Project Proposal

For research projects, I tend to lean towards things involving strong women, who have some sort of impact in society or history. For my project , it is only fitting that I work on The  Readers Feast collection in the Gender Equity Special Collection at the CCSU library. The collection refers to a bookstore called Readers Feast that was opened between 1983-1995. It was a combined bookstore/ restaurant that offered a selection of books ranging from children’s books and cook books, to feminist. and gay and lesbian books.  This bookstore was fruit of the combined labors of  thirty local,  culturally diverse  people who invested in a unique venture, chiefly president Carolyn Gabel and co- manager Tollie Miller. These two women, along with the many contributors wanted to house a special community gathering place for people to eat, read and take in different cultures/lifestyles in Hartford’s West End.  Unfortunately, with the emergence of national bookstore chains also meant the demise of Readers Feast.

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