All She Wrote Books turns the page at new location after being displaced due to rising rent

The queer- and woman-owned bookstore in Somerville, MA raised more than $60K from 1,600 individual donors to save its business

All She Wrote Books turns the page at new location after being displaced due to rising rent
All She Wrote Books owner Christina Pascucci-Ciampa at the store's new location (credit: Devon Moos Photography)

The only queer, inclusive bookstore in the Boston area has a new home, thanks to the generosity of its patrons and community.

The Tea: In September, All She Wrote Books owner Christina Pascucci-Ciampa announced that the intersectional, inclusive feminist and queer bookstore was being displaced due to untenable rent increases and other expenses.

  • In a post on Instagram, Pascucci-Ciampa said that the store's rent had increased by 130% in the past three years
  • She also cited additional expenses of $8,000 for HVAC issues, flooding, repair, and more.

The Plea: Pascucci-Ciampa shared that she had found a new, more sustainable location for All She Wrote Books, but would need to raise $60,000 to cover a range of expenses and to pay the store's staff during the transition period. The response to the bookstore's crowdfunding campaign was swift:

  • In less than two months, All She Wrote raised exceeded their fundraising goal by generating $60,911 to date from 1,600 individual donors.

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The Bigger Picture: The economics of the book business is notoriously difficult, and independent bookstores have particularly low profit margins.

  • Rent increases have been a source of anxiety for small business across the U.S. in the last few years.
  • Yet, amidst rise in book bans and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, queer-owned and friendly bookstores remain pivotal safe spaces for LGBTQ people and allies.

What's next: All She Wrote will be hosting their grand re-opening at their new location on Friday, November 10th at 75 Washington Street in Somerville, MA.

For more information on All She Wrote Books follow them on Instagram.