Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cliterati, Octavia Butler, Sojourner Truth: This week at Charis, plus new books and gift ideas!

Greetings!  Find out what's happening at Charis this week, as well as a wealth of new books and gift ideas...New Bolsdstrokes and Bella Books titles are in, new kids books, candles, Coexist stickers, new KRobins jewelry, new DVDs and so much more, more, more!
Shop online and have your orders ready for pick up at our store:
Queer Literary Fiction
Wednesday, December 16, 7:00-8:30pm

This facilitated book group meets each month at Charis to discuss books which feature queer characters/ storylines as well as a strong attention to literary craft and style. Join us in December to talk about Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin, a highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart. Set in 1950s Paris, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality.
In store: $14.00
Buy online: $12.60

Cliterati Open No-Mic featuring Rushelle Frazier
Thursday, December 17, 7:30-9:00pm

Charis & Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Hosted by the anarchic spoken word team of Karen G and Theresa Davis, members of the Art Amok Slam Team, this series cultivates the voices of authors, novices and an assortment of poets, songstresses and story tellers. December's featured poet is Rushelle Frazier, a tough as nails poet who comes to us by way of Savannah.
Charis in Project Q Atlanta

Although SOVO is dearly missed we are proud to see the ways the folks at Project Q Atlanta have really stepped up and filled the void.
Check out the article below featuring an interview with Charis co-owner Sara Look and Outwrite owner Phillip Rafshoon about independent bookstores in Atlanta. "Never Take Atlanta's Outwrite, Charis for Granted"
To hear more about independents and the holiday season. Tune into WRFG 89.3 Monday, Dec. 14th at 6pm for a conversation with Charis  bookseller Elizabeth Anderson and the owners of A Cappella Books and Bound to be Read Books.
Dying for a Change by Sean Reynolds
 Move over Easy Rawlins. Step aside Sam Spade. Butch Chan, a soon to be legendary detective, is stalking the cold mean streets of Chicago.
Summer, 1965, and the living is far from easy. Dying for a Change is the story about a girl who looks like a boy. Her best friend is a boy who looks like a girl. Together they find a killer of a boy who wants to be a girl. Evelyn C. White  says, "Sean Reynolds offers a raucous, rhythmic, romp of a debut novel rife with intelligence and a deep love for everyday people."
Scorpion by Gerri Hill
Investigative reporter Marty Edwards has found her niche: cold cases. She loves pouring over old notes, hunting down long-forgotten witnesses, and digging down through the layers of an unsolved murder case. But this time, Marty is digging where someone obviously doesn't want her. And that someone might also include the Brownsville Police Department. Why else would they assign Detective Kristen Bailey to baby-sit her?
Online Price: $13.46
In Store Price: $14.95

Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
In this fresh, funny, and fearless debut novel, Randa Jarrar chronicles the coming-of-age of Nidali, one of the most unique and irrepressible narrators in contemporary fiction. Born in 1970s Boston to an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, the rebellious Nidali-whose name is a feminization of the word "struggle"-soon moves to a very different life in Kuwait. There the family leads a mildly eccentric middle-class existence until the Iraqi invasion drives them first to Egypt and then to Texas.
Online Price: $13.50
In Store Price: $15.00
Make it Fast, Cook it Slow:the Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking by Stephanie O'Dea
O'Dea made a New Year's resolution to use her slow cooker every day for a year--and then write about it. "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" collects more than 300 recipes that provide affordable, delicious, and gluten-free meal ideas.
Online Price: $17.99
In Store Price $19.99

Dog Joy: the Happiest Dogs in the Universe
There is no greater joy than seeing a beloved dog smile. Whether they're greeting us at the door, romping with their pals, or celebrating a birthday, their happiness is completely infectious. Do dogs really smile? We set out to prove this idea after a reader of "The Bark" sent in a photo of her grinning dog, with a suggestion for a contest and, the Smiling Dog contest was born.
Online Price: $15.29
In Store Price: $16.99
Essential Pleasures ed. by Robert Pinsky
This lively, abundant book is distinguished by its focus on hearing poetry read aloud. Organized into sections with brief introductions that emphasize the attentive, intuitive, and reflective process of listening to poetry. This structure provides an implicit, generous definition-by-example of poetry itself: beginning with "Short Lines, Frequent Rhymes" and "Long Lines" and proceeding through fundamental themes such as "Love Poems," "Odes, Complaints, and Celebrations," and "Jokes, Ripostes, Parodies, and Insults." Complete with CD.
Online Price: $26.95
In Store Price: $29.95

Coyote Solstice by Thomas King
Wily trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a little solstice get-together in the woods. A little girl unexpectedly arrives, and leads the friends through the snowy woods to the mall. Coyote shops with abandon, only to discover that filling a shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them, in this witty critique of consumerism and consumption.
Online Price: $13.46
In Store Price: $14.95
Tree of Cranes by Allen Say

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As a young Japanese boy recovers from a bad chill, his mother busily folds origami paper into delicate silver cranes in preparation for the boy's very first Christmas.

Online Price: $7.19
In Store Price: $7.99

Pinata in a Pine Tree by Pat Mora

 An award-winning author and a rising star artist have put a festive Latino twist on "The Twelve Days of Christmas," populating it with pinatas in place of partridges, plus "burritos bailando" (dancing donkeys), "lunitas cantando" (singing moons), and much more, all displayed in the most vivid colors imaginable. 
Online Price: $14.40
In Store Price: $16.00

Now in Paperback!

