This book, and my research and writing of it, has been a practice of rela-
tionship building and feminist love. In these nearly ten years of research,
conversations, and writing, I have been learning in dialogue with colleagues
and loved ones how to read this work, these relationships, ethically, with
feminist accountability and love. These interconnections have enacted this
telling of how feminist bookwomen’s histories do shape our feminist futures
and provide a framework for understanding and creating ethical relation-
ships today.
A network of supporters have advocated for, encouraged, and chal-
lenged me in this work. For sustaining visits, food, conversation, and love,
I am grateful to Ruthann Lee and Anne- Marie Estrada, Alison Kafer and
Dana Newlove, Rachael Wilder, Lynn Hoare, Kevin Lamb and Shane Seger,
Jennifer Suchland and Shannon Winnubst, Wura Ogunji, Janet Romero, Jee
Davis, Kathy and Becky Liddle, and Megan Alrutz and Daniel Armendariz.
For all of this and helping think through the title, thank you to Linc Allen
and Jennifer Watts. Zahra Jacobs, incomparable friend, bookwoman, and
activist, has generously revisited our time together at the Toronto Women’s
Bookstore, and how we are shaped by a larger history of bookwomen, in
countless conversations over oceans, pizza slices, and holidays; and to you
I am grateful, as always, for important perspective (and for reminding me
that if I don’t let this book go I’ll just keep rewriting it). My writing sister
and dear friend Megan Alrutz has seen this book through with our nourish-
ing ritual of food and writing and with a book of her own; your invitation
back into embodied feminist practice changed my every day for the better,
and this writing would not have survived without your love and our sister
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