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How Mamas Love Their Babies: A Panel on Motherhood and Sex Work

Join Feminist Press at Bluestockings for a panel discussion on sex work and motherhood to celebrate the release of How Mamas Love Their Babies. Author Juniper Fitzgerald and illustrator Elise Peterson will be joined by activists and writers Sydney Seifert, Akynos, Shy Blunt, Kymberly Cutter, Johanna Robin Hand, and PJ Starr.

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Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South

The much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling “Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution,” we now celebrate the launch of “Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South.” Beautiful Rising lifts up stories of resistance and analyzes revolutionary campaigns for freedom and justice to highlight the key elements of creative activism.Join the book’s editors, Juman Abujbara, Dave Mitchell, and Andrew Boyd, for an evening of discussion, book signing, and more!

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Stephanie Elizondo Griest with All the Agents and Saints

Stephanie Elizondo Griest relays her experience of going home to South Texas to discover the steel wall that now divides her ancestral land, then finds a similar situation on the New York/Canada border. In All the Agents and Saints, she weaves these stories together into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines and the people who live there.

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Book launch and reading for the Hookah Girl and Other True Stories

In this current political climate, being a Palestinian is a hazard. However, there are common grounds where East meets West. “The Hookah Girl” is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel of a childhood as a Christian Palestinian in America.

“Marguerite Dabaie navigates the swirling confluence of Palestinian heritage and American culture in these proud, poignant, and humorous stories of her upbringing.”

Joe Sacco, author of “Palestine” and “Footnotes in Gaza”

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Protest and Revolution in West Africa

Ernest Harsch discussed his new book, Burkina Faso: A History of Power, Protest and Revolution, based on more than three decades of research on that West African country. Although Burkina Faso is best known for the brief revolutionary era led by Thomas Sankara in the 1980s, its turbulent history included armed resistance to French conquest, the toppling the first post-independence government and a successful popular insurrection in October 2014 against the authoritarian regime of Blaise Compaoré.

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Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy with Joanna Angel

Join Joanna Angel, first-time author, adult star, and overall Renaissance woman, in person to celebrate the publication of her first novel, Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy.

From butt plugs to cross-dressing truckers to being held-up at gunpoint over dildos, experience this fun and sexy journey along with Taryn, as she goes from shy and sweet toskilled and empowered—but how she gets there is up to you!

Reading, signing, and Q&A.

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Lecture with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson locates Indigenous political resurgence as a practice rooted in uniquely Indigenous theorizing, writing, organizing, and thinking. She makes clear that the goal of Indigenous resistance can no longer be cultural resurgence as a mechanism for inclusion in a multicultural mosaic, calling for unapologetic, place-based Indigenous alternatives to the destructive logics of the settler colonial state.

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Decolonial Mapping Toolkit: Workshop Series

The Decolonial Mapping Toolkit confronts the idea that mapping, since at least the so-called “Age of Discovery” beginning in the 15th century, has been an inherently colonial process and tool. This workshop aims to outline a series of provocations and questions that geographically diverse arrays of groups can activate to decolonize mapping. This is the last in a series of semi-public workshops around colonization, mapmaking, and agency that will guide the production of the toolkit.

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‘NYIT Adjuncts United’ Organizing Meeting

NYIT Adjuncts United recently formed to get the administration of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and American Association of University Professors (AAUP) local chapter to stop taking us for granted. The Manhattan campus of NYIT is at Columbus Circle. Adjunct professors teach more than 2/3 of the university’s classes, yet are paid a quarter of what full-time professors and receive none of the benefits. (See attachment for what they consider to be “Adjunct Benefits.”)

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Bhopal Dance by Jennifer Natalya Fink: NYC Release

TW: sexually explicit excerpts may be read.

Bhopal Dance is an imaginative, erotica rethinking of Bhopal’s disaster—and our own.

Winner of the 2017 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Innovate Fiction 

On the night of December 2nd, as 1984 drew to its Reaganomic close, an explosion at an American-owned factory in Bhopal, India, released untold amounts of toxic gas on uncounted numbers of people, creating the largest environmental disaster on record. Bhopal remains emblematic of the permanent state of globalized disaster in which we now dwell. What does it mean when corporations instead of states control not only the means to create environmental disasters,but also the tools to bury them? How does one revolt against these unelected entities? With its incendiary, lyrical prose, and unforgettable characters, Bhopal Dance explores these questions. Pets and punk rock, dentists and dyslexia, Shakespeare and salsa: in Bhopal Dance, they all dance together.

