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IN ONE WEEK: The New Bedford Feminist Reading Group begins!


We’re one week away from the launch of the New Bedford Feminist Reading Group!

In case you missed the original blog post on the group – which you can find here – let this new post serve as notice: You’re invited to join the over two dozen men and women – yes, it’s all-gender – who have RSVP’d to organizer Andy Anello since we first wrote about this a few weeks ago. You can secure your own RSVP by sending an e-mail to Andy at

The first meeting will take place one week from today on Saturday, January 7 at 3:00 p.m. Groundwork! is proud and happy to host the New Bedford Feminist Reading Group. But as Anello points out, “The structure and format of the group will have to be determined by the group. My preference would be for everyone to take turns choosing what we are going to read/look at. That way, we all get a chance to decide the focus of the group.”

Next weekend is a “BIG READ” few days in the city. The Whaling Museum’s annual Moby-Dick reading marathon takes place from from Saturday overnight through Sunday in downtown New Bedford.

This new reading group embraces that spirit and also helps propel the city into the future. Most urban hot-spots boast all manner of progressive reading groups in addition to honoring area literary history.

Whether the New Bedford Feminist Reading Group chooses a classic or contemporary work as its first book to read and discuss is up to the folks who join us next Saturday at 3:00 p.m. If you’re going to the Moby-Dick reading, feel free to come by Groundwork! before or after and make a day of it. We’re located just outside the downtown proper at 1213 Purchase Street. (Entry is on the side on Maxfield Street; you’ll see ‘Groundwork’ on the door.)

In fact, Groundwork! co-founder Sarah Athanas will be reading at the Moby-Dick marathon – along with her mom – that very day. Organizer Andy Anello and myself will be here to welcome you, however – thanks to the brilliant accomplishment that is this co-working space, made real by Athanas and co-founder Dena Haden.

Yes – we know a little bit about dynamic females here. They are adding new chapters to New Bedford’s history every day. We invite you to help do that, too, with the New Bedford Feminist Reading Group.

Again, e-mail organizer Andy Anello here to RSVP to this free, open to the public group. See you on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017!

Steven Froias