A monthly book club discussion from Cafe Con Libros, a Feminist Community Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Brooklyn.
Each month, Kalima DeSuze gets nerdy and intimate while interviewing a community member about their perspective on the book. They also take time to reflect on the book club discussion and share their favorite things about Brooklyn.
Produced by Claire Franjola. Edited by Ryan Cameron.
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.
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."
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".
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.
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.
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.
Caroline joins Kalima for an introspective dialogue about power dynamics in relationships, open communication, and what it means to be “normal”.
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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.