October 2017
Save the Date! 
Thursday, Nov. 9 
at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 10 
at 7:30 p.m.
Timothy Stewart-Winter
Reading, Q&A, 
and book-signing - paperback tour!  
Saturday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.
The Mad Hatters
Kids' Storytelling Activity
Wednesday, Nov. 15
at 7:30 p.m.
Laura Shapiro 
in conversation with 
Sara Paretsky
Author Conversation
Thursday, Nov. 16 
at 7:30 p.m.
Jeff Ruby
Book Launch Party
Friday, Nov. 17
at 7:30 p.m.
 Paula Carter
Book Launch Party
Saturday, Nov. 25
Small Business Saturday!
Wednesday, Nov. 29
at 7:30 p.m.
Carmen Maria Machado in conversation
with Gina Frangello
Her Body and Other Parties
Author Conversation
Thursday, Nov. 30
at 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Perry
Chicago Book Launch
Wednesday, Dec. 6 
at 7:30 p.m.
Maggie Rowe
Author Reading
Thursday, Dec. 7
at 7:30 p.m.
Jaclyn Friedman in conversation with Veronica Arreola
Reading and Book-signing
Monday, Dec. 11
at 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Open Mic

Wednesday, Jan. 10 
at 7 p.m.
Ann M. Martin
Paperback tour!
Reading & Book-signing

Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors and
  Asha Bandele in conversation with Charlene Carruthers
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
This ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey,
935 W. Wilson Ave.   

Sunday, October 1 
at 1 p.m.
The Tiger's Wife 
by Tea Obreht

Sunday, October 8 
at 6:30 p.m.
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self  
by Danielle Evans

Social Justice
  Book Group
Sunday, October 15
at 4 p.m.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Teens First 
Book Group
Sunday, October 15 
at 5 p.m.
Girl in the Blue Coat
by Monica Hesse

Sunday, October 15
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading: 
Being Mortal
by Atul Gawande

Monday, October 16 
at 7:15 p.m.
Quartet in Autumn 
by Barbara Pym

Tuesday, October 17
at 7:30 p.m.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

Unlike these 80 and 90 degree days in Chicago, our October events calendar feels very fall!   We are so proud to be hosting author events for some of the most buzzed about books of the season including, Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss (Oct. 4th) and Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Oct. 11).
Plus, come join the party for Nasty Women: Fe minism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's Amer ica.  Along with readings from several contributors, including Samantha Irby, our co-owner Sarah Hollenbeck, and special guest Megan Stielstra, DJ MagRock from She's Crafty, Chicago's only all-female Beastie Boys tribute band, will be spinning tunes before the event and during the book-signing. Tickets available 
Don't miss  Isabel Allende ! We're almost sold out for our reading and conversation with this literary icon! Tickets for this event include a pre-signed copy of Allende's  forthcoming novel,  In the Midst of WinterGet your ticket  HERE
With love & thanks, 
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 $145 for 8 weeks.) Click HERE for more information about the classes and the instructor. Contact Francesca (312-823-9045) or Lynn (wcflynn@gmail.com) 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. 
Liesl Olson
Wednesday, Sept. 27 at
7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party 
A Read Local Event 

This remarkable cultural history celebrates Chicago's  contributions  to the modernist movement. Author Liesl Olson traces Chicago's cultural development from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition through the mid-twentieth century, illuminating how Chicago writers revolutionized literary forms READ MORE

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 Victoria, C. Russell Price, and Gina Frangello and will 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!
Feminist Craft Circle 
Tuesday Oct. 3rd at 7 p.m.
Make socks, hats, and gloves for Sarah's Circle, a local organization that serves homeless and struggling women. 
Nicole Krauss in conversation with Aleksandar Hemon
Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Author Conversation & Book-signing 

In the wake of his divo rce and retirement and the loss of his parents, 68-year-old Jules Epstein 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 

Teensy and his daughter, Luann, 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. In Glory Days Melissa Fraterrigo combines gritty realism with magical elements to paint an arrestingly stark portrait of the painful transitions of contemporary small-town America.

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.  
Saturday, Oct. 7 at 3p.m. 
Kid's Activity 
0-4 Year-olds 
& Parents

Join licensed Zumbini instructor Rhae McLoughlin  for some Zumbini fun and get ready to boogie with your little ones! Develop their emotional, cognitive, social, and motor skills while dancing, moving, singing, and learning through world music and play.
Andersonville Arts Week: 
Featuring Monica Trinidad 
October 10 to 15th 
Neighborhood-wide Event 
For the 15th year, Andersonville is thrilled to celebrate many of the artists and designers who live and work in the neighborhood with Andersonville Arts Week! This year, programming throughout the neighborhood has expanded to include more days as well as different art forms. Our Featured Artist, Monica Trinidad, will have her artwork on display in our front window from Tuesday, Oct. 10 until Sunday, Oct. 15. READ MORE
Monica Trinidad   is a queer, Latinx artist and organizer, born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago. A community-taught artist, Monica creates work that amplifies and illuminates resistance and struggle in Chicago's most marginalized communities.   
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 in conversation with Zoe Zolbrod
Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, 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.  
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 what it feels like 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 
Nami M un was born in Seoul and grew up there and in the Bronx, New York. She is the author of Miles from Nowhere. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, she has published in numerous journals
Nasty Women:  Feminism, Resistance,  and Revolution in Trump's  America
Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
Author Panel
Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson
Join us for a celebration of the  Nasty Women anthology. The panelists will  seek to provide a broad look at what led to this current political moment and the role of women in choosing how we move forward.

