January 2023
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,
We hope your new year is filled with peaceful days and riveting new reads!

For us, 2022 was a year of big projects, big risks, big growth, and, of course, some growing pains along the way. We appreciate every one of you who signed up for our subscription boxes, became a W&CF member to support increased staff wages, joined one of our book clubs, supported Chicago Books to Women in Prison, browsed our online holiday gift guide, or walked through our doors to get lost in our stacks! Your continued investment in our feminist future makes it possible for us to dream and risk, learn and grow.

We hope you'll join us for one of our upcoming events this month. And, be sure to mark your calendars with our exciting save-the-dates coming this February!

With love & gratitude,

January Events
Wed, Jan 4, 2023 10:30 AM CST
In-person: Snowy Day Story time with Miss Linda!
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person story time with Miss Linda featuring all snowy day stories! Story time is designed for 2-to-5-year-olds who are ready to sit, listen, and participate, but children of all ages are welcome. W&CF Co-Founder Linda Bubon reads and performs 5 or more stories along with songs and finger plays. We ask for a $1 donation. Doors open at 10:15 am. Stories start at 10:30 a.m.
Thu, Jan 12, 2023 7:00 PM CST
In-Person Event: THE DREAM BUILDERS by Oindrila Mukherjee
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person event celebrating The Dream Builders by Oindrila Mukherjee. For this event, Oindrila Mukherjee will be in conversation with Dionne Irving

After living in the US for years, Maneka Roy returns home to India to mourn the loss of her mother and finds herself in a new world. The booming city of Hrishipur where her father now lives is nothing like the part of the country where she grew up, and the more she sees of this new, sparkling city, the more she learns that nothing--and no one--here is as it appears. Ultimately, it will take an unexpected tragic event for Maneka and those around her to finally understand just how fragile life is in this city built on aspirations.
Saturday, January 14 at 2 p.m.
at The Chicago Temple

Join Chicago Women Take Action Alliance (35 women’s organizations) for the 2023 Chicago Mayoral Forum, moderated by Carol Marin and Cheryl Corley. Get your questions answered before you go to the polls.

Chicagoans want to know where the Chicago mayoral candidates stand on issues important to women--including reproductive rights, public safety, affordable housing, clean air and water, equity in the workplace and our paychecks, healthcare, education, and more.

Thu, Jan 19, 2023 7:00 PM CST
Virtual Event: Aubrey Gordon
Join us for a virtual event celebrating the release of You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People by Aubrey Gordon! Aubrey will be joining us via Zoom webinar for a reading, conversation, and audience Q&A in honor of her new book.

The co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast and creator of Your Fat Friend equips you with the facts to debunk common anti-fat myths and with tools to take action for fat justice.

The pushback that shows up in conversations about fat justice takes exceedingly predicable form. Losing weight is easy—calories in, calories out. Fat people are unhealthy. We’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Fat acceptance “glorifies obesity.” The BMI is an objective measure of size and health. Yet, these myths are as readily debunked as they are pervasive.

Tue, Jan 24, 2023 7:00 PM CST
In-Person Event: Juan Martinez in conversation with Lindsay Hunter
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person event celebrating Extended Stay by Juan Martinez. For this event, Juan Martinez will be in conversation with Lindsay Hunter.

In a rundown neighborhood in the heart of Las Vegas, the Alicia Hotel awakens and beckons to the most vulnerable—those with something to hide.
After his parents are killed in a horrific roadside execution, Alvaro flees his home in Colombia and finds work as a line cook at the seedy hotel. Together with his sister, Carmen, he begins to make a new life in the desert, earning a promotion to management along with an irresistible offer to stay at the hotel rent-free. But as beloved photographs go missing, cockroaches seep from the walls, and grotesque strangers wander the corridors, the promise of The Alicia decays into nightmare.


Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
Bettina Judd
In-person book launch

Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m.
Stephen Graham Jones
Off-site ticketed event at Chicago Waldorf School

Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m.
Francesca Royster
In-person Book Launch

Sunday, February 12 at 4 p.m.
Gloria Chao
in conversation with Samira Ahmed
In-person Book Launch

Tuesday, February 14 at 7 p.m.
Jen Beagin
In-person Event

Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m.
Iliana Regan
in conversation with Megan Stielstra
In-person Conversation
Please consider a donation to the Elise Malary Mural Fund and help Chicago Therapy Collective replace Elise’s chalk mural with a permanent installation that ensures Elise’s life and legacy lives on in Andersonville and Chicago for years to come. 

Permission has been granted for the installation of a mural honoring Elise our buiding's wall at Clark Street & Farragut Avenue--a place where Elise championed trans-inclusion, economic justice, and anti-racism in Andersonville.
Women & Children First Book Groups
A Room of One’s Own
Date TBA at 7pm
(Hybrid: in-person and Zoom)
Speak Up! by Rebecca Burgess Thursday, January 25, 2023 
at 4:30pm
via Zoom
The Swallows by Lisa Lutz
Tuesday, January 17 at 7:30pm (Hybrid: in-person and Zoom)
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 10am
(Note new date!)
(Hybrid: in-person & Zoom)
The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line 
Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 2pm
(Hybrid: in-person & Zoom)

January 1 & 2 - CLOSED

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday through Sunday

We are closed on Mondays.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
seven days a week
behind the bookstore

5233 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640