September 2017
Save the Date! 
Friday, Oct. 13 
at 7 p.m.
@ Wilson Abbey 
Tickets on sale through Brown Paper Tickets
Author Panel 
Wednesday, Oct. 18
at 7:30 p.m.
Anne Laughlin
Book Launch Party

Friday, Oct. 20
at 7:30 p.m.
Jeanie Vanasco 
& Daniel Raeburn
Author Conversation
Wednesday, Oct. 25
at 7:30 p.m.
Brit Bennett in conversation with
Britt Julious
The Mothers
Paperback Tour
Wednesday, Nov. 1 
at 7:30 p.m.
Patricia Ann McNair 
and David Trinidad
Joint Author Reading
Thursday, Nov. 2
  at 7 p.m.
Isabel Allende
 in conversation with 
Luis Alberto Urrea
at Senn High School 
Buy Tickets HERE  
Friday, Nov. 3 
at 7:30 p.m.
Jan English Leary
Book Launch Party
Saturday, Nov. 4
at 7:30 p.m.
Eve Ewing & Danez Smith
Poetry Reading

 (Discussion and Potluck)
Sunday, Oct. 15 at
11:30 a.m.
Optional reading:
Being Mortal
by Atul Gawande

Sunday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m.
The Warmth of Other Suns
by Isabel Wilkerson

Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. 
 Selection Meeting

Sunday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. 
Into the Dim
by Janet B. Taylor
Sunday, Sept. 10
at 6:30 p.m. 
Brilliant Imperfection 
by Eli Clare

Classics of
Women's Literature
Monday, Sept. 18
at 7:15 p.m.
The Female Man
by Joanna Russ
Sunday, Sept. 17
at 4 p.m. 
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

Tuesday, Sept. 19 
at 7:30 p.m.

Another Brooklyn 
by Jacqueline Woodson 
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,
Fall is the most exciting time of year when it comes to new books and book events! Starting today, we have tickets on sale for our two biggest events of the year:  

1. Our event for the forthcoming anthology NASTY WOMEN: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America will feature : Kate Harding, Samantha Irby, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Megan Stielstra, and our co-owner Sarah Hollenbeck with her first major publication. (We are SO PROUD of Sarah!!) Tickets and info HERE.   

2. We are thrilled to announce that we'll be hosting a conversation between Isabel Allende and L uis Alberto Urrea. The two award-winning authors will be discussing Allende's new book, In the Midst of Winter. Tickets available HERE.    

This month and every month, your local feminist bookstore is providing a space for not only books, but also community, solidarity, and celebration. We hope to see you soon!  

With love,

Infinite Genders
You Can't Read With Us
Friday, Sept. 1st at 7:30 p.m. 
Poetry Reading
Infinite Genders is a complication 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 
Feminist Craft Circle
The Red Scarf Project
Tuesday, Sept. 5th at 7 p.m.
Join us to knit brightly colored scarves for students in  college who have aged out of the foster care system.  READ MORE 
Beth Finke
Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30 p.m.
Author Reading 

In this poignant memoir, Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors, readers learn how one call from Mayor Daley's Department on Aging changed Beth Finke's life and the lives of her students.  READ MORE  
Beth Finke, i s an award-winning author, teacher, and journalist. She also happens to be blind. 
Rust Belt Chicago:
An Anthology 
Thursday, Sept. 7th at 7:30 p.m.
Anthology Reading & Book-signing 
Rust Belt Chicago  collects essays, 
journalism, fiction, and poetry from more than fifty writers who speak both directly and elliptically to the concerns the city shares with the region at large, and the elements that set it apart.

This event will feature Rachel Z. Arndt, Martha Bayne, Elaine Hegwood Brown, Gretchen Kalwinski,  and Sandra Marchetti.   READ MORE  
Sahar Mustafah
Friday, Sept. 8th at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Come celebrate the launch of Sahar Mustafah's debut, prize-winning short story collection, Code of the West.
Spanning two continents, Code of the West follows native Palestinian and Palestinian American characters as they navigate displacement and loss, while battling hatred and fear.   READ MORE 
Sahar Mustafah  is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, a richly complex inheritance she explores in her fiction.  READ MORE
Reshma Saujani  is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and the former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City. 
Veronica Roth  is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent Series. READ MORE
Alias Grace 
Book group in collaboration
with Rivendell Theater
Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 7 p.m.

