November 2017
Save the Date! 
Friday, Dec. 8
at 7:30
M. Evelina Galang
Lolas' House
Reading and Book-signing

Monday, Dec. 11 
at 7:30 p.m.
Sappho's Salon
Holiday Open Mic
Tuesday, Dec. 12
at 7:30 p.m.
Lynn Cornella
Author Reading
Please note: this event will be held at Early to Bed (5044 N. Clark St.)
Thursday, Dec. 14
at 7:30
The Conversation: Works-in-Progress

Sunday, Dec. 17
at 6:30
Women Your Mother Warned You About: Resistance & Resilience
Trans Anthology Reading
Friday, Jan. 5 
at 7:30 p.m.
Olivia Cole
Book Launch Party
Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
Ann M. Martin
Paperback tour
Reading and Book-signing
Thursday, Jan. 11 
at 7:30 p.m.
Dwight Okita
Book Launch Party
Thursday, Jan. 18
at 7:30 p.m.
Alicia Eler
Reading and Book-signing
Tuesday, Jan. 23 
at 7 p.m.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors
in conversation with Charlene Carruthers
Please note: this event will be held at Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson Ave.
Tickets on sale soon!
Friday, Jan. 26
at 7:30 p.m.
Anne Zacharias-Walsh
Reading and 
Saturday, Jan. 27 
at 3 p.m.
Kids' Story Time and 
Craft Activity with author 
Amy Shrodes
Thursday, Feb. 1 
at 7:30 p.m.
Bill Ayers and Crystal Laura
Book Launch Party
Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Amanda Kabak
The Mathematics of Change
Reading and Signing
Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
Brittney Cooper in conversation with Samantha Irby
Location & Ticketing info: TBD

Sunday, November 5th 
at 1 p.m.
The Glass Palace
by Amitov Gosh
Sunday, November 12th 
at 5 p.m.
The Monstrous Thing
by Mackenzi Lee
Sunday, November 12th
at 6:30 p.m.
You Can't Touch My Hair 
by Phoebe Robinson

Sunday, November 19th
at 4 p.m.
by Matthew Desmond 
Classics of Women's Literature 
Monday, November 20th
at 7:15 p.m.
Wise Blood
by Flannery O'Connor

Women's Book Group 
Tuesday, November 21 
at 7:30 p.m.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Sunday, November 26 
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading: 
The Life and Loves of
Lena Gaunt
by Tracy Farr  
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

Wow! Thank you to everyone who attended one--or several--of our incredible October events! Night after night, this feminist bookstore was bursting at the seams with book lovers. Our 2017 programming isn't over yet! We still have exciting events on the horizon including readings with poets Danez Smith and Eve Ewing, indie darling Carmen Maria Machado, feminist powerhouse Jaclyn Friedman, and literary icon Isabel Allende!

It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays here at the bookstore! We have loads of 2018 calendars, including designs by Slingshot, WeMoon, Cat Lovers Against the Bomb, and other Women & Children First favorites. All of our beloved holiday cards will be available for purchase beginning November 4.
We have just a handful of tickets left for our reading and conversation with Isabel Allende! Tickets for this event include a pre-signed copy of Allende's  forthcoming novel,  In the Midst of WinterGet your ticket  HERE.

With love & thanks, 
Brit Bennett in conversation 
with Britt Julious
The Mothers  
Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Conversation and Book-signing - Paperback Tour
Join us as we welcome Brit Bennett to Women & Children First to discuss her debut novel, The Mothers, with local writer Britt Julious.

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition.  READ MORE  

Brit Bennett  graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.   READ MORE 
Patricia Ann McNair with David Trinidad
Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Joint Author Reading
Dancing to the jukebox in dark taverns; saying goodbye to her father on the last morning of his life; having sex in the backseat of a car at a drive-in movie; drinking scotch in a nightclub in Havana, Cuba, and coffee in Paris; making up stories on the run; flirting with boys on summer nights on a Chicago beach; READ MORE

Patricia Ann McNair's story collection The Temple of Air received the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, Southern Illinois University's Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and the Society of Midland Authors (US) Finalist Award.  READ MORE  

David Trinidad's latest books are Notes on a Past Life and Descent of the Dolls: Part I, a collaboration with Jeffrey Conway and Gillian McCain. 
Isabel Allende in conversation with Luis Alberto Urrea 
Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
Author Conversation 
Senn High School Auditorium
5900 N. Glenwood Ave.
Women & Children First is thrilled to be hosting the Chicago stop on Isabel Allende's upcoming US tour. The timely new novel from New York Times-bestselling author Isabel Allende begins with a car accident that sets in motion a love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. READ MORE

Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende's career as a renowned author, the book established her as a feminist force in Latin America's male-dominated literary world.   READ MORE 
Jan English Leary  
Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Jan English Leary's writing deftly offers insight into the disappointments and beauty of human love. In her new collection of sixteen stories, Leary writes about individuals who face the challenges of infertility and parenting, estrangement and intimacy, illness and recovery, loss and redemption.

