April 2018
Save the Date! 
 
Wednesday, May 9
at 
7:30 p.m.
Judith Valente
Book Launch Party

Friday, May 11
at 7:30 p.m.
Faisal Mohyuddin
Book Launch Party

Wednesday, May 16 
at 7:30 p.m.
Elisabeth Rosenthal
Paperback tour

Thursday, May 17 
at 7:30 p.m.
Sofia Samatar
Reading and Conversation

Friday, May 18 
at 7:30 p.m.
Rita Bullwinkel with special guests Jac Jemc and Anne Yoder
Belly Up: Stories

Wednesday, May 23
at 7:30
Linda Gartz
Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago
Reading and Book-signing

Thursday, May 24
at 7:30 p.m.
Julia Fine with special guest Audrey Niffenegger
What Should Be Wild
Book Launch Party

Friday, May 25
at 7:30 p.m.
Greetings From Janeland
Editor and Contributor Reading & Conversation

Wednesday, May 30
 at 7 p.m.
Franchesca Ramsey 
in conversation with Luvvie Ajayi
Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey 
(935 W. Wilson)
 
 
 
Sunday, April 8
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading: 
Letter To My Daughter 
by Maya Angelou

Sunday, April 8 
at 2 p.m.
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea
by Melissa Fleming

Sunday, April 8 
at 5 p.m.
The Wanderers 
by Kate Ormand

Sunday, April 8
 at 6:30 p.m.
Color of Violence 
by Incite!

Monday, April 10 
at 7:15 p.m.
Mrs. Caliban 
by Rachel Ingalls
(please note new date)
 
Sunday, April 15
 at 4 p.m.
When They Call You a Terrorist
by Patrice Khan-Cullors

Tuesday, April 17 
at 7:30 p.m.
Electric Arches 
by Eve Ewing
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

Finally! It's beginning to feel like spring in Chicago! It's time to quit hibernating and come out and enjoy the fantastic events at your feminist bookstore, including our favorite day of the year: Independent Bookstore Day (Saturday, April 28)! Get your #MyChicagoBookstore passport stamped at all the Chicago-area indies while enjoying snacks, giveaways, exclusive merch, and more in honor of Chicago's unique indie bookstore community. 

Tickets are going fast for our hugely popular event with Cecile Richards in conversation with David Axelrod! Learn more and buy tickets HERE.

Plus, our beloved Samantha Irby is back! Don't miss the Chicago launch of Meaty, the fully updated re-issue. Buy tickets HERE
 
With love & thanks, 

W&CF 
 
Nina Sudhakar with
special guests Angela Just 
& Suzanne Frank
Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading
 
Join us as we celebrate the winner of the 2017 Bird's Thumb Chapbook Contest, Matriarchetypes by Nina Sudhakar. 
 
Nina Sudhakar  is an Indian-American writer, poet, and lawyer who lives in Chicago. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in such publications as Ecotone, Breakwater Review, and Big Lucks.  READ MORE

Angela Just  is a Chicago-based poet whose chapbook Everything I Own was recently published by Porkbelly Press. Her work has appeared in Bird's Thumb, Sow's Ear, MAKE, and other journals.  READ MORE

Suzanne Frank  designs residential landscapes and studies birds. Her poems have been published in Bird's Thumb, 10x3 plus, Another Chicago Magazine (ACM), and Stray Bullets: A Celebration of Chicago Saloon Poetry.  
Together We Rise:
Organizer Panel Discussion
Friday, March 30th at 7 p.m. 
 