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Selling your zine at Bluestockings

Want to make and sell your zine at Bluestockings but don’t know how? Talk to store zine buyer Andria for a quick FAQ, see samples of zines for ideas on style, content, price, and take home a copy of the consignment form.

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The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex and Science in the Nineteenth Century Book Launch

Author Kyla Schuller is joined by feminist theorist Jasbir Puar to discuss Schuller’s new book The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century. The book uncovers how the idea of sex difference, or the binary division of male and female, was a key invention of the nineteenth-century racial sciences. Schuller’s The Biopolitics of Feeling tells a new story of the origins of the modern notions of race, sex, and feminism.

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Deconstructing Mental Illness with Poetry: a Book Reading with Neesa Sunar

[TRIGGER WARNING: descriptions of suicide, psychosis, rape, domestic violence and eating disorders.] Join Neesa Sunar in her reading of poems from her new book, “Memories of Psychosis: Poems on the Mental Illness Experience.” She will use her poetry as a springboard for discussions on mental illness conditions, imparting a message of compassion for those suffering. Societal stigma and the need for a civil rights movement for mental illness will also be discussed.

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An Evening With Debut Young Adult Author Julia Lynn Rubin

In a town like Burro Hills, you either figure out who you are or die trying. Seventeen-year-old Jack has lived in the troubled California town his entire life. He hides the truth about his sexuality from everyone, but when he falls for the intriguing new boy in town, it sets in motion a series of lasting consequence that could jeopardize his budding romance and the life he’s tried so hard to salvage in Burro Hills.

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Reading from “China Girl” by Ho Lin

Bay Area-based author Ho Lin reads a selection from his new short story collection “China Girl.” In its nine tales, “China Girl” documents the collisions between East and West, the power of myth and the burden of history, and loves lost and almost found.

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Ser(es) Latinx: Love & Magic V

La Pluma y La Tinta presents this Valentine’s Day/Friday the 13th-themed reading featuring Latinx writers and poets.

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Stephanie J. Urdang reads from Mapping My Way Home: Activism, Nostalgia, and the Downfall of Apartheid South Africa

Stephanie J. Urdang reads from Mapping My Way Home, a memoir of fierce witness, where life, love, death, family, history, memory, loss, and uncertainty are deeply explored. Raised by socialists in Cape Town, South Africa, Urdang developed a deep hatred for the apartheid regime. Working as a feminist journalist, she wrote about apartheid’s demise of and the victory over Portuguese colonialism in Africa. Later years found her trekking through Guinea-Bissau’s liberated zones; witnessing the impact of the South African-provoked conflict in Mozambique; and actively participating in the forceful divestment movement in the U.S. Gloria Jacobs (former editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine and former Executive Director of Feminist Press) will introduce/be in conversation with Stephanie.

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From Linear to circle discussion for immigrants came from different countries or native tribes, what can we do to save this planet

Have you wonder the wisdom of ancient cultures that can save people’s life, and you know about it, it is because you are born at that country? Will you willing to share your thoughts of the world from your country perspective in how to save our environment, how to life more sustainable in your culture, generations lifestyle? May be some of the lifestyles had been lost, but how’s that impact your thoughts of saving the planet? Let’s share!

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Parts of Love: A Reading

The poems in Parts of love, the debut poetry collection from New York City native Dina Paulson-McEwen, “are not merely to be read, but to be dissolved into with a whole and vulnerable spirit,” writes author Robin Richardson. Join us as we welcome Dina for a reading from her book.

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Death Cafe

Death Cafe is a place to wonder together about the mystery and meaning of life and to discuss death comfortably and openly, a free-wheeling, self-facilitated conversation around death and dying, inevitably touching upon life and living. Death Cafe is not a bereavement group. Snacks will be provided and as a thank you to Bluestockings participants are encouraged to enjoy a beverage from the Bluestockings Cafe. The first Death Cafe was held in London in 2011. Depending on the number of people that participate, you will meet in groups of 3-4 and talk about whatever compels you about death and dying. It is asked that people participate with an open mind and spirit, respect all points of view, and speak and listen with no agenda, objective, or themes.

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