February 25th Hood Feminism

In celebration of the release of Hood Feminism (Viking, $26.00) by Mikki Kendall,
after-words bookstore invites you to re-consider the Feminist Movement. 

Panelists include Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women.
Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall. Food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few.

How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?

In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.


Book Buying is Suspended, CLOSED Sunday

after-words will be CLOSED Sunday, February 9th for our inventory.

Book buying is suspended (you can buy from us, but we can't buy from you) from December 22, 2019 - February10, 2020.  We need to get ready for inventory.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  Thanks very much, after-words


November 5th, 2019 6 pm Book Launch

after-words is thrilled to be hosting the launch of the first full-length book by local author and friend of the store Mikki Kendall.  Artist Aster D’Amico will also be joining us.
A bold and gripping graphic history of the fight for women's rights.

The ongoing struggle for women's rights has spanned human history, touched nearly every culture on Earth, and encompassed a wide range of issues, such as the right to vote, work, get an education, own property, exercise bodily autonomy, and beyond.

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists is a fun and fascinating graphic novel-style primer that covers the key figures and events that have advanced women's rights from antiquity to the modern era.  This compelling book illuminates the stories of notable women throughout history--from queens and freedom fighters to warriors and spies--and the progressive movements led by women that have shaped history, including abolition, suffrage, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ liberation, reproductive rights, and more.

Mikki Kendall lives and works in Chicago where she wields words and raises a family. She has a couple of degrees, a couple of kids, and one patient husbeast. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and DePaul, Mikki Kendall has been blogging since 2003 under the pen name Karnythia.  She has written for NBC Think, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Ebony, Essence, Publishers Weekly, Global Comment, Salon – and many other online and print forums.  She had been anthologized in both fiction and non-fiction print collections, as well as graphic novel compilations.
She is also a friend, sister-at-arms, colleague, and customer of this bookstore for over two decades. 

Aster D'Amico is a Cincinnati-born illustrator who loves all things tea, costuming, and history. She graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration in 2016, and has been creating comics, watercolor paintings, and digital illustrations ever since.
Food and drink will be provided. 

This event is free and open to the public.  To get a free ticket for the event which will guarantee a copy of the book, please visit: