We are The Bad Feminists Book Club, a group of five Canadian women who meet once a month to discuss a book one of us has chosen. The books we pick are either by women authors or feature women protagonists. We meet near the end of each month to discuss and critique each book, and then record that meeting in our podcast right here on the blog!
Our Bad Feminists
Ashley is a big nerd with a BA, half a Master’s, and most of a diploma. She lives in Edmonton and spends her time programming, reading, playing video games, and playing piano. Ashley likes to de-compress by wielding a (virtual) huge sword and destroying things, designing and creating cosplay for local cons, and thinking about feminism. Her favourite book is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
Jess is a college dropout, self described “Disney Freak”, and lover of all things pop culture. In her spare time, she’ll either be in a movie theater, front row at a concert or planning her next trip that she can’t afford. She also likes looking up random facts on the internet. This has made her an insufferable know-it-all. Her favourite book is Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley.
Joanna works in the forest industry in northern Alberta, so when she wears plaid it is definitely not ironic. She enjoys spending time outdoors trail running, cross-country skiing and walking her two adorable dogs. Her other pursuits include ranting about politics, cross-stitching and embroidery, watching too much Netflix, listening to audiobooks and podcasts and of course reading the old fashioned way.
Sam is a mom to a tyrannical toddler, a shameless reality TV junkie, and a coffee addict in denial. She teaches English Literature at a small liberal arts university, so she’s a voracious reader both at home and in her professional life. Her favourite literary genres include historical fiction (particularly set in the Southern USA), American realism, and nineteenth-century women’s writing. Sam’s favourite books are The Grapes of Wrath and Jane Eyre.
Sophie holds a Bachelors degree in psychology and sometimes toys with the idea of returning to school. In her spare time you can find her at the Barre studio, exploring inner-city food and drink, planning her next trip, or watching Jeopardy! like it’s a sport. Sophie lives in Calgary with her cat, a tabby-Siamese mix named Kahlua, and her favourite book is Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda.