May 2017
Save the Date! 
   
Friday, June 9 - 11
Andersonville Midsommarfest

Tuesday, June 13
at 7 p.m.
Sappho's Salon:
Pride Open Mic
Co-curated by Liz Baudler & Eileen Tull

Wednesday, June 14
at 7:30 p.m.
Ellen Meeropol in conversation with Bernardine Dohrn
Author Conversation & Signing

Thursday, June 15
at 7:30 p.m.
Marla Neufeld &
Jeffrey Kasky
Presentation and Q&A

Friday, June 16
 at 7:30 p.m.
Deborah Shapiro in conversation with
Kim Brooks
Conversation & Book-signing

Saturday, June 17
at 7 p.m.
You're Being Ridiculous: Our Annual LGBTQIA Pride Storytelling Show
Hosted by Jeremy Owens

Monday, June 19
at 7 p.m.
Roxane Gay
Hunger
This event is hosted by Chicago Humanities Festival and will be held at Francis Parker, 2233 N. Clark St. Buy Tickets HERE. Women & Children First is the official bookseller for this event!

Wendesday, June 21
at 7 p.m.
Activism: Project Fierce

Thursday, June 22
at 7:30 p.m.
Amelia Gray (Isadora) Catherine Lacey (Answers)
Reading & Signing co-sponsored by 826Chi

Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Susan Bordo
Reading, Q&A, and book-signing


 
 
 Classics of Women's Literature Book Group 
Tuesday, May 2
at 7:15 p.m.
Lolly Willows
by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m.
The End of Your Life Book Club
by Will Schwalbe
 
 
Sunday, May 14
at 4 p.m.
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
 

Sunday, May 14 at 5 p.m.
The Porcupine of Truth
by Bill Konigsberg
 

Sunday, May 14
at 6:30 p.m.
We Were Feminists Once
by Andi Zeisler

     
  Book Group  
Sunday, May 21
at 4 p.m.
March, Book 2
by John Lewis
 
  
Tuesday, May 16 
at 7:30 p.m.
On the Run 
by Alice Goffman


Sunday, May 21
at 2 p.m.
Bad Dyke
by Allison Moon
 
Discussion & Potluck 
Sunday, April 30 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Suggested Reading: the first three chapters of
Becoming Wise
by Krista Tippett
 
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,
 
Before we kick off our May events, we have one last April celebration-- Independent Bookstore Day (IBD)--on Saturday, April 29! We'll have exclusive IBD m erch, delicious refreshments, and a special edition of our literary series
The Conversation at 4 p.m. Plus, are you ready to take the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge? Find out more in the details below!   

We're kicking off May with big news: a free reading, Q&A, and book-signing with Amy Goodman! This will be Amy's only Chicago stop on her Democracy Now! paperback tour. Learn when and where below.

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Many thanks,

W&CF 
Saturday, April 29 - ALL DAY
Free food, special merch, live music, a special edition of The Conversation, and the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge!  
 
Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the
country on the last Saturday in April. We'll have complimentary coffee and donuts from The Coffee Studio beginning at 10 a.m. Then, we'll have a delicious assortment of breads, spreads, and cookies from Sauce and Bread Kitchen at 
2 p.m.   Plus, are you ready for the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge ?
This year on IBD, at least 24 Chicagoland indie bookstores are jointly sponsoring the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores on that one day. To begin their trip, readers can stop by their favorite indie bookstores and, with an initial purchase of $25 or more, pick up a #MyChicagoBookstore carabiner and their first "luggage tag." (**See participating stores listed on our website HERE.**)

Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional tag at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:
  • Visit TEN stores and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!
  • Visit FIFTEEN stores and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR! 
Also, readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul, and enter to win more prizes! On Instagram, use #CHIBD17. For Twitter: Use #CHIBD17 or @chibookstore.
A Special Indie Bookstore Day Edition of
The Conversation:
The Books that Matter Now

Saturday, April 29 at 4 p.m.

For Indie Bookstore Day, this edition of our monthly series, The Conversation, will feature journalist Anne Elizabeth Moore, musician Eiren Caffall, writer and educator Sarah Kokernot, and poet Sandra Jackson-Opoku with  Kim Brooks acting as moderator. Our theme for April is "The Books that Matter Now." Our panelists will be discussing the most pressing threats to freedom of literary expression and how writers and readers can act to oppose them. They'll also be sharing with the audience their picks for the books that are important now more than ever and how their book selections have changed since the 2016 presidential election. The Conversation will be followed by live music by Eiren Caffall.
Kristen Radtke
in conversation with Lucy Knisley
Imagine Wanting Only This
Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
A Conversation and Signing

When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities in the American Midwest, an Icelandic town buried in volcanic ash, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. A narrative that is at once factual, historical, and personal, Radtke's words and images ask why are we here, and what will we leave behind?

Kristen Radtke is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film and video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She lives in New York.

Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of beloved graphic novels about memory, identity, food, and family. Her Alex Award-winning graphic novel, Relish: My Life in the Kit che n is a New York Times bestseller, and her travelogues ( French Milk, An Age of License, and Displacement) have been lauded by critics and fans. Her most recent graphic memoir is Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride. She lives and works in Chicago.
 
Dr. Willie Parker
Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading and Signing
This event is co-sponsored by Personal PAC 

In Life's Work, Dr. Willie Parker pulls from his personal and professional lives to reveal how he came to believe, unequivocally, that helping women in need, without judgment, is the Christian thing to do.

Dr. Willie Parker grew up in the Deep South, lived in a Christian household, and converted to an even more fundamentalist form of Christianity as a young man. But upon reading a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he realized he must show compassion for all women, regardless of their needs. In 2009, he stopped practicing obstetrics to focus entirely on providing safe abortions for women in need--often those in poverty and women of color--in the South. In
Life's Work, Dr. Willie Parker's story illuminates the complex societal, political, religious, and personal realities of abortion in the United States. He also looks at how a new wave of anti-abortion activism, aimed at making incremental changes in laws and regulations state by state, is slowly chipping away at the rights of women to control their own lives. 
Julie Scelfo
Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Presentation and Signing 

Read any history of New York City and you will read about men--men who were political leaders and men who were activists and cultural tastemakers. The Women Who Made New York reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City. Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work. Paired with striking, contemporary illustrations by artist Hallie Heald, The Women Who Made New York confronts the sexism inherent in how history is made and recorded.

Julie Scelfo
is a frequent contributor to the New York Times . Prior to joining the Times in 2007, Scelfo was a correspondent at Newsweek , where she covered breaking news and wrote about society and human behavior. Scelfo lives with her family in Brooklyn, where she rides a push-scooter to ease travel back and forth between neighborhoods. She is a member of PEN America, a supporter of Narrative 4, and believes radical empathy is where it's at. More information about her work can be found at juliescelfo.com.
Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. 
Reading, Q&A, and Signing
Please Note: this FREE event will be held at Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No registration required.  
  
Join award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, at the only Chicago stop on her North American tour for this book. Goodman will speak about increas ed threats to freedom of the press and the importance of truly independent media to hold those in power accountable. In mor e than 20 years of reporting, Democracy Now! has covered the social movements that are now forming the groundswell of opposition to the Trump administration; movements long ignored by the corporate media, but central to Democracy Now!'s daily journalism. Amy will be introduced by her Democracy Now! colleague and co-author, Denis Moynihan.    
Sappho's Salon: Open Mic
Tuesday, May 9 - Doors Open and Open Mic sign-up at 7 p.m. Starts at 7:30 p.m. 
   
Sappho's Salon is our monthly performance salon featuring expressions of queerness, gender, and feminism. As always, our open mic, which is held every other month, is pay-what-you-can ($1 and up!) and BYOB. Proceeds benefit featured performers and the bookstore's Women's Voices Fund. And, we'll have our beloved snacks from the Middle Eastern Bakery. Open Mic sign-up for begins at 7 p.m. The 5-minute spots are limited. All art is welcome: monologues, stories, performance art, poetry, song, dance, film, visual art, burlesque. 
Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m.
Reading, Q&A, and signing 

We're thrilled to welcome Susan Faludi, acclaimed feminist writer, back to Women & Children First. When Susan Faludi learned that her 76-year-old father --long estranged and living in Hungary-- now identified as a woman, she struggled to connect this woman with the the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known throughout her life. Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her suburban childhood and her father's many previous incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. Faludi's memoir about her father's metamorphosis takes her to Hungary and across borders--historical, political, religious, sexual--to bring her face to face with questions of identity and family allegiances.

Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Terror Dream, Stiffed, and Backlash, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper's, and the Baffler, among other publications.
Kate Moore in Conversation with
Veronica Arreola
Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, and Signing 

The Radium Girls is the true, previously untold story of America's shining girls, the unsuspecting WWI workers slowly poisoned in the glowing radium-dial factories in Orange, NJ, and Ottawa, IL, and their heroic fight for justice against impossible odds. Their courage resulted in a dramatic legacy that changed the world and still reverberates almost a century later.

Kate Moore is a Sunday Times bestselling writer with more than a decade's experi ence writing and ghosting across varying genres, including memoir, biography, and history. In 2005, she directed a critically acclaimed play about the Radium Girls called These Shining Lives . She lives in the UK. For this event, Kate will be joined by local author and educator Veronica I. Arreola. Veronica is a nationally recognized expert on women in higher education and a women's rights advocate. She is currently the program director for the University of Illinois at Chicago's new Latinos in Science office, LAS GANAS.
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Morgan Parker with special guests Jamila Woods, Nate Marshall, and José Olivarez
There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce
Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading & Booksigning 

Join us fo r a poetry reading honoring Morgan Parker's  new collection There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé . For this event, Morgan will be joined by local poets Jamil a Woods, Nate Marshall, and José Olivarez . Morgan's new collection uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st century black American womanhood and its compl exities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, femininity, and politics.

Morgan Parker
is the author of Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night , which was selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize and a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Parker received her MFA in poetry from NYU. Her poetry and essays have been published and anthologized in numerous publications, including the Paris Review, the New York Times, and the Nation . Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and is a Cave Canem graduate fellow. With Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius, and she lives with her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn.
Girl Power Yoga with Mission Propelle
Saturday, May 13 at 3 p.m.
Kids' Activity for ages 5 and up

Mission Propelle is a Chicago-based organization focused on using movement and storytelling to empower girls to know who they are, what they believe, and how to advocate for themselves and build confidence. From a young age, girls receive the message that they take up less space than boys--or worse, that they don't belong in positions of influence. Mission Propelle challenges these damaging messages, with programming that combines yoga with readings from original story books authored by Mission Propelle.
Melissa Febos in conversation with
Zoe Zolbrod 
Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m. 
Reading, Conversation, and Signing 

In Abandon Me , Melissa Febos captures the intense bonds of love and the need for connection--with family, lovers, and oneself--by investigating her relationships with both her birth father, who left her with only an inheritance of addiction and Native American blood, and the sea captain who raised her. Woven throughout this collection is the hypnotic story of an all-consuming, long-distance love affair with a woman, marked equally by worship and withdrawal. At once a fearlessly vulnerable memoir and an incisive investigation of art, love, and identity, Abandon Me draws on childhood stories, religion, psychology, mythology, popular culture, and the intimacies of one writer's life to reveal intellectual and emotional truths that feel startlingly universal.

Melissa Febos
is the author of the memoir Whip Smart . Portions of  Abandon Me have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, StoryQuarterly, and the Center for Women Writers, and twice earned notice in the 2015 Best American Essays anthology. Febos serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Monmouth University and on the M.F.A. faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She lives in Brooklyn. 

For this event, Melissa will be joined by local author Zoe Zolbrod. Zoe Zolbrod 's work has appeared in Salon, the Nervous Breakdown, the Weeklings , and the Rumpus . She is the author of the memoir The Telling and the novel Currency . Zoe lives in Evanston with her husband, son, and daughter.
Author Reading: Rachel Hall &
Anna Leahy
Heirlooms by Rachel Hall
Aperture by Anna Leah 
Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading & Signing

Join us for a joint author reading featuring Rachel Hall and Anna Leahy. Anna Leahy is the author of the poetry collection ApertureConstituents of Matter, which won the Wick Poetry Prize; and two chapbooks.
Her book Tumor is due out in the fall. Her  essays won the top prizes at Ninth Letter and Dogwood in 2016 and were Not ables in The Best American Essays 2013 and 2016. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she curates the Tabula Poetica reading series and edits TAB: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics. Winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Marge Piercy,  Heirlooms begins in the French seaside city of Saint-Malo in 1939 and ends in the American Midwest in 1989. In these linked stories, the war reverberates through four generations of a Jewish family.

