Different cities have queer feminist bookstores. We started the first in Rotterdam: Queer Feminist Books! The concept is very simple: a combination of a library and store that exclusively offers books that are queer and/or feminist. We strongly believe that as a society, we have a long way to go when it comes to feminism. That's why we feel it's important to spread the existing knowledge and ideas of queers and feminists. We believe that books should be more accessible, which is why everyone can borrow books as well as buy them.
We currently offer books in the following categories: queer, feminism, (anti-) racism, climate (change), art and poetry. But we are very eager to expand: we’d like to offer more books in more categories. We want to invest in books from femxle*, BIPOC and queer writers. We also want to offer a collection for children and teenagers.
(*the feminist spelling of female, with which we also want to include trans, non-binary, intersex and other identities)
Aside from the library we organise events. Last December we organised a Queer Christmas get-together; for people without a supportive family (or for who just wants to queer up this heteronormative celebration). This evening was heart warming and we received a lot of positive feedback from the attendees. In the coming months we will host more events such as our Pussy Poetry Club (a queer collective that will share poetry on a monthly basis (in collaboration with the iconic Poortgebouw).
When we went online, we reached 630 followers on Instagram in a very short amount of time. When we go to events ourselves or when we visit other local bookstores, people say: ‘aren’t you Sam/Mattias from QFB?’. People talk about it, people want a space like this, Rotterdam needs Queer Feminist Books!
Funded by Rotterdam (June 2023)