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About us
the beginnings of The BookWomen Center for Feminist Reading
Glenda Martin and Mollie Hoben, Co-founders
Glenda Martin and Mollie Hoben, Co-founders


The BookWomen Center for Feminist Reading is part of Minnesota Women's Press, Inc., which was created in 1985 to publish
a women's newspaper. Thirty years later, Minnesota Women's Press, based in St. Paul, Minn., is still at it.

A year after the newspaper started, Glenda Martin created our first Book Group at Minnesota Women's Press. In those days,
reading groups weren't the big deal they have since become, and this group was unusual in several other ways: readers
paid to participate, and only books by women were read.

Over the next few years, as interest blossomed, we added more and more book groups, and we reveled in the excitement and
energy of hundreds of women coming to the Women's Press offices almost every evening and on weekends to talk
about books and women's words and ideas.

The energy of these connections led readers and us to want to expand books activities, to reach beyond the Twin Cities area.
In 1996 we created BookWomen magazine and began offering book trips and reading retreats. We see each of these as another
way to promote women's writing and to create communities of reading women.

The BookWomen Center for Feminist Reading promotes reading and celebration of women's words. Our goal is to create
communities of readers in the following various ways.

BookWomen: A Readers' Community for Those Who Love Women's Words.
This bi-monthly magazine explores the reading life, with subscribers from around the country.

Great Books—Because Women Say So!
Another of our publications containing more than 500 titles selected by book groups
since 1986, that have inspired, challenged, intrigued and evoked strong response
and discussion.

Reading Groups.
Books groups at Minnesota Women's Press have been reading and discussing a wide range
of writing by women since 1986.

Reading on the Road.
Combining travel with reading and discussing books by women writers from the areas we visit,
these book adventures have taken us around the U. S., as well as England, the Scottish Highlands,
New Zealand, Iceland, and more.

Reading Retreats.
These book getaways bring readers together in comfortable settings for 3-4 days of book
discussion around a theme.





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