July 2018
Save the Date!
Sunday, August 12 
at 6 p.m.
Fatimah Asghar
Poetry Reading

Tuesday, August 14 
at 5:30 p.m.
Kate Schatz & 
Miriam Klein Stahl
Reading, Q&A, 
and Book-signing

Wednesday, August 15
 at 6:30 p.m.
An Evening on Lesbian Pregnancy sponsored by Path2Parenthood

Thursday, August 16 
at 7 p.m.
Melissa Stephenson
 in conversation with Reina Hardy
Author Conversation and Book-signing

Tuesday, August 21
 at 7 p.m.
Kim Brooks in conversation with Kathleen Rooney
Book Launch Party

Wednesday, August 22
 at 7 p.m.
Julie Schumacher
The Shakespeare
Author Reading

Thursday, August 23
 at 7 p.m.
Angela Garbes 
in conversation with Monica Eng
Author Conversation and Book-signing

Tuesday, September 4 
at 7 p.m.
Abby Geni
Book Launch Party

Wednesday, September 5 at 7 p.m.
R. O. Kwan 
in conversation with Rebecca Makkai
Author Conversation and Book-signing
Discussion and Potluck
Sunday, July 8
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading:  They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine 
Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
by Arundhati Roy
Sunday, July 8 at 4 p.m.
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Sunday, July 8 at 5 p.m.
When Morning Comes 
by Arushi Reina 
Sunday, July 22
at 2:30 p.m.
The Fire This Time 
by Jessmyn Ward and
The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin
Monday, July 16 
at 7:15 p.m.
By Grand Central Station
 I Sat Down and Wept
by Elizabeth Smart
Tuesday, July 17 
at 7:30 p.m.
Manhattan Beach
by Jennifer Egan
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

Like many of you, we are outraged and heartbroken by so many recent events in the news. We're fighting against our feelings of hopelessness with action--and you can help! On July 14th and 15th, Women & Children First will be donating 15% of our profits to Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center, a Chicago-based nonprofit that is tirelessly working to reunify families separated due to the Trump Administration' s despicable actions. We were inspired by bookstores across the country that are also supporting immigrant voices as well as the young people who stand outside our bookstore each month as part of Bake Sale for Justice, which was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune

Don't forget two beloved summer traditions! We're now collecting donations for our annual Used Book Sale, which is part of Andersonville's  Sidewalk Sale, July 28 & 29. All proceeds from the used book sale benefit the Women's Voices Fund. Plus, our neighborhood Where's Waldo? Scavenger Hunt is right around the corner! Learn details about these annual events and more in the newsletter below.

With love & thanks,  

We're Accepting Used Books
Now through July 25th,
on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays ONLY
This year, we'll be accepting donations for our annual Used Book Sale during store hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, now through Wednesday, July 25. 
We will NOT accept textbooks, reference books, mass market paperbacks, foreign language books, or CDs/DVDs. Any books that do not meet our criteria will be returned to you at the time of donation. 
Sophie Lucido Johnson
Friday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party

In her sharp and witty illustrated memoir Many Love, writer and artist Sophie Lucido Johnson probes what polyamory is, what it's not, where it comes from, and the misunderstandings that plague the community.  READ MORE  

Sophie Lucido Johnson is a writer, illustrator, comedian, and the editor-in-chief of Neutrons Protons, an online literary magazine.  READ MORE
K elly Sundberg 
in conversation with Zoe Zolbrod 
Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m.
Author Conversation

Kelly Sundberg's husband, Caleb, was a funny, warm, supportive man and a wonderful father to their little boy, Reed. But he was also vengeful and violent. READ MORE

Kelly Sundberg's essays have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coastthe Rumpusand other publications. Her essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset" was selected for inclusion in Best American Essays 2015 READ MORE

Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the memoir The Telling, which won a silver IPPY Award and was a Chicago Review of Books award finalist, and the novel Currency, which was a Friends of American Writers prize finalist READ MORE

Chad Sell
& Katie Schenkel
Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m.
YA Author Presentation

This is the summer when sixteen kids transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes and their ordinary block into a cardboard kingdom, encountering knights and rogues, robots and monsters--and their own inner demons. The Cardboard Kingdom was created, organized, and drawn by Chad Sell  READ MORE

