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Welcome to Women of the World.

This book club reads a book by a female author every month. Our focus is on international writers and "own voices". "Own Voices" is a term coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group.

Anyone interested in great fiction and female authors should join. Many of us get our books from the library, and we make an effort for our books to be as accessible as possible. All genders are welcome. Please note that we maintain a 50 member group exclusively to keep our costs low.

Every 4 months we vote on what we'll be reading for the next 4 months. This means that we vote 3x a year. If you would like to submit books for consideration, please send these directly to the admin & limit your submittal to two. For book submittal guidelines, a schedule of calls for submission, and additional details please see: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CFs2-NFJVEKZpmdArGmsHUE_Pc_0E0sX0Yv_QRvSeOw/edit?usp=sharing

COVID-19 Update: Due to the active pandemic, we are meeting virtually. We meet once a month.

Upcoming events (2)

Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller by Nadia Wassef *IN PERSON*

This meeting will be in-person somewhere in Del Ray/Old Town Alexandria (TBD)


The streets of Cairo make strange music. The echoing calls to prayer; the raging insults hurled between drivers; the steady crescendo of horns honking; the shouts of street vendors; the television sets and radios blaring from every sidewalk. Nadia Wassef knows this song by heart.

In 2002, with her sister, Hind, and their friend, Nihal, she founded Diwan, a fiercely independent bookstore. They were three young women with no business degrees, no formal training, and nothing to lose. At the time, nothing like Diwan existed in Egypt. Culture was languishing under government mismanagement, and books were considered a luxury, not a necessity. Ten years later, Diwan had become a rousing success, with ten locations, 150 employees, and a fervent fan base.

Frank, fresh, and very funny, Nadia Wassef's memoir tells the story of this journey. Its eclectic cast of characters features Diwan's impassioned regulars, like the demanding Dr. Medhat; Samir, the driver with CEO aspirations; meditative and mythical Nihal; silent but deadly Hind; dictatorial and exacting Nadia, a self-proclaimed bitch to work with--and the many people, mostly men, who said Diwan would never work.

Shelf Life is a portrait of a country hurtling toward revolution, a feminist rallying cry, and an unapologetic crash course in running a business under the law of entropy. Above all, it is a celebration of the power of words to bring us home.

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

Needs a location

We will determine in May whether this event will be virtual


The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations. They know better than to ask why the pantry never seems to run low or empty, or why their matriarch won’t ever leave their home in Four Rivers—even for graduations, weddings, or baptisms. But when Orquídea Divina invites them to her funeral and to collect their inheritance, they hope to learn the secrets that she has held onto so tightly their whole lives. Instead, Orquídea is transformed, leaving them with more questions than answers.

Seven years later, her gifts have manifested in different ways for Marimar, Rey, and Tatinelly’s daughter, Rhiannon, granting them unexpected blessings. But soon, a hidden figure begins to tear through their family tree, picking them off one by one as it seeks to destroy Orquídea’s line. Determined to save what’s left of their family and uncover the truth behind their inheritance, the four descendants travel to Ecuador—to the place where Orquídea buried her secrets and broken promises and never looked back

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