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PCL READS w/ Leslie Kern: A Virtual Author Talk

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Mount Pleasant OnlineRoom
PCL OnlineRoom
Monday, April 12, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
315 Academy Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

Leslie Kern, the Director of Gender Studies at Mount Allison University, joins us virtually to discuss her latest book, FEMINIST CITY.

About this Event

Librarians love getting book recommendations too! As a citywide initiative, we invited Groundwork Rhode Island’s Executive Director, Amelia Rose, to co-host PCL READS this month and to select the next book. Combining personal memoir, feminist theory and pop culture analysis, Feminist City is a revelatory work that “offers intersectional insights into the gendered nature of the modern city” (Kirkus). Join us on Monday, April 12th at 6PM as we meet the author, feminist geographer Leslie Kern, at this very special event! We also invite YOU to participate in our lively discussion.

Get free tickets through Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. REGISTER HERE!


The book, Feminist City, is available through the library in multiple formats. Place a hold on the hardcover edition of Feminist City in the catalog. Downloadable copies of the eBook are available in the eZone and the eAudiobook is available to PCL cardholders using Hoopla! Thank you to the Friends of Mt. Pleasant Library for purchasing additional copies of the book.


Dr. Leslie Kern is an Associate Professor of Geography and Environment and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Mount Allison University. She is the author of Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-made World and Sex and the Revitalized City: Gender, Condominium Development, and Urban Citizenship. Her research focuses on gentrification in North American cities, exploring issues such as embodiment, gendered labor conditions, and environmental and human health using feminist urban theory.


Feminist City is an ongoing experiment in living differently, living better, and living more justly in an urban world. We live in the city of men. Our public spaces are not designed for female bodies. There is little consideration for women as mothers, workers or carers. The urban streets often are a place of threats rather than community. Gentrification has made the everyday lives of women even more difficult. What would a metropolis for working women look like? A city of friendships beyond Sex and the City. A transit system that accommodates mothers with strollers on the school run. A public space with enough toilets. A place where women can walk without harassment.

In Feminist City, through history, personal experience and popular culture Leslie Kern exposes what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built into our cities, homes, and neighborhoods. Kern offers an alternative vision of the feminist city. Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out an intersectional feminist approach to urban histories and proposes that the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping a new urban future. It is time to dismantle what we take for granted about cities and to ask how we can build more just, sustainable, and women-friendly cities together.


Groundwork Rhode Island is a community-based non-profit dedicated to creating healthier and more resilient urban communities in Rhode Island. They achieve this through a variety of urban stewardship programs, which seek to support local residents in the development of economic resources that improve their individual lives and communities, as well as improve both the natural and built urban environment, especially in economically-distressed areas. Groundwork RI’s core programs include Green Team youth employment, adult environmental job training, Harvest Cycle composting service, which employs both youth and adults involved in Groundwork RI’s programs, and GroundCorp landscaping service, which hires graduates of the adult job training program. Groundwork RI also runs the Ring Street Community Garden in Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood, the Prairie Avenue Greenhouse in South Providence, and the soon-to-be West End Compost Hub.


Contact the co-organizers of PCL READS: Amy Rosa, or Lee Smith, .

Contact Information
Lee Smith
(401) 272-0106
Sponsored by: 
Groundwork RI