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Best Book Ever

Aug 30, 2021

In her podcast Word To Your Mama, Ritzy Periwinkle showcases diverse voices with common themes of non-linear career paths, normalizing mental health within marginalized communities, women in male dominated spaces, and much more. After years of working in various cubicles in the music industry, she decided to launch Ritzy Periwinkle, a moniker for personal art exhibits, and now a vehicle to provide creative direction, graphic design, illustration, strategic branding and more to a broad spectrum of clients and causes. A proud supporter of culture, justice, and diversity, she is dedicated to ensuring that her role as a strong, Latinx, female creative pays respect to those that helped to pave the way.

Bookworms, I had so much fun talking to Ritzy. Our conversation covered a wide range of topics, including representation in Children’s and YA books, and artist’s need to constantly create, the rewards of therapy, our mutual shame at not reading more Octavia Butler, and the biggest question of all: how can we convince an author to write another book in a series?


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Ritzy Periwinkle

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Discussed in this episode:

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (Attention Bookworms of a Certain Age: click that link to see the modern, updated cover for this classic!)

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jennifer Lewis

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler

Best Book Ever Episode 008, Marion Hill on “Memory and Dream” by Charles de Lint

Octavia E. Butler Landing

Parable of the Sower movie


Discussed in the Patreon Exclusive Clip

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz story by Lilliam Rivera, illustrated by Steph C.

Moses Sumney

What If… Animated Series

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