December 2017
Save the Date! 
 
Wednesday, Jan. 24
at 7:30 p.m.
Pamela Bannos 
in conversation with Donna Seamn
Vivian Meier: A Photographer's Life and After-life
Conversation 
and Book-signing

Friday, Jan. 26
at 7:30 p.m.
Anne Zacharias-Walsh
Reading and SIgning

Saturday, Jan. 27
 at 3 p.m.
Kids' Story Time and Craft Activity with author
Amy Shrodes

Thursday, Feb. 1
 at 7:30 p.m.
Bill Ayers and Crystal Laura
Book Launch Party

Friday, Feb. 9 
at 7:30 p.m.
Amanda Kabak
Reading and Signing

Monday, Feb. 26
at 7 p.m.
Brittney Cooper in conversation with Samantha Irby
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Please note: this event will be held at Wilson Abbey (935 W. Wilson). 
Tickets will go on sale on January 8, 2018.
   
 

Sunday, December 3 
at 2 p.m.
The South Side
by Natalie Y. Moore
Sunday, December 10
at 5 p.m.
Maybe a Fox
by Kathi Appel
 
Feminist Book Group
Sunday, December 10
at 6:30 p.m.
Marbles
by Ellen Forney
Sunday, December 17 
at 4 p.m.
Listen, Liberal
by Thomas Frank
 
Classics of Women's Lit. Book Group
Monday, December 18
at 7:15 p.m.
Wise Blood
by Flannery O'Connor Rescheduled
 
Women's Book Group
Tuesday, December 19
at 7:30 p.m.
Potluck & Selection Meeting
Sunday, January 14
11:30 a.m. 
to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading: Life Reimagined  by Barbara Bradley-Hagerty
 
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

The holidays are in full swing at Women & Children First! The store is full of great gifts, 2018 calendars, boxed cards, and other holiday merchandise! If you're searching for the perfect gift, Our 2017 Bestseller List has some great suggestions!  

We'll open at 10 a.m. from Dec. 18th through the 24th to offer you additional shopping time! We will close early (at 5 p.m.) on Dec. 24th and closed all day on Dec. 25th to spend time with loved ones. 

Our 2017 programming isn't over yet! We have exciting events coming up with  Carmen Maria Machado Jaclyn Friedman, and our final installment of  The Conversation for 2017. Plus, don't miss holiday favorites like our  Wishing Tree Story Time with SitStayRead and
Late Night Andersonville!

We are, once again, proud to partner with  Black Lives Matter Chicago to serve as a drop-off location for the "Ronnieman" Toy Drive. More info HERE . We are also collecting books for our SitStayRead book drive from
Dec. 2nd through 22nd. Learn more in the event description below.

From all of us at Women & Children First, we wish you a joyful and peaceful holiday season!   
   
With love & thanks, 
W&CF 
 
Carmen Machado
in conversation 
with Gina Frangello
Wednesday, Nov. 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Author Conversation
 
In this debut collection, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. READ MORE

Carmen Maria Machado's work has appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, NPR, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Nebula Award READ MORE  
 



 
Gina F rangell o is the author of the award-winning novels Every Kind of Wanting, A Life in Men, and My Sister's Continent and the short story collection Slut Lullabies.  
 
 
Thursday, Nov. 30th at 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Book Launch
 
When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse of the sun, an event she took as a sign of good fortune for her and her mother. But that brief moment of darkness ultimately foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, her mother was murdered. READ MORE 

Sarah Perry holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and was publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. READ MORE



Story Time and Annual Book Drive  Kick-off 
Saturday, December 2nd at 11:15am
Kids' Story Time and Book Drive Kick-off
 
The Christmas Truck, SitStayRead, and Women & Children First are once again hosting a very special Wishing Tree this year, beginning Dec. 2nd and running through December 22nd. Our goal is to put diverse books in the hands of area elementary school students.  READ MORE 
Maggie Rowe
Wednesday, Dec. 6th at 7:30 p.m.
Author Reading and Book-signing 
 
Maggie Rowe grew up in an only moderately religious household, but her fear of eternal damnation drove her to become a Born-Again Christian. At 19, she checked herself into an Evangelical psychiatric facility READ MORE 
 
Maggie Rowe  has written for Arrested Development and, for the last 15 years, has produced and performed in sit 'n spin, Los Angeles' longest-running spoken word show. 
Jaclyn Friedman in conversation with Veronica Arreola
Thursday, Dec. 7th at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, and Book-Signing
 
With the fiery conviction that powered her anthology Yes Means Yes!, Jaclyn Friedman's Unscrewed reveals that the anxiety and fear that many women feel around issues of their sexuality are not their fault but instead are side effects of our toxic culture. READ MORE 
 
Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, performer, and activist. She has been a guest on BBC World Have Your Say, Democracy Now, To the Contrary, and numerous other radio and television shows
 
Veronica Arreola is a professional feminist, writer, and
mom. Her writing has been featured in USA Today and the New York Times, as well as Bitch Media, where she serves on the board of directors.  
Late Night Andersonville  
Friday, December 8th and 15th 

