Established in 1973 under the name Common Woman, inspired by the poems of feminist author Judy Grah, BookWoman is dubbed as “the sole feminist bookstore in Texas.” Despite changes in the name and ownership, its purpose has stayed the same throughout the years. This is the ultimate reading nook for bookworms who crave more women-centered material and a thriving feminist literary community in the city.
Founded by the late poet and activist Raul Salinas, Resistencia is one of the longest-running bookstores in the Southwest dedicated to celebrating Native American, Chicano, Latino, and African-American book communities. The charming space is treated like a neighborhood institution, despite various challenges such as financial struggles and waves of gentrification. Their selections are enough to warrant a visit, and you’ll find plenty of feminist, queer, and bilingual literature with just one look at their shelves.
Since 2011, South Congress Books has been a special spot for Austinites. Founded by Sheri Tornatore, who brings with her 30 years of experience in the collectible book business, she built the bookstore in hopes of sharing an aesthetically pleasing space with her fellow literary lovers. Whether it’s a special gift or a rare reading copy, you can expect to find it in this warm and welcoming space.