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Like A Real Book Club
Rebel Women Lit
Hosted by three Jamaican nerds talking about books and just about everything else... Like A Real Book Club.
Jul 17, 2021
The One About Augustown by Kei Miller
How long can you keep down people who were made to fly? Augustown is a poetic novel that is grounded in the (hi)story of a prominent preacher and Pan-African activist Alexander Bedward who was said to have claimed that he could fly. Kei Miller reimagined this story as an allegory of the Black Jamaican struggle to EXIST in a society that invalidates their humanity. From hairstyles in schools to police officers playing football with guns on their shoulders, Kristina, Ashley and Jherane discuss the ways colonialism and all of his friends continues to be the foundation of modern Jamaica in their review of Augustown. Start your chores, start your commute or whatever you usually do while listening to podcasts and chat with us about what the not-so-fictitious happenings of Augustown. To support Rebel Women Lit's projects including Like A Real Book Club, become a sustaining member: rebelwomenlit.com/join#sustaining Follow us on Social Media @RebelWomenLit
1 hr 15 min
May 16, 2021
The One About Read Across Jamaica Day & Libraries
A short discussion on Jamaica's reading culture, Read Across Jamaica and how the Jamaican libraries are... kind of a mess. Who's up for a #JamaicaReads campaign? - One of our favourite kinds of literature is poetry. Its ability to hold the weight of histories, the gamut of human emotions and philosophies in a mere few lines is just *chef's kiss*. Now we’re not saying we’re poets...but much like poetry, this new episode is short and sweet. For National Reading Day (celebrated annually on May 4th), we talk about the barriers to a loving relationship with recreational reading and how the Jamaica Library Service's weird rules, such as owning a library card, is a part of that problem (and of course so much more). It's the perfect episode to listen to while you detangle your hair or make yourself some breakfast. Stay Lit 🌷 - Become a sustaining member of Rebel Women Lit to support the work we do. Subscribe to our weekly lit newsletter Subscribe to receive our monthly book club picks ★ Support this podcast ★
May 2, 2021
The One With Jacqueline Bishop
Journalist, poet, novelist, artist, (and now archivist) Jacqueline Bishop recently released her first collection of interviews which focuses on documenting the craft and lives of 13 Jamaican women writers, in The Gift of Music and Song. The Gift of Music and Song is an intimate account that engages monumental Jamaican Women Writers in the context of anti-colonial and anti-misogyny praxis in the country and the politics of Jamaican women in literature, research and publishing. This beautiful collection features interviews with Olive Senior, Lorna Goodison, Marcia Douglas, Hazel Campbell, Velma Pollard and many more. Kristina and Jherane talk to Jacqueline about the process of creating these books and the reason why we all have a responsibility to archive. to support this show and more work like this, become a sustaining member of Rebel Women Lit today rebelwomenlit.com/join#sustaining, you can also shop The Gift of Music and Song in the Rebel Women Lit show.