Jan English Leary is a writer living in Chicago. She received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and taught writing to high-school students at the Francis W. Parker School and to adults at Northwestern University. 
Danez Smith and Eve Ewing
Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Join us as we welcome Danez Smith and Eve Ewing for our most anticipated poetry event of 2017! The two authors will be reading from their recently released collections--Don't Call Us Dead (Smith) and Electric Arches (Ewing).  READ MORE

Danez Smith is the author of [insert] boy, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Smith has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the Poetry Foundation and lives in Minneapolis.  READ MORE 

Eve L. Ewing  is a writer, scholar, artist, and educator from Chicago. Her work has appeared in  Poetry, the New Yorker, New Republic, the Nation, the Atlantic , and many other publications. She is a sociologist at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. 

Feminist Craft Circle 
Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
Make decorations for Women and Children
First for the December holidays. Yarnbombing with a holiday theme, inside the store and out. We think elves on the lamp posts up and down Clark Street would look really great! 
H. Melt,  
beyza ozer, Sung Yim, and  
Vita E.
Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Come celebrate the Chicago launch of Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation, an anthology edited by
H. Melt, featuring poems and interviews that illustrate the
 power of trans poets speaking to one another. The anthology's editor, H. Melt, will be joined by local trans writers beyza ozer, Sung Yim, and Vita E.  
Friday, Nov. 10th at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Q&A, Book-signing for the paperback tour 
Tracing the gay movement's path from the closet to the corridors of power, Queer Clout shifts the story from the coastal gay meccas to the nation's great inland metropolis. Queer Clout draws on a decade of research, including diverse oral histories and previously unexamined archival documents. READ MORE

Timothy Stewart Winter teaches U.S. history at Rutgers University-Newark and is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.  READ MORE  
The Mad Hatters
Saturday, Nov. 11th at 3pm
Kid's Storytelling Activity
An interactive storytime that promises drama activities, songs, crazy hats, and other zaniness. Intended for 3- to 7-year-olds, but all ages are welcome. 
My Chicago Bookstore
Sunday, Nov. 12th from  11 a.m.  to 4 p.m.
Spend a day exploring (and noshing) your way through three of the city's finest indies: Bookends & Beginnings,
The Book Cellar, and Women & Children First! 
Laura Shapiro 
in conversation 
Wednesday, Nov. 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Author Conversation
Food stories can be as intimate and revealing as stories of love. Each of the women profiled in this book had a different relationship with food, from obsessive dieting to using it for revenge against a straying spouse. 
Laura Shapiro has written on every food topic from champagne to Jell-O for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Gourmet, and many other publications.

Sara Paretsky  is the New York Times- bestselling author of twenty novels, most recently Fallout, the latest in the renowned V. I. Warshawski series. READ MORE
Thursday, Nov. 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Join us for the release of Penelope March Is Melting, which New York Times-bestselling writer Pseudonymous Bosch called "A marvelous and magical debut!" READ MORE

J eff Ruby  is the chief dining critic of Chicago magazine. He is the coauthor of Everybody Loves Pizza: The Deep Dish on America's Favorite Food.
Paula Carter
Friday, Nov. 17th at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Come celebrate the release of No Relation, Paula Carter's debut collection of flash memoir. When Paula Carter first met James, she was 26, in graduate school, and not ready to be any kind of mother to his two young sons. READ MORE 

Paula Carter's essays have appeared in Kenyon Review, the Southern Review, TriQuarterly, and Prairie Schooner. 

Small Business Saturday!
Saturday Nov. 25th 
This year, resolve to support your local community and economy by shopping indie on Small Business Saturday! 
We'll have complimentary refreshments all day from locally owned Coffee Studio and Sauce & Bread Kitchen. We'll also have special giveaways (advanced reading copies and original prints by Jenny Lawson). Plus, a percentage of the day's profit will be donated to charity. 
Carmen Machado
in conversation 
with Gina Frangello
Wednesday, Nov. 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Author Conversation
In this debut collection, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. READ MORE

Carmen Maria Machado's work has appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, NPR, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Nebula Award 

Gina Frangello is the author of the award-winning novels Every Kind of Wanting, A Life in Men, and My Sister's Continent, and the short story collection Slut Lullabies. 
Thursday, Nov. 30th at 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Book Launch
When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse of the sun, an event she took as a sign of good fortune for her and her mother. But that brief moment of darkness ultimately foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, her mother was murdered. READ MORE 

Sarah Perry holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and was publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. READ MORE

Maggie Rowe
Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Author Reading and Book-signing 
Maggie Rowe grew up in only a moderately religious household, but her fear of eternal damnation drove her to become a Born-Again Christian.  At 19, she checked herself into an Evangelical psychiatric facility READ MORE 
Maggie Rowe  has written for Arrested Development and, for the last 15 years, has produced and performed in sit 'n spin, Los Angeles' longest-running spoken word show. 
Jaclyn Friedman in conversation with Veronica Arreola
Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, and Book-Signing
With the fiery conviction that powered her anthology Yes Means Yes!, Jaclyn Friedman's Unscrewed reveals that the anxiety and fear that many women feel around issues of their sexuality are not, in fact, their fault, but instead are side effects of our toxic culture. READ MORE 
Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, performer and activist. She has been a guest on BBC World Have Your Say, Democracy Now, To the Contrary, and numerous other radio and television shows
Veronica Arreola is a professional feminist, writer, and mom. Her writing has been featured in USA Today and the New York Times, as well as Bitch Media, where she serves on the board of directors.   READ MORE 
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