Citizen Times, “West Asheville’s queer, anarchist, feminist bookstore moves into new Haywood Road home”

By Sarah Honosky, August 29, 2023

ASHEVILLE – In the cracked asphalt of the parking lot across the street, potholes filled with gravel, weeds poking through hot cement, Libertie Valance can point to a kind of before-and-after. It’s what the frontage of their building used to look like: the former site of Dr. Dave’s Automotive, now the new location of Firestorm Books.

What was a time-worn West Asheville lot and 1956 garage on the corner of Haywood Road and Covington Street has been transformed into an open, airy building and outdoor space — home to Asheville’s own queer, anarchist, feminist bookstore, which first opened downtown in 2008 as a worker-owned and self-managed business.

Valance is among the collective members and worker/owners at the 15-year-old cooperative and led a brief tour of the building in August: around light wood-tone shelves, delineating the bright interior, the nook of children’s picture books below an open loft, and through the open garage doors.

Read more

Written By
More from Lilias Adie
Walking into the lion’s den: visiting animal, land, and water defenders in prison
The first time visiting a friend in prison was a deeply conflicting...
Read More