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It's so great....more and more young women's studies majors and graduate academics are using the feminist bookselling and publishing movement as topics for papers and research. We so constantly receive requests for interviews it's both wonderful...and time consuming. We encourage you to keep asking us but please be sure to do your reading first. This list is a compilation of published articles and materials. Please refer to this list as you do your reading and research. If you have published or know of an article that is not on this list, please notify Mev Miller (mev @



Adams, K. (1998). Built out of books: Lesbian energy and feminist ideology. Journal of Homosexuality, 34 (3-4), 113-141.

Buckley, S. (1997). Nakanishi Toyoko: Owner-manager, Shokado Women’s Bookstore, Osaka. In Buckley, S. Broken silence: Voices of Japanese feminism (pp. 185-225). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Clardy, A.F. (1986). Somebody else’s crisis: Feminist publishers and midlist books. Book Industry Quarterly, Vol. 2, Spring, 5-9.

Corrigan, T. (1996). Feminist bookstores: Part of an ecosystem. In Berman, S. & Danky, J.P., (eds.). Alternative Library Literature, 1994/1995: A biennial anthology (pp. 59-61). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.

Corson, Suzanne. (2000). Our books, our shelves. Girlfriends, September, (10).

Grant, J. (1996). Building community-based coalitions from adacue: The Union Institute and the Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press transition coalition. Signs, Summer, 1024-1033.

Halpern, Ashlea. (2003). Sisters in struggle: Feminist bookshops fight to survive against the onslaught of the chains. Punk Planet, May/June, 100-105.

Miller, M. (1999). Feminism and literacy for women: Politics and resources. Feminist Collections, 21, 17-20.

Miller, M. (1995). Independent women’s bookstores. In L. Witt, S. Thomas & E. Marcus (Eds.), Out in all directions: The almanac of gay and lesbian America (pp.598-599). New York: Warner Books.

Miller, M. (1995). A labor of love: A 25 year history of Feminist and lesbian bookstores and publishing—a one-hour documentary available on cassette tape. Produced for radio in 1995. Includes interviews with Barbara Grier (Naiad), Barbara Smith (Kitchen Table), Jamie Lee Evans (Aunt Lute), Teresa Corrigan (Lioness Books), Pokey Anderson (Inklings), Carole Ann Douglas (Off Our Backs), Donna Niles (Amazon & Lammas), Marj Schneider (Womyn's Braille Press), Florence Howe (Feminist Press), Carol Seajay (Feminist Bookstore News), Linda Bubon (Women & Children First), Gilda Bruckman (New Words), Selma Miriam (Bloodroot), and Barb Wieser (Iowa Women's Press).
Limited copies of this tape are still available. Please send $15.00 to Mev Miller, 182 Riverside Ave. Cranston, RI 02910. This covers postage, handling and a $10 donation to WE LEARN. Contact Mev Miller for more information.

Miller, S.S. (March 1996). Sharing ideas and language with illiterate women: A challenge for print feminism. Proceedings of the 1996 World Conference on Literacy, Philadelphia, [On-line],

Murray, S. (2001). ‘Live authors. live issues’: Dilemas of race and authenticity in feminist publishing. In Berman, S. & Danky, J.P., (eds.). Alternative Library Literature, 1998/1999: A biennial anthology (pp. 1-24). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.

Murray, S. (2004). Mixed Media: Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics. Sterling VA: Pluto Press.

Norman, Rose. (2001a). Shrinking shelves: What’s happening to feminist bookstores? In Women’s Review of Books, December (11-13).

Norman, R. (2001, Fall). Support your feminist bookseller: She supports you. NWSAction: National Women’s Studies Association, 13 (1), 30-32.

Penelope (Stanley), J. & Wolfe, S.J. (1983). Consciousness as style; style as aesthetic. In Thorne, B., Kramarae, C. and Henley, N., (eds.). Language, gender and society (pp. 125-139). Rowley, MA: Newbury House Publishers.

Seajay, C. (1992, July/August). 20 years of feminist bookstores. MS., 3(1) , 60-61.

Seajay, C, editor. Feminist Bookstore News. Feminist Bookstore News (FBN) was published from 1976-2000. It contains a wealth of information and background, discussion and history about feminist bookstores and presses, authors and books.
Several good women's studies libraries as well as university and research libraries have complete collections -- including SF Public Libraries, and several lesbian & gay archives (e.g., the Lesbian Herstory archives).

Short, K. (1994). Publishing feminism in the feminist press movement, 1969-1994. Unpublished doctoral dissertation: University of Colorado at Boulder.

Simons, J. & Fullbrook, K., (eds.). (1998). Writing: A woman’s business: Women, writing and the marketplace. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

Simons, J. (1998). Women, publishing and power: Judy Simons interviews Carmen Callil. In Simons, J. & Fullbrook, K., (eds.). Writing: A woman’s business: Women, writing and the marketplace (pp. 183-192). Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

Spender, L. (1983). Intruders on the rights of men: Women’s unpublished heritage. London, ENG: Pandora Press.

Spender, D. (1989). The writing or the sex?: OR why you don’t have to read women’s writing to know it’s no good. Elmsford, NY: Pergamon Press, Inc.

Steiner, L. (1992). The history and structure of women’s alternative media. In Rakow, L.F., (Ed.) Women making meaning: New Feminist directions in communication (pp. 121-143). New York: Routledge.

Wilkinson, Kathleen. (2001). The Closing of the Feminist Press. Girlfriends, March, (pp. 31-33, 40).

Woolfe, V. (1929). A room of one’s own. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.


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