June 2022
W&CF Mask Policy
We continue to require masks for in-store shoppers! Thank you for supporting the immuno-compromised and those unable or too young to be vaccinated.
Congrats to Sarah Wilson, our first teacher to pick up her box of free books for her classroom! Your donations fulfill these amazing teachers' wish lists.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our gift cards for teachers and nominated teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week last month! We received 8 teacher nominations and $600 to fulfill their classroom wish lists! We would love to get each teacher on our list 6 books, but we need your help! We are still collecting contributions HERE and need $400 more to complete all the wish lists. Stay tuned to our social media channels to see the books find their way to the teachers!
June 2022 Events
This month, some of our events are virtual, and some are in-person. Make sure to note which is which when creating your calendar for the month. And remember you can watch events from the last two years on our YouTube Channel!
Tuesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Event: THE DISORDERED COSMOS by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Join us for a virtual conversation celebrating the release of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein. For this event, Prescod-Weinstein will be in conversation with Moya Bailey.

InThe Disordered Cosmos, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein shares her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter—along with a perspective informed by history, politics, and the wisdom of Star Trek

One of the leading physicists of her generation, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is also one of fewer than one hundred Black American women to earn a PhD from a department of physics. Her vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly nontraditional, and grounded in Black and queer feminist lineages. 

Sun, Jun 5, 2022 7:00 PM CST
In-person Event: PUERTO RICAN CHICAGO by Mirelsie Velázquez
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person reading, conversation, and book-signing with author Mirelsie Velázquez in celebration of Puerto Rican Chicago: Schooling the City, 1940-1977. For this event, Velázquez will be in conversation with David Stovall.

The postwar migration of Puerto Rican men and women to Chicago brought thousands of their children into city schools. These children's classroom experience continued the colonial project begun in their homeland, where American ideologies had dominated Puerto Rican education since the island became a US territory. Mirelsie Velázquez tells how Chicago's Puerto Ricans pursued their educational needs in a society that constantly reminded them of their status as second-class citizens. Communities organized a media culture that addressed their concerns while creating and affirming Puerto Rican identities.

Thursday, June 9 - Happy Hour Starts at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
at Leather Archive & Museum 6418 N. Greenview
Apocalypse Poems by C. Russell Price

We are excited to join Northwestern University Press as the co-host for the launch celebration of C. Russell Price's new poetry collection, oh, you thought this was a date?!: Apocalypse Poems. Price will be joined by special guests Megan Stielstra, Andrew Sa and Friends, and Lucky Stiff. Women & Children First will be on-site selling books and cutting the cake!

Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Poetry Reading: Shelley Wong with Cathy Linh Che
& Lo Kwa Mei-en

Join us for a virtual poetry reading celebrating Shelley Wong's new book As She Appears. For this reading and conversation, Wong will be joined by Cathy Linh Che and Lo Kwa Mei-en.

Shelley Wong's debut, As She Appears, foregrounds queer women of color in their being and becoming. Following the end of a relationship that was marked by silence, a woman crosses over and embodies the expanse of desire and self-love. Other speakers transform the natural world and themselves, using art and beauty as a means of sanctuary and subversion. With both praise and precision, Wong considers how women inhabit and remake their environment.

Thu, Jun 16, 2022 7:00 PM CST
In-person Event: LOOK AT ME LIKE YOU LOVE ME by Jess T. Dugan
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us in-person for an author reading, conversation, and book-signing in honor of Look at me like you love me by Jess T. Dugan. Dugan will be in conversation with Kelli Connell.

In Look at me like you love me, Jess T. Dugan reflects on desire, intimacy, companionship, and the ways our identities are shaped by these experiences. In this highly personal collection of work, Dugan brings together self-portraits, portraits of individuals and couples, and still lifes, interwoven with diaristic writings reflecting on relationships, solitude, family, loss, healing, and the transformations that define a life.

Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Conversation: Jordan Calhoun & Britteney Kapri

Join us for a virtual conversation celebrating the release of Piccolo Is Black: A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Pop Culture by Jordan Calhoun. For this event, Calhoun will be in conversation with Britteney Black Rose Kapri!

