Reader’s Place: Celebrating Women’s History Month


Celebrating women activists.


When they call you a terrorist: a Black Lives Matter memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele ; with a foreword by Angela Davis. 2018 BIOG Khan-Cullors

Khan-Cullors, artist, organizer, freedom fighter as well as Fulbright scholar and recipient of the Sidney Peace Prize, recounts, with coauthor Bandele, her personal experiences and those as a founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement, when she, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tomrti used social media, the arts, and civil activism to respond to the killings of two young black men, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.



Shameless : a sexual reformation, by Nadia Bolz-Weber. 2019 261.835 BOL

In the spirit of Martin Luther, Rev. Bolz-Weber - founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Denver, Colorado - calls for a reformation of the way believers understand and express their sexuality. Bolz-Weber draws on experiences from her own life as well as her parishoners', then puts them side by side with biblical narrative and theology to explore what the church has taught and about sex, and the harm that has often come as a result.



Read & riot : a Pussy Riot guide to activism, by Nadya Tolokonnikova. 2019 782.421 TOL

Tolokonnikova made global headlines when she was arrested in 2012 for singing an anti-Putin song with her punk band, Pussy Riot, in a Russian church. After spending 18 months in prison, Tolokonnikova reentered society emboldened by her torment and scrappier than ever. Her new book is an ultimate how-to guide for budding activists looking to boost their radical prowess.



Insurrecto: a novel, by Gina Apostol. 2018 FIC Apostol

Histories and personalities collide in this literary tour-de-force about the Philippines' present and America's past by the PEN Open Book Award-winning author of Gun Dealer's Daughter. Two women, a Filipino translator and an American filmmaker, go on a road trip in Duterte's Philippines, collaborating and clashing in the writing of a film script about a massacre during the Philippine-American War. Within the spiraling voices and narrative layers of Insurrecto are stories of women--artists, lovers, revolutionaries, daughters--finding their way to their own truths and histories.


Compiled by Ina Rimpau

Robert Nealon