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Women's March, Together We Rise offers an unprecedented chronicle of this galvanizing movement, with exclusive interviews with Women's March organizers, never-before-seen photographs, and essays by feminist activists  READ MORE  
Kitty Curran & Larissa Zagerris
Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
 
Come celebrate the launch of the romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever after. Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining) storylines. READ MORE
 
Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran are the creative team behind the viral series Taylor Swift: Girl Detective, as well as countless other zines and comics. Larissa is a writer, educator, and photographer whose work has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among many other internet places.  READ MORE  
Sandra Allen 
in conversation with Jessica Hopper
Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Conversation and Book-signing 
   
Sandra Allen did not know her uncle Bob very well. As a child, she had been told he was "crazy" and had spent time in mental hospitals. Then in 2009 Bob mailed Sandra his autobiography--sixty single-spaced pages of all-capped, error-riddled sentences.  READ MORE
 
Sandra Allen grew up in Muir Beach, California. She attended Brown University and received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in McSweeney's 
Internet Tendency, among many other internet places.
 

 
Jessica Hopper is a Chicago-based music journalist and author. 

Maya Dusenbery 
in conversation with Paula Kamen
   
Maya Dusenbery, editorial director of Feministing.com, will be joined by Chicago-based feminist writer Paula Kamen for a conversation about chronic pain, gender bias in medicine, and the history of hysteria.  READ MORE
 
Maya Dusenbery has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has also appeared in Bitch and TheAtlantic.com, as well as in the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. READ MORE
 
Paula Kamen is the author of four books, including All in My Head and Finding Iris Chang: Ambition, Friendship and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind, explores postpartum depression and bipolar disorder in women.
Sappho's Salon 
Spring Open Mic
Co-hosted by Liz Baudler 
& Eileen Tull
Monday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Doors open at 7 p.m.
   
Sappho's Salon slides into our third anniversary with some fantastic faves. First up, we have Himabindu Poroori, former Salonathon host and multi-disciplinary artist, and then heavy-hitting storyteller extraordinaire Ada Cheng, who we love with the fire of a thousand suns. 
 
It's also your turn at the open mic as long as your're female identifying, trans, or nonbinary! And finally, co-hosts Liz and Eileen will be especially . . . revealing. Gonna be one of our best anniversaries yet, so celebrate with us!
 
Pay what you can, open mic performers get a bookstore coupon! Middle Eastern snacks and celebration cupcakes!
Rachel Arndt 
in conversation 
with  
Aviya Kushner
Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. 
Book Launch Party
 
Beyond Measure is an exploration of the rituals, routines, metrics, and expectations through which we attempt to quantify and ascribe value to our lives.   READ MORE
 
Rachel Z. Arndt received MFAs in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and nonfiction editor of the Iowa Review READ MORE  





Aviya Kushner is the author of The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible, which was a National Jewish Book Award finalist, a Sami Rohr Prize finalist, and one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Religion Stories of 2015.  READ MORE
Christine Lahti in conversation with Bernardine Dohrn
Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.  
Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing
 
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.) 
Buy tickets  HERE.

We're thrilled to welcome Christine Lahti in conversation with Bernardine Dohrn in celebration of Christine's forthcoming essay collection,  True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age
 
Christine Lahti is an Academy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-winning acclaimed director and stage, television, and film actor with a career that spans more than forty years. She most recently starred in Fucking A by Pulitzer Prize-winner Susan Lori Parks. 
READ MORE  


Bernardine Dohrnactivist, academic, and children's and women's rights advocate, is a retired associate clinical professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where she was the director of the Children and Family Justice Center for 23 years.
Jenny Boully 
with special guests
Piper Daniels and Alexis Pope

Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
   
Join us as we celebrate the new essay collection from Jenny Boully. Boully's essays are ripe with romance and sensual pleasures, drawing connections between the experience of falling in love and the life of a writer.  

Jenny Boully is the author of The Body, The Book of Beginnings and Endings, not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, and other books. 
 


