August 2018
Save the Date!
Thursday, September 6 
at 7 p.m.
Barbara J. Risman
Where Will the  
Millennials Take Us
Book Launch Party

Friday, September 7
 at 7 p.m.
Maeve Higgins
Maeve in America
Reading, Q&A, and book-signing

Saturday, September 8 
at 6 p.m.
Brice Smith
Reading, Q&A, and 

Monday, September 10 
at 7 p.m.
Fall Open Mic

Andersonville Arts Week
September 12 - 16

Friday, September 14 
at 7 p.m.
Blanche Wiesen Cook
Eleanor Roosevelt  
(vols. 1 - 3)
Reading, Q&A, and 

Thursday, September 20
 at 7 p.m.
Jessica Hopper 
in conversation with Megan Stielstra
Book Launch Party

Friday, September 21 
at 7 p.m.
Shannon Gibney
Young Adult Reading, Q&A, and book-signing
Saturday, September 22
starting at 6 p.m.
Annual Chicago Lit Crawl
It's a pub crawl for nerds, featuring literary events throughout Andersonville. More details coming soon!

Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m.
Amy Strauss Friedman with special guests Jessica Walsh and Donna Vorreyer
Book Launch Party

Thursday, September 27 
at 7 p.m.
Curtis Sittenfeld, Nami Mun, Shauna Selly & Rebecca Makkai 
The Caregiver 
by Samuel Park

Friday, September 28 
at 7 p.m.
Anne Balay
Book Launch Party
Sunday, Aug. 12 
at 4 p.m.
Selection meeting

Sunday, Aug. 12 
at 5 p.m.
Ready Player One 
by Ernest Cline

 Women Aging with Wisdom & Grace
Discussion & Potluck
Sunday, Aug. 19
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading:
My Life on the Road 
by Gloria Steinem

 Social Justice Book Group
Sunday, Aug. 19 
at 2:30 p.m.
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong 
by Angela Saini

Monday, Aug. 20 
at 7:15 p.m.
Zami by Audre Lorde

Date TBD
Hunger by Roxane Gay

 Family of Women Book Group
No August meeting
Sunday, Sept. 9 
at 2 p.m.
Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening 
by Manal Al-Sharif
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

This year's Used Book Sale was a great success! Thank you to everyone who donated books and every one who purchased them. Because of your support, our non-profit arm, the Women's Voices Fund, is going strong, making sure that we are able to bring you another vibrant year of diverse programming and events. The Used Book Sale is our only big fundraiser of the year, but you can donate to the cause online anytime HERE
We're wrapping up the month of July with our Annual Member Sale, which starts today (details below)! This month, our calendar is full of amazing local author launch parties ( Elaine Soloway, Crystal Hana Kim, Fatimah Asghar, Kathleen Rooney, Kim Brooks, and more)--all free and open to everyone!

With love & thanks,  

Annual Member Sale 
Monday, July 30 through Sunday, August 5
It's time for our Annual Member Sale, when we say THANK YOU to all of you who choose to be members of Women & Children First! Members receive 20% off all in-store purchases for a whole week starting July 30!* Membership to Women & Children First costs just $25/year and gets you 10% off every day and 20% off during our Member Sale.  *sale excludes gift cards, special orders, and Kobo e-readers*
Porochista Khakpour 
in conversation with
Megan Stielstra
Wednesday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing
*Please note: Porochista is currently not able to travel so she will be joining us via Skype*
For as long as author Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. Several drug addictions, some major hospitalizations, and more than $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. READ MORE 

Porochista Khakpour is the author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Harper's, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast, the Village Voice, Guernica, and many more. 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. Her work appears in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, Poets & Writers, Tin House, Guernica, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. READ MORE

Elaine Soloway
Thursday, August 2 at 7 p.m.
80th Birthday Party & Book Launch
Please note: due to popularity, the reading and Q&A portion of this event will be held at the Swedish American Museum from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by book-buying and birthday partying at the bookstore!  
This event will celebrate both the launch of Elaine Soloway's novel She's Not the Type and Elaine's 80th birthday! (Yes, there will be cake!) She's Not the Type introduces Ann Robins, who is not the type to wind up in the bed of a sexy saxophone player. 
Elaine Soloway is the author of The Division Street Princess; Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion: Life After Loss; and Bad Grandma and Other Chapters in a Life Lived Out Loud. READ MORE
Traci D. O'Neal
Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m.
Reading, Q&A, and Book-signing

Traci O'Neal was thrust into the national spotlight in 2017 when a GOP presidential candidate singled her out on social media. The widespread and deeply disturbing campaign of hatred, harassment, and racist attacks that followed underscored Traci's understanding that there's no room in white America for an Exceptional Negro. 