Apr 18, 2021
The One About bell hooks' 'All About Love'
One thing Ms hooks will do is have you talking at length about her work, usually with striking polarity: one side really loved it and the other just could not get behind her ideas. For this new episode of Like A Real Book Club, Ashley, Kristina and Jherane take on one of hook’s more famous books and RWL’s March pick, “All About Love: New Versions”. Self-help, theory or a mixture of both? For us...it’s really whatever you managed to take from it. Engaging with hook’s work for a lot of readers may seem daunting because of her unmovable place as a central thinker in the Black feminist canon. However, our hope with this episode is that everyone recognizes the utility in reading our favourite theorists critically and that it’s okay to disagree with them. Sometimes they disagree with themselves years later! Grab your tea, your water or whatever you usually have while listening to podcasts and chat with us about what love is and how we can all create a love ethic. Also listen to us GUSH over amazing performers like Diana Ross and Tina Turner as well as the songs that have been carrying us through the last couple months. To support Rebel Women Lit's projects including Like A Real Book Club, become a sustaining member: rebelwomenlit.com/join#sustaining Follow us on Social Media @RebelWomenLit
1 hr 31 min
Apr 3, 2021
The One About Sarah Ladipo Manyika's Like A Mule Bringing Ice-Cream to the Sun
Ashley and Kristina walk into a bar... ...And that's exactly how this conversation felt. In this new episode of Like A Real Book Club, Ashley and Kristina dive into the short and sweet novel by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, "Like A Mule Bringing Ice-cream to the Sun", a story that gets to your bones in under 120 pages. We talk about how Sarah geniusly weaves several topics together in this small book. From the more overt topic of ageing to issues of homelessness, immigration, the fear of losing one's self, care work and just...so much more. Get a cocktail (or water) and press play. Become a sustaining member of Rebel Women Lit: https://www.rebelwomenlit.com/join/#sustaining to support our show and projects. Shop Like A Mule Bringing Ice-Cream to the Sun: https://www.rebelwomenlit.com/store/october-like-a-mule-bringing-ice-cream-to-the-sun-by-sarah-ladipo-manyika
1 hr 10 min
Mar 18, 2021
The One With Paulette Ramsay Talking About 'Aunt Jen' & 'Letters Home'
Interview with Professor Paulette Ramsay about her recently republished novel Aunt Jen, and her latest novel Letters Home. Share using #LikeARealBookClub on social media. Get Aunt Jen, Letters Home and the other Contemporary Caribbean Classics on www.rebelwomenlit.com/classics Our guest Professor Paulette Ramsay, is a Jamaican poet, translator, journalist, novelist, and academic whose debut novel Aunt Jen (2002) is being republished by Hodder Education, along with her latest novel Letters Home (2021) both novels explore the effects of the Empire Windrush era on family-life for Jamaicans living at home and abroad through a complex mother-daughter relationship. Watch the full 2-hour interview with Paulette Ramsay on our Sustaining Members' blog: rebelwomenlit.com/join#sustaining Becoming a sustaining member also helps Rebel Women Lit maintain and grow its work in the literary arts, and fostering its lit community. Follow @RebelWomenLit on Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter & telegram channel: rebelwomenlit.com/newsletters to stay informed on the latest news on classic and contemporary books and what's happening in our literary community.
1 hr 1 min
Jan 31, 2021
The One About The Caribbean Readers' Awards
Behind the scenes of our inaugural Caribbean Readers' Awards, our inspiration, next year's goals and a bit of tea. Support our podcast and other RWL projects by becoming a sustaining member: www.rebelwomenlit.com/join#sustaining Learn more about the Rebel Women Lit Caribbean Readers' Awards and shop the nominees: rebelwomenlit.com/awards See the Caribbean Readers' Awards in O! Magazine: https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/books/g35179881/rebel-women-lit-caribbean-readers-awards-winners/
Jan 10, 2021
The One With Karen Lord Reading 'Unraveling'
Karen Lord reads chapter one of Unraveling - Rebel Women Lit's book club January 2021 pick. RSVP for book club and subscribe to receive our monthly picks at rebelwomenlit.com
Dec 7, 2020
The One With moon
A (very) special episode featuring the artist moon - talking about their forthcoming poetry collection, Breaking The Binary, a response to queer lives in Jamaica. This episode features original work by moon: 3:57 Yemaya (available on most streaming services and https://www.earthandmoon.net/music) 8:00 Broken Lineage 11:45 Undefined 14:03 Broken Silence 18:05 Unsung You can follow moon on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moon.the.artist/ This special episode was sponsored by CATAPULT Arts Grant, American Friends of Jamaica, Kingston Creative, Fresh Milk Barbados and you - our sustaining patron members of RWL. To become a member of Rebel Women Lit join us at rebelwomenlit.com/join Follow @RebelWomenLit on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter if you're interested in joining our (very queer, very Caribbean, always lit) community celebrating diverse & brilliant literature.
