We are so excited about this month’s reading, we cannot even make any of the goofy email jokes you have come to expect from us!
So we’re gonna tell it you straight, bub: if you miss our amazing March 31st reading at the Flying Saucer, where Jennifer Baumgardner, Michelle Goldberg, and Kathryn Joyce will all be reading from their new books in support of the New York Abortion Access Fund, for the low, low price of $5, you are only hurting yourself. Please come by to enjoy some free wine, nice people, and the most awesome gathering of feminist writers you’ll find around!
8pm* Flying Saucer Cafe , 494 Atlantic Ave (between Nevins and Third Ave.)*$5 suggested donation* on-site book sales provided by Mobile Libris
*We are so excited to be having Jennifer Baumgardner reading for the Other Means series for the second time! Jennifer is the co-author of Manifesta and Grassroots, and the author of Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics. She has written for The Nation, Jane, Glamour, National Public Radio, and Out. She also produced the documentary film “I Had an Abortion.”
Her new book ABORTION AND LIFE, is out now from Akashic Books: “In Abortion & Life, author and activist Jennifer Baumgardner reveals how the most controversial and stigmatized Supreme Court decision of our time cuts across eras, classes, and race. Stunning portraits by photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill of folk singer Ani DiFranco, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gloria Steinem, and others accompany their elucidating accounts of their own abortion experiences. In this bold new work, Baumgardner explores some of the thorniest issues around terminating a pregnancy, including the ones that the pro-choice establishment has been the least sensitive or effective in confronting.” 10% of proceeds from this book go to New York Abortion Access Fund, no matter where you buy it!
*Michelle Goldberg is a peripatetic journalist and author who has always been fascinated by the intersection of ideology, sex and politics. Her first book, the New York Times bestseller Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, delved into some of the reddest precincts of the United States to expose the ascendant politico-religious fundamentalism dominating the Republican Party and, at the time, the Bush administration.It was a finalist for the 2007 New York Pubic Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. Her new book is THE MEANS OF REPRODUCTION: SEX, POWER, AND THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD, out April 2 from Penguin Press: “In this groundbreaking work of investigative journalism by the author of The New York Times bestseller Kingdom Coming, Michelle Goldberg exposes a global battle over women’s reproductive rights that pits reformers against an international alliance of fundamentalists, with profound consequences for both individual lives and worldwide development.”
*Kathryn Joyce is the author of QUIVERFULL: INSIDE THE CHRISTIAN PATRIARCHY MOVEMENT, new from Beacon Press.
“Fundamentalist Christianity may lose some access to power in the next election, but it has long-term plans. In this fascinating look at the new generation of fundamentalist Christian women, journalist Kathryn Joyce introduces us to the world of the patriarchy movement and Quiverfull families. Quiverfull is a fascinating examination of the twenty-first-century women and men who proclaim self-sacrifice and submission as model virtues of womanhood-and as warfare on behalf of Christ.” Kathryn received her B.A. from Hampshire College* and her M.A. in cultural reporting and criticism from New York University. Her freelance writing has appeared in The Nation, Mother Jones, Newsweek, The Massachusetts Review, and other publications. She has received support from The MacDowell Colony and The Nation Institute and is former managing editor of The Revealer, a daily review of religion and the media published by NYU’s Center for Religion and Media, a Pew Charitable Trusts “Center of Excellence.”
Founded in 2001, The New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) is a volunteer-run, 501c3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to low-income women in New York State who cannot afford to pay for an abortion. NYAAF, an affiliate of the National Network of Abortion Funds, believes that abortion services should be available to all women regardless of their ability to pay. Without funding, many women do not have a real choice. Abortion funds are local, grassroots organizations that raise money to support women in need of abortion services. Since its inception, NYAAF has provided over $100,000 of support to approximately 300 women in need. NYAAF provides funding directly to reproductive health clinics on behalf of the women we serve. In 2008, NYAAF pledged over $48,000 to 71 women who needed help paying for their abortions.