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Chapter 4 names the practice of the feminist shelf, a new term to describe how bookwomen created new reading and relational practices through naming shelf sections, narrating book lists, contextualizing events, and using this reading practice to differently understand each other and hold each other accountable. The chapter traces conversations around documents central to significant moments in this work including a bookstore map of New Words in Cambridge and the groundbreaking Women of Colour Bibliography at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore. Bookwomen used transnational relationships to hone their ethics for the feminist shelf around core issues including the cultural genocide at...

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