Wednesday, Jan. 24
at 7:30 p.m.
in conversation with Donna Seamn
Vivian Meier: A Photographer's Life and After-life
Friday, Jan. 26
at 7:30 p.m.
Reading and SIgning
Saturday, Jan. 27
at 3 p.m.
Kids' Story Time and Craft Activity with author
Thursday, Feb. 1
at 7:30 p.m.
Bill Ayers and Crystal Laura
Book Launch Party
Friday, Feb. 9
at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Feminist Book Group
Sunday, December 10
at 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 10
at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 17
at 4 p.m.
Classics of Women's Lit. Book Group
Monday, December 18
at 7:15 p.m.
by Flannery O'Connor Rescheduled
Women's Book Group
Tuesday, December 19
at 7:30 p.m.
Potluck & Selection Meeting
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
and our final installment of
for 2017. Plus, don't miss holiday favorites like our
Wishing Tree Story Time with SitStayRead
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
. 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!
Wednesday, Nov. 29th at 7:30 p.m.
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
is the author of the award-winning novels
Every Kind of Wanting, A Life in Men
My Sister's Continent
and the short story collection
Thursday, Nov. 30th at 7:30 p.m.
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
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
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
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.
is a professional feminist, writer, and
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
Friday, Dec. 8th at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Almira Astudillo Gilles is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and is published in many genres.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Olivia A. Cole
Friday, Jan. 5th at 7:30 p.m.
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
Ann M. Martin
in conversation with Greta Johnsen
Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
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.
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
Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Friday, Jan. 19th at 7:30 p.m.
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.
in conversation with Char
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.
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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