The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability


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Duke University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.7 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Kristen Hogan, who worked at BookWoman in Austin and at the Toronto Women's Bookstore, is Education Program Coordinator for the University of Texas Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Texas, Austin.


"An oft-forgotten chapter in the women's lib movement of the 1970s was the rise of independent, women-owned bookstores, many of which created safe spaces for conversations that spurred second-wave feminism. Hogan has written a history of those thought-leading small businesses and the lesbians and women of color behind them, in which she celebrates the power of the feminist printed word."-- (03/15/2016)
"It's difficult to write the history of women's bookstores without romanticizing a complex world of books, ideas, feelings, and feminist community that many of us miss. Hogan describes the pleasures of these communities, as well as the anger and factionalism that their commitments provoked. A literary history that opens and closes with Hogan's own experience working at the Toronto Women's Bookstore, The Feminist Bookstore Movement leads us through the rise and fall of this network, which, at its peak, included 130 businesses in North America."-- (03/27/2016)
"Hogan gives us a more complicated narrative; she focuses on a broad base of women from different backgrounds working together as activists, rather than on a few commercially successful writers. It is a history from the bottom-up rather than a female-adjusted Great Man style of history. . . .Hogan's story should make us think about how we can build the communities that will give us the next books that will change our lives."-- (05/26/2016)
"[A]n eminently readable text that traces the history of feminist bookstores from their rise in the 1970s through the 1990s. . . . This work will appeal to scholars and everyday readers who enjoy microhistories. Highly recommended. All levels/libraries."-- (03/01/2017)
"In some ways, The Feminist Bookstore Movement is a classic Second Wave recovery project, casting a loving glance backward as it seeks to uncover a series of lost moments obscured by the financial fate (and fight) of feminist bookstores in the '90s. But Hogan's account also spills beyond generational borders."-- (02/26/2017)
"The Feminist Bookstore Movement offers more than a chronicle of the rise and fall of feminist bookstores from 1970 to 2003. Drawing from archival documents, interviews, and scholarship, Hogan delineates the infrastructure that housed a lesbian, antiracist, anticapitalist, community-oriented culture, and she textures her account with thick descriptions of lived experience."-- (03/06/2017)
"Hogan's richly researched text is resplendent with photos that commemorate the 1970s-1980s era of feminism....Indeed, the engaging narrative prompted winsome memories of my brief, mid-1980s stint as an employee at Womanbooks in New York City while in journalism school. The passage of three decades has not dimmed my affection for the colourful posters, shelves of dazzling books and smiling co-workers that greeted me when I began my shift. I'm honoured to have been a part of the tradition that Kristen Hogan recounts, to sublime effect, in her outstanding contribution to lesbian and feminist letters."-- (09/01/2016)

"Carefully researched and highly engaging. . . . The Feminist Bookstore Movement is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of feminist writing and publishing, as well as anyone seeking to understand how feminist alternative economies and communities took shape and survived in the late twentieth century."

-- (09/01/2017)
"A radical contribution to contemporary feminist dialogue. . . . This book will be of potential relevance to feminist, queer and antiracist readers both within and beyond the North American context."-- (05/26/2018)