Apr 24, 2024 - News

🛠 "Mechanic Shop Femme" book tour comes to North Texas

A woman leaning out of her car window holding a book

Don't leave car repairs to the boys. Photo: McKenna Patterson Photography/Courtesy Chaya Milchtein

The author of a new how-to book on car ownership is taking a tour of a different sort, stopping not at bookstores but queer- and women-owned car repair shops.

Why it matters: Cars can be one of the most expensive and consequential purchases for many people and making the right choices can save thousands of dollars, automotive journalist Chaya Milchtein says.

Under the hood: Milchtein wrote the "Mechanic Shop Femme's Guide to Car Ownership" to share practical information with people outside traditional, often male-dominated, car spaces.

What they're saying: The book is not a textbook or a traditional DIY guide.

  • "I wrote this to arm women and queer folks with the knowledge and power to make educated car choices," Milchtein tells Axios. "It's chock-full of a decade of automotive experience and insights, written for the regular car owner."

If you go: Milchtein will be at Kwik Kar Lube and Auto Repair in Carrollton tomorrow.

  • A book reading starts at 6pm with signings at 6:45pm and 7:30pm.
  • Corrine Hudson, an immigrant from Madagascar, left her corporate mechanical engineering shop to open the Carrollton car repair shop in 2016.
  • Tickets are $5 and go to support the Jill Trotta Scholarship, which helps women and queer people pay for the tools, training and certification needed to break into the automotive industry.

Of note: Buy your book before you go.


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