February 2018
Save the Date! 
Thursday, March 8 
at 7:30 p.m.
Michelle Oberman
Reading and Book-signing

Friday, March 9 
at 7:30 p.m.
Samina Hadi-Tabassum, Vann Harris, Nicole Bond, and Rozina Kidari

Thursday, March 15 
at 7:30 p.m.
Maureen Seaton
& Mia Leonin  
Poetry Reading

Tuesday, March 20 
at 7 p.m.
Audrey Niffenegger & Eddie Campbell
Book Launch Party
Wednesday, March 21 
at 7:30 p.m.
Hanif Abdurraqib 
in conversation with Jessica Hopper
Author Conversation
& Book-signing

Friday, March 23 
at 7:30 p.m.
Javier Zamora with
Jose Olivarez and
Victoria Chávez Peralta
Poetry Reading

Thursday, April 12
at 7 p.m.
Christine Lahti in conversation with Bernardine Dohrn
True Stories from an Unreliable Eye Witness
Tickets on sale March 1st!
Reading and Book-signing 
  Family of Women Book Group
Sunday, February 4 
at 2 p.m.
Swing Time 
by Zadie Smith

  Feminist Book Group  
Sunday, February 11
at 6:30 p.m.
An Indigenous 
People's History 
of the United States 
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Sunday, February 18 
at 4 p.m.
The South Side 
by Natalie Moore

Monday, February 19 
at 7:15 p.m.
The Garden Party 
by Katherine Mansfield

Tuesday, February 20
at 7:30 p.m.
I'll Take You There 
by Greg Kot
Sunday, February 25
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading: 
chs. 6 to the end of 
Life Reimagined 
by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

Our February events calendar is almost too good to be true! Do not miss:

Morgan Jerkins on February 15! Jerkins is explo ding onto the literary scene with her thunderous essay collection This Will Be My Undoing. Register for free and learn more about this event HERE

Brittney Cooper on February 26! Co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective Brittney Cooper's new book Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Finds Her Superpower is already one of our favorite books of the year. Tickets and info HERE. For this event we are teaming up with The Lit Review podcast co-hosted by Monica Trinidad & Page May. 

Celebrate Black History Month at Women & Children First with these events and so much more!
With love & thanks, 
Free the Girls:  Bra Drive      
Month of February 

During the month of February, we will be collecting donations of  new and lightly used bras  for Free the Girls an organization that works with women in developing countries who have been rescued from sex trafficking . The women are helped to start their own business, selling the bras and other clothing to other women in their communities. This gives them the opportunity to earn money safely and help free them of the emotional, physical, and medical dangers they previously faced.  For  more information, contact Lynn at  wcflynn@gmail.com
Bill Ayers and
Crystal Laura   
Thursday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Join us as we welcome Bill Ayers and Crystal Laura to celebrate the launch of their new book, You Can't Fire the Bad Ones. In recent years the pace and intensity of attacks on teachers by politicians, the media, and so-called education reformers have escalated sharply. 

Bill Ayers  was a distinguished professor of education and senior university scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago and member of the executive committee of the Faculty Senate. READ MORE

Crystal Laura is an assistant professor of education at Chicago State University (CSU) and co-director of CSU's Center of Urban Research and Education, where she provides training to Chicago Public Schools teachers.

Am I Man Enough?    
Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Eight storytellers will share their personal stories to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood. A panel discussion moderated by Ada Cheng will follow the performances. The featured storytellers will include: Nikki Patin, Kai Love, Carly Oishi, Eileen Tull, Nick Heap, Clarence Hogan, and Casi de Pena READ MORE  
Feminist Craft Circle      
Open Craft Night
Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

All levels welcome! Once a month our community gathers to knit, sew, and crochet our way to a better world. 

This month, bring that project that's been sitting on your nightstand for years, or print out that pattern you've been working up the courage to try, and we'll see you at craft circle! BYOB and BYO craft supplies.

But watch this space: Next month we'll be starting a fundraising project for Puerto Rico/Hurricane Maria relief.  READ MORE
Mary Wisniewski  
Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Author Presentation 
and Book-signing
Chicago literary icon Nelson Algren was friends with feminist powerhouses like Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan yet is notorious for his often sexist behavior and attitudes.  READ MORE  

Mary Wisniewski is a reporter and columnist at the Chicago Tribune. Algren: A Life is the winner of the 2017 best biography award from the Society of Midland Authors and best nonfiction award from the Chicago Writers Association. 
Dale Boyer 
Scot T. O'Hara 
Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. 
Joint Book Launch Party
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time for this joint book launch party celebrating partners Dale Boyer and Scot O'Hara--together for 25 years, married for 14--and their recently published books.  READ MORE  

Dale Boyer regularly contributes book reviews to the Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide and has published fiction, poetry, and news stories in many different publications.  READ MORE  

Scot O'Hara has worked in technical communications for more than thirty years, including nearly two decades as the director of knowledge management at a major financial firm. Before that, he was an award-winning newspaper journalist in Florida. READ MORE
Amanda Kabak
Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.  
Reading and Book-signing
Novelist Tayari Jones (Silver Sparrow, An American Marriage) calls Amanda Kabak "a writer to watch," whose debut novel is "smart, funny, and heartfelt." The Mathematics of Change features three women-identified characters at midlife who have engendered power for themselves in remarkably different ways.  READ MORE   

Amanda Kabak is the 2017 winner of the Chicago Review of Books Al-Simak Award for Fiction. She has had stories published in Midwestern Gothic, the Quotable, Perceptions magazine, and other print and online periodicals. 
Story Time  with 
Drag Queens     
Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Muffy Fishbasket, Coco
Sho-nell, and Ashley Morgan return for the wildly popular Story Time with Drag Queens! This time, the queens will be reading books about love. Tickets are not required, but please register (it's free!) HERE.
Sappho's Salon    
Monday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. 

