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The Origin Story.

ccl storefront, jun


Inspired by the Toni Morrison quote "If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it" owner and founder Kalima DeSuze, MSW opened Cafe con Libros as an intersectional feminist bookstore in Brooklyn, NY.

In 2015, Kalima became serious about moving her ideas into action. She asked, “what/where do I spend the most amount of money?” It was clear: books and travel. And, not just any book; books written by, for and about womxn.


After a trip to Ethiopia, where she witnessed the magic of a community coffee shop, she instantly knew she would open a bookstore and coffeeshop.


The doors opened in December 2017.

Why an Intersectional Feminist Bookstore?


"You have to git man off your eyeball, before you can see anything a'tall."

Alice Walker, The Color Purple.

Cafe con Libros, Bk prioritizes the voices, images and stories of womxn-identifed folx. Over 90% of our books and events are by us, about us & for us.

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