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Welcome to Charis Books and More, the South's oldest independent feminist bookstore, celebrating radical and independent voices since 1974! Together with Charis Circle, our 501c3 programming nonprofit, we exist to foster sustainable feminist communities, to work for social justice, and to encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. We are located in Decatur, GA/metro Atlanta, and we are proud to be the school store partner for Agnes Scott College. We specialize in diverse and unique children's books, feminist, and cultural studies books, books on anti-racism and ending white supremacy, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer fiction and non-fiction. Not sure what to read? Our staff picks and reading lists are a great place to start!

Our website reflects what is available to order, NOT what is on our shelves. 

Please browse our booklists to see some of the books we carry: Booklists by theme/issue

We are open for in-store browsing and shopping EVERYDAY, Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm and Sundays 12-6pm. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sun, 07/14/2024 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
This new monthly event is a free and open-ended creative kickback for our community, hosted by local trans and disabled artists Barry Lee and Noah Grigni.
Mon, 07/15/2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
This is a group for 12-18-year-old trans*people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies.
Mon, 07/15/2024 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
This is a group for people 18+ and is welcoming to people who are in any stage of their journey including people who are in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond, who are questioning their gender or just now coming out as trans in adulthood.
Wed, 07/17/2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
From the author of The Book of Gothel comes the lush, magical story behind Shakespeare's sonnets, as told by one of his most famous subjects—the incendiary and mysterious Dark Lady.
Thu, 07/18/2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
This month's featured poet is Billie Sainwood in celebration of What was eaten was given.
Sat, 07/20/2024 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Charis welcomes long-time friend and founding Charis Circle board co-chair, Anne Olson, on the occasion of her 90th birthday and her publication in the anthology, WomanSpirit: The Rise of Feminism and the Empowerment of Women in Liberal Religion.
Mon, 07/22/2024 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Join us to play table-top board games and have some casual social time from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of every month.
Tue, 07/23/2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Kidliterate invites you to join a group of quirky adults who enjoy reading and discussing Young Adult and Middle Reader books. Drop-ins welcome!
Sun, 07/14/2024 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
This new monthly event is a free and open-ended creative kickback for our community, hosted by local trans and disabled artists Barry Lee and Noah Grigni.
Mon, 07/15/2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
This is a group for 12-18-year-old trans*people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies.
Mon, 07/15/2024 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
This is a group for people 18+ and is welcoming to people who are in any stage of their journey including people who are in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond, who are questioning their gender or just now coming out as trans in adulthood.
Wed, 07/17/2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
From the author of The Book of Gothel comes the lush, magical story behind Shakespeare's sonnets, as told by one of his most famous subjects—the incendiary and mysterious Dark Lady.
Thu, 07/18/2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
This month's featured poet is Billie Sainwood in celebration of What was eaten was given.
Sat, 07/20/2024 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Charis welcomes long-time friend and founding Charis Circle board co-chair, Anne Olson, on the occasion of her 90th birthday and her publication in the anthology, WomanSpirit: The Rise of Feminism and the Empowerment of Women in Liberal Religion.
Mon, 07/22/2024 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Join us to play table-top board games and have some casual social time from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of every month.
Tue, 07/23/2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Kidliterate invites you to join a group of quirky adults who enjoy reading and discussing Young Adult and Middle Reader books. Drop-ins welcome!

ACCESSIBILITY

Charis Books is a fully wheelchair accessible space with on site van accessible parking, two ramps, and additional overflow accessible parking nearby. Most of our shelves are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. Our bathrooms are wheelchair accessible and gender neutral with motion activated fixtures. Both bathrooms have wheelchair accessible baby changing tables. Our directional signs are written in braille. Our events are mic'd for sound. We caption videos when we show them in the space. Free ASL interpretation is available for most Charis Circle programs upon request. Please email info@chariscircle.org to request interpretation as early as possible. We have several different kinds of seating for events. If you need a wider or sturdier chair and don't immediately see one available, please let us know and we will help you find one that fits your body. The space has all LED lighting. The space is not scent or chemical free but we do our best to minimize the use of chemicals and scents throughout the space and use low VOC materials whenever possible. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@chariscircle.org.