Levana’s Feminist Reading Group Reads “The Hunger Games”

The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s feminist reading group meets once a month to discuss a different text and the book we are reading this month is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The book is available for purchase at bookstores like Novel Idea (20% off when you mention it’s for the reading group!) or borrow a copy for free from Levana’s library (come visit us in the Grey House!). You can also download the audio book through the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
Tuesday, August 28th at 6:30pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central branch in the Boucher room (130 Johnson St.)

Everyone is welcome!
Free vegetarian dinner will be served.

The space is wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available — please e-mail us.
Let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event accessible and/or convenient for you. Contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Check out the facebook event.

Happy reading!

Levana’s Feminist Reading Group Reads “Persepolis”

WHAT: The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s feminist reading group meets once a month to discuss a different text and the book we are reading this month is graphic novel The Complete Persepolis (#1 & 2) by Marjane Satrapi.Event poster for 'Levana Feminist Reading Group Reads The Complete Persepolis'.

“Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.”

The book is available for purchase at bookstores like Novel Idea (20% off when you mention it’s for the reading group!) or borrow a copy for free at Levana’s library (come visit us in the Grey House!) and libraries like KFPL and Stauffer.

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
WHEN: Tuesday, October 25th at 6:30pm
WHERE: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central branch in the Boucher room (130 Johnson St.)
Everyone is welcome!

The space is wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available — please e-mail us.
Let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event accessible and/or convenient for you. Contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Check out the facebook event.

Happy reading!

*Rescheduled* Levana’s Feminist Reading Group Reads “Fledgling”

WHAT: The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s feminist reading group meets once a month to discuss a different text and the book we are reading this month is Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler.

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“Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of “otherness” and questions what it means to be truly human.”

“Fledgling doesn’t just resurrect the pale trappings of vampire lore, it completely transforms them in a startlingly original story about race, family and free will.” – Washington Post

The book is available for purchase at bookstores like Novel Idea (20% off when you mention it’s for the reading group!) or borrow a copy for free at Levana’s library (come visit us in the Grey House!) and libraries like KFPL Central branch and Stauffer.

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
*WHEN: rescheduled!* Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm
WHERE: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central branch in the Boucher room (130 Johnson St.)
Everyone is welcome!

The space is wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available — please e-mail us.
Let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event accessible and/or convenient for you. Contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Check out the facebook event.

Happy reading!

Levana’s Feminist Reading Group Reads “Feminism FOR REAL”

The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s feminist reading group meets once a month to discuss a different text and the book we are reading this month is Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism edited by Jessica Yee.

“Against a backdrop exposing a 500+ year legacy of colonization and oppression, Feminism FOR REAL explores what has led us to the existence of “feminism”, who gets to decide what it is, and why. With stories that make the walls of academia come tumbling down, it deals head-on with the conflicts of what feminism means in theory as opposed to real life, the frustrations of trying to relate to definitions of feminism that never fit no matter how much you try to change yourself to fit them, and the anger of changing a system while being in the system yourself.”

The book is available for purchase at Novel Idea (20% off when you mention it’s for the reading group!) and for a limited time in the Levana Centre (come visit us in the Grey House!) with a third of proceeds going to support the Sex Worker Action Group of Kingston. Or borrow a copy for free at Levana’s library.

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:30pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central branch in the Boucher Room (130 Johnson St.)
Everyone is welcome!

The space is wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available — please e-mail us.
Let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event accessible and/or convenient for you. Contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Check out the facebook event.

Happy reading!

Levana’s Feminist Reading Group Reads “Drag King Dreams”

WHAT: The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s feminist reading group meets once a month to discuss a different text and the book we are reading this month is Drag King Dreams by Leslie Feinberg.

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“After the huge blockbuster of Stone Butch Blues, Feinberg’s new novel brings us more thoughts and stories from the edges of gender radicalism that we’ve been waiting for. Feinberg’s character, Max Rabinowitz, is a hardened burnt-out ex-activist who gets drawn back into fighting alongside his co-workers and friends as they struggle to define and defy gender in a violent and prejudiced world. Fast-paced and brilliantly written.”

The book is available at bookstores like Novel Idea or borrow a copy for free at Levana’s library (come visit us in the Grey House!) and libraries like KFPL Central branch and Stauffer.

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
WHEN: Wednesday, May 18th at 6:30pm
WHERE: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central branch in the Chown Room (130 Johnson St.)
Everyone is welcome!

The space is wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available — please e-mail us.
Let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event accessible and/or convenient for you. Contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Check out the facebook event.

Happy reading!

Levana’s Feminist Reading Group KEEPS READING “Borderlands/La Frontera”

WHAT: The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s feminist reading group meets once a month to discuss a different text and WE’RE NOT DONE with Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa JUST YET. A complex text like hers deserves some more time.

Event poster for 'Levana Feminist Reading Group Reads Borderlands Le Frontera The New Mestiza'.

“Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa’s experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenge how we think about identity. Borderlands/La Frontera remaps our understanding of what a “border” is, presenting it not as a simple divide between here and there, us and them, but as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits all of us.”

Join us for part II of our discussion on the book. We’ll be focusing mostly on the second poetry portion, but folks are welcome to talk about any part of the book. If you weren’t there for the first reading group, you’re welcome to join anyway.

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
WHEN: Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30pm
WHERE: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central branch in the Boucher Room (130 Johnson St.)
Everyone is welcome! Vegetarian food will be provided.

The space is wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available — please e-mail us.
Let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event accessible and/or convenient for you. Contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Check out the facebook event.

Happy reading!

Levana’s Feminist Reading Group Reads “Borderlands/La Frontera”

WHAT: The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre’s feminist reading group meets once a month to discuss a different text and the book we are reading this month (and for International Women’s Week) is Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa.

Event poster for 'Levana Feminist Reading Group Reads Borderlands La Frontera The New Mestiza'.

“Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa’s experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenge how we think about identity. Borderlands/La Frontera remaps our understanding of what a “border” is, presenting it not as a simple divide between here and there, us and them, but as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits all of us.”

The book is available at bookstores like Novel Idea or borrow a copy for free at Levana’s library (come visit us in the Grey House!) and libraries like KFPL Central branch and Stauffer.

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
WHEN: Wednesday, March 9th at 6:30pm
WHERE: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central branch in the Boucher Room (130 Johnson St.)
Everyone is welcome!

The space is wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available — please e-mail us.
Let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event accessible and/or convenient for you. Contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Check out the facebook event.

Happy reading!