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Liberating Libraries

16 EpisodesProduced by Conspiracy of EqualityWebsite

Welcome to Liberating Libraries, a podcast project presented by the Conspiracy of Equality. In this show, we talk about the fiction we’re reading and how it is informing, poking at, inspiring, or enabling our social justice work. We don’t delve deep ‘into the text’, but we use the work of our faves … read more

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Update on Liberating Libraries July 2020

July 28th, 2020


A quick note on where things are at with Liberating Libraries. 

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Survivors Elsewhere

April 13th, 2020


Tash Aw's We, The Survivors (2019) is all about exploitation and the toll of development on workers. Vladamir Lorchenkov's The Good Life Elsewhere

A Return to Octavia Butler

February 10th, 2020


We're back in 2020 with a look at one of the authors who inspired this whole project: Octavia Butler. In this brand new episode we return to and …

2019 Year in Review

December 16th, 2019


Ever wonder what it's like to hear us talk about books we DIDN'T like? Best and worst reads off our shelf in 2019, and some discussion of plans for upcoming episodes (pleasure, work, and African and Indigenous …

Fighting Fascism with Fiction

November 18th, 2019


How should we feel and share our feelings in times of rising fascism? In this episode we tackle this question by looking at stories about life in …

Zadie Smith and Neoliberal Friendship (REPOST)

October 14th, 2019


A short repost of an episode from last year. Zadie Smith is one of our favourite authors, so we had to cut this one down A LOT! Here we're talking …

Land Epics and Great Transformations

September 28th, 2019


We've been excited about this one for a while! An episode looking at two epic tales of dispossession, transformation, and the development of contemporary capitalism. Putting together John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and …

Mohsin Hamid and Writing the Moment (REPOST)

September 4th, 2019


An episode we recorded in 2018, but remains as timely as ever. Looking at Mohsin Hamid's books The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West to talk about breathing life into historical moments, and writing with human …

Marlon James On Violence (REPOST)

August 23rd, 2019


A repost of one of our first episodes looking at A History of Seven Killings and The Book of Night Women by Marlon James. CONTENT WARNING: contains …

Scarborough Takes On Can-Lit

August 5th, 2019


In this episode we look at Scarborough (2017) by Catherine Hernandez and Brother (2017) by David Chariandy, two powerful novels that bring voice to a …

Can we be Estraven? (REPOST)

June 30th, 2019


REPOST: An episode from 2018 about the work of Ursula K Le Guin. We talk about the books The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) and The Word for World is …

Reading for Decolonization (Repost)

June 18th, 2019


RE-POST: While we work on our next episode, we're re-releasing some of our earlier stuff. This is a re-edit of a discussion we had in 2018 about the books Birdie by Tracy Lindberg and The Break by Katherena Vermette. …

Reading is a Singular Pleasure - Part 2 John Steinbeck

June 7th, 2019


Here's part 2 in the series, all about John Steinbeck!  

About: In this series, we talk about authors who mean a lot to one of us, and less to the other, and explore how our reading styles can draw us to very different …

Reading is A Singular Pleasure - Part 1 Dionne Brand

June 7th, 2019


Part 1 in a 2-part series. We talk about authors who mean a lot to one of us, and less to the other, and explore how our reading styles can draw us to very different kinds of writing. Most people find certain kinds of …

Where is Climate Change in Fiction?

March 23rd, 2019


This episode asks how is contemporary fiction incorporating (or not) the present realities of climate change and can it provide avenues for building a response to climate crisis? To do this we look at two recent books …

Early Reads for Liberating Libraries

February 9th, 2019


 Welcome to our relaunch of Liberating Libraries by the Conspiracy of Equality. In this podcast we examine how fiction informs us as activists concerned about fostering empathy, justice, kindness, and equity.

In this …

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