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by Haley Cowans: an editor, former bookseller, and secret writer of unpublished fiction, essays, and  poems.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

 

 


 

July 23, 2019, 7pm: This month's pick is
Mars: Stories by Asja Bakić.

"Bosnian writer Bakic’s debut teems with the oddball narratives of George Saunders, the eerie atmosphere of Edgar Allan Poe, and the feminist intellect of Marge Piercy. . . . Told in a straightforward manner that transports speculative fiction into almost realist territory, Bakic’s collection imaginatively and strikingly examines sci-fi tropes from not only the point of view of women, but also from the voice of an effortlessly gifted writer whose future is much brighter than that of those depicted in her stories." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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August 27, 2019, 7pm: This month's pick is 
The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza

"As lyrical as a poem ('Look at this: your knees. They are used for kneeling upon reality, also for crawling, terrified. You use them to sit on a lotus flower and say goodbye to the immensity') and as fantastic as a fairy tale, Rivera Garza's gorgeous, propulsive novel will haunt readers long after it's finished." —Publishers Weekly, [starred review]

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The Taiga Syndrome


PAST PICKS:

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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