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Welcome to Charis Books and More, the South's oldest independent feminist bookstore. Celebrating 40 years of feminism and independent voices!Charis Store Sign
  • We specialize in diverse and unique children's books.
  • Feminist and cultural studies books.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer fiction and non-fiction.
  • We will gladly order any book in print. 
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This website database does NOT reflect what we actually
have in stock. Visit our store at 1189 Euclid Ave, NE Atlanta, GA 30307 located in the heart of the Little 5 Points business district to see all of our great gift ideas. Charis is fully wheelchair accessible, with an accessible (and gender neutral) bathroom, ramp, and shelves on wheels. We have one van accessible parking spot. 
Questions, ideas? Email us at or call us at (404) 524-0304. Please note that GPS devices will often send you to the wrong place. If you prefer to use your GPS for directions use the address of the Brewhouse Cafe: 401 Moreland Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA 30307. If you are facing the Brewhouse we are located just behind it on the left, diagonally across the street from The Clothing Warehouse. 



Feminisms Futures: A Charis 40th Birthday Keynote Discussion with Kiese Laymon and Susana Morris

Nov 7 2014 19:30
Nov 7 2014 21:30
America/New York

Charis proudly invites the public to a keynote address by Kiese Laymon (Author of How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and Long Division) and discussion with Susana Morris (Co-Founder of The Crunk Feminist Collective, Author of Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature). Laymon will read from his books and he and Morris will engage in a public dialogue about writing race, gender, and complicated truths in twenty-first century U.S. culture. They will discuss the role of print books along side digital "new" media like Twitter and the Crunk Feminist Collective blog. Finally, they will open up questions to the audience about where we have been and where we might be going.  

About the event: Feminisms Futures will take place on Friday, November 7, from 7:30-9:30pm. At the Solarium in Oakhurst 321 W Hill St # 1A, Decatur, GA 30030. The event is free and open to the public but a suggested donation to Charis Circle of $10 is welcome. Parking is free. The space is wheelchair accessible. 

About Kiese Laymon: Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA from Indiana University and is the author of the novel, Long Division  and a collection of essays,  How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in AmericaLong Division was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by a number of publications, including Buzzfeed, The Believer, Salon, Guernica, Mosaic Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Morning News, MSNBC, Library Journal, Contemporary Literature, and the Crunk Feminist Collective. Both of Laymon's book are finalists for the Mississippi Award for Arts and Letters in the fiction and nonfiction categories. Long Division is currently a finalist for Stanford's Saroyan international writing award. Laymon has written essays and stories for numerous publications including Esquire, ESPN, Colorlines, NPR, Gawker, Truthout, Longman’s Hip Hop Reader, The Best American Non-required Reading, Guernica, Mythium and Politics and Culture. Laymon is currently at work on a new novel “And So On” and a memoir called 309: A Fat Black Memoir. He is an Associate Professor of English at Vassar College.

Read Roxane Gay’s interview with Kiese Laymon at The Nation.

Read about Kiese Laymon’s unique road to publication at

About Susana Morris: Susana M. Morris serves on the Charis Circle Board of Directors. She is a writer and scholar-activist committed to the liberation of all peoples. She is a co-founder, with Brittney C. Cooper, of the Crunk Feminist Collective. Writing as Crunkadelic for the CFC, she covers a range of topics, such as politics, self-care, sizeism, and reality TV, often irreverently. Her pop culture commentary has been featured in various media outlets, including NPR and Colorlines. 

Currently, she is an associate professor of English at Auburn University, where she teaches courses on topics such as African American autobiography, Black Feminist Theory, the Civil Rights Movement, and depictions of the Black Family in the U.S. and the Caribbean. She has published articles in academic journals such as The Griot: The Journal of African American Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Women’s Studies Quarterly.  Her book, Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2014. Follow her on Twitter @iamcrunkadelic, where she shares random thoughts, feminist musings, and obnoxiously live tweets during Scandal. 


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Published: Agate Bolden, 8/2013

Long Division (Paperback)

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Published: University of Virginia Press, 2/2014

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Celebrate 40 years of Feminism and Independent Voices Nov. 3-9, 2014

Charis is kicking off its 40th year with a week of celebrations. Save the date, more details to follow.