Chicago's Rivendell Theatre is proud to present a world-premiere adaptation of Margaret Atwood's acclaimed novel, Alias Grace. Alias Grace takes a look at one of Canada's most notorious murderers. 
Activism Series
CPAC & Circles and Ciphers
Wednesday, Sept. 13th 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. 

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) was founded in 1973 as a local branch of the National Alliance, which grew out of the mass movement to free Angela Davis and other political prisoners. READ MORE
Circles and Ciphers is a hip-hop infused restorative justice organization. For this event, members of Circles and Ciphers will perform spoken word pieces related to issues of policing. READ MORE
Jimin Han
in conversation with Juan Martinez
Thursday, Sept. 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Author Conversation
Join us for an author conversation between Jimin Han and Juan Martinez . The two authors will be discussing Jimin's 
novel, A Small Revolution. 

Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Rhode Island, Ohio, and New York. A Small Revolution is her first novel.  READ MORE

Juan Martinez's stories have been published in McSweeney's, Glimmer Train, Conjunctions, and TriQuarterly and broadcast on Selected Shorts. 
Cheryl Reed
Friday, Sept. 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Join us as we celebrate the launch of Cheryl Reed's fiction debut, Poison Girls. For this event, Cheryl Reed will be joined by Jamie Freveletti, author of Dead Asleep READ MORE 
Cheryl Reed  is a veteran journalist. She is the author of Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns, which chronicles her four years living off and on with nuns across the country.   READ MORE
Off-site Event:
Magnus Nilsson
Friday, Sept. 15th at 7 p.m.
Presentation and book-signing
co-sponsored by and held at 
the Swedish American Museum
We're delighted to be co-sponsoring a book event with cookbook author Magnus Nilsson at the Swedish American Museum. Find out the story behind the award-winning cookbook and stay for the signing.  READ MORE 
Magnus Nilsson  is the head chef of Faviken Magasinet restaurant in Sweden. After training as a chef and sommelier in Sweden, he worked with Pascal Barbot of L'Astrance in Paris before joining Faviken as a sommelier. 
2nd Annual 
Lit-Crawl Chicago! 
Last year, our first Lit Crawl Chicago, organized by Lindsay Muscato and Jessica Anne, was a phenomenal success, bringing one night of live lit programming to shops, bars, and restaurants up and down Clark Street.   READ MORE 
Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Book Launch 

Come help celebrate the launch of Jennifer Nelson's second book of poems! Joining the celebration will be poets and writers Dan Magers, Sara Wainscott, and Daniel Woody, with feminist poet Christine Kanownik serving as emcee. Civilization Makes Me Lonely, winner of the 2016 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, offers several forms of resistance, oriented both toward the present and deep history, in hopes of offering a feminist, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, and otherwise pro-difference and non-normative future.  READ MORE 
Jennifer Nelson
is the author of Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife. An art historian working on an ethical yet global pedagogy of pre-modern cultures, she teaches in the department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  READ MORE
Tai Chi & Qigong Cla s ses
Beginning Sept. 22nd and Oct.1st
We'll be starting new 8-week sessions of our Tai Chi and Qigong classes Sept. 22 (tai chi) and Oct 1 (qigong). Beginners are welcome! Classes are small, and the cost per student depends on the number of students who enroll. (But for reference, this past session was $208 for 8 weeks of tai chi and $145 for 8 weeks of qigong.) Click HERE for more information about the classes and the instructor. Contact Francesca (312-823- 9045) or Lynn ( with questions or to sign up. You can also sign up in person at the first class. 
  • Tai chi will begin on Friday, September 22nd and be Friday mornings from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
  • Qigong will begin on Sunday, October 1st and be Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Ruth Spiro
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11:15 a.m.
Kids' Story Time

