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Charis History

Old Charis Sign at 419 Moreland Ave.

Old Charis Books and More Sign at 419 Moreland Ave. 

We will be celebrating 45 years of feminist bookselling this fall and we are always celebrating our stories. These stories are written in poetry, biography, short stories, plays, essays, songs and novels. These stories are told in circles--circles of women, circles of children, circles of dreamers, circles of men seeking hope, all making justice. Some stories are read to huge crowds, others are spoken in whispers, one by one. Some stories are found in books, while others emerge from our own hearts as we recognize ourselves in someone else's eyes or words. For over 44 years these stories have been weaving themselves together and finding voice in our little corner of Little Five Points in Atlanta, Georgia. We call this space a feminist bookstore. We call this space "Charis," a Greek word that means grace, gift, thankfulness.

Read about the early years of Charis in Southern Spaces: an interdisciplinary journal about the regions, places, and cultures of the American South 

"Atlanta's Charis Books and More: Histories of a Feminist Space"

staff photo 1994

Staff photo circa 1994, (L. to R.)Beryl Jackson, Linda Bryant, Sara Look, Sherry Emory 


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Below you will find some books that contain further Charis history.

The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability By Kristen Hogan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822361299
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Published: Duke University Press - April 15th, 2016

From the 1970s through the 1990s more than one hundred feminist bookstores built a transnational network that helped shape some of feminism's most complex conversations. Kristen Hogan traces the feminist bookstore movement's rise and eventual fall, restoring its radical work to public feminist memory.

Carryin' on in the Lesbian and Gay South By John Howard (Editor) Cover Image
By John Howard (Editor)
ISBN: 9780814735602
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Published: New York University Press - August 1st, 1997

For a brief history of Charis' early years please read "'Women Ran It' Charis Books and More and Atlanta's Lesbian-Feminist Community, 1971-1981" by Saralyn Chesnut and Amanda C. Gable.

Gay and Lesbian Atlanta (Images of America) By Wesley Chenault, Stacy Braukman, Atlanta History Center Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780738553771
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - June 9th, 2008

A brief pictorial history of LGBT Atlanta, with a mention of Charis.

The Highs and Lows of Little Five: A History of Little Five Points (Brief History) By Robert Hartle Jr Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596298743
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Published: History Press - February 12th, 2010

Includes a brief write-up about Charis.