Books & Bites
We’re entering a time of year that can be full of celebration and abundance, but also one that can be stressful and challenging. Join F.L.O.W. from 10am-1pm on December 2nd, 16th, and 23rd, for Books & Bites: free feminist reads and free vegan eats. Bring a reusable container (or a few!) and come fill up with a few servings of home-cooked vegan food to take with you and put in the fridge or freezer for days when it’s hard to make time to cook or when you just need a little extra nourishment. While you’re here browse our shelves for helpful reads to steady you or keep you company on your travels, and sign up for a free F.L.O.W. library card if you haven’t already. You can check out as many books as you want, for as long as you want!
Rad Reads for December
If you’re traveling soon, you might want to check out our selection of anthologies of literature and poetry--easy to browse in small doses, lots of different treasures to sample. The 1991 volume Piece of My Heart: A Lesbian of Colour Anthology, edited by Jamaican-Canadian writer Makeda Silvera, contains a variety of personal writing by women from many different backgrounds on subjects like coming out, organizing, and desire. Or there’s the short fiction collection What Did Miss Darrington See? An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Fiction, edited by fantasy writer Jessica Salmonson and published in 1989, full of rare and spooky tales from writers of generations past. Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women was published in 2016 and edited by Erika M. Martínez, filled with short stories, personal essays, novel excerpts, and memoir pieces by both new and established writers, some translated into English for the first time.
Essays can be another great genre when you’re on the move, or when you need something to occupy your thoughts in shorter intervals. On our shelves right now are writer and activist Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me and The Mother of All Questions, along with writer, activist, and teacher Audre Lorde’s A Burst of Light and Other Essays. We also have a whole section devoted to travel writing, including pilot Beryl Markham’s 1942 West With The Night (which apparently made Ernest Hemingway say he was “completely ashamed of [himself] as a writer”) and Ben Montgomery’s 2014 chronicle of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, about the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone--in 1955, a 67-year-old grandmother named Emma Gatewood.
New titles we’ve added to our shelves include two 2018 publications from Haymarket Press by artists and activists in Chicago: Black Queer Hoe, by Britteney Black Rose Kapri, “a refreshing, unapologetic intervention into ongoing conversations about the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation”; and On My Way to Liberation, by H. Melt, which “follows a gender nonconforming body moving through the streets of Chicago. From the sex shop to the farmers market, the family dinner table to the bookstore, trans people are everywhere, though often erased. Writing towards a trans future, H. Melt envisions a world where trans people are respected, loved and celebrated every day.” You might also want to check our theater section for WCCW community member and friend of F.L.O.W. Meg Whiteford’s 2015 play The Shapes We Make With Our Bodies. If you’re looking for Rebecca Traister’s brand-new Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, it’s currently on our shelves in the politics section.
Our next monthly volunteer meeting will be Thursday, December 6th from 7-9pm at the WCCW. Join us first for potluck and then for discussion of the latest opportunities to help F.L.O.W. grow; all are welcome! We’ll meet in January on the 10th. You can also come to the Edendale branch of the Los Angeles Public Library on December 15th, from 12-3pm for a free zine-making workshop. If you’re hosting an event or programming in a space you think would be a good fit for F.L.O.W., please send us an email at email@example.com