Apr 24, 2024 - News

"Mechanic Shop Femme" book tour comes to the Bay

Photo of a person holding a book next to a car with its hood popped up

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 around the country, including tonight in the Bay Area.

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, said automotive journalist Chaya Milchtein, who wrote the "Mechanic Shop Femme's Guide to Car Ownership."

  • Milchtein, who was named one of Out Magazine's most influential LGBTQ people in 2021, told Axios she wanted to share practical information with people who are outside traditional, often male-dominated, car spaces.

What they're saying: "I wrote this to arm women and queer folks with the knowledge and power to make educated car choices," she said.

  • "It's chock-full of a decade of automotive experience and insights, written for the regular car owner."

Stop by: Milchtein will be at Euro Clinic down in Santa Clara tonight at 6pm.


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