August 2017
Save the Date! 
Tuesday, Sept. 5 
at 7 p.m.
Feminist Craft Circle
Red Scarf Project: Brightly colored scarves for students in college who have aged out of the foster care system

Wednesday, Sept. 6
at 7:30 p.m.
Beth Finke
Writing Out Loud
Author Reading

Thursday, Sept. 7 
at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading

Friday, Sept. 8 
at 7:30 p.m.
Sahar Mustafah
Code of the West
Book Launch Party

Wednesday, Sept. 13
at 7 p.m.
Activism Series: Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) 

Thursday, Sept. 14
at 7:30 p.m.
Jimin Han in conversation with Juan Martinez
A Small Revolution 
Author Conversation

Friday, Sept. 15
at 7:30 p.m.
Cheryl Reed
Poison Girls
Book Launch Party

Thursday, Sept. 21
from 7 to 10 p.m.
2nd Annual Lit Crawl Chicago!

Wednesday, Sept. 27
at 7:30 p.m.
Liesl Olson
Chicago Renaissance
Book Launch Party 
Wednesday, Oct. 4
at 7:30 p.m. 
Nicole Krauss in conversation with Aleksandar Hemon
Author Conversation

Wednesday, Oct. 11
at 7:30 p.m.
Jennifer Egan
Manhattan Beach
Author Reading

Friday, Oct. 13
at 7 p.m.
Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America

Wednesday, Oct. 18
at 7:30 p.m.
Anne Laughlin
A Date to Die
Book Launch Party

Wednesday, Oct. 25
at 7:30 p.m.
Britt Bennett
The Mothers
Paperback Tour

Thursday, Nov. 2
at 7 p.m.
Isabel Allende
In the Midst of Winter
at Senn High School Auditorium
(5900 N. Glenwood)
Tickets on sale SOON!

Sunday, Aug. 13  at 4 p.m.
Big Game 
by Stuart Gibbs 
Sunday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m.
Anna and
the Swallow Man
by Gavriel Savit
Sunday, Aug. 13 
at 6:30 p.m.
Living a Feminist Life 
by Sara Ahmed

Tuesday, Aug. 1
at 7:15 p.m.
The Optimist's Daughter
by Eudora Welty

Sunday, Aug. 27
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Summer Book 
by Tove Jansson

Sunday, Aug. 20
at 2 p.m.
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by C. Blow 
Sunday, Aug. 20
at 4 p.m.

Sister Outsider 
by Audre Lorde

Tuesday, Aug. 15
at 7:30 p.m.

The Gene by Siddharta Mukherjee

Family of Women Book Group 
No Meeting in August

Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.
Banner Stitch-a-thon

Dear Friends of Women & Children First,
Every year, we say thank you to our most loyal customers with our Member Sale! This annual eve nt begins today, Monday, July 24, and ru ns thr ough Sund ay, July 3 0th. Members, come on in to the bookstore to ta ke advantage of your 20% discount on all in-store items! Not a member yet? Stop by the store to learn how to become one  today! 
August, which we are now calling "The Book Launch Party Month" is here! We're honored to be hosting launch celebrations this month for Megan Stielstra, Augustus Rose, Jac Jemc, Lindsay Hunter, Julia Keller, and Celia C. Perez

This month and every month, there's so much to celebrate at your local feminist bookstore.  

With love,

Our Annual Member Sale!
Monday, July 24 - Sunday, July 30
Members of Women & Children First receive 20% off all in-store purchases for a whole week (excludes gift cards, special orders, and Kobo e-readers)!  
Membership to Women & Children First costs just $25/year and entitles you to 10% off every day--and 20% off during our
Member Sale!
Feminist Craft Circle
Tuesday, July 25th at 7pm
Join us for an evening of knitting and crocheting chemo caps for patients of Lurie Children's Hospital. BYOB and BYO crafting materials. 

Also, save the date for Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m., when our Feminist Craft Circle will welcome AJ Conroy of Chicago Craftivists and Shannon Downey of
AJ and Shannon will teach craftivists how to  hand sew, cross stitch, or embroider your message onto a small banner to keep or share. Materials and templates will be provided, or create your own.
Annual Used Book Sale
Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
and Sunday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   

Women & Children First's  Used Book Sale is an annual  tradition benefiting the Women's Voices Fund, the nonprofit arm of the store that supports all our programming and events.  READ MORE
Megan Stielstra 
Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.  
Book Launch Party
Buy Tickets HERE.
Please Note: This event will be held at Uptown Underground (4707 N. Broadway) 
In this poignant and inciting collection of literary essays, Megan Stielstra tells stories to ward off fears both personal and universal as she grapples toward a better way to live.  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, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Guernica, Buzzfeed Reader, The Rumpus , and elsewhere. READ MORE
Augustus Rose
Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.  
Book Launch Party

Come celebrate the book launch of local author Augustus Rose's riveting novel and discover what all the literary buzz is about!!  READ MORE

Augustus Rose  is a novelist and screenwriter. He was born in the northern California coastal town of Bolinas, and grew up there and in San Francisco. He lives in Chicago with his wife, the novelist Nami Mun, and their son, and he teaches fiction writing at the University of Chicago.

Jac Jemc  
Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party

Jac Jemc's  The Grip of It tells the eerie story of Julie and James, a young couple settling into their new home and their relationship. But the house has plans for the unsuspecting couple. READ MORE 

Jac Jemc is the author of
My Only Wife , a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction a nd winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, and the short story collection A Different Bed Every Time READ MORE
Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
For this free event, a doctor, an attorney, and a sperm bank representative will discuss everything you need to know about working with sperm donors; legal safeguards for LGBT families during the Trump era; and medical procedures, like insemination and in vitro fertilization. Zika avoidance will also be discussed.
Emily Jungmin Yoon
with C. M. Burroughs and Holly Amos 
Friday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Join us as we celebrate the award-winning chapbook, Ordinary Misfortunes, by local poet Emily Jungmin Yoon.
Emily Jungmin Yoon's poems and  tra nslations appear or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor for the Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers' Workshop 
CM Burroughs  is assistant professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and Cave Canem Foundation, among many others.   READ MORE
Holly Amos is an animal rights advocate and vegan. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Continual guidance of air as well as the chapbook This Is a Flood, both from H_NGM_N BKS. READ MORE
Activism Series
Sierra Club Chicago 
and Citizens' Climate Lobby
Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

Representatives from the Chicago chapter of the Sierra Club will be discussing their "Ready For 100%" Clean Energy Campaign.  Sierra Club Chicago is currently collecting bottled water for East Chicago, which is facing a water crisis similar to the one in Flint, Michigan.   READ MORE
Andrea J. Ritchie
and Women of Color
Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Author Reading and Q&A
Invisible No More is a timely examination of how black women, indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. 
Andrea J. Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police-misconduct attorney and a 2014 Senior Soros Justice Fellow, with more than two decades of experience advocating against police violence and the criminalization of women and LGBTQ people of color. READ MORE
Lindsay Hunter
Friday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party

In Lindsay Hunter's achingly funny, fiercely honest second novel, Eat Only When You're Hungry , we meet Greg, an overweight 58-year-old and the father of GJ, who has been missing for three weeks. 

Lindsay Hunter is the
author of the story collections Don't Kiss Me and Daddy's and the novel Ugly Girls. Originally from Florida, she now lives in Chicago with her husband, sons, and dogs.
Julia Keller
Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.
Book Launch Party

Based on a real-life event, Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Keller's latest Bell Elkins novel Fast Falls the Night takes place in one 24-hour period, unfurling against the backdrop of a shattering personal revelation that will change Bell's life forever. 

Julia Keller spent 12 years as a
reporter and editor for the Chicago Tribune, where she won a Pulitzer Prize. A recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she was born in West Virginia and lives in Chicago and Ohio.   READ MORE
The Conversation
Chicago: A Common Project?
Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

This month, The Conversation series returns, featuring Ricardo Gamboa, Nate Marshall, and Martha Bayne for a discussion moderated by Aleksandar Hemon. The panelists will be discussing the ways one defines and practices a common Chicago culture.   READ MORE
Celia C. Perez
Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. 
Book Launch Party
From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Perez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one's watching. 
Celia C. Perez has been making zines inspired by punk and her love of writing for longer than some of you have been alive. Her favorite zine supplies are a long-arm stapler, glue sticks, and watercolor pencils.  READ MORE
Gloria Needlman
with Bill Ayers
Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. 
Author Reading & Conversation
Dr. Gloria Needlman shares insightful, innovative experiences that took place as, over the years, her hundreds of children played and learned about numbers, science, music, art and literature.   READ MORE 
Dr. Gloria Needlmanan award winning early childhood teacher, has captured, through stories and photographs, her 34 years of insightful, creative experiences that she developed with and for her hundreds of youngsters 
Infinite Genders
You Can't Read With Us
Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading

Infinite Genders is a compilation of poems written by the mentors, mentees, and facilitators from the 2016-17 TransWorks's Mentorship Program. The program operated as a book group, in which writers who are trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary read works by other TGNC authors and then spent 15 to 20 minutes writing reflections and poetry based on group discussion. READ MORE
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