LOOKING FOR gift ideas for the feminists in your life? How about some inspired suggestions for Conscious & Artivist gift-giving … while supporting community-based places?
Today’s show is all about those Last Minute gifts… for Christmas, Kwanzaa or Dia los Reyes. Or maybe even belated gifts … if you’re still shopping for Hannukah or Solstice! Either way we’ve got you covered.
All this on this week’s Feminist Magazine with your hosts: Lynn Harris Ballen and Teka Lark Fleming - THIS is what Feminism Sounds Like!
AND Here’s the List… (Plus, also Check Out our amazing Music gift ideas from friends of the show!)
HAND-PICKED BOOKS, from Elisa Sol Garcia of Espacio 1839, in Boyle Heights:
∞ Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by a local SoCal teacher Isabel Quintero - an amazing and honest YA book taking on issues of Latina & queer identity, body image, addiction, sexuality, and one girl’s hopeful struggle to find herself through poetry & friendship.
∞ A de Activista An ABC board book written (in this Spanish version) by Martha E. Gonzalez, profesora & lead singer of Quetzal. Originally written & illustrated in English by Innosanto Nagara - the first edition of this book was crowdfunded with lots of support & is an amazing gift “for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.”
∞ Massacre of the Dreamers by Ana Castillo - 20th anniversary edition of a Xicana feminist classic that was out of print - “gives voice to Mexic Amerindian women silenced for hundreds of years by the dual censorship of being female and indigenous. Castillo replaced the term “Chicana feminism” with “Xicanisma” to include mestiza women on both sides of the border.”
∞ Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz SELECTED WORKS (translated by Edith Grossman) - a wonderful new translation if you already know the work of Sor Juana - ‘first feminist of the Americas.’ Or a great intro to learning more about this poet, astronomer & rebel, in her in her own words.
… or Community GIFT IDEAS
from Sister Renee Quarles of SHADES OF AFRIKA
Give children’s books by local authors like ∞ Akua Agusi - Queen Nzingha.
Or ∞ Malcolm Little by Malcolm X’s daughter, IIyasah Shabazz.
how about Activities Books like ∞ Crystal Swain-Bates’ - Cody & Jay or ∞ Ty Allan Jackson’s - The Super Dupa Kid. Plus check out local & hand made gifts by Vicky the Doll Lady of Compton & Beaded Necklaces by Sistah Lee of Los Angeles.
BOOKS your Feminist friends will love,
from Jenne Witte of F.L.O.W & Skylight Books :
∞ Elena Ferrante My Brilliant Friend: The first book of her four part autobiographical fiction masterpiece. I can only describe these as perfect, like diamonds, girls, best friends.
∞ Emily Hughes Wild: A picture book for boys and girls that beautifully illustrates that “you cannot tame a thing so happily wild.”
∞ Jacqueline Woodson Brown Girl Dreaming: the story of the author’s experience coming of age as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, and finding her place in the world. Brown Girl Dreaming is incredibly powerful and will open doors and windows for all kinds of kids.
∞ Kathryn Harrison Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured: “A controversial writer goes down the path of Shakespeare, Twain, and Bresson to uncover the mysteries of where myth, invention, history, and misogyny factor into our memory of Joan.”
Plus bonus recommendations - another vote for Isabel Quintero’s ∞ Gabi, A Girl in Pieces.
∞ Rookie Yearbook Three and ∞ Wheels of Change
Gift & book ideas FROM Dawn Finley
of F.L.O.W. Feminist Library on Wheels :
… Give a DIY Workshop!
Otherwild and the Women’s Center for Creative Work host ∞ DIY workshops & they make great gifts. Supporting a local business, local artists and makers, and giving the gift of learning a new skill!
What F.L.O.W.’s readers are choosing:
“…one of the most popular writers has been bell hooks, whose Feminism is for Everybody inspired F.L.O.W. We’ve also checked out her books Feminist theory: from margin to center, and Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope. Both our copies of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, a book that’s been very much in the news this year, are checked out, as well as two volumes by Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own and Orlando: A Biography. There’s a wide range of books people have selected, from Leslie Feinberg, Judith Butler, Audre Lorde, Eudora Welty, Margaret Atwood, and more …”
BOOKS on Dawn’s gift list:
∞ Jane Kurtz Bicycle Madness For young readers (grades 3-6) - the story of a spirited 12-year-old girl named Lillie Applewood, and her friendship with her neighbor Frances Willard–a fictionalized characterization of the real woman, a nineteenth-century suffragist who learned to ride a bicycle at age 53!
∞ Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy This year was the 50th anniversary of an all-time favorite children’s books - recommended as a gift for pretty much anyone!
∞ Octavia Butler Kindred Although it’s classified as science fiction, it also reminded Dawn of magical realist novels, or even the imaginatively dense work of a writer like Angela Carter. “Hard to put down. An important story about race, slavery, authority and violence in American culture too, still as relevant in 2014 as it was in 1979.”
∞ Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex “…in college I’d found it stuffy, old-fashioned, hopelessly out of touch, not to mention just plain boring. Fifteen or so years later, it’s a whole new text–I’m also reading the unabridged 2009 translation by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevalier. But now I’m impressed & moved by the audacity, depth, and sharpness of de Beauvoir’s analysis and insights. It’s a truly astounding read, and a productive encounter with an important moment in feminist history…”
∞ Miami You’ve Got Style: A Little Golden Girls Book A zine commentary on every single outfit worn by the cast in the first season of The Golden Girls. If you’ve got a fan of the show in your life - a must-have!
Plus, Jenn added another vote for ∞ Innosanto Nagara A Is for Activist