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From left: Bobby Byrd, Miranda Beverly-Whittemors, Julia Fierro, and Rachel Fershleiser, chatting about secrets. #BKBF

From left: Bobby Byrd, Miranda Beverly-Whittemors, Julia Fierro, and Rachel Fershleiser, chatting about secrets. #BKBF

Hail Beyoncé. Our queen and goddess. Amen. Did you see the concert last night? I mean, goddam.

—Roxane Gay in answer to the panel question: “Beyoncé: discuss.”

This feminist panel—also featuring Leslie Jamison (THE EMPATHY EXAMS) and Elissa Schappell (BUILDING BLUEPRINTS FOR BETTER GIRLS), and moderated by Feminist Press’s Jennifer Baumgardner, was outstanding. Regarding Roxane’s pro-Beyoncé stance, she spoke more about her appreciation of B bringing the topic of feminism to her huge fanbase of younger girls and women. (“It takes guts. Never in history has feminism been a marketing tool. We cannot underestimate the impact.”) Other topics discussed included:

—LEAN IN (Roxane: “I loved it. It’s not for everyone, but why does it have to be? If you’re Jack Welch and you’re publishing all these business books, you’re not thinking about the working class man.”)

—The ”plague of relatability” in both life and fiction

—Whether or not women should have to offer up their personal stories to inspire change (Jennifer, Leslie and Elissa all spoke about the weirdness of talking about their abortions, but also the necessity of destigmatizing them)

—The difficulties of being a female writer (Elissa spoke about being insecure and unable to call herself a writer until Toni Morrison gave her permission)

—Other writers they’re into (Merritt Tierce, Ashley Ford, Rachel Urquhart, Claudia Rankine, Lindsay Hunter, Saeed Jones)

—What they’re feeling hopeful about. (Roxane: “Feminism! Look how many people are in this room.”)

books:

Tumblr Takes The Brooklyn Book Festival!

This Sunday, 9/21, hundreds of authors and plenty of your favorite publishers, bookstores, and librarians will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival. If you can be there, you totally should. But if not, our team of Tumblr Correspondents will be able to make you feel like you are with photos, gifs, drawings, quotes, writing tips, advice, reviews and more.

Follow this ace team at lastnightsreading, bookstalker, pith, yeahwriters, brooklynbook, jenhedonia, brooklynbrooke, and twentysomethingvagabond, or stick to books.tumblr.com where we’ll post their highlights all day long.

Are you coming too? Share your coverage with the #BKBF tag.

Sweet. I’ve always wanted to be part of an ace team! 

Last night’s book release party for IF NUNS RULED THE WORLD, featuring author Jo Piazza and some of the nuns that she profiles. These feminist activists regularly stand up to authority and  fight for social justice. Super inspiring!

Last night’s book release party for IF NUNS RULED THE WORLD, featuring author Jo Piazza and some of the nuns that she profiles. These feminist activists regularly stand up to authority and fight for social justice. Super inspiring!