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Black Feminist & Bookish

Black Feminist & Bookish

By Cafe Con Libros, Bk: An Intersectional Feminist Bookstore & Coffee Shop
A monthly book club discussion from Cafe Con Libros, an Intersectional Feminist Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Brooklyn. Each month, Kalima DeSuze along with a community member, take a deep dive into the Feminist & Bookish subscription pick. Using an intersectional lens, the peer reflects on pressing themes, key takeaways, and the changing face of Feminism.
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Goodbye... for now
It's a bittersweet moment for us here at the Cafe. We're saying goodbye to BFB and hello to new adventures! Keep an eye out for our newest podcast, Leyendo La Diaspora, dropping September 15th and available everywhere you get your podcasts. 
September 12, 2021
"Lobizona" by Romina Garber
In this episode, Kalima and co-host Johanna break down the magical world of Lobizona. Follow along as they discuss belonging, werewolves, and even menstruation! 
August 4, 2021
"The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui
Kalima and co-host Emily discuss the graphic novel's main themes of motherhood and historical consciousness, reflecting on how the main themes have been woven into their own stories. 
May 27, 2021
We're Back!
We know it's been a minute, but "Black Feminist & Bookish" is back! Get ready for an all-new season with host Kalima DeSuze, coming May 26th. 
May 19, 2021
"Interpreter of Maladies"
The podcast episode for the first book club pick 2020 is here!  Sorry again for the interruption in programming. Please join us as we discuss themes of immigration, trauma and ultimate freedom on one's own terms.
May 10, 2020
The Convenience Store Woman
Riveting. Unsettling. Complicated. Triggering.  All adjectives used to describe this book.  I concur.  Please join Anne and me as we reflect on many of the themes presented in this book specifically, what is "normal."
April 20, 2020
Edited: Allyship, Apologies & The Future.
It's been a few months since we've posted an episode.  Before sharing why and begging for your forgiveness, Kalima discusses social responsibility in the time of COVID19.
April 13, 2020
NAME CHANGE: Black Feminist & Bookish
We are excited to announce that "Conversations from the Cafe" will now be "Black Feminist & Bookish". Listen to the teaser to hear why we changed!
February 9, 2020
"Her Body and Other Parties" by Carmen Maria Machado
Our producer, Claire, guest hosts this episode in conversation with Jo about Carmen Maria Machado's collection of genre-bending short stories that challenge traditional writing techniques and her spin on common "tropes".
December 31, 2019
"The Fifth Season" by N.K. Jemisin
Kalima and Shrishti dive into sci-fi and discuss the artful world building and major twists in the first book of a trilogy. (Spoiler Alerts)
December 11, 2019
"The Kiss Quotient" by Helen Hoang
In the book club's second dance with romance, Kathy and Kalima gush over how much they love the explicit Feminist themes of this book and why this is a must read for folx looking for romance outside the traditional normal troupes. Produced & Edited by Ryan Cameron.
November 1, 2019
"The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison
Peter's book selection this month was kismet as the book club grieved the loss of Toni Morrison. In this episode, Kalima & Peter reflect on their own life experiences and confront conflicting empathetic feelings as Morrison's seminal piece dives into topics of race, gender, and intergenerational trauma.
October 1, 2019
"The Proposal" by Jasmine Guillory
Rebekkah and Kalima navigate through their first romance novel and discover the void of black romance authors. *In a previous iteration of this episode, Kalima mentioned meeting Alyssa Cole.  This was a case of mistaken identity.  Kalima met another local author who is also a romance novelists.  She talked passionately about Alyssa's work.  Later, when the community member dropped off Ms. Cole's books, Kalima assumed it was Alyssa Cole.  We apologize for the mistake.
September 21, 2019
"Normal People" by Sally Rooney
Caroline joins Kalima for an introspective dialogue about power dynamics in relationships, open communication, and what it means to be “normal”.  Support small bookstores by ordering this book or ANY book from Cafe Con Libros
August 13, 2019
"Girls & Sex" by Peggy Orenstein
Kalima and Ashleigh discuss the shortcomings of sexual education while addressing the concerns and realities for young women today who are navigating through their sexuality.  Note to listeners that sensitive topics related to sex are discussed. 
June 8, 2019
"The Power" by Naomi Alderman
Kalima & Cristina express their thoughts on what the world would be like if women suddenly obtained a superpower giving them power over men in a new society. 
April 25, 2019
"All About Love: New Visions" by Bell Hook
Kalima & Blessing reflect on the ideas presented by Bell Hooks to love better in romantic relationships, friendships, family, and spiritual connections. 
April 12, 2019
"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante
Kalima and Claire discuss female friendships and how the slew of troubles in a poor neighborhood in 1950s Naples are still relatable today.
March 21, 2019
"The Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes
Kalima, owner of Café Con Libros, talks with book club member, Ma-Nyahn, about the power of saying yes and equally to say no.
February 9, 2019
Conversations From The Café Trailer
Join the book club discussion and get to know our feminist community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn!
February 9, 2019