Queer Feminist Icons: Audre Lorde

The second in our series, in this blog we spotlight Audre Lorde, the American writer, feminist, and civil rights activist. Self-described as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”, Lorde’s work continues to inspire us as she combatted racism, sexism and homophobia through her writing. Audre Lorde was a 20th century American writer and poet, born in 1934 in New York to …

Sisterhood in Translation: Translation Partnerships You Can Get Excited About

Translation Partnerships in Focus: Han Kang/Deborah Smith & Elena Ferrante/Ann Goldstein I imagine the process of assigning a translator to a book must be a bit like matchmaking. Rather than deciding if two people might have a romantic connection, a publisher must ask themselves whether the translator will connect with the text. Will they be able to not only translate …

8 (Online) Independent Book Stores To Support Right Now

It’s scary to think that lockdown has made that magical feeling of turning a corner and spotting a bookish treasure trove a thing of the past. Wandering through the rows and rows of those undiscovered stories calling your name seems like a dream away. What’s even scarier is the fact that this feeling may never return with independent companies having …

Starting the Conversation: Online Book Clubs You Should Be Part Of

Despite the upending of pretty much every part of our lives, COVID-19 has not taken away our love of books. Wonderful bookworms everywhere have been sharing their favourite reads, new releases and read-alongs with people all over the world. As August is Women in Translation month we thought we’d share some uplifting stories of how you’ve stayed connected through language …

Liberté, Egalité, Sororité: A Battle Cry for the 21st Century Feminist

There is a proverb that says, “if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together”. I’ve found this to be true and it’s what, for me, makes the sisterhood aspect of this month’s Liberté, Egalité, Sororité theme so important. For liberty and equality to mean something it needs to be inclusive. Audre …

Pride Month Must-Reads

Here at Books That Matter we wanted to recommend some must-read LGBTQ+ literature to celebrate Pride Month. Of course, we encourage you to engage with these incredible authors throughout the year. However, it is especially important as we protest for and remember the oppression of LGBTQ+ communities both historically and today. We’ve included some fiction, non-fiction, new releases and literary …

Black Owned Businesses To Support

Many of us were saddened and angered by the recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. George was an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck. While this kind of police brutality is nothing new, the incident lit a spark and there is now a palpable desire in countries across the world …

Check Your Privilege, Lockdown is Not a “Gift”

If you’re talking about lockdown as if it’s an extended yoga retreat, you need to check your privilege. In the last week, I have seen so many people in the online space talking about 2020’s lockdown as our “gift”. “Exactly what we needed”, “time for ourselves”, “an opportunity to disconnect”. But for people without the privilege of a garden, stable …

A Queer Feminist icon: Tove Jansson and The Moomins

In this blog we put an artist spotlight on the author, illustrator and artist Tove Jansson who challenged oppression, stereotypes and created a world-famous book series. As a woman and an artist Tove inspires us all to be our true, creative selves. Throughout Tove Jansson’s life she carved out space for her art, writing and personal relationships. The daughter of …