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512. Secret Clubs and Exclusive Spaces with Laura Hankin

A Special Place for Women
A | BN | K | AB
Laura Hankin is the author of Happy And You Know It, A Special Place for Women, and the upcoming book The Daydreams. The paperback of A Special Place for Women is out on May 24th, and as I learned is being adapted for film, too!

We talk about the book-to-film adaptation process, and then we take a deep dive into secret societies, exclusive clubs, and how they work (or don’t). We also take a side trip into public vs private or hidden narratives, and why people want to belong.

Do you know of a secret club or exclusive society? Do you belong to one? Tell me all about it? I’m very nosy.

Thank you to Tara O’Connor for setting up this interview!


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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

You can find Laura Hankin on her website,

Curious about some of the places Laura mentioned? I’ve got LINKS.

And, of course, the two covers for A Special Place for Women

A special Place for women hardcover - a pink wall with line illustrations of women with glowing pink doors one after another disappearing into the distance A special place for women paperback with a skyline of NYC with three women on a carpet wearing black gowns sitting around a pink tablecloth filled with candles and fruit and food it's very witchy vibes

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  1. Kareni says:

    Thank you, Sarah and Laura, for a fun interview. I don’t belong to any secret organizations, but I could be enticed to join one with a slumber party vibe!

  2. WC says:

    The last 2 eps – 511 & 512 will not show up in my Apple podcast feed. *sad* I’m not sure what’s going on, but would you check on this? Thanks!

  3. SB Sarah says:

    Ack! I’m so sorry about that! May I ask you to try unsubscribing and resubscribing? I’ve been having a low key battle with apple and Google both. I am so sorry for the trouble!

  4. WC says:

    Weird. I just checked and somehow Apple unsubscribed me already. I resubscribed and the eps are there now.

  5. WC says:

    And thanks for checking. Sorry you’re having issues. 🙁

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