March 2019
Save the Date!
Monday, April 8
at 7 p.m.
Sappho's Salon

Friday, April 12
at 7 p.m.
Allison Rollins
Poetry Reading

Sunday, April 14
at 6 p.m.
Fatimah Asghar and 
Safia Elhillo
Poetry Reading

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

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

Friday, April 26
at 7 p.m.
Jan-Henry Gray
Book Launch Party

Saturday, April 27
Indie Bookstore Day!


Family of Women
Book Group 
Sunday, March 3
at 2 p.m.
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
by Melissa V.
Feminist Book Group   
We're taking the month of March off. Watch here for information about our
April meeting!
Sunday, March 10
10 a.m. to noon
Suggested Reading: the first half of 
This Is the Place,  
ed. by Margot Kahn and Kelly McMasters

Sunday, March 10
at 5 p.m.
His Majesty's Dragon
  by Naomi Novik
Sunday, March 17
at 2:30 p.m.
Chicago Is Not Broke 
by Tom Tressor
Monday, March 18 
at 7:15 p.m. 
Bonjour Tristesse 
by Francoise Sagan

Tuesday, March 19 
at 7:30 p.m.
Eleanor Roosevelt,
vol. 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 
by Blanche Wiesen Cook
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

WOW! We have such amazing programming and so many exciting save-the-dates to announce as we kick off Women's History Month! First up, ticket announcements: 
  • Join us for our reading & book signing with President Obama's Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett on Friday, April 5. Buy tickets & learn more HERE.  
  • Then, we are giddy to announce that we will welcome the legendary Ani DiFranco for an author conversation with Jessica Hopper on Friday, May 10. Buy tickets HERE
And then, there's March! Yes, we have so much happening right now, including bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson and our first-of-many 40th Anniversary celebrations! Read the newsletter and follow us on social media to stay up to date! 

With love & thanks,  

Jacinda Bulle &
Jaquanda Villegas

FILLINZ: Put Some Respect on It
Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
A Prose Coloring Book Presentation   
Kuumba Lynx co-founders Jaquanda Saulter-Villegas and Jacinda Bullie, in partnership with local artists Monica Trinidad and Steph Skills, have released FILLINZ, a prose coloring book. Jaquanda Villegas has been instructing youth in various writing and theatre programs throughout the city since 1994. Jacinda Bullie is most proud of curating Native Lynx, a collaborative program between KL and the American Indian Center.  
Qigong Class
Starting Sunday, March 3 
Weekly, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Join us on Sunday mornings 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  for more information or to sign up.
Am I Man Enough? 
A Storytelling Show & Podcast 

Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.
Am I Man Enough? is a storytelling show and podcast featuring folks from all backgrounds sharing personal stories that critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of manhood. Our lineup includes Maya Haughton, LeVan D. Hawkins, Himabindu Poroori, Anne Purky, Tony Ho Tran, and Wil Whedbee.  READ MORE 
Jeffreen M. Hayes 
in conversation with Leslie Guy

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman
Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. 
This highly illustrated biography explores the lasting legacy of sculptor Augusta Savage, who was associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Joining Jeffreen M. Hayes in conversation will be Leslie Guy. Jeffreen M. Hayes is an art historian and curator. Leslie Guy is a museum professional with more than 20 years of experience dedicated to work that honors collections and communities.  READ MORE
Medicare for All Teach-in
Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. 

Many of our elected representatives and 2020 presidential candidates say they support Medicare for All or universal healthcare coverage, but what does that promise entail and what are the plans to get us there? Learn what Medicare for All means and how it would work in this discussion with the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America Healthcare Working Group.  READ MORE 
Samantha Allen in conversation with Rivka Yeker

Real Queer America
Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. 
Author Reading 

In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah, to the Deep South. Her motto for the trip: "Something gay every day." Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change. Samantha Allen is a GLAAD Award-winning journalist and the author of Love & Estrogen.  READ MORE 
T. Kira Madden in conversation with
Lindsay Hunter 

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. 
Author Conversation 

T. Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut is a coming-of-age memoir reckoning with desire amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida. Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is equal parts eulogy and love letter. T. Kira Madden is an APIA writer, photographer, and the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens . Lindsay Hunter is the author of the story collections Don't Kiss Me and Daddy's and the novels Ugly Girls and Eat Only When You're Hungry , a finalist for the 2017 Chicago Review of Books Fiction Award.   READ MORE
Laurie Halse Anderson
in conversation with
Mikki Kendall 
Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.    
This event will be held at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.). Purchase tickets

We're honored to host  New York Times- bestselling, award-wining author Laurie Halse Anderson in celebration of her searing poetic memoir and call to action,  Shout . Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, twenty years later, she reveals her personal history as a rape survivor in the searing, poetic memoir ShoutMikki Kendall is from Chicago and has written for the Washington Post, Ebony, and Essence. Her books Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists and Hood Feminism are forthcoming in 2019 and 2020. READ MORE
Chris Cander in conversation  
with Rebecca Makkai  

The Weight of a Piano
Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. 
Author Conversation 
The Weight of a Piano follows the obsessive love two women hold for an instrument and the connections it carries. Chris Cander graduated from the University of Houston and lives in     Houston with her husband, daughter, and son. Rebecca Makkai i s a Chicago-based author of numerous books, including The Great Believers , which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award.  READ MORE 
Halle Butler in conversation  
with Kathleen Rooney  
The New Me  
Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. 

Book Launch Party
Halle Butler's new novel follows misanthropic and morose, thirty-year-old Millie. Darkly hilarious and devastating, The New Me is a dizzying descent into the mind of a young woman trapped in the funhouse of American consumer culture. Halle Butler is the author of Jillian . She has been named a National Book Award Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and a Granta Best Young American Novelist. Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, and her books include the national bestseller  Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk READ MORE 
Women & Children First's 
40th Anniversary Panel Discussion 
Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m. 
Join us for our 40th anniversary panel discussion featuring W&CF co-founders Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon and current co-owners Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck. The group will present the store's Top 10 Bestsellers of All Time.  Nostalgia, laughter, and libations abound!  READ MORE 
Victoria Noe in 
with Owen Keehnen 
Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community   
Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m.  

Book Launch Party
Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community fills a gap in the history of the epidemic, and in women's history as well. A mix of personal interviews and archival research, this  book explores the contributions of straight women around the world--not just as caregivers, but also as activists, researchers, and leaders. Victoria Noe is a Chicago author, speaker, and activist. Owen Keehnen is a grassroots historian and the author of Dugan's Bistro and the Legend of the Bearded Lady READ MORE 
Dani McClain   
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 a black child'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 will 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. 
Author Conversation & Reading

Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Senn High School (5900 N. Glenwood).
Buy tickets HERE. *Each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of Valerie's book.*

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 
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