GAL of the MONTH
Justine is not only GAL's assistant editor but also our best way to keep up with all the things new & cool — books, authors, pop culture references, and more.
So we wanted to learn more.
Girls At Library: Who is your current favorite author?
Justine Goode: I became really intrigued with the Franco-Moroccan author Leïla Slimani (The Perfect Nanny) after reading this New Yorker article about her. Before becoming a novelist, Slimani was a journalist covering Morocco and Tunisia, and was arrested while reporting on the Arab Spring. With a toddler at home, she decided to go freelance and enroll in a creative writing workshop, where she finished her first novel, Dans le Jardin de l'Ogre. She wrote The Perfect Nanny a few years later: a disturbing yet beautifully written thriller about a murderous au pair (that just so happens to take place on the exact same street in Paris where I lived when I was an au pair—yikes). To me, Slimani is brilliant and endlessly fascinating, and I can't wait for her follow up novel Adèle, which is slated for release in 2019.
GAL: Current favorite pop-culture phenomenon?
JG: Anyone who follows me on social media knows that I was completely obsessed with Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's whirlwind engagement for most of the month of July. It was glamorous and bizarre and a little cringey and weirdly relatable—at the end of the day, they were just 24-year-olds in love. Now that the excitement around that has kind of died down, I've pretty much moved on to listening to the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again soundtrack multiple times a day.
GAL: And why is GAL important to you?
JG: To answer why GAL is important to me, I went back and found the original fan mail I sent to Payton: “The fact that you have created such a gorgeous, warm, intimate space on the Internet to celebrate the literary appetites and intellect of women is something that, as a reader and young woman, I am truly grateful for. Thank you for making something so vital and vibrant in its content and design, and for giving the rest of us a look into these amazing women's lives.” I think that GAL has also been important to me because it reconnected me with the act of reading for pleasure. When I discovered GAL, I was a recent college graduate and was still used to all of my reading being assigned. GAL helped usher me into this new era where I had total autonomy over what I read, and introduced me to inspiring women who were as curious and passionate about literature as I was.