Like most Black kids who grew up without diverse representation, Jordan Calhoun learned the skill of assigning race to fictional characters. Piccolo, Panthro, Demona, Ursula . . . he could recognize a Black character when he saw one. He lived in an all-Black city, went to an all-Black school, and could identify characters whose struggles informed his understanding of the Black experience in America.

Tue, Jun 21, 2022 7:00 PM CST
In-person Event: Hugh Ryan & Nicole Pasulka
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us in-person for a joint author reading, conversation, and book-signing in honor of two new releases: The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison by Hugh Ryan and How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn by Nicole Pasulka!

The Women’s House of Detention, a landmark that ushered in the modern era of women’s imprisonment, is now largely forgotten. But when it stood in New York City’s Greenwich Village, from 1929 to 1974, it was a nexus for the tens of thousands of women, transgender men, and gender-nonconforming people who inhabited its crowded cells.

In How You Get Famous, journalist Nicole Pasulka joyfully documents the rebirth of the New York drag scene, following a group of iconoclastic performers with undeniable charisma, talent, and a hell of a lot to prove. The result is a sweeping portrait of the 21st-century search for celebrity and community, as well as a chronicle of all the struggles, fights, and disappointments along the way.

Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Conversation: Imogen Binnie & Sarah Schulman

Join us for a virtual conversation co-hosted by A Room of One's Own celebrating the exciting reissue of Nevada by Imogen Binnie. For this event, Binnie will be in conversation with Sarah Schulman.
A beloved and blistering cult classic and finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction, finally back in print, Nevada follows a disaffected trans woman as she embarks on a cross-country road trip.
Fri, Jun 24, 2022 7:00 PM CST
Off-site Paperback Launch: THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS by Ruth Ozeki
Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Chicago
In collaboration with Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, we are honored to co-host the Chicago stop on Ruth Ozeki's paperback tour for her newest novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness.

A boy who hears the voices of objects all around him; a mother drowning in her possessions; and a Book that might hold the secret to saving them both—are all part of the brilliantly inventive new novel from the Booker Prize-finalist Ruth Ozeki.

Sun, Jun 26, 2022 7:00 PM CST
In-person Event: An Evening with Sarah Ruhl
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person reading, audience Q&A, and book-signing with Sarah Ruhl in honor of her two recent releases, Love Poems in Quarantine and Smile: The Story of a Face. We're so excited to welcome back this two-time Pulitzer prize finalist, a Tony award nominee, and the recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award!

Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Event: WHO IS WELLNESS FOR? by Fariha Róisín

Join us for a virtual conversation celebrating the release of Who Is Wellness For? by Fariha Róisín. For this event, Róisín will be in conversation with Mimi Zhu

Growing up in Australia, Fariha Róisín, a Bangladeshi Muslim, struggled to fit in. In attempts to assimilate, she distanced herself from her South Asian heritage and identity. Years later, living in the United States, she realized that the customs, practices, and even food of her native culture that had once made her different—everything from ashwagandha to prayer—were now being homogenized and marketed for good health, often at a premium by white people to white people.

Save the Date!
Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. CT
Tomi Obaro
In-person Event

Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. CT
Refuse to Disappear
Tara Betts
Virtual Poetry Reading

Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. CT
Sarah Rauch in conversation with Christine Sneed
Virtual Conversation

Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31
Feminist Book Swap in conjunction with Andersonville Sidewalk Sale
Women & Children First Book Groups
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
Monday, June 20
at 7 p.m.
Lemonade Code by Jarod Pratt 
Thursday, June 23
at 4:30 p.m.
On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed
Tuesday, June 14
at 7:30 p.m.
The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs
Monday, June 13
at 7 p.m.
Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
Sunday, June 5
at 2 p.m.
We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival edited by Natalie West
Sunday, June 12
at 3 p.m.
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
Sunday, June 26
at 10 a.m.
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
Wednesday, June 22
at 6:30 p.m.

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