The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti
Valenti approaches virginity head-on, shedding light on chastity in a historical context, abstinence-only education, pornography, and public punishments for those who dare to have sex, among other critical issues. She also offers solutions that pave the way for a future without a damaging emphasis on virginity, including a call to rethink male sexuality and reframing the idea of "losing it."
Online Price: $15.26
In Store Price: $16.99

Conversations with Octavia Butler
In interviews ranging from 1980 until just before her sudden death in 2006, "Conversations with Octavia Butler" reveals a writer very much aware of herself as the "rare bird" of science fiction even as she shows frustration with the constant question,"How does it feel to be the only one?" Whether discussing humanity's biological imperatives or the difference between science fiction and fantasy or the plight of the working poor in America, Butler emerges in these interviews as funny, intelligent, complicated, and intensely original.
Online Price: $19.80
In Store Price: $22.00
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Debate Club.Her father's "bunny rabbit."  A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.
Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.
This is the story of how she got that way.
Lauren Myracle says, "The best frickin' girl power book EVER--subversive and so funny I snort-laughed Dr Pepper out of my nose."

Online Price: $8.19
  In Store Price: $8.99

Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
She was big. She was black. She was so beautiful. Born into slavery, Belle had to endure the cruelty of several masters before she escaped to freedom. And oh, was freedom sweet. But still, she knew that she wouldn't really be free unless she was helping to end slavery and injustice in America. That's when she changed her name to Sojourner and began traveling across the country, demanding equal rights for black people and for women.
Online Price: $15.29
In Store Price: $16.99
Young Gardener
What's more fun for a child than playing in the dirt? Turning that activity into gardening. The Buczackis take a green, organic, environmentally friendly approach to an activity they show can be enjoyed year-round. The idea is hands-on gardening that combines useful information with fun projects that can be done by children, alone or with adults. Aimed at young readers with gardens large or small, plain backyards, or simply indoor potted plants, Young Gardener is based on seasons, with sections devoted to early, middle, and late parts of each season.
Online Price: $11.65
In Store Price: $12.95
Snow White by Jane Ray
In exquisite three-dimensional scenes, Ray retells and illuminates the story of Snow White. Six intricate spreads of delicate paper layers let children peer in the palace window at the wicked queen with her mirror, watch Snow White run to the house of the seven dwarves, and gaze as the prince wakes her up. Jane Ray is also the author/illustrator of Apple Pip Princess and Moonbird.

Online Price: $17.99
In Store Price: $19.99

The Secrets DVD
Naomi, the brilliant and pious daughter of an ultra orthodox rabbi finds herself at a crossroads of life choices when her mother dies and she is expected to immediately marry her father's prodigy.  Distressed yet determined, she begs that her father allow her one year to study at a women's religious seminary in Safed, the birthplace of the Kabala in order to prepare herself for the sacrifices she will make as a wife. Her father relents and Naomi's life begins to take an unexpected turn.
Our Price: $29.95
Girl Seeks Girl DVD
This hot and hilarious lesbian soap opera takes you on a wild ride through the mixed up love lives of a group of sexy Madrid lesbians including the unbelievably gorgeous Spanish TV star Celia Freijeiro who plays Nines, the bartender at the local dyke bar. She's got her hands full with her latest conquest, the ultra-clingy Monica. Meanwhile, Nines is pursuing Monica's roommate (the ravishing but straight Carmen) while also trying to fend off the newly out Ana, who keeps pestering Nines to teach her the ways of lesbian love!
Our Price: $24.95
Steam DVD
This terrific new drama unfolds the stories of three amazing and very different women (a divorced Mom, an elderly widow and a young lesbian coming out and falling in love) whose paths cross in a steam room. Steam stars Ally Sheedy (HIGH ART, THE BREAKFAST CLUB), Ruby Dee (the legendary actress of RAISIN IN THE SUN fame) and sexy newcomer Kate Siegel (CURSE OF THE BLACK DAHLIA) as a young lesbian coming out and falling in love with her new friend.
Our Price: $24.95
Bananagrams Game

Bananagrams is a fast and fun word game that requires no pencil, paper or board. All you need is a table. One hand can be played in as little as five minutes. It is a great for family fun as well as being educational. Bananagrams portability makes it perfect for travel. Just grab the pouch and go.
Our Price: $14.95
Smart Mudflap Girl & Coexist Bumper Stickers

Get these and many other must-have bumper stickers at Charis year-round.
K. Robbins Jewlery
We proudly feature many beautiful designs by artist K. Robbins.
Stop in today to see the full collection.

Emergency Chocolate by Bloomsberry 
Our "emergency chocolate" makes a great stocking stuffer in both milk and dark chocolate.
$1.95 each
Charis Limited Edition 35th Birthday Tees
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charis 35 pink t
Get 'em while we got 'em, our 35th birthday tees run in sizes from small to 3X on super soft cotton.
Our Price: $15.00
Goddess Candles
These beautiful, well crafted candles by Coventry Creations each feature a different goddess to inspire the god or goddess in you.
Program Notes
Charis Circle programs are funded in part by the Bill, Jennie, & Harry Ackerman Foundation; AEC Foundation; Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Georgia Shares; and YOU!

Charis Books & More co-sponsors all literary events. Our space is wheelchair accessible, and ASL interpretation is available by request with two weeks advance notice.

Unless otherwise noted, all Charis Circle programs are free and take place in the space we share with Charis Books, at 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307. Look for the purple building just behind the Brewhouse Restaurant. For directions and more info, please call 404-524-0304.
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