Welcome to Charis Books and More,
the South's oldest independent feminist bookstore. Celebrating 40 years of feminism and independent voices!
We specialize in diverse and unique children's books.
Feminist and cultural studies books.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer fiction
We will gladly order any book in print.
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have in stock. Visit our store at 1189 Euclid Ave, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307 located in the heart of the Little 5 Points business district
to see all of our great gift ideas. Charis is fully wheelchair accessible, with
an accessible (and gender neutral) bathroom, ramp, and shelves on wheels. We
have one van accessible parking spot.
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GPS devices will often send you to the wrong place. If you prefer to use your GPS for directions use the address of the Brewhouse Cafe:401 Moreland Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA 30307. If you are facing the Brewhouse we are located just behind it on the left, diagonally across the street from The Clothing Warehouse.
Join us for a very special conversation between two Charis favorites: Jim Grimsley and Pearl Cleage to celebrate the release of Jim's newest book: How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood.
In August of 1966, Jim Grimsley entered the sixth grade in his small eastern North Carolina hometown. But this year marked a significant shift in the way the people there — especially the white people — lived their lives. It was the year federally mandated integration of the schools went into effect, at first allowing students to change schools through “freedom of choice,” replaced two years later by forced integration.
For Jim, going to one of the private schools that almost immediately sprang up was not an option: his family was too poor to consider paying tuition, and while they shared the community’s dismay over the mixing of the races, they had bigger, more immediate problems to face.
Now, more than forty years later, Grimsley, a critically acclaimed novelist, revisits that school and those times, remembering his personal reaction to his first real exposure to black children and to their culture, and his growing awareness of his own mostly unrecognized racist attitudes.
How I Shed My Skin is honest, unflinching, and deeply moving, an important work that takes readers inside those classrooms and onto the playing fields as, ever so tentatively, alliances were forged and friendships established, while all around them the adults found it impossible to accept the changes being wrought. And as we mark the fiftieth anniversary of this turbulent time, Grimsley asks, how far have we really come?
Jim Grimsley is the author of four previous novels, among them Winter Birds, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; Dream Boy, winner of the GLBTF Book Award for literature; My Drowning, a Lila-Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award winner; and Comfort and Joy.
Pearl Cleage is the author of numerous works of fiction, plays, and non-fiction. Based in Atlanta, her most recent book is a work of non-fiction, Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs.
This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5.
This meeting and all subsequent meetings will be generally facilitated by Amanda Mills (Murmur). She will also assist in coordinating the zine exhibit and panel. Amanda Mills’ educational background is in English Rhetoric. She has been involved in zine-making since elementary school, including an internship with the Denver Zine Library, teaching a weekly class on zine-making at her high school, forming the Atlanta Zine Library in college, and organizing the Atlanta Zine Fest. Her current project, Murmur, is a community resource for DIY and ephemeral media.
Perzines with Katherine Paist.
Tuesday, April 14th.
5 - 6:30 PM
Must be enrolled (can enroll at any time, max 12).
Katherine’s perzine, Hypoglogia, was featured by Creative Loafing as a highlight at the 2014 Atlanta Zine Fest. Katherine will talk about her work and how she uses creative writing techniques to express personal experiences.
We will then look at examples of perzines from the Atlanta Zine Library. Attendees are encouraged to share things that stand out to them from the example zines. Using a prompt, everyone--including facilitators--will have time for a free-write. We will talk about what it means to create a safe space for sharing. Attendees will share their work from the prompt for feedback and encouragement. Lastly, using magazines and other visual materials, we will talk about how to choose imagery to support and highlight your written words. Everyone is then expected to work on their perzines at home and bring them to next week’s meeting.
Did you know that you can help Charis Circle every time you get your groceries by becoming a Kroger Rewards Card member and choosing Charis Circle as your non-profit of choice. It's free and easy to get started. You can use your existing number or choose to open a new account and link it to Charis Circle. Go to https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards and get started today!