Links: Women of NASA, Resistance, and Kittens

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s International Women’s Day! For today’s links, I tried to collect things that celebrate women and might make us feel empowered, warm and fuzzy, or might bring a smile to your face if you’re feeling sad, frustrated, or anywhere in between.

Sonali Dev is hosting an author interview series called Lit with Love. If the name is any indication already, this is going to be awesome. Two upcoming interviews have already been scheduled: Beverly Jenkins on March 16 at 6pm CST and Julie Ann Walker on June 23 at 3pm CST. You can watch live or catch the interview on YouTube afterwards!

 

LEGO and NASA have combined to make a kickass WOMEN OF NASA mini-fig set, to help honor women in STEM. Science editor and writer Maia Weinstock created the concept and you can follow Lego NASA Women on Twitter to keep up with the set’s release!

I recently took up cross stitching and I’m absolutely in love with it. I put on an audiobook or podcast and get to stitching. If you’re a cross stitcher or want to start, I’m over at Book Riot, showing off some great bookish patterns for stitching!


iGo Keyjuice Keyring

The iGo is an itty bitty tool that unfolds to one USB connection, plus a USB and a USB Micro, so you can plug your phone into your laptop, or into a portable battery. Excellent for tiny emergency kits, too.


New York Times article shows how independent bookstores are helping to “stoke Trump resistance,” and it makes me love the book community even more:

Many stores have distributed information for customers who are mobilizing against Mr. Trump’s actions: his cabinet choices, his threat to cut off funding for sanctuary cities and his immigration bans on refugees and many Muslims. At City Stacks, a bookstore in Denver, employees printed out forms with elected officials’ contact information in a gentle nudge to customers. On Inauguration Day, Broadway Books in Portland, Ore., handed out free copies of “We Should All Be Feminists,” a book-length call to arms by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the novelist.

All over the country, independent bookstores have filled their windows and displays with “1984,” by George Orwell; “It Can’t Happen Here,” by Sinclair Lewis; and other books on politics, fascism, totalitarianism and social justice. Booksellers have begun calling the front table devoted to those titles the #Resist table.

I’ve seen some great bookstore displays in Boston. Have you seen any?

And…kittens! The Icelandic Cat Protection Society has a “Keeping Up with the Kattarshians” live stream with four cute kittens that have little kitty bunkbeds!

Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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  1. Trix says:

    In honor of the day, I’m reading Donna Kaz’s UN/MASKED: A GUERRILLA GIRL ON TOUR, and loving it thus far! She has a really great relatable-yet-righteous voice, and I didn’t realize she had a theatrical background as well as an art historical one.

  2. Liv says:

    Do you have any suggestions for good resources to start cross-stitching? I’ve always wanted to try, and now these patterns make me want to take it up even more!

  3. Amanda says:

    @Liv: I learned using the DMC guide online!

    http://www.dmc-usa.com/Education/Technique-Overviews/Cross-Stitch/Quick-Start.aspx

    And if there are any fancy stitches (the first pattern I chose had a damn French knot), YouTube has some great step-by-step videos.

  4. Ann says:

    Another streaming kitten option: http://www.tinykittens.com–a nonprofit in British Columbia caring for various feral colonies.

  5. Carol S says:

    I’m firstly a knitter, so I found this site for cross-stitch patterns irresistible: dernfolkembroidery.com/shop/

    There are also some fun designs here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SatsumaStreet?page=2

    And get your sass on here: http://subversivecrossstitch.com/blog/

  6. Carol S says:

    Um, that first link is supposed to start with “mo”

  7. Msb says:

    We Should All Be Feminists is a great book: lively, short and easy to read. Heartily recommended.

  8. Katy L says:

    @Liv Another option for learning to cross stitch (especially if you do better with people to show you how and give you feedback) is to see if there’s a local needlework shop you can go to. Most shop owners are glad to help beginners out. You might also look into seeing if there’s a local chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America (www.egausa.org). Most of the folks in the Guild are glad to help beginners, and you might get sucked into – I mean interested in – other forms of needlework. (Can you tell I’m a member?) Good luck and happy stitching!

  9. EC Spurlock says:

    Tor.com invited 11 top women SF writers to celebrate Women’s Day by writing stories based on “She was warned. She was given an explanation, Nevertheless she persisted.” Find the collection here: http://www.tor.com/series/nevertheless-she-persisted/

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