their captors, abandoning their strictures against violence. But in defending their lives, they have endangered the very foundations of their society. For every blow against the invaders is a blow to the humanity of the Athsheans. And once the killing starts, there is no turning back.

 

The Word for World is Forest, by Ursula K. Leguin


PAST PICKS FOR THE FEMINIST SCI-FI BOOKCLUB,
CURATED BY HALEY COWANS

September 2022: Scattered All Over The Earth

 

Scattered All Over The Earth, by Yoko Tawada

August 2022: Famous Men Who Never Lived

 

Famous Men Who Never Lived, by K Chess

July 2022: Frankissstein

Frankisstein by Jeanette Winterson

May 2022: Soft Science

Soft Science, by Franny Choi

April 2022: Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu

 

March 2022: The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter

The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter

February 2022: Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata 

February 2020: The Deep by Rivers Solomon

The Deep

January 2020: Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker
 Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea

December 2019: The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Power

November 2019: The Female Man by Joanna Russ
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October 2019: The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington
 Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington

September 2019: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
In Other Lands

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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