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by Haley Cowans: an editor, former bookseller, and secret writer of unpublished fiction, essays, and  poems.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

 

 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7pm
How Long 'til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

"The most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer of her generation... Jemisin seems able to do just about everything."
―New York Times

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How Long 'til Black Future Month?


Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 7pm
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

“A founding epic in the vein of Virgil’s Aeneid . . . though in its sprawling size, its flavor of picaresque comedy and its fusion of family lore with national politics it more resembles Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.”
The Wall Street Journal

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The Old Drift


Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 7pm
Lake Like a Mirror by Ho Sok Fong (Translator: Natascha Bruce)

By an author described by critics as “the most accomplished Malaysian writer, full stop," Lake Like a Mirror is a scintillating exploration of the lives of women buffeted by powers beyond their control.

"These tales follow different women whose lives are shaped and twisted by forces beyond their control. Atmospheric and occasionally dreamlike."
Stylist

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Lake Like a Mirror


Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 7pm
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar

From the pen of one of Iran’s rising literary stars, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is a family story about the unbreakable connection between the living and the dead. Set in Iran in the decade following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, this moving, richly imagined novel is narrated by the ghost of Bahar, a thirteen-year-old girl, whose family is compelled to flee their home in Tehran for a new life in a small village, hoping in this way to preserve both their intellectual freedom and their lives.

“Azar’s narrative exudes fairy tale charm driven by moments of deep connection that ultimately celebrate human and humane bonds unbroken even in death.” ―Booklist

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The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree


Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 7pm
The Seep by Chana Porter

A blend of searing social commentary and speculative fiction, Chana Porter’s fresh, pointed debut explores a strange new world in the wake of a benign alien invasion.
 
“In Porter’s surreal, introspective debut, a benevolent alien invasion leads humanity into a utopia, exploring themes of grief and discontentment within a seemingly perfect world . . . Readers will delight in the eerie disquietude and optimism of this well-calibrated what-if.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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The Seep


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

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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