Zadie Smith NW
NW, named after the northwest of London, orients around the lives of four characters, all from the impoverished Caldwell: Leah, Felix, Natalie and Nathan. It is a radical text with fractured language and streams of consciousness, changing contexts and narrative styles, and peculiar uses of page and punctuation. Through this chaotic form Smith critiques the post-welfare capitalist state, its immobility for her leading characters and its emotional trauma and material limits.
Fem Book Club is an introduction to a diverse range of novels by women about women. Through informal conversation about each text we will focus on the manifold experiences of being a woman through different moments in history and across varying communities. It is an opportunity to think about and challenge what it means to be a woman and perhaps undermine any assumed universal experience by looking at how people of colour, transgender and non-binary identifying writers, or those who suffer with mental health issues have vastly different experiences of ‘feminism’ or what it is to be a ‘woman'. Each Fem Book Club we will focus on an individual text and use it as a departure point to discuss the authors' wider oeuvre and importance in the realm of feminist conversation — how can we use these stories to navigate the world or inform how we think about our place within it?
Your host for Fem Book Club is Kelly Fliedner who has a diverse practice as a writer, curator, teacher, producer and… book club master! Recently Kelly has worked with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, based in South India, as Writer and Editor. Previously she was based in Melbourne and held various roles at West Space, a contemporary art organisation, Monash University Museum of Art, La Trobe University, and MPavilion. In 2016 she worked on creative projects for Next Wave Festival, Melbourne and the Biennale of Sydney.
This will be a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Reading the book and participating in conversation is a must! Use the form below to confirm your attendance.
Other Fem Book Club texts:
BOOK #3 — Wednesday 31 May 5.30-7.30pm — Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye
BOOK #4 — Wednesday 19 July 5.30-7.30pm — Alexis Wright The Swan Book
BOOK #5 — Wednesday 2 August 5.30-7.30pm — Maggie Nelson The Argonauts
BOOK #6 — Wednesday 30 August 5.30-7.30pm — Janet Frame Faces in the Water