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Welcome to Charis Books and More, the South's oldest independent feminist bookstore, celebrating radical and independent voices in the heart of the South since 1974! 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. 

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Charis and the Coronavirus Pandemic

--Starting on August 1st, 2021 we are open for in-store browsing and shopping EVERYDAY,

Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm and  Sundays 12-6pm. 

--Masks still required.  Free masks available if needed. We will limit the number of people in the store if needed, so at exceptionally busy times you may have a brief wait, but this is unlikely. 

--We will continue porch pick up and online order fulfillment as usual. If you enjoy the convenience of that option, please do not feel any pressure to change how you are currently browsing and shopping.

--Most orders are processed within 48 hours and ship/are available for pickup within 1-7 business days.  Larger orders may take longer to ship/arrive. Please place pre-orders on a separate order. We cannot guarantee shipping times. We appreciate your orders and your patience!

--Order a gift certificate for a friend or for yourself. When you order a gift card online, we will issue you a number which allows you to shop online. Please enter all of your information as requested in the form and we will send you a digital gift card number. Please indicate the email of the gift recipient in the comments section during check-out.

--We will continue to regularly sanitize the bathrooms and surfaces and use air purifiers in the store.

--Our back space will not be open to the public.  While we are open for browsing and shopping, we will not have meeting or socializing space available at this time.

--Our Charis Circle programming, including book clubs, support groups, and author events, will continue to be virtual until further notice. Please visit our robust calendar of virtual events below and consider donating $10 or more a month to become a Charis Circle Cornerstone donor, to help sustain the programming work of our non-profit. Thank you.

--We are the official bookstore partner of Agnes Scott College, and whether you are a current student, Scottie parent, staff person, or an alum, you can get your Scottie gear right here by going to the Shop ASC tab in the menu above.


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Book lists and gift guides! Click the links below to explore different categories. 

  GIFT GUIDE--BOOKS!!

  Candles, Pins, Socks and More Fun Gifts!

         Agnes Scott College Apparel and Gifts

            Give the Gift of Audiobooks From Libro.FM

                         Order Bulk Audiobooks for Your School, Faith Community, or Workplace

               Give the Gift of Feminist Community Donate to the Charis Circle

Saint Candles

 Still not sure? How about a Gift Card?

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Want to browse by issue-based/themed booklists? Click here!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 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!
Wed, 09/29/2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Charis welcomes Rhonda Magee in conversation with Anneliese Singh for a discussion of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness.
Thu, 09/30/2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Charis welcomes Ryka Aoki in conversation with TJ Klune for a celebration of Aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars and Klune's Under the Whispering Door. 
Fri, 10/01/2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Charis welcomes Jayne Allen in conversation with Tamara Winfrey Harris for a celebration of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.
Sat, 10/02/2021 - 12:45pm to 1:30pm
The Decatur Book Festival Presents the Literary Fiction Panel: Tiphanie Yanique and Anjali Enjeti discuss their new books, Monster in the Middle: A Novel and The Parted Earth: A Novel.
Sun, 10/03/2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Charis welcomed Regina Bradley in conversation with Special Guests for a celebration of An Outkast Reader: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Postmodern South.
Mon, 10/04/2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans*people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies.
Tue, 10/05/2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
A hilarious and whip-smart collection of essays, offering an intimate look at bisexuality, gender, and, of course, sex.
Tue, 09/28/2021 - 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!
Wed, 09/29/2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Charis welcomes Rhonda Magee in conversation with Anneliese Singh for a discussion of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness.
Thu, 09/30/2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Charis welcomes Ryka Aoki in conversation with TJ Klune for a celebration of Aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars and Klune's Under the Whispering Door. 
Fri, 10/01/2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Charis welcomes Jayne Allen in conversation with Tamara Winfrey Harris for a celebration of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.
Sat, 10/02/2021 - 12:45pm to 1:30pm
The Decatur Book Festival Presents the Literary Fiction Panel: Tiphanie Yanique and Anjali Enjeti discuss their new books, Monster in the Middle: A Novel and The Parted Earth: A Novel.
Sun, 10/03/2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Charis welcomed Regina Bradley in conversation with Special Guests for a celebration of An Outkast Reader: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Postmodern South.
Mon, 10/04/2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans*people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies.
Tue, 10/05/2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
A hilarious and whip-smart collection of essays, offering an intimate look at bisexuality, gender, and, of course, sex.

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.