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Parallel Aotearoa is a bookstore and coffee shop based on Karangahape Road in Tāmaki Makaurau. It was founded by Luna Lee and Jess in 2023. Parallel focuses on speculative literature, science-fiction, comics and zines - with an impetus on creating a safe, welcoming, and uplifting space for LGBTQIA+ / Queer, neurodivergent, Indigenous, disabled, and Aotearoa New Zealand voices.

From their website:

Unlike other bookstores, we’re not just about the books. Because it’s the people that make books great—the creatives and authors, the fans, and readers. We champion the voices of underdogs, innovators, and gamechangers. We uplift LGBTQIA+ / Queer, neurodivergent, Indigenous, disabled, and Aotearoa New Zealand voices that have too long gone unnoticed and unheard. And we create spaces where outsiders, in-betweeners, and people of all kinds can feel comfortable and safe to explore, discover, and play. From our physical store, coffee house, and in-person events and hui (gatherings) to our online memberships and communities—we mahi (work) to make sure that the spaces where we connect as a community are safe, inclusive, accessible, and welcoming for all. Whether you’re totally new to speculative literature—or deeply entrenched in a niche fandom—we can help you discover new worlds, new voices, and new ideas. And find wonder, hope, joy, and connection.

Staff[]

  • Luna Lee (they/them) - Co-founder  |  Head Dreamer, Vibe Curator, and Buyer
  • Jess (she/her) - Co-founder  |  Head of Kawhe (coffee)

History[]

Luna and Jess moved to Aotearoa New Zealand from Seattle in 2017. They founded Parallel in 2023 to celebrate and share the transformative power of speculative fiction, provide a platform for outsider voices, and create a community space that is welcoming, warm, and safe for all.

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