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BookWoman presents: Kristen Hogan

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Come join us for a night of celebration and reading with Kristen Hogan from her new book The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability.

"A fascinating account of how women's bookstores contributed to the antiracist feminist movement and of Kristen Hogan's personal journey as a bookwoman." - Lisa C. Moore, Publisher, RedBone Press

From the 1970s through the 1990s more than 100 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. 

The bookwomen at the heart of this story—mostly lesbians and including vital cohorts of women of color—measured their success not by profit, but by developing theories and practices of lesbian antiracism and feminist accountability. At bookstores like BookWoman in Austin, the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, and Old Wives’ Tales in San Francisco, and in the essential Feminist Bookstore News, bookwomen changed people’s lives and the world.

Using memoir, story, and historical analysis to retell their stories, Hogan not only shares the movement’s tools with contemporary queer antiracist feminist activists and theorists, she gives us a vocabulary, strategy, and legacy for thinking through today’s feminisms.

Join us for an invitation to remember this radical history as we, as Kay Turner once said, “read into it in the BookWoman way, in the lezzie-feminist way.”

Kristen Hogan, who worked at BookWoman in Austin and at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, lives in Austin where she is Education Coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center: Serving Women and LGBTQA Communities, at the University of Texas at Austin.

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