Traci O'Neal Ellis is a Chicago-area attorney and HR professional. She is also a frequent speaker on race, law, politics, and radically inclusive leadership and is a fierce advocate for social justice.  READ MORE
Kathleen Rooney in conversation with Rebecca Slotnick
Wednesday, August 8 at 7 p.m. 
Book Launch Party
In this flash fiction novel, local author Kathleen Rooney invites readers to look at the paintings and life of the Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte from the perspectives of his wife Georgette and their shared series of beloved Pomeranian dogs, all named Loulou.

Kathleen Rooney is the author, most recently of the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. With Eric Plattner, she is the co-editor of Rene Magritte: Selected Writings.  READ MORE

Rachel Slotnick received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. She teaches at Malcolm X College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Ingrid Rojas Contreras
in conversation with Cristina Henriquez
Thursday, August 9 at 7 p.m.
Author Conversation 
Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives inside their gated community in Bogota, but the threats of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood's walls, because the drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities.  READ MORE 

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and the Huffington Post, among others. READ MORE 

  Henríquez is the author of three books, including, most recently, the novel  The Book of Unknown Americans, which was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  READ MORE

Fatimah Asghar 
Sunday, August 12 at 6 p.m.
Poetry Reading
For the release party for Fatimah Asghar's new poetry collection If They Come For Us, Fatimah will be joined by Rachel "Raych" Jackson, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and José Olivarez. 

Fatimah Asghar is the writer of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls, and her work has appeared in Poetry and BuzzFeed Reader, among others. READ MORE  
Rachel "Raych" Jackson received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their son. READ MORE 

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, the co-author of the book of poems Home Court, and the co-host of the poetry podcast The Poetry Gods. READ MORE

Kate Schatz & 
Miriam Klein Stahl
Tuesday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Reading, Q&A, and Book-signing
In Rad Girls Can, you'll learn about a diverse group of young women who are living rad lives, whether excelling in male-dominated sports like boxing, rock climbing, or skateboarding; speaking out against injustice and discrimination; expressing themselves through dance, writing, and music; or advocating for girls around the world.  READ MORE 

Kate Schatz is a feminist writer, activist, and educator. She is the author of the New York Times best sellers Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, and the accompanying journal, My Rad Life. READ MORE 
Miriam Klein Stahl is an artist, educator, and activist and the illustrator of the New York Times best sellers Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Women Worldwide, and the journal My Rad Life READ MORE 

Gay Women's Gathering
An Evening on Lesbian Pregnancy 
sponsored by Path2Parenthood 
Wednesday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Please join us for our annual Gay Women's Gathering: An Evening on Lesbian Pregnancy. Learn the medical and legal do's and don'ts gay women must know before starting their families. 

Our panelists will include Heather Ross, Esq., of Ross & Zuckerman LLP; Dr. Juan Alvarez of Fertility Centers of Illinois; and Scott Brown, of California Cryobank. This event is free, and all are welcome!
Melissa Stephenson in conversation with
Reina Hardy
Thursday, August 16 at 7 p.m.
Author Conversation and Book-signing
Growing up in a blue-collar family in the Midwest, Melissa Stephenson longed for escape. Her wanderlust was innate, and she found in automobiles the promise of a future beyond Indiana.  READ MORE 

Melissa Stephenson earned a BA in English from the University of Montana and an MFA in fiction from Texas State University. READ MORE 
Reina Hardy's plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been produced in Chicago, NYC, Austin, and DC. READ MORE 
Kim Brooks in conversation with Kathleen Rooney
Tuesday, August 21 at 7 p.m. 
Book Launch Party

One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America's culture of fear plays in parenthood.

