Folks, we’re delighted to announce the launch of the Geek Feminism Book Club, dedicated to:
- geek discussions of feminist books,
- feminist discussion of geek books, and
- geek feminist discussions of books!
Our immediate models are (for this author, who is lowbrow) the Hairpin’s Classic Trash feature, and (for Mary, who is not) Crooked Timber’s much weightier Susanna Clarke seminar. Other inspirations include the late, lamented Racialicious Octavia Butler book club and the literary discussions hosted by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I expect we will meet somewhere in the middle…
In any case, it’ll work like this. Each month, starting this month, we’ll pick a title together. A month later – to give participants time to get and read the book – we’ll open a thread for discussion. We’ll try to include books available under CC licenses and/or available in electronic formats. If the community picks a book that can’t be had except for cash, we’ll set up a scholarship fund to try to ensure open access.
Here are some of the books we’ve thought about for the kickoff on Thursday February 28th. Vote for your favorite below! Suggestions always welcome!
- Biella Coleman, Coding Freedom
- bell hooks, Writing Beyond Race
- Ursula Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
- Sarah Schulman, The Gentrification of the Mind
- Gail Simone, Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection
ETA: The voting period is over, and we have a tie! Full results are here, but to summarize: Le Guin and Simone both got 14 votes, hooks 9, Coleman 8 and Schulman 7. I suggest we start with (drumroll):
The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas on Thursday February 28th
and then read
Batgirl, Vol. 1 on Thursday March 25th.
In fact, since there was so much enthusiasm for all five titles, what about reading the hooks in April, and so on? We can have another vote when we work our way through these five.
(Oskar, you’re right, we should definitely try that polling thing. Making spreadsheets by hand feels very second-wave…)