Piper J. Daniels is a Michigan native, queer intersectional feminist, and professional ghostwriter who holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from the University of Washington. READ MORE


Alexis Pope is the author of two poetry collections, most recently That Which Comes After (Big Lucks, 2018), as well as several chapbooks, including Debt (Madhouse Press, 2017). READ MORE
Cecile Richards in conversation with David Axelrod
 
Please Note: This event will be held at Senn High School (5900 N. Glenwood). Buy tickets HERE

Women & Children First is honored to host the only Chicago event on Cecile Richards' Make Trouble book tour. As a young woman, Cecile Richards watched as her mother, Ann, transformed from a housewife into the straight-talking, truth-telling Democratic governor of Texas.  READ MORE  
 
Cecile Richards began her career helping garment workers, hotel workers, and nursing home aides fight for better wages and working conditions. She also served as deputy chief of staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  READ MORE  


David Axelrod is a veteran of politics and journalism and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama.  READ MORE
Eloisa Amezcua with special guests Jose Olivarez and Xandria Phillips
Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading 

Please join us for a poetry reading celebrating Eloisa Amezcua's debut book, From the Inside Quietly, inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Press Poetry Prize, selected by Ada Limón. READ MORE  
 
Eloisa Amezcua is a MacDowell fellow, the author of three chapbooks, and founder and editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry.   READ MORE  

José Olivarez is the co-author of the book of poems Home Court and the co-host of the poetry podcast The Poetry Gods. READ MORE  

Xandria Phillips is a poet based in Chicago. She is the author of Hull (forthcoming in 2019) and Reasons for Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest, judged by Claudia Rankine. READ MORE


Nicole Hollander
Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party

Join us for a presentation with Nicole Hollander in celebration of her graphic memoir, We Ate Wonder Bread, Hollander's first long-form work. This is a coming-of-age story, starring the gangsters, the glamorous, the bed bugs, the (enviable) Catholic girls, the police, the jukebox, the fortune teller, and the family's blue Hudson.  READ MORE  
 
Nicole Hollander is best known for her syndicated comic strip, Sylvia. Her work has been archived in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library at Ohio State University. 
READ MORE  



Nicole Garneau
Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Interactive Reading

For this event, Nicole Garneau will present a lively and interactive evening of performative engagement with her new book, Performing Revolutionary: Art, Action, Activism. 
 
Nicole Garneau is an interdisciplinary artist making site-specific performance and project art that is directly political, critically conscious, and community building. 



Anatomy of a Tiny 
Native Garden

Monica Buckley, owner of 
Andersonville-based Red Stem Native Landscapes, shares the step-by-step creation and development of the two-year-old native plants garden that graces the parkway along Farragut behind our store! 
 
What are all those crazy plants, and how do they thrive in the blazing sun and with so many people, dogs, and vehicles going by? Monica will tell all.
Meg Wolitzer in conversation with Greta Johnsen
Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. 
Reading, Conversation, 
and Book-signing
 
Join us as we welcome back staff favorite Meg Wolitzer in celebration of her acclaimed new novel. The Female Persuasion introduces Greer Kadetsky, a shy college freshman, as her life is transformed by Faith Frank, a dazzlingly persuasive pillar of the women's movement.
 
Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and the young adult novel Belzhar.   READ MORE  



Greta Johnsen is a reporter and host at WBEZ here in Chicago. Greta hosts WBEZ's Nerdette podcast with Tricia Bobeda, where they talk to everyone from authors to astronauts. 
Rebekah Frumkin 
Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m
Book Launch Party

Join us as we celebrate the highly anticipated debut novel from local author Rebekah Frumkin! A blistering dark comedy, The Comedown is a romp across America, from the Kent State shootings to protest marches in Chicago to the Florida Everglades. 
 
Rebekah Frumkin's fiction and essays have appeared in Granta, McSweeney's, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other places.   READ MORE 



Marie Hicks with special guests
Julie Keck and Jessica King
 
Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Paperback Book Launch

In 1944, Britain led the world in electronic computing, but by 1974 its computing industry was all but extinct. Women had been a hidden engine of growth in high technology, but as computing became male-identified in the 1960s and 1970s, the government systematically neglected its largest trained technical workforce, leading to catastrophe.   READ MORE
 
 
Marie Hicks is a historian of technology who focuses on the hidden histories of computing.   READ MORE





