All book discussions are free by RSVP, and followed by a small cocktail reception. Copies of the books discussed will be distributed on a first come first served basis, and may be signed by the author.
ON THE FEMALE BODY
with MAYA SALAM
tuesday, april 30th
7pm. FREE Event
New York Times gender reporter Maya Salam will jumpstart a candid group conversation about women's bodies, and the range of feelings they elicit around National Book Award finalist ‘Her Body and Other Parties’ by Carmen Maria Machado.
"Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado, is a love letter to an obstinate genre that won’t be gentrified."
―Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
Maya Salam is a gender reporter at The New York Times and a leading contributor to the Gender Initiative, a cross-departmental effort to more deeply engage women readers globally. She brings her unique sensibility and sharp voice to her twice-weekly column and newsletter titled In Her Words.
Some of her pieces include "R. Kelly: Why So Many Ignored the Warning Signs," "Does ‘Having It All’ Mean Doing It All?", “Damaging a Man’s Good Name Versus Damaging a Woman’s Life” about the Kavanaugh hearings, and the front page project "#MeToo Brought Down 201 Powerful Men. Nearly Half of Their Replacements Are Women."
Maya is a first-generation Arab-American who has lived all across the United States, and was an amateur boxer once upon a time.
PREVIOUS BOOK DISCUSSIONS
ON LOVING MEN
with blythe roberson
Between #metoo and toxic masculinity, women dating men have been cautioned to take care, to watch out. Yet isn't to fall in love to let go? How to navigate contemporary heterosexual romance has maybe never been harder. Comedian Blythe Roberson explores these questions and shares her own experiences with humor and wit in her book: How to Date Men When You Hate Men.
”I think about men all the time. About how they, individually (Donald Trump) and as a group, are oppressing me. And about how they, individually (Timothée Chalamet) and as a group, are very hot. And also: how spending so much time thinking about how they, as a group, are hot...is probably oppressing me. Unsure what else to do about it, I’ve written this book."
-Blythe Roberson, How to Date Men When You Hate Men
ON THE POLITICS OF WOMEN'S ANGER
WITH REBECCA TRAISTER
New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Traister presents her new, urgent and vital exploration of the #MeToo movement, the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement.
“Women’s anger will be — as it has long been — cast as ugly, unappealing, dangerous, something to be shut down or jeered. Nothing, we have long be assured, is more unattractive in a woman than anger, and those messages will be especially damaging — as they have always been — to nonwhite women. But these are all strategies that have long been used to get people, including women themselves, to look away from, disregard, and suppress one of the great drivers of social upheaval and political change in this country: their own fury.”
-Rebecca Traister, Good and Mad
ON BUILDING A LIFE
WITH HANA SCHANK
AND ELIZABETH WALLACE
Where does ambition lead women in our millennium? Authors of The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life discuss their research from the field, their own experience, and encourage a group discussion on how to navigate some of the hardest life decisions.
"Perhaps our most important finding from these women's stories is that selecting a path is not a finite choice. Their life trajectories were not straight lines from college to job success, end of story—rather, they are fluid, elastic narratives shaped around choices and circumstances that shift over years and decades... Women move across paths regularly in a lifetime."
— Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace, The Ambition Decisions
WITH JAMIESON WEBSTER
Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster discusses Rebecca Solnit's seminal studies on women being silenced, debased and assaulted in her two recent books, Men Explain Things to Me, and The Mother of All Questions.
“Every woman knows what I’m talking about. It’s the presumption that makes it hard, at times, for any woman in any field; that keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world. It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men’s unsupported overconfidence.”
― Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me
ON BLACK FEMINSIM
WITH COLLIER MEYERSON
Award-winning journalist Collier Meyerson talked about the path-breaking radical black feminist group, the Combahee RiverCollective, its legacy and continued impact on today's struggles. Presenting writings collected by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor in her recent collection published by Haymarket Books, Collier helped contextualize the work and open the floor for discussion.
ON RETHINKING SEX, POWER AND CONSENT ON COLLEGE CAMPUS
WITH VANESSA GRIGORIADIS
Award-winning journalist, Vanessa Grigoriadis, joined The Floor's inaugural book club with, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus. The book is a sweeping epic drawing on reporting with students, parents, and university administrators from across the country.
"Embedded with Grigoriadis on college campuses, readers are forced to re-examine their own sexual experiences. Grigoriadis illustrates how we’ve arrived at such a politically charged moment" says The Daily Beast.