Reconcile the Aisle – Books As Activism With Jeannine Cook
“To me what movement work means is creativity.” – Jeannine Cook
Today I interviewed Jeannine Cook,
For the last 10 years Jeannine Cook has worked as a trusted writer for several startups, corporations, non-profits, and influencers. In addition to a holding a master’s degree from The University of the Arts, Jeannine is also a Leeway Art & Transformation Grantee and a winner of the South Philly Review Difference Maker Award. Jeannine’s work has been recognized by several news outlets including Vogue Magazine, INC, MSNBC, The Strategist, and the Washington Post. She recently returned from Nairobi, Kenya facilitating social justice creative writing with youth from 15 countries around the world. She writes about the complex intersections of motherhood, activism, and community. Her pieces are featured in several publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Root Quarterly, Printworks, and midnight & indigo. She is the proud new shopkeeper of Harriett’s Bookshop in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.
In this episode we speak about:
• How Harriet’s Bookshop was only open for 6 weeks before the pandemic, yet won the Best of Philadelphia and got a shout-out from Oprah’s Book Club, as well as Usher
• How people will read if you give them material they can connect to
• Holding up a book is just as impactful of holding up a sign – how Harriet’s Bookshop provides free books and gave them out to protestors
• When an idea hits you in your gut, take small steps towards it
• How to the community protected Harriet’s Bookshop during the riots and continues to do so as we move towards the election
Then Melania asks for a book recommendation for Donald.
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