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Recent Publications

"Resistance from everyday Ukrainians remains crucial to success

What antifascist organizing in Rome during World War II tells us about the power of resilience" 

 The Washington Post

"Today’s far-right rise echoes Mussolini’s a century ago"  The Washington Post

"Why International Women’s Day matters" The Washington Post

"On the Little-Known Archives Keeping Civil Rights Activists’ Stories Alive" LitHub

"Activist Mothering" Los Angeles Review of Books

"How Italian women used words to fight the Nazis" BBC

Selected Press


Notable Books From Small Presses - Buzzfeed, 9/21

Best Holiday book roundup - Civil Eats, 12/21

Notable Book Events - The Rumpus, 11/21

Best Southern Books - Southern Review of Books, 11/21

“Feeding a Movement: Interview with Suzanne Cope” - Chapter 16, 1/12/22

“Writer As Conduit: Suzanne Cope on the Privilege of Telling Stories” - LitHub, 3/29/22


Radio and Podcast Coverage

Mississippi NPR, December 2021

“New Books in Food,” November 2021

Book Riot “New Releases,” November 2021

“I’m a Writer But…,” March 28, 2022 

“Setting The Table with Deb Freeman,” May 2022

The Puffin Cultural Forum with Dr. Joe Chuman, June 2022



“The research is meticulous…. Feeding people is not ‘women’s work’ in this narrative, it is a radical act that keeps activists and their families alive. Power Hungry is required reading.”

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Advance Praise

"For enslaved African American people, their legacy, trust...the generational wealth of their descendants was rooted in food. Beyond just sustainability, food has been the currency of a people who experienced the power of ownership and value through each and every grain, crop or dish they grew and cooked from scratch. Suzanne Cope in the pages of her new book not only understands this paradox but amplifies the story of how two women of Color living separate lives in different places in America mirrored the impact of this truth as they feed a movement for change, lifting their communities one plate at a time."

Alexander Smalls, James Beard-winning chef and author of Meals, Music and Muses and Between Harlem and Heaven

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“Suzanne Cope does a masterful job of telling the story of the modern Civil Rights Movement through the lens of two of its unsung heroes—Aylene Quin and Cleo Silvers.  These women understood both the practical and ideological power of a hot meal and a full belly, but most importantly they knew how to use traditional women’s work to quietly build a revolution.  Cope’s absorbing prose keeps you turning the pages. For everyone with an interest in activism, women’s history, or the history of Civil Rights, this is an essential and delicious read.”

Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, author of Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

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“One of the joys -- and reliefs -- of living in this moment is witnessing overlooked, silenced, and marginalized people and their histories be restored to their rightful place: our collective awareness and cultural and historical canon. Cope's work is a valuable addition to that of other scholar activists, and invites all readers to learn, reflect, and continue to strive to develop a fuller, fairer, more accurate accounting of history.”

Julie Schwietert Collazo, Co-founder and director of Immigrant Families Together and co-author of The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border 

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“A work of dedication, force, and importance. Power Hungry restores unsung heroes of the civil rights movement, Cleo Silvers and Aylene Quinn, to their rightful place in history. The book gives pride of place to spheres of activism often overlooked because they are led by women of color and focused on feeding and caring for children. Cope's engaging storytelling and dogged research remind us that not all lost stories need remain lost.”

Tana Wojczuk, author of Lady Romeo: the Radical, Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America’s First Celebrity

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