#2 Charis Books & More

Charis house

Charis Books & More
1189 Euclid Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307





1994 was the height of the feminist bookstore.  In fact, fifteen years ago there were over 120 feminist independent bookstores in America.  Today there are less than 10.  And the fact that one of them is in Atlanta is a testament to the fierce support of the local community.  At Charis, books are more than a commodity.  This store is a cause.

Literally, a cause.  

Because at the center of this store, at its heart, is The Charis Circle, a nonprofit founded in 1996.  The Charis Circle runs all the events and programming in the store and exists “to foster sustainable feminist communities, to work for social justice, and to encourage the expression of marginalized voices.”  One of the owners, Sarah Look says, “With the investment in the community, and the investment in feminist causes, it made sense to start a new entity.”

The store is a store, and you can see more of it in the photo diary. It’s bright and welcoming.  It carries children’s books, lit-fiction, and books on spirituality.  There is also a fine selection of lesbian romances.  Stacks


Charis feels open-armed and open-hearted, and it’s 35 years of existence is a triumph of the passion and caring of its customers.





Published in: on May 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Charis is a wonderful resource to our community. I always feel so welcomed and loved when I am there. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. As co-founder of Charis 35 years ago and still working there, I just want to say a huge thank you to the wide-ranging Charis community – those who travel distances to shop there and those who come by often, those who buy all their books at Charis, and those who send their friends in as well. Thanks to all the authors – published and emerging – who grace us with your words and your work and your loyalty.

  3. […] Read about his impressions of Charis and learn about other independents across the U.S. here: http://www.indie100mfitten.wordpress.com […]

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