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Celebrating Southern Feminist Bookstore Herstory with Sinister Wisdom Issue 116

Event date: 
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes members of the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project and special guests to celebrate Making Connections, which is the fifth issue of Sinister Wisdom's series of work edited by the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project. This issue documents the vital lesbian-feminist activism that proliferated in the US South during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Making Connections, edited by Rose Norman, Merril Mushroom, and Kate Ellison, details the extensive networking of lesbian booksellers, publishers, writing groups, and newsletter through engaging interviews, first person narratives, and innovative graphic timelines. Although issue 116 focuses on many aspects of lesbian feminist organizing, this event will focus primarily on feminist booksellers and the Women in Print Movement. Sinister Wisdom is a Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal edited by Julie Enszer.

Featured speakers include: 

Rose Norman and Merril Mushroom, co-editors of the special issue (with Kate Ellison)

Gail Reeder (poem, "Hide and Seek")

Carol Seajay, founder/editor of the Feminist Bookstore News and co-founder of Old Wive's Tales in San Francisco

Special video from writer Alexis Pauline Gumbs, co-founder of the Black Feminist Bookmobile 

Woody Blue reading her interview with Faye Williams, about the Washington, DC, bookstore Sisterspace and Books

Lorraine reading Elizabeth Knowlton's story about Atalanta, the newsletter of the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (1972-94)

E.R. Anderson, reading "Blueprint for a Feminist Future" about Charis Books & More

This event takes place on Zoom. Please click here to register. The 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. As always, if you enjoy the event we ask that you buy the book from Charis.

We will be archiving this event and adding closed captioning as soon as possible after airing so that it will be accessible to deaf and HOH people. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don't hesitate to reach out to info@chariscircle.org. We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances.

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Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes members of the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project and special guests to celebrate Making Connections, which is the fifth issue of Sinister Wisdom's series edited by the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project.