Spain Remembers

Spain Remembers

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Celebration of Women's Literature

As the independent bookstores across the country close one by one, so do the women's bookstores.  Except here, in Thunder Bay.  Below is an invitation to a wake and also to a celebration of survival. Women writers whose work reflects the female experience are numerous in Canada. Let's celebrate them and all women writers everywhere....

Dear Joan,

I'm not sure if this will come as news, but the Toronto Women's Bookstore has announced that it will be closing its doors November 30 forever. Along with Mother Tongue's closing in Ottawa, the Northern Woman's Bookstore is now the LAST feminist book store in Canada.
The Collective here at the Bookstore are now planning an event for November 30 as a way to mark the passing of these great book stores, but also to celebrate women's literature. Women's book stores offer amazing experiences and allow everyone access to women's literature. We are hoping to celebrate feminist writings, women's literature and readers' experiences with the kinds of books sold in Feminist book stores.

This email is directed to supporters of the book store, and writers in the community, to invite them to become involved in this upcoming event. We welcome all kinds of involvement; whether you want to share your experiences reading feminist literature, a favourite passage, or your own work. Currently, we are hoping to run the event as an open house, with 2-3 performances or readings, well spaced out to allow time in-between for people to mingle, and come and go as they please. We are looking for anyone who would like to share their experiences with women's literature, or feminist book stores. Also, if any of our friends from the literary community want to share their works, or our friends from the musical community wish to perform, this will certainly be the space for that too.

Ideally, we want this to be a night to celebrate women's literature, feminist activism in our communities, and the wonderful experience that can come from reading feminist literature.

If you are interested in taking part in this event, either as a performer or as an extra pair of hands, we would love to hear from you. Also, make sure to contact us if you have any questions and would like more information.

Northern Woman's Bookstore
65 South Court Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 2X2
Phone (807) 344-7979
Store hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 11 am - 6 pm

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