antifascism, antiracism & racial justice, sex ed, sexual violence prevention, & gender justice

antifascist fiction birthday celebration

It’s my birthday week! I turn 37 on June 26. A few years ago I started a habit of giving out antifascist reading recommendations & requests in honor of my birthday. This year I want to focus on… antifascist fiction!

These are six amazing fiction books I read this year. For me, in very different ways, each of these works of art spoke to different dimensions of antifascist struggle. 

Please note some of these books touched on specific real-world fascist threats that may be very triggering. DM me for content notes or individualized recommendations. 

I offer the books here in the order in which I read them this past year…


Grievers by adrienne maree brown


Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters 


My Monticello by Jocelyn Johnson 


The Rabbi Who Prayed with Fire by Rachel Sharona Lewis 


A Country of Ghosts by Margaret Killjoy 


The Memory Librarian by Janelle Monae & collaborators 


All I want for my birthday is for you to read one of these books sometime so you can tell me all your feelings about it!!

In solidarity, with love,



Published by Mimi Arbeit

applied developmental scientist, antifascist community organizer, sexuality educator