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Celebrate Audre Lorde's 90th Birthday with a Read-a-Thon

Event date: 
Sunday, February 18, 2024 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This event takes place in person at Charis and on ZOOM. This event is free, but registration is required for virtual attendance. Click here to register to attend virtually. Please read the in-person event guidelines at the bottom of this page to be sure you can participate in the event.

This year marks the 90th birthday of Audre Lorde, a Black lesbian, writer, warrior poet, and unapologetic feminist who taught us the power of speaking out, and living authentically. Her words were not just poetry; they were declarations, a rallying cry for justice, equality, and the right to be heard.

This is more than a birthday celebration. It's a reclamation of space, an assertion of identity, and a testament to the enduring power of Audre Lorde's work. Her words are our armor and our guide.

In honor of Audre Lorde, we are gathering voices from our community with this Readathon. Your voice is crucial, and we welcome you into the space at Charis Books & More. Please fill out this reader's form: https://forms.gle/BhGDeFMAYJs8wtTc8 and unite in a chorus of resistance and celebration.

Sunday, February 18, 2024, from 1-5 pm at Charis Books & More, located at 184 S. Candler Street, Decatur, GA 30030 Sponsored by ZAMI NOBLA in partnership with Charis Books & More, and the Counter Narrative Project.

If you need a copy of a book by or about Audre Lorde ORDER HERE and 10% of your purchase will benefit ZAMI NOBLA.

Pre-Order  Survival Is a Promise: The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde by Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Publication Date: August 20th, 2024)

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

In-person event guidelines: 

  • All attendees must wear a face mask at all times inside the building 

  • We will begin seating people at 12:30 PM ET.

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  • If you have any questions regarding these guidelines or to request specific accessibility accommodations, please contact info@charisbooksandmore.com or call the store at 404-524-0304

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Event address: 
A Hybrid (in-person + virtual) Event
184 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580911863
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Published: Crossing Press - August 1st, 2007

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature.

“[Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware.”—The New York Times 


Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography By Audre Lorde Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780895941220
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Published: Crossing Press - January 1st, 1982

Zami: A Carriacou name for women who work together as friends and lovers


The Cancer Journals By Audre Lorde, Tracy K. Smith (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Tracy K. Smith (Foreword by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780143135203
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 13th, 2020

Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer and a radical mastectomy.

A Penguin Classic


Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989 By Audre Lorde, Pat Parker, Julie R. Enszer (Editor) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781938334290
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Published: Sinister Wisdom - February 15th, 2018

2019 Over the Rainbow Booklist Selection for Nonfiction.


A Burst of Light and Other Essays By Audre Lorde, Sonia Sanchez (Foreword by), Jen Keenan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Sonia Sanchez (Foreword by), Jen Keenan (Illustrator)
$22.95
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ISBN: 9780486818993
Published: Ixia Press - September 13th, 2017

"Lorde's words -- on race, cancer, intersectionality, parenthood, injustice -- burn with relevance 25 years after her death." -- O, The Oprah Magazine


Dream of Europe: Selected Seminars and Interviews: 1984-1992 By Audre Lorde, Mayra Rodriguez Castro (Editor) Cover Image
$20.00
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ISBN: 9780999719879
Published: Kenning Editions - April 20th, 2020

Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Edited by Mayra Rodr guez Castro. Preface by Dagmar Schultz. AUDRE LORDE: DREAM OF EUROPE elucidates Lorde's methodology as a poet, mentor, and activist during the last decade of her life.


The Selected Works of Audre Lorde By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by)
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781324004615
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2020

A definitive selection of Audre Lorde’s "intelligent, fierce, powerful, sensual, provocative, indelible" (Roxane Gay) prose and poetry, for a new generation of readers.


I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Blac) By Rudolph P. Byrd (Editor), Johnnetta Betsch Cole (Editor), Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Editor) Cover Image
$40.24
ISBN: 9780199846450
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 12th, 2011

Audre Lorde was not only a famous poet; she was also one of the most important radical black feminists of the past century.


The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde By Audre Lorde Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780393319729
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2000

A complete collection—over 300 poems—from one of this country's most influential poets.


The Black Unicorn: Poems By Audre Lorde Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312379
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 1995

The Black Unicorn is a collection of poems by a woman who, Adrienne Rich writes, "for the complexity of her vision, for her moral courage and the catalytic passion of her language, has already become, for many, an indispensable poet."


Coal By Audre Lorde Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393314861
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 1996

Of Coal, the poet and critic Hayden Carruth said, "For us these words indeed are jewels in the open light."


Undersong: Chosen Poems Old and New By Audre Lorde Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780393309751
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 17th, 1992

"Undersong is a remarkable poetic document...."--Adrienne Rich


Our Dead Behind Us: Poems By Audre Lorde Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312386
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 1994

In this collection, Audre Lorde gives us poems that explore "differences as creative tensions, and the melding of past strength / pain with future hope / fear; the present being the vital catalyst, the motivating force—activism."


The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance: Poems, 1987-1992 By Audre Lorde Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393311709
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 1994

“This volume resonates with some of the finest poems Audre Lorde ever wrote: sinewy, lyrical, celebratory even in the face of death, and always political in the best sense. Now the poet is gone—but the work lives, and sings.” —Robin Morgan


Chosen Poems, Old and New By Audre Lorde Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393300178
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 17th, 1982

“Here are the words of some of the women I have been, am being still, will come to be,” writes Audre Lorde of this volume, in which she brings together many of the most important poems she has written over the past thirty years.


Conversations with Audre Lorde (Literary Conversations) By Joan Wylie Hall Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781578066438
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - May 1st, 2004

Audre Lorde (1934-1992), the author of eleven books of poetry, described herself as a "Black feminist lesbian poet warrior mother," but she added that this phrase was inadequate in capturing her full identity. The interviews in this collection portray the many additional sides of the Harlem-born author and activist.


Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde By Alexis De Veaux Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780393329353
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 17th, 2006

Winner of the 2005 Lambda Literary Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award: the first and "essential" (Choice) biography of the author, poet, and American icon of womanhood, black arts, and survival.


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Survival Is a Promise: The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde By Alexis Pauline Gumbs Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374603274
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 20th, 2024

A bold, innovative biography that offers a new understanding of the life, work, and enduring impact of Audre Lorde.


Event Summary: 
Join ZAMI NOBLA (National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging) with The Counter Narrative Project and Charis Books and More for a 4-hour read-a-thon in celebration of Audre Lorde's 90th Birthday.