Emma Watson is approaching her work with UN Women in the most Hermione Granger-like way: starting a feminist book club. She tweeted the news yesterday with a link to the group, called Our Shared Shelf, on Goodreads, along with the following note:
As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.
The plan is to select and read a book every month, then discuss the work during the month’s last week (to give everyone time to read it!). I will post some questions/quotes to get things started, but I would love for this to grow into an open discussion with and between you all. Whenever possible I hope to have the author, or another prominent voice on the subject, join the conversation.
If you fancy it, please join up and participate. Everyone is welcome. I would be honoured!
The first book the group is reading is Gloria Steinem's new travel memoir My Life On The Road. They're reading it over the next two weeks, which means her club has its sh*t together way more than the one YOU started. Watson wrote on Goodreads:
Who has their copy?
Just put my name, where I bought the book and the date in the front of mine!
I am so excited!
I'm reading it with a pen in hand so I can do some underlining and margin writing.
Time to make a cup of peppermint tea! It's only two weeks until the last week of this month (e.g discussion time)... Got to get reading!
"I'm reading it with a pen in hand so I can do some underlining and margin writing. Time to make a cup of peppermint tea!" Those have to be two of the most British sentences ever written.
The group is open, so you can join it on Goodreads by going here. Maybe you wouldn't get kicked out of the group if you just joined to ask her about what it was like to kiss Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint (sorry, that wasn't very feminist).