Conversations From The Cafe

Conversations From The Cafe
A monthly book club discussion from Cafe Con Libros, a Feminist Community Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Brooklyn. Each month, Kalima DeSuze gets nerdy and intimate while interviewing a community member about their perspective on the book. They also take time to reflect on the book club discussion and share their favorite things about Brooklyn. Produced & Edited by Claire Franjola.

“The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin
Dec 10 • 37 min
Kalima and Shrishti dive into sci-fi and discuss the artful world building and major twists in the first book of a trilogy. (Spoiler Alerts)
“The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang
Nov 1 • 46 min
In the book club’s second dance with romance, Kathy and Kalima gush over how much they love the explicit Feminist themes of this book and why this is a must read for folx looking for romance outside the traditional normal troupes. Produced & Edited by…
“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
Oct 1 • 44 min
Peter’s book selection this month was kismet as the book club grieved the loss of Toni Morrison. In this episode, Kalima & Peter reflect on their own life experiences and confront conflicting empathetic feelings as Morrison’s seminal piece dives into…
“The Proposal” by Jasmine Guillory
Sep 20 • 51 min
Rebekkah and Kalima navigate through their first romance novel and discover the void of black romance authors. *In a previous iteration of this episode, Kalima mentioned meeting Alyssa Cole. This was a case of mistaken identity. Kalima met another local…
“Normal People” by Sally Rooney
Aug 13 • 39 min
Caroline joins Kalima for an introspective dialogue about power dynamics in relationships, open communication, and what it means to be “normal”. Support small bookstores by ordering this book or ANY book from Cafe Con Libros
“Girls & Sex” by Peggy Orenstein
Jun 8 • 40 min
Kalima and Ashleigh discuss the shortcomings of sexual education while addressing the concerns and realities for young women today who are navigating through their sexuality. Note to listeners that sensitive topics related to sex are discussed.
“The Power” by Naomi Alderman
Apr 25 • 36 min
Kalima & Cristina express their thoughts on what the world would be like if women suddenly obtained a superpower giving them power over men in a new society.
“All About Love: New Visions” by Bell Hook
Apr 12 • 28 min
Kalima & Blessing reflect on the ideas presented by Bell Hooks to love better in romantic relationships, friendships, family, and spiritual connections.
“My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante
Mar 20 • 40 min
Kalima and Claire discuss female friendships and how the slew of troubles in a poor neighborhood in 1950s Naples are still relatable today.
“The Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes
Feb 9 • 32 min
Kalima, owner of Café Con Libros, talks with book club member, Ma-Nyahn, about the power of saying yes and equally to say no.
Conversations From The Café Trailer
Feb 9 • 0 min
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