Category: Social Justice

Have you read this? Joyce Zonana’s Brilliant analysis of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

In her 1975 manifesto, “The Laugh of the Medusa,” French feminist Hélène Cixous urges women to write: “Writing is for you, you are for you; your body is yours, take it. . . . Women must write through their bodies, they must invent the…

Hear, hear: Check out Halli Casser-Jayne’s podcast for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Halli Casser-Jayne is an engaging and insightful interviewer. In honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day last week she interviewed two talented authors of historical fiction about their most recent books: New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff (The Orphan’s Tale) and Jessica Shattuck (The Women…

Tracy Chevalier, Shakespeare and the merits of historical fiction

Chevalier, like me, never set out to write historical fiction. In her talk, however, she shared some of the reasons why she was (and is) drawn to write about the past.

Not your typical book club

Over the Christmas holidays, while lounging at my in-laws’ home in Northern California, I saw a Facebook post about the Amnesty International Book Club. Intrigued, I clicked on the link and quickly signed up to go “beyond the book.”

A Movement Needs A Song by Esther Nelson

I’m back in Las Cruces, New Mexico, spending the break between semesters in the spot where I plan to eventually retire.  When I was here last summer (2016), I visited the Unitarian Universalist Church so decided to join the people gathered there on Christmas…

Listening to “Come Sunday” on the eve of Martin Luther King Day

“Come Sunday” was written by Duke Ellington in the blistering heat of the civil rights era, in 1965, and his song bears the terrible weight of history as he–and his people–were living it.

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