Sappho's Salon is back and kicking off 2018 with a bang with an open mic plus featured performances. There will be the requisite spread of pita chips and hummus and the exquisite hosting skills of Liz and Eileen.  READ MORE  
Xandria Phillips
Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party with special guest Chekwube Daniadi 
Come celebrate Valentine's Day with the release of the new chapbook by poet (and Women & Children First bookseller) Xandria Phillips. Reasons for Smoking is the winner of the the Seattle Review's 2016 Chapbook contest, which was judged by Claudia Rankine.
Xandria Phillips is a poet who hails from rural Ohio but currently lives in Chicago. Xandria received her BA from Oberlin College, where she studied creative writing and Africana Studies.   READ MORE 
Chekwube Daniadi was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Washington DC and West Baltimore. Their chapbook, Take Me Back, was recently included as part of the New-Generation African Poets: Nne. 
Morgan Jerkins
in conversation with Britt Julious
Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.  
Conversation. and Book- signing  
Please note: this event will be held at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.). Registration is required, but Free! 
Click HERE to register.  
Join us as we welcome Morgan Jerkins for a reading, conversation, and book-signing for her essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing, named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by Esquire, Elle, Vogue, Bitch Media, and many others.  READ MORE
Morgan Jerkins graduated from Princeton University with an AB in comparative literature, specializing in nineteenth-century Russian literature and postwar modern Japanese literature, and she has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars.  READ MORE  
Britt Julious is a journalist and essayist. She currently writes a weekly column for the Chicago Tribune and regularly contributes pieces about art, music, race, feminism, and culture to such publications as the New York Times, Esquire, and Rolling Stone
Gloria Chao &
Samira Ahmed 
Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.  
Young Adult Author Reading
Local authors Samira Ahmed and Gloria Chao will be discussing their debut novels, Love, Hate & Other Filters (Ahmed) and American Panda (Chao). Both Ahmed and Chao write YA contemporary novels that explore the child-of-immigrant experience, drawing from their own backgrounds to write their stories.  READ MORE
Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer. She currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband.  READ MORE  
Samira Ahmed was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in a small town in Illinois in a house that smelled like fried onions, cardamom, and potpourri.  READ MORE  
The Conversation: The Body
Thursday, Feb. 22 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 will include the audience READ MORE  
Together We Rise  
Organizer Panel Discussion
Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 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  
Jay Rehak 
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.  
Book Launch Party
Join us as we celebrate the launch of the lovable middle-grade novel, Sideline, by local author Jay Rehak. It's the first day of summer, and Emma "Sideline" Rockland, the poorest fifth grader in economically depressed Elyria Heights, Ohio, is hungry. 
Jay Rehak teaches writing at Whitney Young High School and has been a teacher for 32 years. He is the author of 27 short plays that have been produced around the world. READ MORE
Brittney Cooper in conversation with Page May &
Monica Trinidad 
Author Reading & Conversation

Please note: this event will be held at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark) Tickets on sale now. Click HERE
to purchase tickets.  
Join us as we welcome Brittney Cooper in conversation with Page May and Monica Trinidad of The Lit Review podcast. The focus of this event is Brittney's forthcoming book, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. The conversation, which will be recorded for The Lit Review podcast, will be followed by an audience Q&A, and book-signing. 
Brittney Cooper writes a popular monthly column on race, gender, and politics for Cosmopolitan. A professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, she co-founded the Crunk Feminist Collective.  READ MORE

Page May and Monica Trinidad are Chicago-based organizers and co-hosts of The Lit Review podcast. Sparked by a moment of urgency in November of 2016, May and Trinidad recognized that mass political education was key to keeping movements moving forward and uphill together. READ MORE 
Barrie Jean Borich with special guests 
Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. 
Book Launch Party
Apocalypse, Darling focuses on Borich's return to a decimated landscape--the steel-producing industrial heartland that become one of the most toxic places in the world--for an ill-fated family event. Borich asks: Can toxic landscapes be remediated, and can patriarchal fathers be forgiven? For this launch party, award-winning author Barrie Jean Borich has invited local authors Juan Martinez, Christine Rice, Tara Betts, and
T. Clutch Fleischmann
 to read alongside her on the theme of apocalypse. 
Barrie Jean Borich is the award-winning author of Body Geographic and My Lesbian Husband. She is an associate professor of creative writing and publishing at DePaul University in Chicago, where she edits Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts. READ MORE
Molly Caro May
Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading & Book-signing
After the birth of her first child, Eula, Molly Caro May experienced several health issues including pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, and hormonal imbalance. As she and her husband navigate new parenthood, Molly also moves between shock, sadness, and anger over her body's betrayal. READ MORE 
Molly Caro May runs writing workshops with the aim of democratizing writing. She is the author of The Map of Enough and co-founder of the Thunderhead Writers' Collective and received a writing fellowship at the Taft Nicholson Environmental Humanities Center. READ MORE
Lynn Sloan
Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
In the fourteen powerful and diverse short stories in this collection, Lynn Sloan writes about people on the edge and ready to leap--a once-successful Lowcountry cook seeking a comeback with a popup restaurant, a failed actor assessing his life, a mother trying to connect with her estranged son, and a naive WWII army grunt trapped in a no-win battle with his superiors.  
Lynn Sloan is a writer and photographer. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares and American Literary Review, among other publications, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. READ MORE
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