Bulletin Board: A Celestial Book Club, Book Launch, and more!
Happy Summer, dear ones. Here's your monthly installment of Bulletin Board, Novella's digital refrigerator. Below you'll find exciting news from our members including a book launch, a fascinating newsletter, a brand new book club, a dreamy job opportunity, and more. If you have something to share in future iterations of this newsletter, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details.
"There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself." – Hannah Gadsby
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Bulletin Board: June 2018
I’m so pleased to introduce myself to you all – this beautiful community is a balm for the weary soul during these difficult times.
In a last ditch effort to try and momentarily forget the horror show that is our current political climate, I found myself at karaoke last week. I was hoping that singing a few power ballads in a sweaty room filled with my co-workers would lift my spirits, but who was I kidding. On a good day, I am still the woman who sang “Memory” from the musical CATS at a bachelorette party. Which is to say, I like to bring the mood DOWN.
So I sat on a damp vinyl cushion deep in the heart of Manhattan’s Koreatown listening to my co-workers belt out the hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s, as I carefully considered my personal contribution. It was my first time in a social setting with these particular colleagues, and I felt acutely more vulnerable than usual. I took nervous gulps of the expensive Belgian beer I had bought for myself in a desperate bid to feel relevant among the youths of the office as I flipped through the songbook.
A song I’d sung countless times before jumped out at me – one not uncommon in a karaoke room but nonetheless intimidating to sing in a group of relative strangers. Knowing that the entire point of the exercise was catharsis, I held my breath and punched the numbers into the Scotch taped-together keypad. I heard the familiar guitar riff followed shortly by a crashing of cymbals and drums and felt my whole body exhale after days of holding my breath for fear of publically scream-sobbing.
Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaking?
But, you see it's not me
It's not my family
In your head, in your head
They are fighting
With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head, in your head, they are crying
My own tiny warble paled in comparison to O'Riordan's powerful belt, but thanks to the trendy Belgian beer and the aggressively loud speakers flooding the room, it felt like a roar: strong, full of pain, and appropriately angry. Just like Dolores would have wanted, I think.
So here's to soaking up brief flashes of catharsis when it feels like we're drowning in bad news. If the past year and a half has been any indication, I have a feeling we're going to need as much of that as we can get in the months to come.
Things to Read, See, and Do
- Chanice Hughes-Greenberg’s newsletter, Who Is She, featured our very own Roxanne Fequiere. Who Is She champions and celebrates talented women who are pursuing careers in creative environments and industries, telling stories about their work, lives and what matters most to them.
- Brooklyn writers and longtime friends Mickie Meinhardt and Sarah Madges have launched a reading series called Same Page – a variety show welcoming writers and performers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comedy. Same Page seeks out passionate, dynamic work from writers across experience levels and genres to be celebrated side-by-side. It takes place every second Wednesday at the Red Room in the KGB Bar in the East Village. Send your submissions (1500 words max + a bio) to email@example.com.
- Rachel K. Fauman’s new book, Heart Centered Holistic Healing: Healing from Chronic Illness and Lyme Disease is now available on Amazon. Through her personal stories, mindful meditation techniques, and thought-provoking exercises, Rachel guides readers who are seeking tools to nurture their own inner strength along the path to healing.
- Calling all Asian American bookworms! The Cosmos is a monthly gathering of self-identifying women of Asian descent to read, discuss, and support Asian diaspora literature by women authors. Founded by Carolyn Yoo, The Cosmos recently had its first successful book club gathering with 30 Asian women including author Lisa Ko who read and had a Q&A session about her novel, The Leavers. If any Asian women within the Novella community are interested in joining the next gathering, sign up for its mailing list here.
- Not-for-profit Library for All, whose mission is to create a literate world, is celebrating the launch of their new brand identity this Thursday, June 28th at Milk Studios. Grab tickets here and use the code READTORISE for $10 tickets
- Lou & Grey is hiring a copywriter! Are you a brilliant wordsmith obsessed with quippy copy, cool concepts and oh-so-soft clothing? Email Deborah Karpinos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Novella’s own Leeann Duggan takes us through this season’s dreamiest resort looks in a sumptuous and envy-provoking article for Glamour. There’s no time like the present to start planning imaginary vacation looks and thanks to Leeann’s beautiful, couture-laden piece, we’ve got all the inspo we need.