Sappho’s Bar and Grill by Bonnie J. Morris


Each month for a full year, the holiday parties and theme nights at Sappho’s Bar & Grill spin lonely Hannah Stern into the past when she least expects it. Through her sexy encounters with foremothers ranging from Lilith to Sappho, through Radclyffe Hall to the All American Girls Baseball League, Hannah learns much about herself and women’s survival across time.


“Holy Hildegarde of Bingen! Bonnie Morris brings women’s history to vivid, hilarious life in this whip-smart time travel tour de force.”—Alison Bechdel

“Fun, sexy, and charming, Sappho’s Bar and Grill, by Bonnie J. Morris, is a captivating time-travel romp.”—Foreword Reviews

Lonely women’s history professor Hannah Stern walks into her local lesbian bar one winter night, seeking love advice from her old friend and bartender, Isabel. “Women’s history will be my date this year!” Hannah raises her glass in sarcastic tribute, resigned to life as a scholar, but her remark sets in motion a wild, sexy-smart romp through time. Much to her astonishment, Hannah soon finds herself meeting up with the actual figures and foremothers she assigns her college students to learn about. She’s caught in a time-travel vortex: one that seemingly emanates from Sappho’s Bar and Grill.

What are these figures of the past trying to tell Hannah? What wisdom do they share? Given the opportunity to ask her feminist role models questions about their lives and viewpoints, what will Hannah say? More importantly, will she find romance with women who loved women in the past? Or will she take a chance on her old friend Isabel, whose drinks and potions seem to hold the secret of time travel itself?

Awards and Honors for Sappho’s Bar & Grill

  • Foreword 2017 INDIES Book of the Year Finalist in the LGBT Fiction
  • Golden Crown Literary Society’s 2018 Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, Finalist

BONNIE J. MORRIS is a women’s studies lecturer and professor at the University of California Berkeley, Georgetown and George Washington University. She is the author of 16 books, including three Lambda Literary Finalists, two national first-prize chapbooks, and the critical feminist texts Women’s History for Beginners and The Disappearing L. Her newest book, The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women’s Liberation, was chosen by as a Best Book to Read March 2018.

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