Cuntlovin’ Guide To the Universe: Independent Bookstores and the Publishing World

My first choice in bookstores are the ones owned by women, but I am also an avid supporter of bookstore collectives, which go above and beyond the call of duty in serving their communities. Bookstore collectives often organize teach-ins, protests and other community events. I have not been able to find an online listing of nationwide bookstore collectives. The incredibly popular Slingshot Daily Planner has the most comprehensive listing of bookstore collectives I am aware of; you can get one at slingshot.tao.ca. Other collectives can be found by hitting the links at the Lucy Parsons Center(tao.ca/~lucyparsons/).

Link to Libertas - the best in lesbian shopping online

bookhousecafe.com

An online bookstore and community for black gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and same-gender-loving folks. Contains a gigantic listing of books, a book club and many other amenities.

booksense.com

You can enter your zip code to find all the independent bookstores in your area. Keep in mind that just because a bookstore is locally owned does not make it a proactive community forum. It was, after all, a female independent bookstore owner in Flagstaff who abruptly cancelled a scheduled reading by telling me that Cunt “did not promote family values.”

Underground Publishers Conference

See Clamor magazine. This is another Become the Media project.

Pacific Asian American Women Writers–West

A nonprofit arts organization fostering artistic development in women writers of color and promoting, perpetuating and preserving Asian American and Pacific Islander literature, history and arts.

Context Books

Any company that has the courage to publish Derrick Jensen’s A Language Older Than Words and The Culture of Make Believe is tops in my book.

mosaicbooks.com

A quarterly print and frequently updated online publication showcasing writers of color. Contains a gigantic listing of kickass links to organizations, people-of-color-owned bookstores and book clubs all over the U.S. and, for some reason, Italy.

Soft Skull Press

“Fearless, progressive punk-rock/hip-hop literature.” Publishers of The Battle of Seattle,Fortunate Son and many other important works.

Spinsters Ink

One of the few independent women’s publishers in the United States. P.O. Box 22005, Denver, CO, 80222, (800) 301-6860.

chicanawriter.com

A networking site for Chicana writers.

Independent Publishing Resource Center

The name says it all: the IPRC offers everything you need to self-publish, but you gotta go to Portland. 917 SW Oak Street #218, Portland, OR 97205, (503) 827-0249.

e-sisters.net

Links to black publishers, publicists, book clubs and opinion pieces. A comprehensive resource for readers and writers.

Eve’s Eye Press

Eve’s Eye offers an online mag (Unpopular Opinions), a catalog of the books they publish, and kickass links. P.O. Box 5003, Glendale, CA 91221.

Aunt Lute Books

A multicultural women’s press publishing such important works as Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals and the anthology I Remember: Writings by Bosnian Women Refugees. Aunt Lute stands out as one of the oldest, most dynamic independent presses in the country. P.O. Box 410687, San Francisco, CA 94141, (800) 949-LUTE.

Bookmobile Project/Projet Mobilivre

The Bookmobile Project was founded by the Bookmobile Collective, a group of emerging North American artists and community activists. The group travels around the U.S. and Canada in an Airstream trailer stocked with independently published books and zines, visiting community centers, prisons and remote regions all over eastern North America and the U.S. Midwest. They also facilitate free bookbinding and zine-making workshops, discussions, video screenings and related educational forums. Support Bookmobile/Mobilivre! The more support they get, the more places they can go. C/O Space 1026, 1026 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

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