Rachel Hall's stories and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Bellingham Review, Crab Orchard Review, a
nd Fifth Wednesday . In addition, she has received awards and honors from publications such as Lilith
, Glimmer Tr ain , and New Letters and from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ragdale, and the Ox-Bow School of the Arts. She teaches creative writing and literature at the State University of New York at Geneseo. 
Mary Gordon in conversation with Rosellen Brown
Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, and Signing 

From the award-winning novelist Mary Gordon comes the deeply moving story of Marian, a woman who cut herself off from her wealthy, conservative Irish Catholic family when she volunteered during the Spanish Civil War--an experience she has always kept to herself. Now in her nineties, she shares her Rhode Island cottage with her granddaughter, Amelia, a young woman of good heart but only a vague notion of life's purpose. Their daily existence is intertwined with Marian's secret past. When Marian is diagnosed with cancer, she finally speaks about what happened to her during those years--personal and eth ical challenges nearly unthinkable to Amelia. This novel is a highly relevant call to speak honestly about evil when it is before us and to speak equally about goodness.

Mary Gordon
is the author of eight novels, including Final Payments, Pearl, and The Love of My Youth; six works of nonfiction, including the memoirs Th
e Shadow Man and Circling My Mother; and three collections o f short fiction, including The Stories of Mary Gordon, which
was awarded the Story Prize. She has received many other honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Academy Award for Literature. She teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City. For this event, Mary will be joined by local author Rosellen Brown.
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Emil Ferris
Friday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Presentation & Signing
A READ LOCAL Event

In this highly acclaimed graphic novel, Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen's investigation takes us back to Anka's life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal and political, the past and pres ent, converge.

Emil Ferris
grew up Chicago during t he turbu l ent 1960s and is consequently a devotee of all things mon st rous and horrific. She has an MFA in creative writing from the 
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 
Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.  
This event is BYOB & BYO Crafting Materials 
All levels of crafters welcome! 



Join the Feminist Craft Circle as we use our hooks and needles to create a colorful installation for this summer's Midsommarfest--Andersonville's annual street festival! Learn the how's and why's of yarnbombing--street art made with knitting and crochet--and help us make a yarnbomb creation to be installed in and around the bookstore in June. Simple patterns will be provided, or you can let your creativity run wild! Please bring your own knitting needles or crochet hooks. Some yarn will be provided but any yarn contributions (especially acrylic yarns) are welcome.
The Conversation:
Who Owns the Environment?

Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Each month, we gather a group of writers, artists, and politicians together to talk about an issue of political, social, or cultural importance. These are not readings, but passionate conversations that will include the audience. For the May edition of our monthly series, we'll be discussing the intersection of the environment, labor, and class. This conversation will feature novelist Jennifer Haigh and  activist Antonio Lopez from the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and be moderated by Zoe Zolbrod . Other panelists TBA. Like The Conversation on Facebook to get updates.

Each Conversation ends with a takeaway (kind of like optional homework--an article to read, an organization to engage with, a movie to watch, a protest to attend). Even better: after the event, the conversation continues at
Las Manos Gallery  (1515 W. Foster), where we eat, drink, argue, and organize. These events are free and open to all, but donations for a local nonprofit will be collected at the afterparty.
Sarah Ladipo Manyika in conversation with Chris Abani
Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun
Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, and signing 

Morayo Da Silva, a cosmopolitan Nigerian woman, lives in San Francisco. Almost seventy-five, she has a zest for life and enjoys road trips in her vintage Porsche. But when Morayo has an accident, crushing her independence, she is prompted to reassess her relationships and recollect her past life and loves. Sarah Ladipo Manyika teaches literature at San Francisco State University. Her first novel, In Dependence , has sold more than 1.5 million copies in Nigeria. Sarah sits on the boards of Hedgebrook and San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora and was the chair of judges for the Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2015. For this event, Sarah will be joined by Chris Abani . Chris Abani is the acclaimed author of GraceLand and The Virgin of Flames, among other books. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Hemingway/PEN Prize, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston/Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. Born in Nigeria, he is currently a Board of Trustees professor of English at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago. 
Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m.
 
