Reader’s Place: Celebrating Maplewood Ideas Festival 2019!
For the past six years, Maplewood Memorial Library has celebrated local thinkers, movers and shakers in our Ideas Festival. This year you can hear and meet the authors of the following titles:
Orgasmic leadership: profiting from the coming surge in women’s sexual health and wellness , by Rachel Braun Scherl. 2018.
Scherl takes on women’s long-neglected needs and satisfaction with a strategic business focus, humor, insight, passion, and in the process, exposes an incredibly complex tangle of outdated barriers and challenges that stand in the way of the successful commercialization of women’s health products and services.
Periods gone public : making a stand for menstrual equity, by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf. 2017.
After centuries of being shrouded in taboo and superstition, periods have gone mainstream. Seemingly overnight, a new, high-profile movement has emerged–one dedicated to bold activism, creative product innovation, and smart policy advocacy–to address the centrality of menstruation in relation to core issues of gender equality and equity. Weiss-Wolf challenges readers to face stigma head-on and elevate an agenda that recognizes both the power–and the absolute normalcy–of menstruation.
The branding of right-wing activism: the news media and the Tea Party, by Khadijah Costley-White. 2018.
The Tea Party’s ascent to major political phenomenon can be attributed to the way in which partisan and non-partisan news outlets “branded” the Party as a pot-stirrer in political conflicts over race, class, and gender. In other words, the news media played a major role in developing, cultivating, and promoting populism’s brand, particularly within the news spaces of commentary and opinion. In a media environment in which everyone has the opportunity to tune out, tune in, and speak back, The Branding of Right-Wing Activism ultimately shows that distinctions between citizens, journalists, activists, politicians, celebrities, and consumers are more symbolic than concrete.
Abloom & awry, by Tina Kelley. 2017
With the eye of a journalist and the heart of a caretaker, Kelley shares her love of words, fireworks, kites, sea-salt caramels, metaphor, and humans. Armed with a generative impulse, her poems pay close attention to the dark, moving through it with wit and affirmation. Kelley is also the author of Almost Home: Helping kids move from homelessness to hope, and The Gospel of Galore.
Compiled by Ina Rimpau