Virtual Queer Book Club: December
Wednesday December 09 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for Virtual Queer Book Club on Wednesday, December 9th at 7pm! We'll be discussing A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian.
In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian, and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings.
When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.
Elegant, poetic, and vibrant, A People’s History of Heaven takes a clear-eyed look at adversity and geography--and dazzles in its depiction of these women’s fierceness and determination not just to survive, but to triumph.
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Virtual Event with Chris Stedman
Thursday December 10 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a virtual event with Chris Steadman and Safy-Hallan Farah on Thursday, December 10 at 7 pm on Zoom. Register here.
Chris’s second book, IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives, is an insightful exploration of authenticity in the digital age. It shines a light on how age-old notions of realness can be freshly understood in our online lives. Stedman invites readers to consider how they use the internet to fulfill the essential need to feel real, online and off.
Chris Stedman is a Minneapolis-based writer, speaker, teacher, and community organizer. He is the author of IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives (2020) and Faitheist (2012). Chris has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and PBS, and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Pitchfork, VICE, The Rumpus, The LA Review of Books, Catapult, and The Washington Post. Previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Community and a fellow at Yale University, Chris also served as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University. He currently teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University and serves as the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities' 2020-21 visiting lecturer. To learn more, visit chrisstedmanwriter.com
Safy-Hallan Farah is a writer from Minneapolis, MN.