Grace Paley

author, The Little Disturbances of Man, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Later the Same Day; New York State Author, 1986-1988; member of the Executive Board of PEN; teacher, Sarah Lawrence College; political activist

Independent bookstores have been driven out of business by enormous chains. Women’s bookstores (very independent) have disappeared despite noble struggles of idealistic women. New Words has changed the subject. With imagination, extraordinary industry and a belief in the words and organizational abilities of women, they will create something new, a Center that will build bridges to the next generation. I believe that the women who fiercely sustained New Words Bookstore will do it.