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Outwrite closes its doors at 10th and Piedmont

The last chapter of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse at its 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue is now closed.

The independent LGBT bookstore, located for the last 15 years at its iconic landmark in Midtown, held its "Last Tango" at the store last night featuring authors such as Franklin Abbott, Collin Kelley, Hollis Gillespie, Mose Hardin, Karen Head and Don Perryman.

Owner Philip Rafshoon confirmed the store is closing at its 10th and Piedmont location today. He said he could not say much more at this point. He said at the "Last Tango" event Tuesday night that there is no new location picked out yet. The store is open today and selling all of its infrastructure, including bookshelves, tables and chairs.

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Atlanta’s gay-owned bookstores strive to stay open

Charis Books and More

Sara Luce Look, co-owner of Atlanta’s Charis Books & More, remembers when the chain Barnes & Noble opened up a mega store in Los Angeles across the street from the small independent feminist bookstore Sisterhood in 1995.

Last month, that Barnes & Noble closed but not before it forced the closing of Sisterhood in 1999 — just a few years shy of Sisterhood’s 30th anniversary.

“Sisterhood was the oldest feminist bookstore in the country at the time and Barnes & Noble put them out of business. Now the major chain is closing and it’s sad that neither are there anymore,” Look said.

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Charis Circle benefit concert features Doria Roberts

Atlanta musician Doria Roberts

Lesbian activist, singer and bodega business owner Doria Roberts will sing at a benefit concert at First Existentialist Congregation on Saturday to help raise funds for Charis Circle, the nonprofit arm of Charis Books & More.

An update on plans for the  Charis Feminist Center and a new cornerstone campaign for the center are expected to be announced at the fundraiser that begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple and will be available at the door and also at Charis located in Little Five Points.