Nov 8, 2020
The One On Being "Force Ripe"
In this new episode of Like A Real Book Club, we traverse a very dark and all too common feature of Caribbean girlhood and womanhood by looking at sexual grooming and sexual violence. Looking through the lenses of popular book to TV adaptations, Tiffany Jackson’s Grown, Jamaican history and our own personal experiences, we talk about the insidiousness of glamourized pedophilia, the oversexualization of Black women’s bodies, why we should leave Minister Marion Hall alone and...so much more. Further Reading and References Film Lady Bird (2017 Film) Book-to-TV Adaptations Pretty Little Liars Gossip Girl Books/Essays Grown by Tiffany Jackson rebelwomenlit.com/grown THICK by Tressie McMillan Cottom “Property Rights in Pleasure: The Marketing of Enslaved Women’s Sexuality”, by Hilary McD. Beckles - Caribbean Slavery in the Atlantic World “Queering Feminist Approaches to Gender-based Violence in the Anglophone Caribbean” by Tonya Haynes and Halimah A.F DeShong Play/Video Dancehall Queen - https://youtu.be/XAm5n8aQxhI For Harriet, “Why do Black women performers HAVE to sell sex?“ - https://youtu.be/UeWlySR4wBU Support our podcast and literary community by becoming a member: rebelwomenlit.com/join Shop books and merch: rebelwomenlit.com/store Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RebelWomenLIt
1 hr 5 min
Oct 25, 2020
The One About Mental Health & Jamaican Churches
You know the end of Ari Lennox' 'Chicago Boy' where she asks everyone who is not her friend to leave? That's how this episode feels. Ashley, Jherane and Kristina have an intimate conversation about their experiences with churches, mental health, and of course books. A 20+ min bonus episode on the books we turn to when we're in a bad mental place is available to our patron members, become a member to get access to our private podcast stream: rebelwomenlit.com/join Books Mentioned: The Mothers by Brit Bennett Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams PATSY by Nicole Dennis Benn The Last Warner Woman by Kei Miller Augustown by Kei Miller Become a Patreon member of our book club: rebelwomenlit.com/join Shop books and merch: rebelwomenlit.com/store Follow us on Instagram and Twitter
1 hr 3 min
Oct 16, 2020
That One That Should've Been Five Episodes
One thing about us, we’re gonna intend to talk about one thing and end up talking about 27. It’s been such a long time since we’ve done an episode that everything came pouring out of us. But that’s the beauty of a book club (and the podcasts that are like them) - you get to gush about your favourite things, the things you hate and everything in between with amazing people. In this episode of the podcast, Ashley, Jherane and Kristina catch each other up on what they’ve been reading; all the reasons Goodreads sucks (and why we’re switching to Storygraph); our vendetta against Alfredo pasta and, perhaps more importantly, why we think Spice and Shenseea would be big fans of Talia Hibbert. -- Support and Join our book club & podcast: rebelwomenlit.com/join Shop for books and merch in our store: rebelwomenlit.com/store Follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @RebelWomenLit ★ Support this podcast ★
1 hr 18 min
Sep 24, 2020
The One With Diana McCaulay on 'Daylight Come'
We’re deep into 2020 now, and both the days and the years to come, look darker than they have in a very long time. No, we’re not just talking about COVID-19. So why not curl up with an appropriate book? Join our verandah chat with Diana McCaulay, author of Daylight Come, a tense futuristic sci-fi story about climate change in the Caribbean. What makes McCaulay's latest book so remarkable is how terrifyingly realistic she makes the details of the world she builds for her characters, and her readers, to inhabit. In this podcast, we talk about Daylight Come, how she prophecies through fiction writing, her craft, inspiration and the book that made her cry & become a writer. Purchase Daylight Come at RebelWomenLit.com/DaylightCome Support our book club & podcast: patreon.com/rebelwomenlit Follow us on Twitter: @RebelWomenLit and on Instagram: RebelWomenLit ★ Support this podcast ★
Jun 19, 2020
The One With Curdella Forbes on 'A Tall History of Sugar'
