The Book Club

The C O V E N Book Club takes place one Thursday a month. We celebrate great texts, ideas, and authors with a curated conversation around the book and beyond.

 
 
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December 13th 2018 - 6:30pm

We kick off with Roxane Gay’s essay collection Bad Feminist (2014).

With a witty and sharp tongue, Gay tackles some of the primary issues: sexual assault, racism, classism, but also our complicated media consumption and understanding of privilege.

Always challenging her own position and never claiming any absolute truth, Roxane Gay is a perfect introduction to C O V E N ‘s kind of feminism.

 
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January 17th 2019 - 6:30pm

The C O V E N book club's second pick is Women Who Run With the Wolves (1992) by Clarissa Pinkola Estès.

The author uses her expertise as a psychoanalyst and post-trauma specialist to interpret ancestral myths and stories about the Wild Woman archetype. Since its publication, her work has been internationally acclaimed and called life-transforming by many, if not most.

This January we will be celebrating the new year with a focus on feminine strength, the power of storytelling, and the nurturing of the "wild nature" within all of us.

 
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February 14th 2019 - 6:30pm

This Valentine’s day, we will discuss All About Love (2000) by bell hooks.

What would be more fitting than a book about love in its widest sense to reclaim Valentine’s Day? Romantic love, yes, but also, self-love, parental love, love of one’s community, through respect, commitment, trust… and all that through a strong feminist lens.

We’ll also acknowledge the American Black History and will touch on a few other works on love by various African-American Female writers.

 
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March 14th 2019 - 7pm

Men Explain Things to Me (2014) is our book pick of March.

In this collection of essays, Rebecca Solnit connects everyday sexism, such as what we now call “mansplaining”, to the pernicious “Rape Culture”, rampant in our societies.

A few days after International Women’s Day, we will use this collection to reassess the reason why Feminism is as necessary today as ever.

 
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April 18th 2019 - 6:30pm

April is Earth Month, with Earth Day on the 22nd! To celebrate, we will be reading Mary Robinson's Climate Justice

Mary Robinson was Ireland's first female president. She stepped down two months before the end of her term to take the position of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Since then, she has focused her work on Climate Change and the people, mostly women, doing the groundwork to keep their communities together. In 2018, she started co-hosting the podcast Mothers Of Invention, and introducing these women.


Climate Justice is the latest format in which Robinson explores what she calls the many "Feminist solutions to a man-made problem". 

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May 16th 2019 - 6:30pm

In May, in a majority of countries including France, the USA, and Australia, we celebrate Mother's Day.

Therefore, this month we will be discussing Canadian author Sheila Heti (How Should a Person Be)'s brilliant novel MOTHERHOOD (2018) in which she questions the connections between Art and parenthood, and the place that child-bearing still holds in the life of a modern woman.

Join us for a great conversation at L’impromptu bookstore in Paris!