Frequently Asked Questions/How to Order From Our Site

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I wrote a book. I want to do a reading at Charis. What do I do?  Thank you for your interest in reading at Charis. We are glad you found us. In order for you to host an event in our store that we will sponsor and publicize through Charis Circle, our programming non-profit, we need to first agree to carry your book in our store. Please send a succinct email --and in the body of the email-- say what the book is about and why you think it is a good fit for our feminist bookstore. In your email, please tell her how your book is distributed. What this means is we need to know if your book is published by a major publisher, if it is an academic press book, or if you self-published it and are either distributing it yourself or via a major distributor like Ingram (and if it is sold with a regular discount and returnable). A friendly word of advice, is not an independent distributor, they are our competition and we will frown at you if you suggest we can just "buy your book on Amazon." Once Sara has established that your book is a good fit for our feminist bookstore, she will either order it from the distributor or publisher or will suggest a consignment arrangement. We generally only do consignment from local authors.
  2. I am local to Atlanta and I self-published my book. Can I read at Charis? Yes! We are happy to work with local self-published authors whose books fit our general mission. For local authors we offer a standard 60/40 consignment deal where the author sets the price of the book and gets 60% of the sale and we keep 40% of the sale and pay the sales tax on the book. We sign a contact either for 90 days (renewable) or on a per event basis and we pay you for sold books within approximately 30 days of the end of the consignment period.  
  3. So my book is in your store. Now what? Now we get you on the calendar for a signing, as a feature for our monthly open mic (especially good if you are a poet or more experimental fiction writer), or set you up for a stand alone event if you have a skill to teach or can present your material in a more workshop style format. handles booking of all events. We generally book 2 months out but things can occasionally be squeezed in. We don't pay performers but we will gladly work with you by splitting the suggested donation at the door or suggesting other gigs in conjunction with Charis that might help pay for travel, etc if you aren't local. 
  4. I don't have a book but I have a skill, idea, etc, that I want to share at Charis. Is that okay? Yes! You don't have to be a published author or have a CD or a degree to share your knowledge at Charis. Send an idea of what you might like to do and she can help shape it into a talk. Keep in mind that all of our events tend to run no more than 2 hours so your idea needs to be manageable or a multi part series. 
  5. Now my program is booked I am so excited. What should I do? Invite your friends, co-workers, and fans. Share the event on social media and in your various communities. Remember us when you are rich and famous. Tell everyone you got your start at Charis. :)
  6. I want to rent Charis for a private event/party/wedding. Do y'all do that? Yes,  we gladly rent space for all kinds of community and social events. The rate varies depending on the style of event and the need but our community partner rates begin as low as $25 an hour for a two hour minimum rental. If you are interested in renting Charis please email for more details. (Rentals usually require at least 1 1/2 months notice).


Welcome to Charis Books and More online! Here you'll find information about how to order and purchase books on this site.

*****Please note that the online inventory does not represent the titles currently on our shelves, it represents the books we can order for you in a timely matter.***** 

Searching: If you are looking for a particular book you can easily locate it by inputing a title, author, keyword or 13-digit ISBN (the number beginning in 978, which is usually located near the barcode on the back of a book) into our "Search" bar on the left hand side of each page.

--If you are interested in browsing our site or have a topic in mind but are unsure of a particular title please visit the "Booklist Highlights" menu on the left hand side of the page. If you click on "Parenting" you'll find books on parenting subdivided into the further categories of "Adoption," "LGBTO Parenting," and "Pregnancy/Fertility." Clicking on any of the Charis Sections will allow you to see a sampling of books from each of the Sections in our store.
--Visit "Charis Staff Picks" to browse the recommendations of your favorite Charis staff members.
--Visit "Book Club Picks" to see what current and past Charis Book Groups have selected for their discussions.

How to purchase a book:
When you've found a book you want click on the title of the book and you will go to a screen with an "Add to Cart" button. You will then be directed to your "Shopping Cart" where you have the option to check out or continue shopping. If you already have an account with us you will be prompted to enter your username (ususally your email address, although some older accounts may have an independent username) and password (use the password tool if you have forgotten your password). If you do not already have an account you will be prompted to create one at this time. Your shopping cart can always be found in the top, right hand side of the website.

A Note About Inventory and Special Orders:
*****Please note that the online inventory does not represent the titles currently on our shelves, it represents the books we can order for you in a timely matter.*****
--In general, if under "Availability" it says "Usually ships in 1-5 days" that means the book should be a standard order and should be available within a week at the most.
--If a title is "Special Order-Subject to Availability" it may be unavailable or may take a bit more time for us to locate for you. If this is the case we will ALWAYS contact you and let you know what to expect about time and shipping rates.

If you order a book for in store pick up we will call or email you the day it arrives to inform you that your order if ready for pick-up. If your order is to be shipped we will send you an email notifying you when your order has been shipped.

Return Policy: We will gladly exchange books, unopened CD's and DVD's, and most other merchandise within 30 days for store credit only.

If you need any help at all please do not hesitate to call 404/524-0304 during regular buisness hours or email or and put "help with your website" in the subject line so we don't miss it!