April 2019
Save the Date!
Friday, May 3
at 7 p.m.
Adrienne Maree Brown
Pleasure Activism
Reading & Book Signing

Wednesday, May 8
at 7 p.m.
Kate Phillippo
A Contest Without Winners
Book Launch Party

Saturday, May 11
at 11:30 a.m.  
Pamela Cameron

Tuesday, May 14 
at 7 p.m.
Celeste Ng with
Eve Ewing
Please note: 
This ticketed event will be held at the Swedish American Museum 
(5211 N. Clark St.)  
Tickets on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets

Wednesday, May 15
at 7 p.m.
Rachel Louise Snyder
 No Visible Bruises
Author Reading

Thursday, May 16
at 7 p.m.
Morgan Parker
Magical Negro
Poetry Reading

Friday, May 17 
at 7 p.m.
Esme Weijun Wang
in conversation with
Eula Biss
The Collected Schizophrenias


Family of Women 
Book Group 
Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
In the Darkroom 
  by Susan Faludi
Sunday, April 14
10 a.m. to noon
Suggested Reading: 
the second half of 
This Is the Place, ed. 
by Margot Kahn and
Kelly McMasters
Sunday, April 14
at 4 p.m.
Rad Families edited by Tomas Moniz
Sunday, April 14
at 5 p.m.
A Young People's History of the U.S. 
 by Howard Zinn
Tuesday, April 16 
at 7:30 p.m.
On My Way To Liberation 
by H.Melt 
Sunday, April 21 
at 2:30 p.m. 
An American Sickness
by Elisabeth Rosenthal
Monday, April 22 
at 7:15 p.m. 
The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

In addition to being National Poetry Month, April is also the month we celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! Learn all about this year's #ChiLovesBooks Challenge in the event details below!

For those of you who loved Michelle Obama's Becomin g, join us on April 5 as we host Barack Obama's Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett for her Finding My Voice book tour! Buy tickets HERE

Big Announcement: Chelsea Clinton had such a wonderful time with us last year that she will be returning on the evening of May 2 for a book signing for her new picture book Don't Let Them Disappear! Buy tickets   HERE!

With love & thanks,  

Dani McClain with special guests Andrea Ritchie & Yamani Yansa Hernandez 
We Live for the We: The Political Power
of Black Motherhood
Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

Author Reading
Dani McClain spoke with mothers on the frontlines of movements for social, political, and cultural change who are grappling with black children's development from infancy to the teenage years.  We Live for the We touches on everything from the importance of creativity to building a mutually supportive community to navigating one's relationship with power and authority. Dani McClain is a contributing writer at the Nation and a fellow at the Nation Institute.  READ MORE 
Sally Nuamah  
How Girls Achieve 
Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

Author Reading
Nuamah reveals that developing resilience is not a gender-neutral undertaking. Drawing on her deep immersion in classrooms in the United States, Ghana, and South Africa, Nuamah calls for a new approach: creating feminist schools that actively teach girls how and when to challenge society's norms and allow them to carve out their own paths to success. Sally Nuamah is a scholar, activist, and filmmaker.  READ MORE 
Valerie Jarrett in conversation with
Susan Sher
Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward
Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey (935 W. Wilson). Buy tickets HERE. Each ticket includes a copy of Finding My Voice.
Jarrett grew up in Chicago in the 60s as racial and gender barriers were being challenged. She found her voice in Harold Washington's historic administration, where she began a remarkable journey, ultimately becoming one of the most visible and influential African-American women of the twenty-first century. Valerie Jarrett was the longest-serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama and one of Time's 100 Most Influential People. Susan Sher is the senior adviser to the president of the University of Chicago, where she also serves as the university liaison to the Obama Foundation.  READ MORE  
Sappho's Salon
Four-Year Relaunch Anniversary 
Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

We can't believe it's been four years since the re-launch of Sappho's Salon!  Come celebrate with us! Sappho's Salon is a quarterly performance salon at Chicago's only feminist bookstore, featuring expressions of queerness, gender, and feminism. The open mic sign-up list will be available at the front door starting at 7--first come, first serve. Open mic participants will receive a coupon to the bookstore! Admission is pay-what-you-can, with all proceeds going to the featured performers and the bookstore's Women's Voices Fund.  READ MORE
Alison Rollins with special guest Aricka Foreman  
Library of Small Catastrophes
Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. 

Poetry Reading
Please help us celebrate the debut poetry collection Library of Small Catastrophes by Alison Rollins. Alison Rollins holds degrees from Howard University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry magazine, and elsewhere. Aricka Foreman is a poet, editor, and educator from Detroit and author of the chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber.  READ MORE
Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo with special guest beyza ozer 
Halal If You Hear Me
Sunday, April 14 at 6 p.m.

