Charis Books hosts programs several nights a week which are sponsored by Charis Circle, our sister non-profit.
Charis Circle and Charis Books & More
For more than 39 years Charis Books & More, the oldest and largest
feminist bookstore in the nation, has played host to legendary programs
and events. In 1996, we created a separate 501c3 non-profit, Charis Circle,
to continue and expand our program offerings. Together, Charis Books
and Charis Circle create a forum for free thought, independent voices,
and unique expression. As a non-profit, Charis Circle is funded mainly through
individual giving efforts and foundation gifts. Charis Circle rents
space from Charis Books and More to house our office, as well as to
hold our programs and provide the only community feminist space in
Atlanta that is open to the public 7 days a week. Charis Books &
More is a for-profit, independent business that is funded through book
In 2004, Charis Circle began sending all of our memorabilia from author
events, community programs, and celebrations to Duke University for
archiving. By doing so we are preserving our place in history.
Charis Circle exists to foster sustainable feminist communities, to
work for social justice and to encourage the expression of diverse and
About Charis Circle's Programming:
Charis Circle creates and co-sponsors programming in four primary
project content areas: the From Margin to Center Literary Project, the
Founding the Future of Feminism Project, the Strong Families, Whole
Children Project, and the Urban Sustainability and Wellness Project. All
of our programming is created with a commitment to sustainability via
diverse and innovative funding sources, by nurturing partnerships across
communities and geographies, and with an eye toward technical
innovation which will create and support accessible feminist communities
beyond our physical location.
From Margin to Center Literary Project (FMC)–Building
on Charis Books and More’s thirty-seven year commitment to independent
and marginalized voices, Charis Circle’s literary project seeks to
expand existing notions of literature, test cultural and
discipline-based boundaries and traditions, cultivate written
experimentation, encourage discourse between schools of thought, and
build audiences for live literary experiences. With a primary focus on
diverse and marginalized voices, FMC is a cutting-edge literary project
that works to encourage “a place at the table” for all.
Founding the Future of Feminism Project (FFF)–works
to build a sustainable and dynamic feminist movement facilitating
regional networking and program development that challenges and seeks to
dismantle all forms of oppression through an intersectional feminist
lens. FFF organizes around a philosophy of wholeness, believing that all
people have a right to be self-determining across the entire spectrum
of their lives.
Strong Families, Whole Children Project–is dedicated
to nurturing the next generation of strong, healthy, and whole young
people (and the people who love them) who are committed to gender
justice beyond the binary.
Urban Sustainability and Wellness Project– is
designed to introduce community members to resources and programs that
promote and health, vital, and sustainable world which rejects the
predominate ideology of scarcity and promotes mutuality and sufficiency
beyond capitalist models.