Midnight Release Party
Monday, Sept. 9 
8 p.m. to Midnight

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  Donna Has Left the Building 
by Susan Jane Gilman

Author Reading
Tuesday, Sept. 10
 7 p.m. 

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 These Are Love(d) Letters
by Ames Hawkins

Book Launch Party
Thursday, Sept. 12
7 p.m. 
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Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance 
by Lisa Fithian
Author Reading
Friday, Sept. 13
7 p.m. 

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Book Launch Party
Tuesday, Sept. 17
7 p.m. 

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Wednesday, Sept. 18 
7 p.m. 

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Author Reading
Tuesday, Sept. 24
7 p.m. 

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 A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities 
by Mady G. and
J.R. Zuckerberg
Author Reading
Friday, Sept. 27
7 p.m. 

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Right After the Weather by Carol Anshaw in conversation with 
Jane Hamilton
Book Launch Party
at the Swedish American Museum
(5211 N. Clark St.)
Thursday, Oct. 3
7 p.m. 

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Degrees of Difficulty 
by Julie Justicz in conversation with
Alex Kotlowitz

Book Launch Party
Friday, Oct. 4
7 p.m.
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Teens First Book Group 
by Alan Moore  
Sunday, August 4
 at 5 p.m. (Please note date change!)  
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Feminist Book Group 
The Awakening 
by Kate Chopin  
Sunday, August 11  
at 4 p.m.

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Suggested Reading: 
The Bitch is Back  
by Cathi Hanauer 
Sunday, August 18 
10 a.m. to noon
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Social Justice Book Group

Hope in the Dark
by Rebecca Solnit
Sunday, August 18
at 2:30 p.m
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Lakota Woman
by Mary Crow Dog
Monday, August 19 
at 7:15 p.m.

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Eloquent Rage
by Brittany Cooper
Tuesday, August 20  
at 7:30 p.m.

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Well-Read Black Girl Book Group

by Akwaeke Emezi 
 Sunday, August 25  
at 1 p.m.

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  The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai
Sunday, September 8
at 2 p.m.  
By ordering a forthcoming book through your local independent bookstore, you can get access to exclusive offers, special giveaways, and signed copies! Below, explore the books we are most excited about and any associate promotions
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August 13, 2019

Signed pre-order books -- limited quantity!

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by Celia C. Pérez
September 3, 2019
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September 10, 2019
Pre-order now and save the date to join us for a Midnight Release Party with themed snacks, trivia & more! 
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September 17, 2019
Signed pre-order books -- limited quantity!

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The Water Dancer 
by  Ta-Nehisi Coates
September 24, 2019

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Phaidon Press
 October 2, 2019

20% off all pre-orders!
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Dear friends of Women & Children First, 
Please join us as we celebrate Women & Children First all day on Saturday, August 24 with our 40th Anniversary Block Party!   We'll be taking over Honorary Women & Children First Way with Drag Queen Story Hour, live music, feminist crafts and games, free food & drink from our neighboring restaurants, and much more! More details in the newsletter below.

Don't forget to share your Women & Children First memories on social media using the hashtag #40withWCF.

With love & thanks,
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age
Darrel J. McLeod
in conversation with Terese Marie Mailhot 
Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m.
This event is co-sponsored by the American Indian Center of Chicago.  

Growing up in a tiny village in Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod was surrounded by the comfort of his Cree family, especially his mother, Bertha. 
Burn the Place
Iliana Regan
Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m.

Burn the Place is a galvanizing memoir that chronicles Iliana Regan's journey from foraging on the family farm to running her Michelin-starred restaurant, Elizabeth.
Am I Man Enough? 
Hosted by Ada Cheng
Friday, August 2 at 7 p.m.

Ada Cheng, professor turned storyteller, performing artist, and show producer, will be returning to the bookstore  with her popular storytelling show, Am I Man Enough? Integrating personal narrative and social critique, the show explores the culture of toxic masculi nity and the construc tion of masculinity an d manhood.  
Qigong Class 
Sunday, August 4  from 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Join us for a new 8-week session of one of the world's oldest healing practices! Qigong involves moving meditation; slow, flowing movement; deep breathing; and a calm, meditative state of mind. With roots in Chinese medicine and philosophy, qigong is related to, but more ancient than, tai chi and the other better-known martial arts.  Teacher Francesca Segal has been teaching tai chi and qigong in the Chicago area for more than 20 years. Contact her at 312-823-9045 or f.segal120@gmail. com for more information or to sign up for our Sunday morning class.

