February 2019
Save the Date!
Friday, March 1
at 7 p.m.
Jacinda Bulle &  
Jaquanda Villegas  
Put Some Respect on It
A Prose Coloring Book Presentation
Wednesday, March 6
Am I Man Enough?
Storytelling Show & Podcast Examining the Culture of Toxic Masculinity

Thursday, March 7
at 7 p.m.
Jeffreen M. Hayes 
Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman
Author Reading

Friday, March 8
at 7 p.m.
Medicare for All

Wednesday, March 13
at 7 p.m.
Samantha Allen 
 Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States
Author Reading

Thursday, March 14
at 7 p.m.
T. Kira Madden in conversation with Lindsay Hunter
Author Conversation

Friday, March 15
at 7 p.m.
Laurie Halse Anderson
Author Reading
Please note: this event will be held at Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.) Purchase tickets HERE

Friday, March 15
at 7 p.m.
Chris Cander in conversation with Rebecca Makkai
The Weight of a Piano
Author Conversation

Thursday, March 21
at 7 p.m.
Halle Butler in conversation with Kathleen Rooney
Book Launch Party

Family of Women
Book Group 
Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
The Empathy Exams
by Leslie Jamison
Feminist Book Group  

Sunday, Feb. 10
at 4 p.m.
by Elisabeth Eaves
Teens First
Book Group
Sunday, Feb.  10
at 5 p.m.
by Frank Herbert

Sunday, Feb. 17
at 2:30 p.m.
Stamped from the Beginning
by Ibram X. Kendi
Monday, Feb. 18
at 7:15 p.m.
Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison

Women's Book Group
Tuesday, Feb. 19 
at 7:30 p.m.
Ghosts in the Schoolyard  by Eve Ewing  
Sunday, March 10
10 a.m. to Noon
Suggested Reading: the first half of This Is the Place,  ed. by Margot Kahn 
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

After surviving the freezing temperatures and blizzard-like conditions of January, we could all use some love! 

With Love From Andersonville is back! On February 14 through 17, we'll be joining other neighborhood businesses and donating 14% of profits to charity. Our designated cause this year is Chicago Books to Women In Prison. This effort will be combined with our book drive (see details below).

Also, if you feel like getting cozy, check out Hygge Fest, which will be taking over Andersonville this weekend!

With love & thanks,  

W&CF ❤️ Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Donation Drive
January 2 through Friday, February 14   
We're kicking off the new year by partnering with one of our favorite non-profits, Chicago Books to Women in Prison. This all-volunteer 501(c)(3) sends paperback books free of charge to incarcerated women nationwide. Women mail in their book requests, then CBWP volunteers match try to fulfill each request from their stock of donated books. The group is dedicated to offering women who otherwise would have little or no access to books the opportunities for the self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides. Now through Valentine's Day, stop by Women & Children First and buy a gift card of any denomination that will go to CBWP so that they can provide women in prison the books they actually want to read and request the most.   
E. Patrick Johnson &   
Jennifer Nash
Black. Queer. Southern.Women.  
 Black Feminism Reimagined
Joint Book Launch Party
Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. 

E. Patrick Johnson's Black. Queer. Southern. Women. is drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer Southern women. Black Feminism Reimagined by Jennifer C. Nash outlines how women's studies has elevated intersectionality to the discipline's primary program-building initiative and casts intersectionality as a threat to feminism's coherence. E. Patrick Johnson is the chair of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Jennifer C. Nash is associate professor of African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University.  READ MORE
Daisy Johnson in conversation with Laura Adamczyk
Everything Under
Author Reading
Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m. 

Gretel grew up on a houseboat with her mother, wandering the canals of Oxford and speaking a private language of their own invention. Her mother disappeared when Gretel was a teen, but one phone call from her mother is all it takes for the past to come rushing back. Daisy Johnson is the author of the short story collection Fen. Laura Adamczyk's fiction has appeared in Hobartthe Chicago Reader, and PANK. READ MORE

Chloe Benjamin in conversation with
Rebecca Makkai
The Immortalists
Paperback Tour
Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. 

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and a traveling psychic claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. Four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness sneak out to hear their fortunes. The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice. Chloe Benjamin is the author of The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award. Rebecca Makkai is the author of numerous books, including The Great Believers READ MORE
Ann Russo
Feminist Accountability: Disrupting Violence and Transforming Power
Book Launch Party
Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m. 