Katie Schenkel is the writer of the werewolf comic Moonlighters and the upcoming 100 Light Years of Solitude. She lives in Chicago with her partner. READ MORE 

Am I Man Enough? 
Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m.
Storytelling Show and Podcast
We are happy to announce the return of "Am I Man Enough?" to Women & Children First. This storytelling show invites people to tell personal stories that critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood, blending social critiques with personal stories.  READ MORE 
Ottessa Moshfegh in conversation
with Jac Jemc
Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing
Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent graduate of Columbia University. She works an easy job at a hip art gallery and lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like  everything  else, by her inheritance . READ MORE  

Ottessa Moshfegh is New England and is the author of the novella McGlue, the short story collection Homesick for Another World, and the novel Eileen. READ MORE 
Jac Jemc lives in Chicago. Her novel The Grip of It received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Library Journal. Her novel My Only Wife, was named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction   READ MORE

Wendy L. Rouse
Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m.
Reading, Q&A, and Book-signing

At the turn of the twentieth century, women famously organized to demand greater social and political freedoms, such as the right to vote. However, few realize that the Progressive Era also witnessed the birth of the women's self-defense movement.  READ MORE

Wendy L. Rouse is an assistant professor at San Jose State University, where she teaches courses in history and teacher preparation. 
Saturday, July 21 at 3 P.M.
Neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt 
Great for kids ages 4 and up! 
To celebrate the annual month-long, neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt for Waldo, we'll be hosting an afternoon Where's Waldo? party with games, prizes, and a visit from Waldo! The party will be hosted by Miss Sophie! Pick up your passports at Women & Children First anytime after July 1st and then begin searching for Waldo at participating Andersonville businesses. (The full list coming soon to our website and Facebook page.) READ MORE
On Intersex:
Author and Advocate Panel
Featuring I. W. Gregorio,
Eric & Stephani Lohman, and  
Hanna Lindahl
Sunday, July 22 at 4 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, and
For decades, intersex people--those born with sex characteristics that fall outside the typical spectrum of male or female--have been rendered nearly invisible by shame and stigma. Please join four members from interACT Advocates as they discuss their efforts to bring intersex into the light and stop unnecessary surgeries on intersex children.   READ MORE  

I. W. Gregorio is a practicing surgeon by day, masked avenging YA writer by night. After getting her MD, she did her residency at Stanford, where she met the intersex patient who inspired her debut novel, None of the Above, which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist.  READ MORE 

Hanna Lindahl is 
a genderqueer intersex person who writes about intersex experiences personally as a cartoonist and professionally as interACT's communications director. She has been speaking to audiences about intersex issues for the past 5 years.  READ MORE
Annual Used Book Sale benefiting the Women's Voices Fund 
Saturday, July 28 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and
Sunday, July 29 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 
Part of Andersonville's Sidewalk Sale weekend, our Used Book Sale is an annual tradition benefiting the Women's Voices Fund, the non-profit arm of the store that supports our programming and events. Book lovers and bargain hunters won't want to miss this opportunity to treasure hunt through the stacks for great deals on fiction, nonfiction, children's books, and LGBTQ titles, all priced to sell. 

Interested in volunteering for our Used Book Sale on either July 28 and/or 29th? Please email Sarah at wcfsarah@gmail.com. Volunteers will work 3- to 4-hour shifts and, in exchange, receive credits to redeem for free books! Please note that volunteers must be able to lift 30-lb. boxes. Also, this is traditionally one of the hottest weekends of the year so volunteers should be prepared for the heat. We will provide water, sunscreen, and our endless gratitude!

Porochista Khakpour 
in conversation with Megan Stielstra
Wednesday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing
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

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. Married to the writer Martin Seay, she lives in Chicago and teaches at DePaul University. 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 

Cristina 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

Crystal Hana Kim 
in conversation with Julia Fine
Friday, August 10 at 7 p.m.
Book Launch Party

An emotionally riveting debut novel about war, family, and forbidden love--the unforgettable saga of two ill-fated lovers in Korea and the heartbreaking choices they're forced to make in the years surrounding the civil war.  READ MORE

Crystal Hana Kim holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and an MS in education from Hunter College. She has received numerous awards, including PEN America's Story Prize for Emerging Writers  READ MORE

Julia Fine received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their son. Her debut novel What Should Be Wild published earlier this year.  READ MORE

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