Monday, November 3, 7:15pm: Charis kicks off its 40th anniversary year celebrations by welcoming Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination, to the First Baptist Church of Decatur in conjunction with the Georgia Center for the Book.  (Free)

Wednesday, November 5, 7:30pm: Charis continues its 40th anniversary celebrations this week by welcoming long time Charis favorite and former Atlanta resident, Nicola Griffth back to Atlanta to read from the paperback release of her dazzling and powerful new work of fiction, Hild. ($5 suggested donation)

Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm Charis welcomes back Sandra Lambert, former Charis Books co-owner, Sandra Lambert with her new book, The River's Memory. We invite everyone, but especially all former and current Charis staff, board, and volunteers to join us for this special evening.  ($5 suggested donation)

Friday, November 7, 7:30pm at the Solarium in Oakhurst Charis board member, author, and member of the Crunk Feminist Collective, Susana Morris, in conversation with Kiese Laymon (How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Long Division). ($10 suggested donation, no tickets necessary).

Saturday, November 8, 11am-7pm Charis Books in store sale and celebration. Stop by the store all say to see old friends, eat cake and buy books! (Free!)

Saturday, November 8, 7:30pm Charis Books Homecoming Party and Birthday Bash at the Marianna (above the Wrecking Bar) in Little Five Points. Join us for a true birthday homecoming in honor of where we have been and where we are going. Tickets available in the store and online now

Feminist Outlawz Sarah Meng and Jesse McNulty are our October Community Book Curators

Sarah Meng and Jesse McNulty are our community book curators. Each month we choose members of the community who have made a special impact on Charis and ask them for their favorite book reccomendations. This month we highlight Sarah and Jesse in thanks for their many years of facilitating the Trans and Friends group that meets at Charis every first and third Monday of the month. 

Mr. Jesse McNulty, M.Ed., a teacher in his 18th year of teaching at-risk youth (6th –12th grade) and a co-founder of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition. He has taught in a variety of school settings; including students placed in alternative schools, shelters, and group homes; and across diverse demographics. He has a Master’s of Education in Special education – Behavioral Disorders; with add-ons in Interrelated and Gifted. Known as Sir Jesse of Decatur [SJ], among progressive communities, he is an advocate for LGBTQQ and queerly situated youth. SJ co-facilitates a bi-weekly group called TransandFriends, a project of the Feminst Outlawz, who collaboratively engages in street level activism, educational workshops, and promoting feminist art. By day and night, he plans to contribute time and talent to at-risk and LGBTQQ situated youth in hopes of encouraging a more beloved community, in this transient world!


Sarah Meng is a feminist mental health counselor and a co-facilitator of Trans and Friends.  A member of the Trans Resilience Project, Sarah's research focuses on the resilience strategies of trans* youth and the needs of trans* students on college campuses.  Sarah Buttonz first visited Charis in 2003, when the store hosted an organizing meeting for the March for Women's Lives.  They work in private practice and volunteer with Georgia Safe Schools Coalition.


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March, Book 1 (Paperback)

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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press, 7/2003

FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life: a Big Read Event Preview with 7 Stages

Oct 9 2014 19:30
Oct 9 2014 21:00
America/New York

The Big Read is a program run by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.carson-mccullers-jonathan-caren-writes7 Stages is pleased to be a recipient of The Big Read Grant. This season 7 Stages will focus on Georgia native Carson McCullers The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Join us during The Big Read for festivals, activities, and book club discussions all culminating with a 7 Stages production of:

fml-chalk-boardPreview Feb 12-13 / Perform Feb 14-Mar 1, 2015
fml is a play about surviving high school and the transformative power of literature. Inspired by Georgia native Carson McCullers’ The Heart is A Lonely Hunterfml follows Jo, a young girl who is the target of gay bashing, after reading the novel she is motivated to embrace her queer identity and finds the courage to speak out for herself and stand up to her bullies.

To kick off the Big Read partnership Charis will host an all-ages preview of the play and a discussion on Thursday, November 9th at 7:30pm. 

We also encourage everyone to stop by the Charis booth at Pride and sign up to be a part of the 7 Stages book club and get a free copy of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

ISBN-13: 9780618526413
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Published: Mariner Books, 4/2004

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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 11/2011

1189 Euclid Ave NE
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Did you know that you can help Charis Circle every time you get your groceries by becoming a Kroger Rewards Card member and choosing Charis Circle as your non-profit of choice. It's free and easy to get started. You can use your existing number or choose to open a new account and link it to Charis Circle. Go to and get started today! 
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