This annual event hosted by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will fill Clark Street with carolers, pictures with Santa, musicians, and more.  
The FREE Andersonville Holiday Trolley (which is both wheelchair accessible and dog friendly!) will run along Clark Street from 5 to 9 p.m.
M. Evelina Galang
in conversation 
with  Almira 
Astudillo Gilles
Friday, Dec. 8th at 7:30 p.m.
Author Conversation
 
M. Evelina Galang will discuss her first book of nonfiction with local author Almira Astudillo Gilles. Lola's House tells the stories, in unprecedented detail, of sixteen surviving Filipino "comfort women." READ MORE 
 
M. Evelina Galang has been named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the United States and at large by the Filipina Women's Network. She is the author of the story collection Her Wild American Self and the novels One Tribe and Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery.   READ MORE 
 

Almira Astudillo Gilles is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and is published in many genres.    READ MORE   
Sappho's Salon 
Monday, December 11th. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
 
It's been quite a year. Come and celebrate (or kick it to the curb) with a Sappho's Salon open mic, now on a Monday! We'll have featured performers, plenty of open mic spots, as well as pita chips and hummus galore.   READ MORE  
Tuesday. Dec. 12th at 7 p.m.
Author reading in collaboration 
with Early to Bed
Please note: this event will be held at Early to Bed 
(5044 N. Clark St.)

Join author Lynn Comella for the Chicago launch of her new book, which details the fascinating history of how stores like Early to Bed set the sex-toy industry abuzz. Come mingle, drink wine, and take part in a lively Q&A about how sex-positive stores changed the business of pleasure.
 
In the 1970s a group of pioneering feminist entrepreneurs launched a movement that ultimately changed the way sex was talked about and enjoyed READ MORE  

Lynn Comella  is associate professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and coeditor of New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law . 
The Conversation
Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Readings featuring Co-Curators & Friends
 
Each month, we gather a group of writers, artists, and politicians together to talk about an issue of political, social, or cultural importance. For our final event of 2017, we've invited our co-curators Aleksandar Hemon and Kim Brooks, along with friends of The Conversation Nami Mun and Ruben Quesada, to read passages from their forthcoming books. The readings will be followed by a community conversation moderated by Rebecca Makkai. READ MORE 
Women Your Mother Warned You About: Resistance & Resilience
Sunday, Dec. 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Trans Anthology Reading
 
Join us for Women Your Mother Warned You About: Resistance & Resilience, an explosive evening featuring the best trans women and assigned male at birth (AMAB) nonbinary writers, including KOKUMO, Torrey Petters, Tobi-Hill Meyer, Joss Barton, Luna Merbruja, Moss Angel, and Sugi Pyrrophyta.   READ MORE
Olivia A. Cole
Friday, Jan. 5th at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
 
Octavia has always dreamed of becoming a whitecoat, one of the prestigious N'Terra scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. So when the opportunity arises she leaps at the chance. However, she quickly discovers that all is not what it seems. READ MORE 

Olivia A. Cole is an author, a blogger, and a poet. Her books include A Conspiracy of Stars, Panther in the Hive, and its sequel, The Rooster's Garden.    READ MORE 
 
Ann M. Martin 
in conversation with Greta Johnsen 
Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
Paperback tour,
Reading, Conversation, 
and Book-signing
 
Please note: Ann will only sign two books per attendee.
 
For this free event, beloved author of The Baby-Sitters Club series, Ann M. Martin, will discuss her young adult novel Rain Reign with WBEZ's Greta Johnsen. Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger's syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms.  READ MORE 

Ann M. Martin is the New York Times-bestselling author of many books, including Ten Rules for Living with My Sister, Everything for a Dog, and the Missy Piggle-Wiggle series. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of the Universe.   READ MORE 
 
Dwight Okita
Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Two Asian American friends, Luke and Kazu, discover a bold new procedure to import hope into the hopeless. They vow to open the world's first Hope Store. 

Dwight Okita was born and raised in Chicago. He has written poetry and plays but now focuses on fiction. The author's debut novel  was a finalist in  READ MORE  
Reading and Book Signing 
 
Whether it's Kim Kardashian uploading picture after picture to Instagram or your roommate posting a mid-vacation shot to Facebook, selfies receive mixed--
and occasionally vitriolic--reactions. Alicia Eler's The Selfie Generation is the first book to delve fully into this ubiquitous and much-maligned part of social media.  READ MORE   
Alicia Eler is the visual art critic and reporter at Minneapolis' Star Tribune. Eler's essays, journalism, and culture criticism have also appeared in the Guardian, Glamour, New York magazine, Aperture, and many others. 
Xandria Phillips
Reasons for Smoking
Friday, Jan. 19th at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
 
Come celebrate the release of the new chapbook, Reasons for Smoking, 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.  READ MORE 

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 
 
Patrisse  Khan-Cull o r s in  conversation with Char lene Carruthers
Tuesday, Jan. 23rd at 7 p.m. 
 
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson Ave.  Tickets on sale Dec. 1st.
 
 
We're honored to host Patrisse Khan-Cullors in conversation with Charlene Carruthers. From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors' story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. READ MORE 

Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles. Cofounder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize recipient. READ MORE 



Charlene Carruthers
is a strategist, writer and a leading organizer in today's Black liberation movement. A Black queer feminist with more than a dozen years of experience in r acial justice and feminist and youth leadership development movement work, Charlene is the founding national director of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). READ MORE   
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