Kim Brooks is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a teaching-writing fellow. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, the Missouri Review, and other journals.  READ MORE

Kathleen Rooney is the author, most recently of the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. With Eric Plattner, she is the co-editor of Rene Magritte: Selected Writings.  READ MORE

Julie Schumacher in conversation with Amy Danzer 
Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. 
Author Reading
Beleaguered English professor Jason Fitger, the unlucky protagonist of the Thurber Prize-winning novel Dear Committee Members, returns to Payne University and a sea of troubles, personal and institutional.  READ MORE 
Julie Schumacher's first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award.  READ MORE
Amy Danzer works at Northwestern University where she manages several master's programs and directs the Summer Writers' Conference.  READ MORE 
Angela Garbes in
conversation with Monica Eng 
Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m. 
Author Conversation & Book-signing
Obstetricians cautiously quote statistics; online sources scare you with conflicting and often inaccurate data; and even the most trusted books offer information with a heavy dose of judgment.  READ MORE 
Angela Garbes began writing for the Stranger in 2006 and became a staff writer in 2014. Her piece "The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am" is the publication's most-read piece in its 24-year history.  READ MORE
Monica Eng has worked for Chicago Public Radio, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. She currently reports on food, health, environment, and Chicago history for WBEZ's Curious City show and is co-host of the food health podcast Chewing

Civilian Police Accountability 
Council Info Session
Friday, August 24 at 7 p.m.
Info Session

Learn about the ways in which police accountability in Chicago is broken, and the violence this causes. Find out why you don't have to think of police impunity as an intractable problem, and how the CPAC ordinance--which would create a democratically elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC)--may be on the brink of forcing major systemic change in Chicago. You'll leave knowing how you can be part of the historic push for real community control of the police in our city.
Pontes Peebles 
in conversation with Cristina Henriquez
Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m. 
Book Launch Party
Skinny, nine-year-old orphan Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well-fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill-behaved.  READ MORE 
Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, which was translated into nine languages and won the Friends of American Writers Literary Award and the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. READ MORE

Cristina H
enríquez is the author of three books, including, most recently, the novel The Book of Unknown Americans. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. 

Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m.
Reading, Q&A, and Book-signing

And Whose Life Are You Living, Anyway?  invites readers to invoke inner wisdom as a guide to more purposeful living. Kenyatta's work is anchored in ancient spiritual teachings and offers a compassionate and compelling exploration of the personal and the political in relation to identity, spirituality, and power.   READ MORE

Angela Kenyatta is a sacred activist and author. She is the founder and managing principal of Strategic Change Solutions, a Chicago-based management consulting agency that helps organizations bring the future to life by demystifying the complexities, patterns, and principles of change. READ MORE
Abby Geni 
in conversation with Frances des Pontes Peebles 
Tuesday, September 4 at 7 p.m. 
Book Launch Party
A devastating  tornado demolishes the McCloud family home and orphans siblings Darlene, Jane, and Cora. The tornado's aftermath, including relentless media attention, cause great tension in their brother, Tucker, who soon abandons his sisters and disappears.  READ MORE 

Abby Geni is the author of The Lightkeepers, winner of the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction and the inaugural Chicago Review of Books Award for Best Fiction, as well as The Last Animal, an Indies Introduce Debut Authors selection and a finalist for the Orion Book Award. 
Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, which was translated into nine languages and won the Friends of American Writers Literary Award and the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. READ MORE
R. O. Kwan in conversation with Rebecca Makkai 
Wednesday, September 5 at 7 p.m.
Author Conversation & Book-signing
Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death.  READ MORE 

R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in the Guardian, Vice, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. READ MORE 
Rebecca Makkai is the author of The Borrower, The Hundred-Year House, which won the Novel of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, Music for Wartime, and The Great Believers READ MORE
Annual Ronnieman  
School Supplies Drive 
Monday, August 6 through Saturday, August 25 

We're proud to be a drop-off location for the Ronnieman School Supplies Drive. Ronald "RonnieMan" Johnson was murdered by Chicago Police officer George Hernandez on Oct 12, 2014,
one week after the infamous CPD killing of Laquan McDonald. Like McDonald, RonnieMan was unarmed. He was also a father to five young children. In his honor, his mother Dorothy Holmes has begun several fundraisers benefiting youth on Chicago's South and West sides. From August 6 through August 25, we'll be accepting new backpacks and school supplies such as packs of pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, gluesticks, and binders for this first annual fundraiser. Donations should be new and unopened.  

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