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An Unkindness of Ghosts

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An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

This month, host Lisa is joined by David Sloane, Denise McIver, and Aubrey Hicks to discuss An Unkindness of Ghosts, the science fiction novel about a young neuroatypical woman on a generation ship in search of the “promised land” looking for evidence her mother had discovered something important about the ship and its journey. We talk about slave allegories, generation ships, spatial hierarchies, gender, autism … so much to talk about with this debut novel from Solomon.

Warnings: spoilers & triggers, and we apologize for any misgendering speakers may have done on this podcast.

Other things we’re reading:

Lisa: Mueller, She Wrote, State of Resistance by Manuel Pastor
Denise: Quicksand and Passing, by Nella Larsen
Aubrey: The Savage Shore, by David Hewson

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Our April read: White Fragility: Why It’s So hard for White People To Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo

Bonus episode: an interview with Professor Manuel Pastor on his book State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America’s Future, coming soon.

Links to some of the things we talk about:

CAAM Exhibition: Plumb Line (March 8 – August 25, 2019)
CAAM Reads: Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles by Daniel Widener
James Blish, Cities in Flight
Colson Whitehead, Underground Railroad (book, podcast)
Martha Graham
Jim Crace, Quarantine
Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca




This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz. Sound supervision from The Brothers Hedden, Ryan and Corey.

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