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Book Discussion: "Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak..."

For our next vegan book group we'll discuss Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society, by A. Breeze Harper. This book was selected because it is likely to offer a variety of content unfamiliar to many of us and to raise our awareness of the Black Females' experience of veganism.

We'll discuss the book in its entirety at this meetup; however, the book is comprised of essays, reflections, poems, etc., so if you don't have time to read the whole book, just read a few of the short writings that interest you. And if you don't have time to read any of the book that's okay too, please feel free to join us regardless.

FYI: Bookshop Santa Cruz ordered a few copies of the book just for us! Ask an employee to direct you to the book group section. Then when you checkout, don't forget to mention that you are with the Friendly Vegans Book Club as you'll get 10% off the book!!

Synopsis of the Book:
Sistah Vegan is a unique gathering of reflections, poems, personal narratives, and critical essays from a diverse community of North American black-identified vegans who describe their many and varied motivations for deciding not to eat animal products. However, Sistah Vegan goes way beyond discussions of diet and lifestyle to examine veganism's intersection with race, nutrition, gender-identification, animal rights, spirituality, health and healing, body image, parenting, and personal and collective liberation. Thought-provoking, challenging, passionate, and affirming in its identification and dismantling of environmental racism, ecological devastation, and other social injustices.

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  • Jayne

    It was a pleasure to meet everyone, thanks for organizing this and good discussions!

    January 13, 2013

  • Madeleine

    Hi all, I enjoyed the meet up and the book discussion very much! Unfortunately, not everyone had a chance to get/read the book, however I still thought it was a good discussion of various issues.

    January 13, 2013

  • Janie

    oh geeze, if my yes turns to no in the morning, we are both feeling really out of sorts tonite. we don't want to spread anything with that flu going around. possible it was food poisoning tonite, but i rather doubt it as i have sore throat. we will see... bummer.

    January 12, 2013

    • Curtis

      I don't know if I can make it. I picked up some food poisoning. Irony can be cruel sometimes.

      January 13, 2013

  • Janie

    got the last book! the store said the distributor is out. would take a couple weeks to try to find used copies. asked julie to contact them if more are wanted....thanks madeline for the online references. sending to my daughter and family, as well as friends back east.

    January 6, 2013

    • Julie

      Glad you found a copy! Yes, I believe it is no longer in print but I was happy Bookshop Santa Cruz could get the copies they did.

      January 8, 2013

  • Julie

    Awesome!! Looks like we'll have a good discussion after all! And it looks like Lisa and Curtis have signed-up recently.
    Curtis and Lisa please know we'd love to have you join us even if you don't get a chance to read the book. This is an open discussion and there are always a few who don't read the book.

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • Julie

    HI All,

    I'm hoping most of you who have signed up can actually come as this is a small group this time.
    If you can't make it please update your RSVP so I can consider changing the date if need be.

    January 5, 2013

    • Radha V.

      I'll be there, though not having read the book, I'll be listening more than talking. (How unusual for me!)

      January 5, 2013

    • Julie C.

      Hi Julie, I'm planning to attend. I'm about 1/2 through the book and should have most, if not all of it done by next Sunday. I'm really enjoying it! Julie C.

      January 6, 2013

  • Madeleine

    I've got the book and am almost done. Would loan to anybody if that helps! I plan to be there on the 13th but could also do a later date. If you don't plan on getting the book, the Vegans of Color blog on the web has similar writings.

    January 6, 2013

  • Janie

    i have not bought book yet. are they still sold out? will try to see if sold anyplace else. if i cannot find the book, i would not come, unless postponed long enough to get from amazon. will promise to put as priority, amongst all my other priorities of late:)

    January 5, 2013

  • Radha V.

    A small group can be a good group.

    January 5, 2013

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