Written by Mina Rose Morales
All She Wrote Books has been a quirky bookstore for over Pride Month. “We’re gay every day 365 days a year,” All She Wrote Books founder and owner Cristina Pascucci-Ciamba said with a laugh.
All She Wrote Books is a multifaceted, feminist, and queer library that carries historically marginalized voices across all genres. Pascucci-Ciampa describes her library as safe, criss-cross, and very exotic.
Before becoming a bookstore owner, Pascucci-Ciampa worked in marketing communications for about 10 years. She wanted to be passionate about what she does in her profession, so she decided to quit marketing.
Pasccuci-Ciampa was tired of seeing the same five women’s books in independent bookstores in the area. She wanted to sell different kinds of books that were either on the back of the shelves or were not on the shelves in independent bookstores.
“I literally woke up at 2:00 in the morning,” Pascucci Ciampa said when talking about how she came up with the name for her library. She grabbed her notebook and started brainstorming different types of words and word combinations until she came up with All She Wrote Books. The name is appropriate because it suits her. Pascucci-Ciampa still has the notebook where she created All She Wrote Books.
Her bookstore started as a pop-up bookstore on April 20, 2019. Pascucci-Ciampa has had several pop-ups at the Winter Hill Brewery Company, Boston Women’s Market, Juliet, and Bow Market in Somerville. Talks about opening a shop on Assembly Row began in January 2020.
In March 2020, Pascucci-Ciampa obtained the keys to her library; However, she was unable to open the store due to COVID-19. She was running an online library until July 10, 2020, when she opened her library doors but by appointment only.
“We are more than just a bookstore,” said Stacey Bewinsky, director of operations and programming. According to Bewinsky, they hold many events in the library that fulfill their values.
All She Wrote Books had her first Drag Queen Story watch on Saturday, June 11, 2022, with Miss Bella Luna. On Saturday, June 25, 2020, they will be hosting their comedy show Queer as Jokes featuring local feminist comics.
The Pascucci-Ciampa job isn’t always as glamorous as some people might think. Her work day is filled with the tasks of owning and running a small business. However, she enjoys talking to her clients and helping them find themselves within the pages of the books she sells.
The books in her library are constantly challenged by society. “It’s our big job to make those books public,” Pascucci-Ciampa said.