Poetry Reading
Please help us celebrate the release of the BreakBeat Poets Volume 3: Halal If You Hear Me, with editors Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo in conversation with beyza ozer. Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, performer, educator, and writer. Her debut collection of poems is If They Come For Us. Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children. Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, and a Cave Canem fellow, she holds an MFA from the New School. beyza ozer is a queer/trans/Muslim person living in Chicago and the author of Fail Better.  READ MORE  

Amy Stanton
The Feminine Revolution
Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Author talk & workshop

Challenging old and outdated perceptions that feminine traits are weaknesses, The Feminine Revolution is a call to arms to redeem them as the superpowers and gifts that they are. This event will include an interactive author talk and book signing. Amy Stanton is a long-time marketer and brand builder currently running a marketing and PR agency with a focus on brands targeted at and built by women.   READ MORE

Miriam Toews in conversation with
Lindsay Hunter
Women Talking
Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m.
Author Conversation

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. These women have little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they've ever known, or should they try to escape? Miriam Toews is the author of six previous bestselling novels, including All My Puny Sorrows, A Complicated Kindness, and The Flying Troutmans. Lindsay Hunter is the author of the story collections Don't Kiss Me and Daddy's and the novel Ugly Girls  READ MORE

George Lakey in conversation with Sameena Mustafa
How We Win
Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. 
Author Conversation

Beginning as a trainer in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, George Lakey has been on the front lines of social change for decades. Drawing on the experiences of a diverse set of ambitious change-makers, How We Win shows us the ways to justice, peace, and a sustainable economy. Sameena Mustafa ran as a Justice Democrat, the organization behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for U.S. Congress in Illinois' 5th District. She hosts To the Left, a weekly progressive talk show on WCPT 820AM.  READ MORE

Jan-Henry Gray & mai c. doan with Xandria Philips
Documents and water/tongue with selections from Hull
Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. 
Book Launch Party
 & Panel 

This is a joint book release event for Documents by Jan-Henry Gray and water/tongue by mai c. doan, featuring Xandria Phillips. A conversation with all three readers on first books will follow the reading.  Jan-Henry Gray was born in the Philippines and grew up in California. He is the author of the chapbook Selected Emails. His first book, Documents, was chosen by D. A. Powell as the winner of BOA Editions' 2018 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. mai c. doan is a writer from Los Angeles. She has published and performed her work though the National Queer Arts Festival, RADAR Productions, HOLD: a journal, Entropy Magazine, Mixed Up!: A Zine about Mixed Race Queer and Feminist Experience, and others. Xandria Phillips is a poet, visual artist, and the author of Hull and Reasons For Smoking. Xandria's work has been featured in the American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere.  READ MORE

Indie Bookstore Day and #ChiLoveBooks Challenge! 
Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
IBD is a one-day national party celebrating indie bookstores on the last Saturday in April. In Chicagoland, it's also the day of the #ChiLoveBooks Challenge! Readers can pick up a #ChiLoveBooks passport and their first stamp with an initial purchase of $25 or more from the store of their choice.  Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional stamp at each subsequent bookstore. 
* Visit TEN stores and get 10% off at all participating bookstores for an entire year!

* Visit FIFTEEN stores and get 15% off at all participating bookstores for an entire year!

Women & Children First will have complimentary refreshments from The Coffee Studio and giveaways galore, plus exclusive IBD merch, while supplies last.  READ MORE
Cherrie Moraga
Native Country of the Heart
Friday, May 1 at 6 PM
Author Talk   
Please note: this free event will be held at DePaul University Student Center at 2250 N. Sheffield Ave. 
Registration is required. Register HERE.  

Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir is, at its core, a mother-daughter story. The mother, Elvira, was hired out as a child, along with her siblings, by their own father to pick cotton in California's Imperial Valley. The daughter, Cherríe Moraga, is a brilliant, pioneering, queer Latina feminist. Poetically wrought and filled with insight into intergenerational trauma, Native Country of the Heart is a reckoning with white American history and a piercing document of familial love. Cherríe Moraga is a writer and cultural activist whose work serves to disrupt the dominant narratives of gender, race, sexuality, feminism, indigeneity, and literature in the United States.   READ MORE
Chelsea Clinton
Don't Let Them Disappear
Thursday, May 2 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Book Signing
Please note:
This event is an in-store book signing ONLY. Customers receive one signing line ticket with the purchase of Don't Let Them Disappear. One ticket admits up to four family members. Chelsea will sign any other books she's written that are purchased from W&CF on the day of the event. She will not sign memorabilia or books brought from home.  

We are thrilled to welcome back Chelsea Clinton, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted, for an in-store book signing in celebration of her forthcoming book, Don't Let Them Disappear. In her new book, Chelsea Clinton introduces young readers to a selection of endangered animals and provides important tips on what we all can do to help prevent these animals from disappearing from our world entirely.  READ MORE 
Leslie Roberts in conversation with
Michele Morano
Here Is Where I Walk 
Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m. 
Author Conversation

Leslie Carol Roberts turns her daily walks in San Francisco's Presidio into revelations of deeper meaning. Here Is Where I Walk provides a vivid answer to how we can find our place. Leslie Carol Roberts is an author, journalist, and essayist. She is also professor and chair of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Michele Morano is the author of the travel memoir Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain READ MORE

Ani DiFranco in conversation with Jessica Hopper
No Walls and the Recurring Dream
Friday, May 10 at 7 PM
Author Conversation
Please note: This ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey (935 W. Wilson). BUY TICKETS HERE .  

Join us for a reading, conversation, and Q&A with iconic singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco. For this event, Ani DiFranco will be joined in conversation by Jessica Hopper. Each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of Ani's forthcoming memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream. Ani's coming-of-age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence. DiFranco is a Grammy-winning musical artist. Jessica Hopper is a music critic and the author of Night Moves and The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic
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