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96. I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me by Jamison Shea

Show announcement: several months ago we decided that it’s time for The Library Coven to come to an end, so this will be our final season. Over the past nearly 6 years we’ve loved making the show and forging connections with folks we never would have met otherwise. But it’s time for our HEAs*. Whether you’re a new listener or someone who’s been with us since early days, thank you for giving us your attention <3 Links for ways to keep in touch included below 🙂


Onto the penultimate episode!

We were both captivated by the debut horror novel I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me by Jamison Shea. Laure has been working incredibly hard at the Ballet Academy of Paris, putting her body on the line in the process in a world filled with seemingly innocent white girls in pink tutus. But the world of ballet is cutthroat, and there’s no space for a Black ballerina. When Laure makes an otherworldly pact, she’s able to make people do her bidding. But when others who’ve also sold pieces of themselves start dying, Laure is sure she’s next – trying to keep up with her ballet while figuring out who’s hunting them down. Chaos ensues as white privilege and racism strike yet again.

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    • Ace of Spades by Faridah Ă€bĂ­kĂ©-ĂŤyĂ­mĂ­dĂ©
    • Get Out
    • Black Swan
    • Tiny Pretty Things by Dhonielle Clayton or the tv show adaptation  
  • Blacks in Ballet on instagram

how to find us slash keep in touch after the show ends:

  • Jessie shares baking adventures at jessie.mae.bakes (on instagram and TikTok) and knitting escapades at jessie.mae.knits on instagram.
  • kelly is less online but can still be found making queer community radio with the OutSources Collective on KNGU (kgnu.org/outsources) or at kellyjdrumright.com.

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Our cover art is by the talented artist nimsby. The podcast theme song is “Unermerry Academy of Magics” by Augustin C from the album “Fantasy Music”, which you can download on FreeMusicArchive.com.

We support #LandBack. The Library Coven is recorded and produced on stolen indigenous land: Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Ute (kelly) and Chickasha, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Mascoutin, Miami, Mesquaki, Odawa, Ojibwe, Peankashaw, Peoria, Potawatomi, Sauk, and Wea (Jessie)