stuff we highly recommend
Do Not Say We Have Nothing,
This is a really beautiful and sad story that traces the dual life of an exiled family in modern-day Canada and their history and bond with another family during the communist and later cultural revolution under Chairman Mao in China. It's a tale of the fragility of the human experience, held together through the thread of music. Especially when read in light of the recent actions of the Chinese govt towards protesters in Hong Kong, Thien's novel is deeply movung, and makes real for us the impact of repressive regimes on the everyday lives and relationships of those ordinary people who live under them.
OK, you may have to be open to a bit of 'post-structuralism' here...but genre is dead remember? Nelson's memoir is a self-reflection and self-analysis on her changing body and mind as she begins to physically transform through her pregnancy into a mother. Running parallel to this is the bodily-transformation of her partner, Harry Dodge - who is non-binary and undergoing hormone treatment and top surgery. The Argonauts is about the struggle for union between body and mind, and between people as people and people as a family. It's about the enduring force of love as something that defies all constructs.
Joana De Oliveira Guerreiro
I've recently become a big fan of joana's work after seeing one of her pieces on the wall of mother espresso. She's just completed a residency in spain and is now back to deliver the goods - i mean, halloween really wouldn't be complete without some hot brexit commentary in the form of a visual feast & it's got us v excited.