Have you ever met an author that was truly and genuinely as smart and brilliant as their work? Fortunately for us (because our book choices are goddess-tier), the writers that we’ve gotten to know since the start of 2020 have inspired us and left us gagging at how intimately their intellectual pursuits and their creative work connect. Our April book’s writer, Curdella Forbes, is no exception to this rule. For this episode of Like A Real Book Club, we sat down with Curdella on her verandah with three cups of tea, beautiful rolling hills before us and some nice, cool breeze washing over us. At least that’s the imagery we had in our heads while we sat in our respective homes. As an academic, it came as no surprise that Curdella’s understanding of the colonial project in the Caribbean is multilayered and complex. In our conversation about this deeply intricate novel, she talks to us about why she chose to use a man with “no skin” as a point of contention for both white people…
1 hr 16 min
Jun 7, 2020
The One on The 100 Caribbean Books That Shaped Our World #ReadCaribbean
We all know that stories have the power to change us. We've teamed up with BOCAS Lit Fest in Trinidad & Tobago for #ReadCaribbean to select Caribbean books that have had an impact on our lives, and this is the result. No, we didn't do 100 books in this podcast but we chose these page-turners that have helped to shape and influence our thinking. Doing this list we all realised that these were some of the books that made us become love Caribbean books. What book made you become interested (read: obsessed) with Caribbean Literature? _ See BOCAS Lit Fest's 100 Caribbean Books and use #MyCaribbeanLibrary on social media to see the amazing responses from readers all over the world! Become a Patreon member of our book club: rebelwomenlit.com/join Shop books and merch: rebelwomenlit.com/store Follow us on Instagram and Twitter Books Mentioned in This Episode: Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (included in our Patreon travel club…
May 23, 2020
The One on 'A Tall History of Sugar'
A spoiler-free review of A Tall History of Sugar by Jamaican novelist Curdella Forbes. In this episode, we talk about the Caribbean's legacy of sugar in the form of our education and careers, economic and political life, and even our diets... and of course the book. Special shout out to Professor Verene Shepherd and Professor Hilary Beckles. Support our book club & podcast: patreon.com/rebelwomenlit Shop A Tall History of Sugar in our store: rebelwomenlit.com/store Follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @RebelWomenLit ★ Support this podcast ★
1 hr 14 min
May 10, 2020
The One on Learning to Love Complicated Mothers
In this episode, we meditate on the complexities of Caribbean motherhood - ladened with a history of patriarchal violence that has architected the tenuous, terrible and beautiful bonds we form with the matriarchs in our lives (and, of course, how these relationships are depicted in Caribbean literature). Support and Join our book club & podcast: rebelwomenlit.com/join Shop for books and merch in our store: rebelwomenlit.com/store Follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @RebelWomenLit Book mentioned: Learning To Breathe by Janice-Lynn Mather Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn The Star Side of Birdhill by Naomi Jackson Working Miracles: Women's Lives in the English-Speaking Caribbean by Olive Senior ★ Support this podcast ★
Apr 27, 2020
The One on Being Demanding Caribbean Readers
Is it ok to “feel a way” when a Caribbean author doesn’t use our language and our culture in their work? We love reading novels and poetry from the Caribbean, especially ones written by Jamaican authors, but are we demanding in our expectations? Also, wtf is magical realism? Become a Patreon member of our book club: patreon.com/rebelwomenlit Shop books and merch: rebelwomenlit.com/store Follow us on IG & Twitter: @RebelWomenLit Books Mentioned in This Episode: Augustown by Kei Miller The Cartographer Tries To Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller The Book of Night Women by Marlon James John Crow's Devil by Marlon James A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon PATSY by Nicole Dennis Benn Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis Benn ★ Support this podcast ★
1 hr 2 min
Apr 10, 2020
The One With Sara Collins on 'The Confessions of Frannie Langton'
