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OurShelves with special guest Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Ourshelves with Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

OurShelves with Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Join Lucy Scholes as she talks with American author Mecca Jamilah Sullivan about her debut novel, Big Girl – reviewed by the New York Times as ‘achingly beautiful’ – about a young black girl growing up in 1990s Harlem. On the table for discussion is coming-of-age fiction, beauty standards, women’s bodies and matrilineal traditions.


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On the nightstand – books that are currently on your bedside table

James Hannaham’s Didn’t Nobody Give a Sh*t What Happened to Carlotta; Bettina Judd’s Feelin.


On your mind – a recent article, podcast, film, series or song

Change f. Luther Vandross, “The Glow of Love” (song)


On the shelf – one book that made you think about feminism in a new way

Ntozake Shange’s A Daughter’s Geography 


On the pedestal – tell us about one person (woman or non-binary) you admire

Audre Lorde


Special 50th Anniversary question – what one Virago book would you pass on? (Your Golden Apple).

Gayl Jones’s Butter


Tune in next time for more conversation about books, feminism and culture.

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