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Wine & Whine// Song of the Hummingbird
Hello, everyone! At our September meetup, we collaborated and decided to plan out the next few meetings so that people can plan ahead with library books, reading time, etc. For November, we will be reading Graciela Limon's "Song of the Hummingbird"! Here's the book description: "From Aztec princess to slave and concubine, Hummingbird—or Huitzitzilin in her native Nahuatl—recounts her life during the Spanish conquest of Mexico. She experienced first-hand the wonder of the gods’ arrival—those bearded, armored men who descended from their vessels on horseback—and the brutal devastation of her land and her people. She witnessed the obliteration of Tenochtitlán and suffered the loss of her identity, being forced to discard her traditional garb, to speak a language foreign to her tongue and to forsake her ancestral gods. Expressing a confidence and freedom that women have strived for centuries to attain, Huitzitzilin passionately relates her tale to Father Benito, the priest who seeks to confess and convert her, to offer an absolution she neither needs nor wants. Instead, she forces him to see the conquest, for the first time, through the eyes of the conquered. In Song of the Hummingbird, Limón pays homage to the pre-Colombian woman, celebrates the endurance of the human spirit in the face of cataclysm and mourns our collective loss of treasure more valuable than all the plundered gold." WHAT TO BRING -The book (if you want to reference it) -A snack or drink to share -Your great ideas! We will be emailing people the address closer to the actual date. :)

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I recently moved (back) to LA and would love to get a group of people together to just chat with about anything from the evolving feminisms of Beyoncé to the hetero dating scripts employed by the producers of The Bachelor. I'm also a grad student who needs an accountability group for reading both things for work and things for fun, preferably over a drink. Hence...drum roll...the aptly named "Wine and Whine // Feminist and Queer Book Club"

If folks are interested, we can all meet at a bar/restaurant to get to know each other and choose a book, location, and meeting schedule. I'm trying to keep it small so the limit may be 10-15 people, but if there's overflow, I can try to get people in touch with each other for spinoff or additional groups. Some titles I would be interested in reading together:

Fiction
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Ministry of Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Kindred (or other works) by Octavia Butler
Monstress (the graphic novel) by Marjorie Liu
A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernández
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Non-fiction
Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed
Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle by Katherine McKittrick
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
The Queer Art of Failure by Jack Halberstam
Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant

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