On Wednesday 5th July sixteen people gathered in our shop to discuss literature and feminism. FREADOM came from an idea to host a friendly, open and fun book group that could focus on discussing women in literature.
Each month, FREADOM will recommend books to read before the next meeting. These will be a mixture of non-fiction and fiction, poetry and prose, and will be written by a diverse range of authors – although we will mostly feature women and non-binary writers. Then, it’s up to you to choose what you read! We hate the feeling of not having time to do your homework, so instead, we discuss books thematically, comparing them with current affairs, articles, viral threads and memes. The nature of FREADOM means that you can join in at any time – so if you missed our first meeting don’t worry.
In the first meeting, we discussed how the internet has affected women writers, and talked about self-publishing in particular. Rupi Kaur, author of poetry collection Milk and Honey published her collection of poetry firstly through Amazon’s self-publishing platform, ‘Create Space’. Some excellent points were made, including one FREADOM-goer raising the point that in order to avoid ‘the literary canon’, self-publishing could be an interesting route for new writers – it avoids the seemingly old-fashioned literary scene that could often be described as stale, pale, and male.
After the discussion, we talked about the recommended books for August. There was a great deal of excitement around the books, with most people taking home at least one new read, and some people even taking home two!
The recommended books for August are:
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
The Vegetarian by Han Kang (trans. Deborah Smith)
Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
So as said above, feel free to read any, all or none of these books, and we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on 2 August at 6pm, at Blackwell’s Bookshop at Crown Place, Liverpool.
Find the link to our Facebook event page here.