Julie Keck and Jessica King are Chicago-based filmmakers and writers whose work includes: F*ck Yes, a modern sex ed series focused on improving communication (and sex) between consenting adults 


Daniel Borutzy
and  Nate Marshall 
Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading
 
Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection The Performance of Becoming Human,  Daniel Borzutzky  is a Chil ean-American writer and translator living in Chicago.  READ MORE    
 
Daniel Borzutzky's other poetry books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy, The Book of Interfering Bodies, The Ecstasy of Capitulation, and Lake Michigan among others.
READ MORE  



Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.
READ MORE


 
Saturday, April 28 - ALL DAY!

Independent Bookstore Day 
is  a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. There will be giveaways and complimentary refreshments galore! Plus, there are exclusive books and literary merch that you can only get on that day. 
You can also try the second annual #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge.  Celebrate Chicago's indie bookstore community by getting a passport and visiting as many stores in a single day as possible! If you get stamps from 10 or more stores, you'll get a discount in all the participating stores for a full year.
Franny Choi and sam sax 
Sunday, April 29 at 6 p.m.
Poetry Reading
 
We're thrilled to be a stop on the Madness Machine Tour featuring poets Franny Choi and sam sax. READ MORE  
 
Franny Choi is a writer, performer, and teaching artist. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone, the chapbook Death by Sex Machine, and the forthcoming Soft Science.  READ MORE  

sam sax is a queer Jewish writer, performer, educator, and organizer. He's the author of Madness, winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Terrance Hayes. 
 
Patricia Skalka
Sunday, April 29 at 6 p.m.
Book Launch Party
 
After a forty-year absence, the Viola da Gamba Music Festival has returned to the picturesque isle on the tip of Wisconsin's Door County peninsula. Sheriff Dave Cubiak enjoys a rare day off as tourists and a documentary film crew hover around the musicians. 
 
Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.  READ MORE  


Samantha Irby
Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey 
(935 W. Wilson) 
Tickets on sale HERE
 
We're thrilled to host the Chicago launch celebration for the reissue of Irby's first essay collection, Meaty . This new edition is fully updated, includes new content, and has a killer new cover. READ MORE  
 
Samantha Irby is the author of the We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and writes a blog called bitches gotta eat
READ MORE  
   


Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading
 
Join us as we welcome blake nemc, author of Sharing Plastic, and special guests Aerin Cooper, Nora Gaines, and Kiam Marcelo Junio. This event will celebrate hybrid forms, incorporating readings, sound work, and more. 

blake nemec is a writer, teacher, and sound/media artist based in Chicago whose work extends the extraordinary musicality of everyday conversations by unprotected workers, pansexuals, and gender variant people. 
Chelsey Clammer
with special guest Deborah Siegel
Saturday, May 5 at 6 p.m. 
Reading and Book-signing 
 
Winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, Circadian is a collection of essays that weaves together personal account with cultural narrative using poetic language and lyric structures.   READ MORE 
    

Chelsey Clammer is the author of BodyHome . Her work has appeared in the Normal School, Black Warrior Review, the Ru mpus , and McSweeney's, among others.





Deborah Siegel is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted, co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child, and founder of the website She Writes--the largest online community for women who write.  READ MORE  
Melissa Broder in conversation with Megan Stielstra
Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. 
Conversation and Book-signing 
 
 
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Uptown Underground (4707 N. Broadway). Tickets on sale HERE.

In celebration of her new novel, The Pisces, Melissa Broder (@sosadtoday) will be in conversation with local author Megan Stielstra. READ MORE 
 
Melissa Broder is the author of the essay collection So Sad Today and four poetry collections, including Last Sext. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry magazine, the Iowa Review, Tin House, and Guernica and has been awarded the Pushcart prize.   READ MORE

Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections: The Wrong Way To Save Your Life, Once I Was Cool, and Everyone Remain Calm. Her work appears in the Best American Essays, the New York Times, Catapult, PANK, and elsewhere. READ MORE

 
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