More Poems About Buildings and Food  and  Sunshine State
Gregg Shapiro
Wednesday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a launch celebration of Gregg Shapiro's two new poetry collections:  More Poems About Buildings and Food , published by Souvenir Spoon Books, and  Sunshine State , from NightBallet Press. 
The Most Fun We Ever Had
Claire Lombardo in conversation with Elizabeth Taylor
Thursday, August 8 at 7 p.m.

Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s and make a family together. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest, sharing only their fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents'. The arrival of Jonah Bendt--given up by one of the daughters in a closed adoption fifteen years before--triggers a year of great tumult.
Lyz Lenz in conversation with
Kate Harding
God Land 
Friday, August 9 at 7 p.m.

In the wake of the 2016 election,  Lyz Lenz watched as her country and her marriage were torn apart by the competing forces of faith and politics. A mother of two, a Christian, and a lifelong resident of middle America, Lenz was bewildered by the pain and loss around her. Part journalism, part memoir,  God Land is a journey into the heart of a deeply divided America. 
Sappho's Salon
Monday, August 12
Doors open at 7 p.m., s how starts  at 7:30 p.m.  

Sappho's Salon is a quarterly performance salon at Chicago's only feminist bookstore, featuring expressions of queerness, gender, and feminism. This month's edition will include featured performers as well as an  Open Mic. Open Mic slots are 5 minutes and participants get  a bookstore coupon. 
Women in Translation
Thursday, August 15 at 7 p.m.  

August is Women in Translation Month! In 2014, literary blogger Meytal Radzinski launched #WITMonth in response to Radzinski's observation that so few books published in translation were by women. Of all the books published in English each year, roughly 3 to 4 percent are translations and, of those, roughly 27 to 30 percent are by women. 
Sandra Ruiz
Friday, August 16 at 7 p.m.  
In  Ricanness , the author argues that Ricanness operates as a continual performance of bodily endurance against U.S. colonialism, unfolding via aesthetic interventions in time. 
Transworks Poetry Reading 
Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m.  
Please join us for a poetry reading with Chicago House's TransWorks Mentorship Program, whose mission is to empower transgender and non-binary individuals to overcome barriers to employment by fostering professional and supportive relationships with trans/non-binary working individuals. 
Women & Children First 40th Anniversary Block Party 
On Honorary  Women & Children First Way 
(Farragut Avenue)
Saturday, August 24  from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
Join us as we celebrate the community that has made us 40 years strong with a summer block party with a feminist slant! Live entertainment!  

Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Surivival
Emil Ferris  in conversation with  Diane Noomin
Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m.
For this event, contributor Emil Ferris will be in conversation with editor Diane Noomin about this urgent new anthology. Inspired by the global #MeToo Movement, Drawing Power is a collection of original, nonfiction comics drawn by more than 60 female cartoonists from around the world. The anthology's contributors comprise a diverse group of many ages, sexual orientations, and races--and their personal stories convey the wide spectrum of sexual harassment and abuse that is still all too commonplace.    
Rachel DeWoskin
Friday, August 30 at 7 p.m.
What would happen if a woman tried doing the things men get away with daily? By turns heart-wrenching, uncomfortable, and hilarious, DeWoskin's new novel Banshee explores the internal monologue and actions of a woman who, upon being diagnosed with cancer, tumbles head-first into a midlife crisis and decides to be unapologetic about it.  
Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up
Isabella Rotman & Heather Corinna
Wednesday, September 4 at 7 p.m.
From Heather Corinna, founder and director of, and Isabella Rotman, cartoonist and sex educator, comes a graphic novel guide that covers essential topics for preteens and young teens about their changing bodies and feelings. 
Strange Birds 
Celia Perez
Thursday, September 5 at 7 p.m.
When three very different girls find a mysterious invitation to a lavish mansion, the promise of adventure and mischief is too intriguing to pass up. Ofelia Castillo (a budding journalist), Aster Douglas (a bookish foodie), and Cat Garcia (a rule-abiding birdwatcher) meet the kid behind the invitation, Lane DiSanti, and it isn't love at first sight.   
The Dutch House 
Ann Patchett
Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. 
The New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.  

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