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A Note From The Editor / About


On my red table are books and magazines written by women to empower other women. The subjects include essay collections, biographies, cookbooks, car guides, lgbtq romances, and feminist books and magazines. If I’ve gone off the deep end by any standards, to me, I haven’t gone far enough. I want more.

Inspired by the late nights spent at my actual red table, The Re(a)d Table is my excuse to explore women-centered topics in-depth, and it’s my ‘safe space’ to vent about the inherent issues and judgements I’ve come across by doing so. There will be book reviews, personal essays, and interviews with other badass, professional women. I hope these articles inspire you in much the same way my books have inspired me.

So, grab a cup of coffee, and pull up a chair. Welcome to The Re(a)d Table.

-Megan Wolfe

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