Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre is an innovative literary centre designed to amplify and celebrate marginalized voices.  Our catalog highlights promotes, amplifies, celebrates, and honors the work of  writers who are often excluded from traditional cultural, social, and academic canons. Through curated collections of own voices’ narratives, Elizabeth’s seeks to educate and re-shape the lens of readers—how they see themselves and how they view the world. 

Founded by Akron native, Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Elizabeth’s is a manifestation of her passions as an activist and author. Equal parts bookshop and writing center, Elizabeth’s is committed to contributing to Akron’s vibrant economic resurgence as a safe gathering space rooted in the values of community, curiosity, justice, and joy. 

A percentage of all sales from Elizabeth’s will go to The Loveland Foundation to support their mission of making mental healthcare accessible for Black women and girls. 

Genius Among Us – Ohio authors:

For the (un)learner:

From Rachel’s Bookshelf:

Young Authors: