Wednesday, January 11 at 7 p.m.
ACTIVISM: A Social Justice Series
Thursday, January 12
at 7 p.m.
Facilitated by Lisa Smith, author of
Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Book Launch Party
Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Is Not Broke
Conversation, Reading, and Signing
Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Beyza Ozer, Joshua Young, and Alexis Pope with Special Guest Fail Better and I Am Heavy w/ Feeling
Book Launch Party
Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Perfect Day: An Intimate Portrait of Life with
Reading, Q&A, and Signing
Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Sunday, December 11
at 5 p.m.
Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys
Sunday, December 11 A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein
at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 18
at 4 p.m.
The Fight for Fifteen
by David Rolf
Tuesday, December 20
at 7 p.m.
Book Selection Meeting
Discussion & Potluck
Sunday, January 15
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading: Chapters 13-19 of
The Gift of Years
by Joan Chittister
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,
This year has reaffirmed something truly vital: books will save us. Check out our
2016 Bestseller List
, and you'll see that this was a year filled with powerful works of fiction and nonfiction from a diverse range of voices--some familiar and others new. We have no doubt that 2017 will be a year ringing with necessary and uncompromising art fighting on behalf of the voiceless and the oppressed. As Rebecca Solnit wrote in
Hope in the Dark
, "This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It's also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both."
This month, we have two opportunities to give back to two amazing organizations in our community. Please find the details about both holiday drives below.
To help accommodate holiday shopping, we'll be opening early at 10 a.m. on December 19th through the 24th. We'll close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24th and will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Thank you so much for all of the joy and hope you have brought us with your year-round support. When you buy your books from us, attend our events, or simply share one of our posts on social media, you help ensure that the sign in our front window remains true:
OPENED 1979. OPEN TODAY. OPEN FOREVER. We are honored to be your local feminist bookstore.
With love & Solidarity,
W & CF
Holiday Giving Partnerships!
Black Lives Matter Chicago Toy Drive
Dorothy Holmes is the mother of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson, who was killed by Chicago pol
ice on October 12, 2014.
Ms. Holmes organized a toy drive in her son's memory, the first of which bega
n last year. Last year toys were donated to elementary and pre-schools on the south and west sides, as well as families Ms. Holmes visited in-person around the city.
SitStayRead Wishing Tree Book Drive
Through the end of December,
everyone is welcome to donate a new book to a child in need whos
e name is decorating a star on the book tree in our front window.
Donated books will benefit the literacy program SitStayRead.
SitStayRead brings trained volunteers and Certified Reading Assistance Dogs to sixteen Chicago public schools in some of Chicago's most under-served neighborhoods.
Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, & Signing
Please join us for a free, in-store author event with Ronna Wineberg and Donna Baier Stein. The two authors will read from their new books and discuss the
Writers' Conference and has been awarded a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the founding fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review and lives in New York. Donna Baier Stein is the author of The Silver Baron's Wife, which traces the rags-to-riches-to-rags life of Colorado's Baby Doe Tabor. This fascinating heroine worked in the silver mines and had two scandalous marriages. Baier Stein is also the author of Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist) and the founder of Tiferet Journal. She has received three Pushcart nominations, a scholarship from Bread Loaf, and a fellowship from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, among other prizes.
process of writing, publishing, and editing literary
Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life
, novelist Margot Livesey says, "in story after story, Ronna Wineberg shows her characters making surprising swerves and connections, reaching from the past into the present. . . . Wineberg is a writer of lovely generosity."
is the author of
On Bittersweet Place
and an award-winning debut collection,
. Her stories have appeared in American Way, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere and also been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of a scholarship in fiction to the Bread Loaf
Lucy Jane Bledsoe in conversation with Carol Anshaw
Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Conversation, Reading & Signing
Join us for a conversation between acclaimed lesbian fiction authors Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Carol Anshaw. At the height of the Cold War, Lucybelle Bledsoe worked as an editor for the government, making scientific papers accessible to a general readership. Her colleagues touted her diligence and persistence and were devastated when, at the age of 43, she died in a house fire. Her niece Lucy Jane Bledsoe, then 9, had many questions about her beloved aunt; but all she was told was that she was intelligent--and unmarried. Mixing fact and fiction, Lucy Jane Bledsoe has created a historicall
y accurate picture of the struggles faced by LGBT people in the 1950s and '60s.
A Thin Bright Line
is a love sto
ry set amid intrigue, the origins of climate research, and the nascent civil rights movement.
Lucy Jane Bledsoe
is an award-
ning science writer and novelist for adults and children. Her many books include
The Big Bang Symphony: A Novel of Antarctica
Biting the Apple
, among others. A native of Portland, Oregon, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.
is the author of the novels
Carry the One
Lucky in the Corner
. She has won the Carl Sandburg, Society of Midland Authors, and Ferro-Grumley awards for fiction. Her short fiction has been anthologized and published in various periodicals, including
Best American Short Stories
She teaches in the writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chic
ago. Also a painter, Carol lives in Chicago and Amsterdam with her partner, the filmmaker Jessie Ewing.
#NoDAPL Presentation & Fundraiser
Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m.
Come hear Janie Pochel, activist and founder of Chi-Nations Youth Council, speak about the injustices facing the community of Standing Rock, North
Dakota. With recent positive developments regarding the pipeline, it remains important to recognize the concrete impact of activism, but also what it took to get to this point (especially in contrast to the relative ease with which white communities were able to deflect damage from the pipeline). "This pipeline was rerouted toward our tribal nations when other citizens of North Dakota rightfully rejected it in the interests of protecting their communities and water, " said Dave Archambault II, chairman of Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL) was a $3.8 billion crude oil conduit slated to stretch from North Dakota to Southern Illinois. Implementation of the pipeline will threaten the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, as well as wreak havoc on our environment. Activist groups and protesters speaking out against the pipeline have faced excessive police force, including water cannons, rubber bullets, pepper spray, percussion grenades, and unjust arrest. The event is free and open to the public, with a suggested $10 donation for the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund.
