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Mother, Daughter, Collaborators (Plus the Book That Changed the World of Food): The Lappés

Extraordinary mothers, extraordinary daughters: together, they can change the world. Frances and Anna Lappé prove that, when it comes to visionary thought and action, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Frances “changed how we eat”…
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"We Read in Order to Come to Life": Grief, Joy, and the Magic of Literary Form

How do writers assemble words in a way that lifts them beyond their literal meaning to speak what can’t really be said? These three writers are masters. In her novel Checkout 19, Claire-Louise Bennett (whose words are quoted in this program’s…
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The Secrets of Being an Extraordinary Woman: Three Authors on Ambition, Adventure, and Equality

Who says women can’t have it all? Get inspired by a powerful trio from Finland, Iceland, and the United States whose new books radically redefine pathways to happiness and a better society. In her research-based book, Lara Bazelon liberates…
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Let Her Tell It: Black Women Writing on the Body and Mind

Many Black women have a complex relationship with their bodies. Historically their bodies have been racialized, hypersexualized, exoticized, abused, exploited for labor and othered. Stressors in their lives affects physical and mental health.…
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Picturing a Life: Graphic Memoirs

Blockbuster works like Fun Home, Maus, and Persepolis have made it clear that graphic memoirs are a game-changer in the world of literature. What makes this literary genre–-blending the disciplines of cinema, writing, and visual art—so gripping?…
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Talking Single Motherhood, Community, and Black Girl Magic with Novelist Jayne Allen

Single mothers: they’ve been stigmatized, sidelined, and called superheroes and saints—sometimes in the same breath. Novelist Jayne Allen, with Black Girls Must be Magic, gives us a portrait of single motherhood by choice that upends all…
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Shine Bright: Black Women in Pop Music

From formerly enslaved poet Phyllis Wheatley to Mahalia Jackson to Tina Turner, brilliant Black women have been instrumental—indeed, foundational—in creating one of America’s most significant cultural contributions: its pop music. One…
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Collective Book Studio Presents: Mother's Day

Call up your mom, your grandma, your daughters, and your friends, and make plans to meet up for this heartfelt and funny session about the joys and absurdities of modern motherhood. In Where'd I Go?, Raquel Kelley has created a lift-the-flap…
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Werewolves and Monster Slayers: Transforming Horror in YA

If you’re dying to read about a rag-tag team of powerful young women with a side of killer fun, you’re in the right place. In Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s graphic novel debut Squad, Becca longs to be popular at her new school, and winds up finding…
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Writer to Writer: Written on the Body

Bodies in motion and at rest, bodies in ecstasy or in pain, bodies in solitude or in relation to others—how do writers represent the physicality of the human body, in all its frailty and its grace? That’s one of the questions we’ll explore…