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For many, COVID-19 has ushered in a renewed romance with the good old fashioned phone chat. It’s a way of connecting that bicoastal pals Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman have made into an art as co-hosts of the addictively listenable podcast Call Your Girlfriend. With Big Friendship, the duo give platonic love its due. The book is at once a deeply personal exploration of their relationship and a social-science backed case for the value of friendship in our lives. Writes the New York Times, “Friendship is a choice . . . [they] remind us that laziness in tending to friendships is dangerous, and that regardless of the circumstance, whether geography or pandemic, friendships must be nourished, or they will wither.” Join Sow and Friedman in the technology of our time—Zoom—for a conversation on chosen family.

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

Aminatou Sow is a writer, interviewer, and cultural commentator. She
is a frequent public speaker whose talks and interviews lead to candid
conversations about ambition, money, and power. Aminatou lives in

Ann Friedman is a journalist, essayist, and media entrepreneur. She is a contributing editor to The Gentlewoman. Every Friday, she sends a
popular email newsletter. Ann lives in Los Angeles.

Glory Edim

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017 she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions, including The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Most recently, she was the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter. She serves on the board of New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore.

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