In Feminist Accountability noted feminist scholar and activist Ann Russo offers an intersectional analysis of three areas of feminism in practice: anti-racist work, community accountability, and transformative justice. Ann Russo shows us how we might contribute to the feminist work of transforming oppression and violence. Ann Russo is associate professor of Women's and Gender Studies and director of the Women's Center at DePaul University. READ MORE
Corbi A. Cabrera 
My Hair Is a Garden
Kids' Story Time
Saturday, February 9 at 11 a.m. 
After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can't take any more, so she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie, who shows Mackenzie that natural black hair is beautiful. Cozbi A. Cabrera is the illustrator of several acclaimed children's picture books.  
One Book One Northwestern:
The Handmaid's Tale Fan Fiction Reading
Sunday, February 10 at 6 p.m. 
The School of Professional Studies' MA in Writing and MFA in Prose and Poetry Programs Present: The Handmaid's Tale Fan Fiction Reading featuring current students and alum Sara Connell, Allison Epstein, Audrey Fierberg, Salwa Halloway, Devin O'Shea, and Jameka Williams.  
Sappho's Salon
Valentine's Day Show & Open Mic 
Monday, February 11 - Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.  
Sappho's Salon will once again be hosting a Valentine's Day show & open mic! Our featured performers will be Elizabeth Swanson and Ada Cheng. The open mic sign-up list will be available at the front door starting at 7, first-come, first-serve. Spots are 5 minutes apiece so we can accommodate everyone.  READ MORE  
Anne Elizabeth Moore
Sweet Little Cunt 
Valentine's Day Reading & Party 
Thursday, February 14 at 7 p.m. 

Anne Elizabeth Moore's latest book, Sweet Little Cunt, offers a critical overview of one of the most influential women in independent comics, addressing longstanding questions about Julie Doucet's role as a feminist figure. Anne Elizabeth Moore is the former editor of Punk Planet and the Best American Comics series, as well as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. 
Jay Rehak  
Sideline Ink: Book 2 
Book Launch Party
Sunday, February 17 at 5 p.m. 

The second in the Sideline series continues the adventure of Emma "Sideline" Rockland as she begins 6th grade. Her successful businesses are making her a fortune, but how long can she keep her secret from her irresponsible parents? Jay Rehak is the author of 27 short plays that have been produced around the world. READ MORE  
Dave Cullen in conversation with Heidi Stevens 
Parkland: Birth of a Movement   
Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. 
Author Conversation and Book Signing
Please note: This event will be held at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.). Attendees must register for this free event HERE.

Nineteen years ago, Dave Cullen was among the first to arrive at Columbine High after the mass shooting there. Now Cullen unfolds the story of the Parkland shooting through the voices of key participants. Dave Cullen is the author of New York Times bestseller ColumbineHeidi Stevens is a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, where she has worked as a writer and editor since 1998.    READ MORE & TO REGISTER
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice
Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
Author Reading & Book Signing  

Care Work is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to build  sustainable communities of liberation where no one is left behind. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, organizer, performance artist, and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. READ MORE  
Lucy Knisley 
Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos
Sunday, February 24 at 4 p.m.
Author Reading & Book Signing with Kids' Activities

Lucy Knisley always wanted to be a mother. She didn't expect to experience fertility problems and miscarriages, and ultimately her successful pregnancy was plagued by health issues. This moving, hilarious, memoir follows Lucy's personal journey to motherhood and  illustrates the history and science of reproductive health. Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen , and  French Milk . READ MORE  
Anissa Gray
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
Author Reading & Book Signing  

Althea, the eldest sister, is a force to be reckoned with, and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of their small community when Althea and her husband, Proctor, are arrested. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family.  Anissa Gray is an Emmy and duPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist.  READ MORE 
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. January's lineup includes Maya Haughton, LeVan D. Hawkins, Himabindu Poroori, Anne Purky, Tony Ho Tran, and Wil Whedbee READ MORE 
**Special Ticket Alert***
Laurie Halse Anderson
Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. 
Please note: This event will be held at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.). Purchase tickets HERE .

We're honored 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 Shout.
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