The Apocalypse Reading Room List | Free Word

The Apocalypse Reading Room transforms Free Word’s cafe into a post-apocalyptic bunker filled with books that will inspire you to change the world. It explores alternatively gendered and ungendered worlds as part of Free Word’s All The Ways We Could Grow Season, and is curated by Ama Josephine Budge in partnership with Free Word and with support from The Reading Agency.


We would love your help in building our collection! Below is a list of all the books our reading room currently holds, and all the books we’d love to have. Do you have title suggestions to add to the below? Or do you have a book that you’d like to donate? Visit us to drop off donations, or drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #ApocalypseReadingRoom and #AllTheWaysWeCouldGrow.


Books our reading room holds:

Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler
Imagining 2043 Skin Deep: Race + Culture
Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall-Kimmerer
The Mushroom at the End of World Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
Sister Outsider Audre Lorde
Bluets Maggie Nelson
Emergent Strategy Adrienne Maree Brown
Revolutionary Mothering Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Black Skin White Masks Frantz Fanon
Lagoon Nnedi Okorafor
Julian is a Mermaid Jessica Love
The Color Purple Alice Walker
Trees (vol’s 1&2) Warren Ellis & Jason Howard
Bodyminds REIMAGINED: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction Sami Schalk
Bodymap Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Staying with the trouble Donna Haraway
Caliban and the Witch Sylvia Federici
The Argonauts Maggie Nelson
Named & Shamed Janine Ashbless
Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. LeGuin
Eco Feminism Maria Miesm & Vandana Shiva
Colonization of Time Giordano Nanni
Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility Alexis Lothian
Gender Trouble Judith Butler
Female Masculinity Jack Halberstam
Women who run with the Wolves Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Staying Power Peter Fryer
All About Love bell hooks
Giraffe Can’t Dance Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees
The Boy & the Bindi Vivek Shraya
Lizard Radio Pat Schmatz
On the Postcolony Achille Mbembe
Other Minds Peter Godfrey-Smith
The Hidden Face of Eve Nawal El Sadawi
So Long Been Dreaming Nalo Hopkinson abd Uppinder Mehan (eds)
Bitch Planet Kelly Sue DeConnick & Robert Wilson IV
Sexuality in China: Histories of Power and Pleasure Howard Chiang
Octavia’s Brood Adrienne Maree Brown & Walidah Imarisha
The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study Stefano Harney & Fred Moten
Before I Step Outside [You Love Me] Travis Alabanza
More Happy Than Not Adam Silvera
I Am Nobody’s Nigger Dean Atta
Black Lives, Black Words ed. Reginald Edmund
Selah Keith Jarrett
A is for Activist Innosanto Nagara
Funeral Flowers Emma Dennis-Edwards
Issue 8: Movements SKIN DEEP
Issue 7: Food SKIN DEEP
Issue 5: Imagining 2043 SKIN DEEP
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Hair Matters Ingrid Banks
Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene Donna J. Harraway
Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination Robin G. Kelly
Turning the Mind Into an Ally Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
A Mercy Toni Morrison
The Story of the Eye Georges Bataille
Brother I’m Dying Edwidge Danticat
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa Walter Rodney
Near Future Suzannah Evans
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Smile As They Bow Nu Nu Yi


Books we need to build our reading room:

Charting the Journey: Writings by Black and Third World Women ed. by S. Grewal, Jackie Kay, Liliane Landor, Gail Lewis & Pratibha Parmar
This Changes Everything Naomi Klein
Tentacle Rita Indiana
Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics Jess Barber & Sara Saab
Fifth Season N.K. Jemisin
Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman Leslie Feinberg
Necessity of Tomorrows Samuel R. Delany
Cruising Utopia Jose Estéban Muñoz
The Obelisk Gate N.K. Jemisin
Undoing Gender Judith Butler
Impossible Desires Gayatri Gopinath
Tracks Robyn Davidson
Wild Jay Griffiths
Stone Sky N.K. Jemisin
Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert
Henry & June Anaïs Nin
Stone Butch Blues Leslie Feinberg
Testo Junkie Beatriz Preciado
Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry Amber Dawn & Justin DuCharme (ed)
Surpassing Certainty Janet Mock
Capital Karl Marx
Zami: A New Spelling of my Name Audre Lorde
Orientalism Edward W. Said
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives Marla Brettschneider
Reflecting Rogue: Inside the Mind of a Feminist Pumla Dineo Gqola
James Baldwin: Collected Essays James Baldwin
I Love Myself When I’m Laughing Zora Neale Hurston
Sultana’s Dream Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
Queer African Reader Ekine and Abbas (ed)
Transgender China Howard Chiang
Global Weirding ed. Gerry Canavan & Andy Hageman
A Room of One’s Own Virginia Woolf
Thiefing Sugar Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
Toward a Decolonial Feminism Maria Lugones
Uses of the Erotic as Power Audre Lorde
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness Zanele Muholi
Dust Jackets for the Niggerati Kara Walker
A Fantastic Journey Wangechi Mutu
Photographs Rotimi Fani-Kayode and Alex Hirst
Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi
Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad Sholeh Wolpé
Fairy Tale for Lost Children Diriye Osman
My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness Kabi Nagata
I Hate the Internet Jarrett Kobek
Selah Keith Jarrett
Ulverton Adam Thorpe
De Profundis Oscar Wilde
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Haruki Murakami
Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge
A-Z Encyclopedia  
Bury It Sam Sax
Ceremonies Essex Hemphill
Playing in the Dark Toni Morrison
Freshwater Akwaeke Emezi
Citizen: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine
Kindred Octavia Butler
Crush Richard Siken
Exquisite Corpse Poppy Z. Brite
Narcopolis Jeet Thayil
Venus as a Boy Luke Sutherland
Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles ed. Thomas Glave
Black on Both Sides:  A Racial History of Trans Identity C. Riley Snorton
Decolonizing Trans/gender 101 B. Binaohan
Over the Rainbow Nicola Field
The Heart of It Seni Seneviratne
Reader, I Married Him & Other Queer Goings on Dorothea Smartt
A Creature of Transformation James Hodgson
Precocious Adam Lowe
Spoke: New Queer Voices Andrew McMillan, Keith Jarrett, Janette Ayachi, Adam Lowe
Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting Shivanee Ramlochan
Vivat Regina Maz Hedgehog
Requite Malaika Kegode
Don’t Call us Dead Danze Smith