To celebrate International Women's Day, we're taking a look at all the ways we can be terrible to each other...and how we can break the cycles of oppression. Or, we're looking at the debut novel by E. Lockhart, discussing how life on a houseboat with a performance artist mom can prepare you for dating a sociopath and being shunned by the entire sophomore class. Or maybe it's just a really funny book about nihilism. Or maybe...all of the above?
What happens when you're the oldest daughter of a hat-making family, destined for no fairytale adventures and cursed by a glamorous witch? Strike out your own fortune! Lisa Jenn Bigelow, author of Starting from Here and the upcoming Drum Roll, Please, joins us this Frienduary to talk terrible boys with magic powers, the undeniable gift of aging gracefully, and shouting as witchcraft. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones had us laugh, cry, and thank Calcifer we never had J.R.R. Tolkein as a professor.
Happy Frienduary, readers and listeners! Our very first guest, librarian and author Kyle Lukoff, joins us to talk Sara Ryan's debut, Empress of the World. Find out why you should tell on terrible boys and why you shouldn't make creepy crush art while reminiscing about first loves, nerd camp, and bisexual folk music.
Kyle Lukoff teaches kids how to library well, writes fascinating children's books, and decides what books should get a Stonewall Book Award (along with a bunch of other cool people.) His first book, A Storytelling of Ravens, will be published May 1, 2018. You can find him on twitter @Shekels_Library
People are real shitty about queer folks, even queer folks themselves! Battle has shitty judgemental Christian parents! The t-word that Frank-N-Further calls himself gets thrown around in a stupid way! Things that were all too commonplace in the era show up here.
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is the book with Ramona making the Fancy Feast commercial parody
Battle and Nic have their first kiss to this song!
LIBBA HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO US. Now that we have this out of our systems, join us as we close the Gemma Doyle trilogy, talking about our D&D alignments, Paris sapphists, and a light in the dark of winter.
Violence! Gore! Sexual Harassment! Betrayal! This is a rough book, y'all, but it'll turn out well for our intrepid trio.
The Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey
Sunshine and self help every day of the year! Carey and Marie turn back the (rhinestone) clock to 2001 for this fun, funky piece of post-riot-grrl/pre-Tumblr girl empowerment culture. Super Clea (Hantman) and Keva Marie (Dine) invite us to let down our hair and cover it in avocado, kick back in a hand-crafted hammock, and follow our bliss while honoring cool women from the past. After you listen, you'll wanna bedazzle something good for yourself (and bad for the patriarchy.)
Clea Hantman: SuperClea blog
Keva Marie: Keva Dine Agency
Lots of early oughts "isn't this culture so WEIRD and COOL," which comes from a heartfelt place but we can do better in 2018. Approach other cultures with respect and compassion, and we're golden.
Elf Girl by Reverend Jen (Miller)
Living Out Loud by Keri Smith