Saturday, December 10 at 3:00 p.m.
We'll be welcoming Chicago's greatest queens--
Coco Sho-Nell, Ashley Morgan, and Muffy Fishbasket--as they take a short break from performing at The Call Bar just down the street to read us their favorite holiday-themed picture books, such as
How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
To learn more about why Story Time with Drag Queens is popping up at libraries and bookstores across the nation and why it's so important, check out
Co-hosted by Liz Baudler and Eileen Tull
Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30;
open mic sign-up begins at 7 p.m.
Yes, we're back and resuming our normal schedule. Yes, we know we just had a kick-ass open
mic, but we're having the one we planned on having too! With some excellent feature performers, including e nina jay and Clara and the Great Goddam! Open mic slots are five minutes
and open to female identifying, trans, and nonbinary humans.
All of our open mic folks will get a bookstore coupon! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with
any questions. e nina jay is a lesbian/womon/activist/writer of African descent who uses poetry as a tool of survival and to break the silence of all forms of violence against women. Clara and the Great Goddam is a musician and songwriter, playing all over Chicago at Beast Women, Menage-a-Hah, and more. Her joyful, funny, and thoughtful work focuses on a variety of subjects including body positivity and dating. As always, open mic 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 aptly named Middle Eastern Bakery.
Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
If your relationships or your gender are unconventional, you'll find useful advice and plenty of laughs in this compilation of the wildly popular webcomic Kimchi Cuddles. Quirky, endearing, and charmingly (and sometimes painfully) realistic characters, many based on real people, explore polya
mory and queer and genderqueer issues. Covering practical matters
e time management and serious topics like discrimination, this book unites the best of two years of Kimchi Cuddles comics, organized into a practical and entertaining guide to the real world of alternative relationships. Dealing with both lighthearted and serious subject matter, it avoids clichés and easy answers, choosing instead to give examples from different schools of thought and show the humanity behind each one. Wolf's honesty and gift for clear
explanation have made Kimchi Cuddles a hit with th
e most dedicated polyamorists as well as curious newcomers.
Tikva Wolf comes from a long line of love activists and has been drawing ever since she could hold a
crayon. What she primarily cares about in art (and life) is
connecting to people, creating dialogue, and spreading
awareness. She lives in North Carolina.
For those procrastinators among us, here is your last chance to support local businesses while shopping for friends a
nd family . . . or yourself! More than 40 beloved Andersonville stores and restaurants will be once again open late, offering great savings on gifts a
nd meals, plus free refreshments and entertainment
From 6 to 10 p.m., we'll be helping you get your last-minute holiday shopping done by taking
advantage of deals on holiday merchandise. We'll also be hosting a Reco
mmended Reading Night with local authors and literati: Thea Goodman (Sunshine When She's Gone), Deborah Jian Lee (Rescuing Jesus), Rebecca Makkai (Music for Wartime), Jasmine Sanders (Chicago-based essayist and freelance reporter), and Emily Gray Tedrowe (Blue Stars), from
7 to 8 p.m. Each author will briefly discuss their two favorite books of 2016 followed by an audience Q&A.
Wednesday, January 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Calling all crafters: it's time to pick up your knitting needles and crochet hooks in support of women's rights! The
one million handmade pink pussyhats for protesters to wear at the Women's
March on Washington D.C
. on January 21st. In addition to keeping protesters warm, the hats will create a powerful visual statement, and offer a great way for those who cannot march to connect with and support those who are marching. Read more and download your free pussyhat pattern at the
Pussyhat Project website
, then get crafting! On January 4th, join us as we gather for our first Feminist Craft Circle meet-up, where we'll work on our pussyhats together and discuss the power of using traditionally "feminine" crafts for political statements, art, and more. Whether you're attending our craft circle or not, you can
drop off your completed hats at Women & Children First and we'll make sure they get to the march.
Attending the Women's March on Washington? Pick up your free handmade pussyhat in the store and get ready to wear it on January 21. Please call ahead to make sure we have hats available for you (773-769-9299).
New Year's Coloring Book Extravaganza!
Thursday, January 5 from 7 to 8:45 p.m.
You survived the holidays! Hooray! Let's kick off 2017 together with our first
Adult Coloring Book Night of the new year! This event is BYOB & BYOCB (bring your own coloring book)! All abilities are welcome. Our entire selection of coloring books and colored pencils will be on sale d
uring the event.
Qigong and Tai Chi Classes
Beginning in January, our good friend Francesca Segal will be offering tai chi classes (for beginners and up)
9 to 10 am
. Students need to sign up in advance. The class will begin on Friday, January 6th, and the fee will be $88 for 8 classes. We need at least six students to sign up, or this class will not be held.
Starting on Sunday, January 8th, our weekly qigong class (for beginners and up) will also go to a bundle system, $88 for 8 classes. This class will be held Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:45 and will focus on the Treasures of the Eight Taoist Immortals form. We need at least six students to sign up, or this class will not be held.
Please note, the "drop-in" qigong class Francesca has been teaching will continue the next few Sundays (December 11th and 18th), but will not be held on December 25th or January 1st.
Curious about qigong and tai chi? Please feel free to attend the drop-in classes on Sundays, December 11th and 18th (9:15 to 10:45 am) to get a jumpstart on learning the qigong form and a feel for Francesca's classes. These sessions are only $11 each.
Feel free to
contact Francesca at 312-823-9045 or Lynn at email@example.com if you have questions about any of this or wish to sign up.