Amy Andrews is on a one-woman mission to save independent feminist bookstores from extinction. I was in the audience a few weeks ago when the singer-songwriter-musician launched her Feminist Bookstore Tour at Charis Books & More, the South’s oldest and largest feminist bookstore, located in Atlanta. Since then, Amy has traveled to bookstores in Chicago, Toledo and Austin. This weekend she heads to Toronto.
The purpose of the Feminist Bookstore Tour is to raise awareness and funds for the feminist bookstores and centers where Amy performs. In 1997, the now-defunct Feminist Bookstore Network counted 120 members in North America. Just 15 years later, the U.S. and Canada are home to about a dozen of these important institutions.
Amy’s tour has attracted attention from Curve Magazine, and the idea even landed her in the 40th Anniversary edition of Ms. Magazine (where Amy and her guitar were pictured right next to a photo of Ms. Steinem herself!). Amy is donating 100% of the proceeds from her shows to the feminist bookstores and community centers on her tour, so funding her mission is critical. Amy has been trying to raise funds to cover her travel on Kickstarter, and today she surpassed her $2500 goal. Still, if you’d like to support Amy Andrews’s mission to raise awareness for independently-owned feminist bookstores, watch the Kickstarter video and donate to her campaign. Donors receive cool swag, like a live CD from the tour at the $10 level, and a commemorative Hatch Show Print at the $25 level. She’s even been posting daily videos in which she covers songs written by famous female artists. Enjoy!