A Short Herstory of BookWoman

BookWoman began 45 years ago in an upstairs shop on Guadalupe. 

It started out as a collective called The Common Woman Bookstore (based on the Judy Grahn poem.) From there, the store moved into Susan Post's house at the time, and the collective eventually dissolved.

The store took on the name BookWoman and moved to 6th Street. After that, BookWoman moved to 12th and Lamar, and since 2008 the store has been located at 5501 North Lamar (the location pictured above).

As you remember your own rich herstory with BookWoman or as you start your sure-to-be-long relationship with the store, remember that where you spend your dollars does make a difference, so shop local!

1. Shop at BookWoman and tell your friends, neighbors, and family to shop here, too.
2. Give a BookWoman or BookSense gift certificate to your friends and to all of the women and girls in your life.
3. BookGroups, order your group selections from BookWoman.
4. Authors, invite us to sell books at your publication parties and speaking engagements.
5. Proclaim your individuality with t-shirts and jewelry from BookWoman.


BookWoman staff want to be intentional in naming that our store is on occupied indigenous lands; specifically the ancestral lands of Tonkawa, Jumanos, Coahuiltecan, Comanche, Lipan Apache, Sana, and other first peoples. As booksellers, it is imperative for us to acknowledge the power given to written word through colonialism, and the role that this power has played historically - that it continues to play today.