For each meeting of our Activism Series, we showcase specific local social justice organizations. Representatives from the organizations give a 
presentation detailing their mission, followed by a Q&A and an action plan of how attendees can get involved. This month's featured  organizations are The Courage Campaign: CTA and Rape Victim Advocates.

The Courage Campaign: CTA is a grassroots, volunteer-based organization dedicated to fighting street harassment on Chicago public transit and throughout the Chicagoland area. Come hear about the history of this group's work, strategies for responding to street harassment, tips on
being a good ally, resources for reporting harassment, and the group's efforts to expand its network. This session will be followed by a Q&A with  Rape Victim Advocates . RVA is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group counseling, and medical and legal advocacy in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

Angela Jackson 
A Surprised Queenhood in the
New Black Sun

Thursday , June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading and signing  
A READ LOCAL Event
  
Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the American literary icons of the twentieth century. Brooks's poetry served as witness to the stark realities of urban life: the evils of lynching, the murders of Emmett Till and Malcolm X, and the revolutionary effects of the civil rights movement. She earned many accolades for her work, and in 1950, she became the first African American ever to receive a Pulitzer Prize. A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun delves deep into the rich fabric of Brooks's work and world over nearly six decades. It is a commemoration of an artist who negotiated black womanhood and incomparable artistry with a changing, restless world-an artistic maverick way ahead of her time.

Angela Jackson is
an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, inclu ding the National Book Award-nominated And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New . Her novel Where I Must Go won the American Book Award in 2009. Jackson lives in Chicago. 
Elise Paschen
The Nightlife  
Friday, June 2 at 7 p.m.
A Book Party
Please note: this free event will be held at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St.
No registration required.  
A READ LOCAL Event
 
Join us for a celebration of local poet Elise Paschen. In addition to a reading and book-signing, this event will include refreshments and live music.  In her third poetry book,
The Nightlife, Paschen once again taps into dream states, creating a narrative balanced between the lived and the imagined life. At the heart of the book is a dream triptych that retells the same encounter from different perspectives, the drama between the narrative described and the sexual tension created there.  The Nightlife  demonstrates Paschen's versatility and formal mastery and lyricism.

Elise Paschen
is the author of
Bestiary, Infidelities (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), and Houses: Coasts . As an undergraduate at Harvard, she received the Garrison Medal for poetry. She holds MPhil and DPhil degrees from Oxford University. Her poems have been published in the New Yorker and Poetry , among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies. She is the editor of
Poetry Speaks to Children  and co-editor of  Poetry Speaks , among other anthologies. Former executive director of the Poetry Society of America, she is a co-founder of Poetry in Motion, a nationwide program that places poetry posters in subway cars and buses. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Chicago with her family.
Wendy Pearlman
Book Launch Party
A READ LOCAL Event

In 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy, and human rights. The government's ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times. Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard. Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe,  We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a breathtaking mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the front lines. From several pages of short-story-like narratives to a few sentences of poetry, these testimonials chronicle those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction. 

Wendy Pearlman 
has studied or conducted research in Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey,
Germany, Spain, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She has written two books and more than a dozen articles or book chapters about the Palestinian national movement, focusing on internal politics and the causes and consequences of political violence. She teaches at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago.
Samantha Irby
Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. 
Book Launch Party
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at the Wilson Abbey (935 W. Wilson) Tickets available only through Brown Paper Tickets. Buy Tickets HERE.
Each ticket includes a copy of
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life: Essays,
which attendees will pick up at the event.
 
Women & Children First is proud to present Samantha Irby for the launch celebration of one of the most anticipated books of the year. For this event, Samantha will be interviewed by (her not real dad) Mel, whom fans already know and love. After the interview, there will be an audience Q&A followed by a book signing.

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With her new collection, bitches gotta eat blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making adult budgets, a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic- vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father's ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburb an moms, Irby is as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.  

Samantha Irby is the author of the essay  collection
Meaty and the founder of the popular blog bitches gotta eat. 
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