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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
9 May 20

CAG Reads

Leisure presents Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Online via Zoom

For our first installment of CAG Reads, we’re pleased to welcome Leisure, the collaborative art practice of Susannah Wesley and Meredith Carruthers, who were recently featured in the The Artist’s Studio is her Bedroom. Since 2004, Carruthers and Wesley have engaged with social and historical narratives surrounding women artists in the 20th century, as well as creativity and its relationship to pedagogy. Leisure has produced exhibitions and special projects in collaboration with venues across Canada and abroad, and participated in residencies in Banff, Dawson City, Haliburton, and Vienna.

For the inaugural CAG Reads title, Leisure has selected Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland (1915). The second novella in Gilman’s utopian trilogy, Herland is the story of an isolated all-female society that is thrown into disorder by three male explorers. Delivered with wry humour, this work of early feminist science-fiction explores questions of gender roles, privacy, motherhood and individuality.

Getting the book

Herland can be legally downloaded here free of charge. For those of you who prefer to hold an actual book in your hands, Herland can also be ordered from your local bookseller. Here in Vancouver, both Massy Books and Pulp Fiction Books are continuing to receive orders and offer delivery and pick-up services. If ordering from Pulp Fiction, mention that you’re ordering for CAG Reads and they will give you a 30% discount on the publication. We also encourage participants to explore the ebook and audiobook catalogues available through their local libraries.