What we're about

This group is a safe space for queer/lesbian/bisexual/questioning women (including trans and/or non-binary women). Wine and Whine meets once a month over food and drinks to discuss a book with queer or feminist themes. We enjoy chatting about about anything from the evolving feminisms of Beyoncé, to the hetero dating scripts employed by the producers of The Bachelor. This is a supportive group to dish on your dating life or tell us how your work is going.

We usually meet at a member's home or at a restaurant, so each meeting is limited to 10-15 people. A donation of $2 per meeting is suggested to help cover the costs of staying on Meetup.

Some titles we have read or are interested in reading:

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

Upcoming events (2)

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Barnsdall Art Park

$2.00

The book for May will be Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta. Its chosen by all those who participated in the poll for this month and next month's book. Please read and come with yummy dish/drink for potluck to discuss and chill. Please either bring cash or venmo account to pay for $2:00 donation for the bookclub. Here is the short description: Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly. Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie. As Edwidge Danticat has made personal the legacy of Haiti's political coming of age, Okparanta's Under the Udala Trees uses one woman's lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope — a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Los Angeles

$2.00

June's book will be Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. Please come prepared with read material, potluck dish/drink and cash/venmo for meetup on the selected date and time. We will announce address closer to the date. Here is the description of the chosen book: Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

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AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Barnsdall Art Park

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