Discover these big, brainy science books created for the littlest of listeners! Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, these board books engage readers in a game of hide-and-seek with Schrodinger's famous feline and explores the transfer of energy as it flows from the sun to an apple to a baby. 
Ruth Spiro is the author of Baby Loves Quarks!, Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!, and Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year. She lives in Chicago 
Annalee Newitz in conversation with Charlie Jane Anders 
Sunday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.
Author Conversation & Book-signing

The highly anticipated science fiction debut from founder of the extraordinarily popular science fiction and fantasy site io9, Autonomous features a rakish pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her own submarine. Styling herself as a Robin Hood-style heroine fighting to bring cheap drugs to the poor, Jack's latest drug is leaving a trail of lethal overdoses across what used to be North America.  READ MORE 

Annalee Newitz is an American journalist, editor, and author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from MIT and has written for P opular Science and Wired, among others. She also founded the science fiction website io9.

Before writing fiction, Charlie Jane Anders  was for many years an editor of the extraordinarily popular science fiction and fantasy site  Her debut fantasy novel  All the Birds in the Sky , has been shortlisted for the 2016 Nebula Award. 

Liesl Olson
Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party 

This remarkable cultural history celebrates the great Midwestern city of Chicago for its centrality to the modernist movement. Author Liesl Olson traces Chicago's cultural development from the 1893 World's Fair through the mid-twentieth century, illuminating how Chicago writers revolutionized literary forms 

Liesl Olson is director of Chicago studies at the Newberry Library. She is the author of Modernism and the Ordinary and many essays about twentieth-century writers and artists. She lives in Chicago.
The Conversation
Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Monthly Series
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.
The September edition of The Conversation will tackle the theme of Sex & Power. The panel will feature: 
Claire Dederer, Sarah Hepola, Ashley V ictoria, C. Russell Price, and Gina Frangello and be moderated by Kim Brooks.  
Picture Book-Making Workshop with
Jill Kuanfung
Saturday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m.
Kids' Activity for Ages 5 to 12
Authors and illustrators ages 5 to 12 are invited to join artist Jill Kuanfung as she teaches a variety of kid-friendly drawing techniques and applies them to narrative. Each participant will leave with an
original picture book in hand. Interested in seeing som e of J ill's artwork? Visit our store and look at the many autho r portraits on our walls!
Nicole Krauss in conversation with Aleksandar Hemon
Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Author Conversation & Book-signing

At sixty-eight, Jules Epstein is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents' deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he gives away his possessions and travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi and the rabbi's beautiful daughter. But Epstein isn't the only seeker embarking on a journey.

Nicole Krauss is the internationally bestselling author of three novels: Man Walks Into a Room, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year; The History of Love, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Saroyan International Prize for Writing; and Great House, a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award.  READ MORE
Melissa Fraterrigo in conversation with Christine Sneed
Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Author Conversation & Book-signing 

The small town of Ingleside, Nebraska, is populated by down-on-their-luck ranchers and new money, ghosts and seers, drugs and greed. At the center of this novel is the story of Teensy and his daughter, Luann, who face the loss of their land even as they mourn the death of Luann's mother. When an amusement park called Glory Days is erected, past and present collide, the attachment to the land is fully severed, and the invading culture ushers in even darker times.

Melissa Fraterrigo  is the founder and executive director of the Lafayette Writers' Studio in Lafayette, Indiana. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Longest Pregnancy.  
Tori Telfer
Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Book Launch Party
When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy likely come to mind. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, and Kate Bender? In the usual narrative, women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. However, evidence suggests that female serial killers rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite for destruction.

Tori Telfer is a full-time freelance writer whose nonfiction pieces have appeared in VICE, Jezebel, the Hairpin, Chicago magazine, and elsewhere.  READ MORE
Jennifer Egan
Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Reading and Book-signing 
Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by the charge she notices between the two men. READ MORE 

Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize.   READ MORE
Eula Biss, Nami Mun, and John Freeman
Tales of Two Americas 
Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing 
In Tales of Two Americas, some of the literary world's most exciting writers examine how it feels to live in our divided nation today. Their extraordinarily powerful stories, essays, and poems demonstrate how boundaries break down when experiences are shared and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many people.   READ MORE  

Eula Biss  is the author of On Immunity: An Inoculation, The Balloonists, and Notes from No Man's Land, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.  READ MORE 
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