Kate Harding is the author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It . READ MORE
Samantha Irby is the author of the essay collections Meaty and the New York Times bestseller We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and the founder of the popular blog bitches gotta eat. READ MORE 
Samhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer, editor, speaker, and technologist living in New York. 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 . READ MORE
Sarah Hollenbeck is the co-owner of Women & Children First and a graduate of Northwestern University's MFA program.  READ MORE 
Mama, LOOK!  Story Time
Wednesday, Oct. 18 
at 10:30 a.m.
READ LOCAL Kids' Event
Award-winning children's author, Patricia J. Murphy, will read and sign her latest picture book, Mama, LOOK! , a collaboration with Caldecott medalist David Diaz. Come for what Kirkus Reviews calls "A cheery springboard for small nature lovers to have their own Mama, look! opportunities." 
Anne Laughlin 
with special guest 
Beth Feldman Brandt 
Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party

We're thrilled to welcome Anne Laughlin back to Women & Children First for the launch of her new mystery, A Date to Die Kay Adler is a hardworking Chicago detective who seeks justice for the victims of murder. She lives for her work, so when people she knows start dying, she must look at uncomfortable parts of her past to find a suspect.

Anne Lauglin  is the author of several novels published by Bold Strokes. 

Beth Feldman Brandt  is the author of three books of poetry. READ MORE


The Conversation
Rene Denefeld 
and Bernardine Dohrn, 
among others.
Thursday, Oct. 19 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  include the audience. 
The October edition of The Conversation will take on the question, "What is justice?" Panelists will include Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder, and activist/author Bernardine Dohrn, among others, and will be moderated by Zoe Zolbrod. More details coming soon via The Conversation's Facebook page.
Jeannie Vanasco 
in conversation with
Daniel Raeburn 
Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Author Conversation 
Join us for the an author conversation featuring Jeannie Vanasco and Daniel Raeburn. The two will be discussing Vanasco's highly anticipated memoir, The Glass Eye. The night before her father dies, 18-year-old Jeannie Vanasco promises she will write a book for him. READ MORE

Jeannie Vanasco has written for the Believer, Little Star Journal, 
NewYorker.com, Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, and elsewhere.  READ MORE 
Brit Bennett in conversation 
with Britt Julious
The Mothers  
Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Conversation and Book-signing - Paperback Tour
Join us as we welcome Brit Bennett to Women & Children First to discuss her debut novel, The Mothers, with local writer Britt Julious.

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition.  READ MORE  

Brit Bennett  graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.   READ MORE 
Patricia Ann McNair with David Trinidad
Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Joint Author Reading
Dancing to the jukebox in dark taverns; saying goodbye to her father on the last morning of his life; having sex in the backseat of a car at a drive-in movie; drinking scotch in a nightclub in Havana, Cuba, and coffee in Paris; making up stories on the run; flirting with boys on summer nights on a Chicago beach; READ MORE

Patricia Ann McNair's story collection The Temple of Air received the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, Southern Illinois University's Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and the Society of Midland Authors (US) Finalist Award.  READ MORE  

David Trinidad's latest books are Notes on a Past Life and Descent of the Dolls: Part I, a collaboration with Jeffrey Conway and Gillian McCain. 
Isabel Allende in conversation with Luis Alberto Urrea 
Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
Author Conversation 
Senn High School Auditorium
5900 N. Glenwood Ave.
Women & Children First is thrilled to be hosting the Chicago stop on Isabel Allende's upcoming US tour. The timely new novel from New York Times-bestselling author Isabel Allende begins with a car accident that sets in motion a love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. READ MORE

Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende's career as a renowned author, the book established her as a feminist force in Latin America's male-dominated literary world.   READ MORE 
Jan English Leary  
Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Jan English Leary's writing deftly offers insight into the disappointments and beauty of human love. In her new collection of sixteen stories, Leary writes about individuals who face the challenges of infertility and parenting, estrangement and intimacy, illness and recovery, loss and redemption.

Jan English Leary is a writer living in Chicago. She received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and taught writing to high-school students at the Francis W. Parker School and to adults at Northwestern University. 
Danez Smith and Eve Ewing
Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Join us as we welcome Danez Smith and Eve Ewing for our most anticipated poetry event of 2017! The two authors will be reading from their recently released collections--Don't Call Us Dead (Smith) and Electric Arches (Ewing).  READ MORE

Danez Smith is the author of [insert] boy, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Smith has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the Poetry Foundation and lives in Minneapolis.  READ MORE 

Eve L. Ewing  is a writer, scholar, artist, and educator from Chicago. Her work has appeared in  Poetry, the New Yorker, New Republic, the Nation, the Atlantic , and many other publications. She is a sociologist at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. 

Feminist Craft Circle 
Tuesday Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
Make decorations for Women and Children
First for the December holidays. Yarnbombing with a holiday theme, inside the store and out. We think elves on the lamp posts up and down Clark Street would look really great!
H. Melt 
with beyza ozer, Sung Yim, and Vita E.
Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Come celebrate the Chicago launch of Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation, an anthology edited by
H. Melt, featuring poems and interviews that illustrate the
 power of trans poets speaking to one another.
H. Melt will be joined by local trans writers, including beyza ozer, Sung Yim, Vita E., and others.
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