Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s debut story collection has been widely spoken of since release, and deservedly so. Fajardo-Anstine provides a literary voice for Indigenous Latinas, combining rich storytelling and character portraits. Loosely connected, each story follows a different character and their lived experiences. Readers will be left with a deeper understanding of the weight of cultural legacies and how they inform opportunities, expectations, and outcomes.
“If I can’t bring my family, then it’s not my revolution.
If I can’t bring my culture, then it’s not my revolution.
If I can’t bring my ancestors, then it’s not my revolution.
And if it’s not our revolution, then let’s build a new one.”
Winner of ALA’s Stonewall Book Awards Honor Book in Non-Fiction in 2020, this collection is a powerful contribution to queer, trans, feminist literature. Thom’s series of essays and poems takes on themes of community, belonging, and family as she lifts and critiques the movements she sees and belongs to. Thom doesn’t shy away from hard, honest truths, but her call-to-action leaves readers feeling a sense of connection and meaning to a larger story.
An excellent starting point for learning about inclusive feminism, this slim volume is an adaptation of Adichie’s 2012 TEDx Talk by the same name. In her essay, Adichie highlights the importance of feminism and the impact it has on everyone, as well as the approaches we can all take to become inclusive feminists.
Read the essay online or in print, or view her original 30-minute TEDx Talk here.
The author of, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, returns to a second, but no less impactful collection of six short stories and a titular novella. Evans tackles themes of race, culture, history, and asks: who audits for the truth? And what does it cost us to make those corrections? Sometimes absurd, sometimes devastating, The Office of Historical Corrections needs to be read.
Blog post written by Sarah Corapi