We chat with Sara Collins, winner of the Costa Book Awards 2019, about her debut novel The Confessions of Frannie Langton! We talk about the inspirations for the book, writing complex enslaved characters, a bit about white feminism, and her experience recording her own audiobook. Bonus: She talks about her upcoming sophomore novel. You can buy The Confessions of Frannie Langton and other books from our bookstore: rebelwomenlit.com/store Support our book club and podcast through patreon: rebelwomenlit.com/patreon Follow Rebel Women Lit on Instagram and Twitter Sara mentioned Thomas Thistlewood’s Journals’ In Miserable Slavery: https://amzn.to/3ec2aId for her research on racist experiments done in the Caribbean. We figured you may be interested in checking it out, it’s very insightful but also very (very) graphic. See You At Book Club! ★ Support this podcast ★
1 hr 3 min
Mar 27, 2020
The One on The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Lots of spoilers for The Confessions of Frannie Langton ahead! In February, Rebel Women Lit read The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins. It’s been described, as a gothic, romance, and mystery novel, but we just think it’s a brilliant historical fiction that should replace every Jane Austen book on the CXC syllabus because more Caribbean people need to read it. Trigger Warning: This podcast includes a discussion of scientific racism, sexual assault, murder, and white peopleing. You can purchase The Confessions of Frannie Langton and other books on our website rebelwomenlit.com/store and donate to our podcast production (and book club) at patreon.com/rebelwomenlit Sign up for our newsletter and follow Rebel Women Lit on Twitter, Instagram. ★ Support this podcast ★
1 hr 43 min
Mar 5, 2020
The One on Book to Screen Adaptations
We talk about books that should hit the screens, but not before we struggle to define "gothic novels" as a genre, talk about fast-fashion, and do a small rant about Bookstagram. Follow @RebelWomenLit on Twitter and Instagram Support our book club and podcast by becoming a patreon member: patreon.com/rebelwomenlit or shopping for books and merch on our store: rebelwomenlit.com/store Books mentioned that are worth reading: The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis Benn Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth Warsan Shire The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson Over The Roofs of the World by Olive Senior Gardening in the Tropics by Olive Senior Shout Out To Bookstagrammers We Love: @ColourLitUK, @2Treads and @IfThisIsParadise See you at book club! ★ Support this podcast ★
1 hr 23 min
Feb 11, 2020
The One on 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Bernardine Evaristo
Lots of spoilers for Girl, Woman, Other ahead! In January, Rebel Women Lit read Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other which is the only 2019 Booker winner we'll recognize. Like A Real Book Club meets to chat about the not-a-short-story collection of stories by 12 black British people -mostly women- and their interwoven lives. Trigger Warning: Discussions around gang rape and sexual assault are in the book and talked about in this podcast episode. Follow @RebelWomenLit on Twitter and Instagram Support our book club and podcast by becoming a patreon member: patreon.com/rebelwomenlit or shopping for books and merch on our store: rebelwomenlit.com/store Sign up for our newsletter and follow Rebel Women Lit on Twitter, Instagram. ★ Support this podcast ★
2 hr 36 min
Jan 16, 2020
Books That (Kinda) Defined The Decade
Like a real book club, Jherane, Kristina, and Ashley talk about books that defined the 2010-2019s and just about everything else. It starts off a bit formal, we talk about the history of RebelWomenLit and our reading histories. Then we really get into it: Fangirling over writers, Jherane talks about crying over books, Kristina gets a bit brainy talking about classic vs romantic poetry and Ashley talks about her hobby with street signs. Follow @RebelWomenLit on Twitter and Instagram Support our book club and podcast by becoming a patreon member: patreon.com/rebelwomenlit or shopping for books and merch on our store: rebelwomenlit.com/store Shout-Outs: Yrsa Daley-Ward Maxine Walters Ayobami Adebayo Leone Ross Books Mentioned: Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James Kingston Noir How To Love A Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn Americannah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur A World of Poetry Hunger by Roxane Gay B…
1 hr 23 min