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bookgazing ([personal profile] bookgazing) wrote2012-01-30 01:35 pm

A New Year of Feminist Classics and the Indie Lit Awards GLBTQ Shortlist

There are a couple of projects I’d like to mention quickly, because I’m involved in them and this blog is nothing if not all about me : D

I’m sure lots of you took part in 2011’s ‘Year of Feminist Classics’. If you did hopefully you’ll want to play along again and if you didn’t, perhaps you’d like to add a feminist reading project to your 2012 schedule. This year a host and a group of co-hosts will read and talk about one book every month, starting in February. Check out the list of books below to see what the group will be discussing:

February: ‘Feminism is for Everybody’ - bell hooks (Amy)
March: ‘The Book of the City of Ladies’ - Christine De Pizan (Jean)
April: Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity - Julia Serano (Cass)
May: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë read alongside Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys (Iris)
June: Stone Butch Blues - Leslie Feinberg (Emily)
July: Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (Nancy)
August: The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison (Lauren)
September: Borderlands/La Frontera - Gloria Anzaldua (Melissa)
October: The Feminine Mystique - Betty Friedan (Jodie)
November: Beyond the Veil - Fatema Mernissi (Ana)
December: Women, Race, and Class - Angela Davis (Emily Jane)
January 2013 – Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practising Solidarity by Chandra Talpade Mohanty (Eva)

You can read all twelve (ohho, aren’t you ambitious?), less than twelve, or if you’ve got a spot of time for a just one feminist classic in, oh, I don’t know, let’s say October, you can join in for the one readalong. Whatever your participation level you’ll be very welcome. Full details at the ‘Year of Feminist Classics’ website.

The Indie Lit Awards Shortlists have been also been announced and here are the books I’ll be reading for the GLBTQ panel.

’Well With My Soul’- Gregory Allen
’Swimming to Chicago’ - David Matthew Barnes
’Songs of the New Depression’ - Kergan Edwards-Stout
’Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender’ - Nick Krieger
’Huntress’ - Malinda Lo

I’d read ‘Huntress’ before this list was finalised and you can read my review of it at ladybusiness.

Happy week everyone – January blues time is almost over!