Save your women's bookstore


Yes, I know I've written about this before. It's important. I'm writing about it again.

There are only a handful of independent women's bookstores left in the United States. The email I got today from my local and once-again threatened store, BookWoman said that they are one of 12. The Feminist Bookstore Network site lists more than that, but not nearly enough, and I suspect some of those listed are either not there anymore or not independent. chora's list only has six. However many there actually are, it's not many, and many of them are under constant pressure to remain open. Right now, my biggest worry is BookWoman, which needs to raise $50,000 before mid-December in order to keep on keeping on. But tomorrow it could be the one nearest you.

So here's what I think we should do, you and I. I think we should do some of our Christmas shopping at our local feminist bookstore, if we are so lucky as to still have one. I think we should do as much of it there as we can. And in case you don't know what's near you, here are a few I know are still in operation:

Antigone Books
411 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson AZ 85705

Word Is Out
2015 10th Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302

Bloodroot Restaurant and Bookstore
85 Ferris St.
Bridgeport CT 06605

Wild Iris Books
802 West University Ave.
Gainesville FL 32601
352-375-7477 Fax -375-7719

Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta GA 30307
404-524-0304 Fax -522-6663

Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago IL60640
773-769-9299 * 888-923-7323
Fax 773-769-6729

Womencrafts Inc.
376 Commercial St. / Box 190
Provincetown MA 02657
Fax 508-487-2629

Amazon Bookstore Cooperative
4755 Chicago Ave. S
Minneapolis MN 55407
Fax 612-821-9631

In Other Words - Women's Books & Resources
8 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
Tel: 503-232-6003

Book Woman
918 W. 12th St.
Austin TX 78703

A Room of One's Own
307 W. Johnson St.
Madison WI53703
608-257-7888 Fax -257-7457

And if one of these fine establishments doesn't happen to be in your neck of the woods, maybe consider them instead of for your next online order? And the one after that? Yeah, it's gonna cost you a bit more, but this is one of those things that we've got to work to preserve, or y'all, it's gonna disappear.


That's incredibly interesting. While I shop only at my own favorite independents, I had no idea there was such a thing as a WOMAN'S Independent bookstore. Shame on me.

I don't live in the US but I will pass this on to my friends and family there and will order a few books online from them. Thanks for the heads up!

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