Reading Women Leaders

May their legacies be a blessing and a revolution!

#ReadingWomenLeaders is a book club series, showcasing women leaders in every aspect of life, prioritizing autobiographies to center the voices of the women themselves.

How does it work?
We're reading a different book every month. Discussions take place via this Facebook group and via a virtual Zoom call every month. Please join the Facebook group and sign up for our newsletter to receive monthly registration links for the virtual book club meeting.

While no purchase is necessary to attend this event, you may purchase Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars from River Dog Book Co. by clicking the button here -->

Next bookclub meeting:
Sun, August 22, 3 pm EST

August will be a bookclub meeting AND author event! Kate will be joining the Reading Women Leaders Bookclub for the second half of the bookclub meeting on August 22, 2021.

Click the button above or the link here to register to attend this free event!

About Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars

When it comes to Mars, the focus is often on how to get there: the rockets, the engines, the fuel. But upon arrival, what will it actually be like?

In 2013, Kate Greene moved to Mars. That is, along with five fellow crew members, she embarked on NASA's first HI-SEAS mission, a simulated Martian environment located on the slopes of Mauna Loa in Hawai'i. For four months she lived, worked, and slept in an isolated geodesic dome, conducting a sleep study on her crew mates and gaining incredible insight into human behavior in tight quarters, as well as the nature of boredom, dreams, and isolation that arise amidst the promise of scientific progress and glory.

In Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars, Greene draws on her experience to contemplate humanity's broader impulse to explore. The result is a twined story of space and life, of the standard, able-bodied astronaut and Greene's brother's disability, of the lag time of interplanetary correspondences and the challenges of a long-distance marriage, of freeze-dried egg powder and fresh pineapple, of departure and return.

By asking what kind of wisdom humanity might take to Mars and elsewhere in the Universe, Greene has written a remarkable, wide-ranging examination of our time in space right now, as a pre-Mars species, poised on the edge, readying for launch.

Kate Greene

About Kate Greene:

Kate Greene was the crew writer and second-in-command on the first simulated Mars mission for the NASA-funded HI-SEAS project. A poet, essayist, and former laser physicist, her work has appeared in multiple publications and radio shows. She’s taught writing at Columbia University, San Francisco State University, and the Tennessee Prison for Women. She lives in New York City.

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September 26

Due to the wealth of discussion topics for The Sediments of Time and the delayed publication for Skiing into the Bright Open, all three titles will be up for discussion in September, depending on who joins us and which book(s) they would like to discuss. Pick a book and join us!

If you have suggestions for other books to be included, please let us know at broche(at)riverdogbookco(dot)com.

Previously Read Bookclub Titles