Joanna Measer Kanow’s debut novel, EcoQueen was released on Earth Day, 2021. Focusing on the adventures of Kora, a biracial teenage girl who is adopted in the US, the novel focuses on the dangers and repercussions of climate change while also providing hope. I interviewed Joanna on her novel, her career as an environmental activist, the dangers and solutions of climate change, and her non-profit, Seas of Trees, which will receive the proceeds for the sale of the novel.
I have always associated April with sunshine and new beginnings. I am from India and from the Bengali ethnolinguistic group that celebrates the Bengali new year in the middle of April (it fell on April 15th in this year). In the US, spring is associated with new beginnings, gardening, hikes, and spring cleaning. After living in the US for nearly a decade, I realize that I have accumulated enough things to do a proper extensive spring cleaning, although I have done it every year. Here are some tips for s sustainable and eco-friendly spring cleaning.
March may have been Black History Month but we at FBC think that we should read books by Black authors all year-round. With everything that is going on, sometimes I find it difficult to read an average 300-page novel. When that happens, I often read graphic novels. They are often around 150 pages, easy to read, and always gorgeous. Here is a list of graphic novels either by a Black author or featuring a Black protagonist. What graphic novels would you like to add to this list?
Girlhood: Teens Around the World in Their Own Voices edited by Masuma Ahuja is the compilation of the lives of thirty teenage girls from twenty-seven countries and six continents. This book is important in filling this gap. Not only do we get a glimpse of the everyday life of a teenage girl but Ahuja also contextualizes that country’s social, political, and economic aspects to provide a complete understanding.
What does self-love/self-care look for you? Candles, a warm relaxing bath, cooking an elaborate meal, mindfulness, or journaling? I believe that it is important to love myself before I can love anyone else. There are some books that I re-read when I am either in a reading slump or I want to remind myself that I am doing the best and that happiness is achievable.
Elatose is Darcie Little Badger’s debut novel. This speculative fiction/mystery book features 17-year-old Elatsoe (Ellie for short) who lives in an America that has vampires and fae folks. She can raise the dead, a skill passed on from generations of Lipan Apache. She investigates the murder of her cousin while accompanied by the ghost of her pet dog, Kirby, her family, and her friend.
What Kind of Woman is Kate Baer’s debut collection of poems. Written in the vein of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace, the poems stretch from five lines to a page and a half. Her poems can be found on her Instagram page. She also does blackout poetry where she blacks out words from comments and messages and posts them on her profile.
Vermillion Ink Press is a literary multimedia collective and publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from underrepresented voices. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota , it seeks to “increase empathy, foster discussion, and cultivate community through the power of the written word.” The Feminist Book Club partnered with Vermilion Ink Press for December 2020. We interviewed Jordyn Taylor, the founder of Vermillion Ink; she is a writer, editor, and publisher living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The new year is synonymous with resolutions, but with the craziness that 2020 has been, I need slightly different resolutions. Apart from my regular resolutions of being grateful, taking better care of myself including my own faults, and being less stubborn, I decided on a few bookish resolutions. I asked FBC members what their bookish resolutions are and what books they are most excited to read in 2021. I ended up with a bigger TBR (to-be-read) pile but buying books in 2021 doesn’t count, right? Hopefully, I can use my local library to check them out.
The War Widow by Tara Moss is a historical fiction noir detective story set in Sydney in 1946. The titular character is Billie Walker, a private investigator, who is glamorous, a feminist, and is equally comfortable confronting criminals and dancing at a club. The novel focuses on how Billie tracks the son of European immigrants who own a fur shop and how that is connected to an auction house and a high-end dance club.
In early December, Feminist Book Club Members had the opportunity to discuss Braiding Sweetgrass, our November book of the month, with the author, Robin Wall Kimmerer. The discussion was raw, poignant, and cathartic at a time when we are all looking for hope and solutions to the biggest problems surrounding us. This post has some of the highlights of that conversation.
Feminist Book Club blog contributors are working together to create posts as an “Educate & Activate” series. In this post, "Third Wave Feminism" was defined, a historical context was provided and additional resources to learn more were given.