November 2022
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,
November is the month we celebrate Small Business Saturday! Last year, we made the big decision to close our store on both Thanksgiving and the day after to give our booksellers a chance to rest and connect with loved ones. We are committed to this pause once again this year, which means we are making the most of the day we reopen--Small Business Saturday, Saturday, November 26! We will have tons of fun giveaways, secret gift cards hidden throughout the store, and even a few delicious treats!

Holiday shopping has already begun! Look out for our Gift Guide...coming to your inbox later this month! And to make shopping easier, we will be open 'till 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings starting Small Business Saturday (Sat., Nov. 26) through Dec. 23!

All our love,

Join case managers and other volunteers from the Chicago Abortion Fund for another bake sale to raise money for CAF and support abortion rights! Venmo, CashApp, and cash accepted!
Subscriptions to W&CF's wildly popular Romance Subscription Box are open again, now until November 15! (To keep subscribers on the same schedule and make this new project manageable for our small staff, we limit signups to specific time periods.) The first box will ship in December.
November 2022 Events
By pre-registering for our events, you are confirming that you will remain masked throughout the event and are fully vaccinated.
Thu, Nov 3, 2022 7:00 PM CST
Off-site Book Launch: WHEN FRANNY STANDS UP by Eden Robins
Early to Bed, Chicago
Join us for an in-person celebration of When Franny Stands Up: A Novel by Eden Robins. For this event, Robins will be in conversation Britt Julious. This event will be hosted at Chicago's feminist sex shop, Early to Bed (5138 N. Clark St.). We'll also be welcoming comedian and writer Cassidy Kulhanek for an opening act! 

This event is for ages 18+. Masks required for all attendees for the duration of the event.
Women & Children First will be on-site selling books during the event. Eden will sign books after the program.

Franny Steinberg knows there's powerful magic in laughter. She's witnessed it. With the men of Chicago off fighting WWII on distant shores, Franny has watched the women of the city taking charge of the war effort. But amidst the Defense Bond sales and factory shifts, something surprising has emerged, something Franny could never have expected--a new marvel that has women flocking to comedy clubs across the nation: the Showstopper.

Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Re-imagining Health, Safety, and Racial Justice in Andersonville

The community is invited for this FREE one-day collaborative learning environment designed to engage business owners, employees, and community members in conversation and to reflect on Anti-racism work and inclusion, with an emphasis on supporting participants to explore the meaning of community health and safety through trauma-informed approaches to racial justice.

This event is facilitated by The Care Plan in partnership with Dynamic Cooperative and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.

Mon, Nov 7, 2022 7:00 PM CST
Virtual Event: Expanding the Canon: Posthumous Works by Women Writers
Join us virtually as we welcome Danielle Dutton, co-founder of The Dorothy Project; Barbara Epler, president of New Directions; and Mika Kasuga, executive editor at Union Square & Co., in a conversation about the pleasures, surprises, and ethics of posthumously editing and reissuing women's work. This event will be hosted on Zoom webinar and moderated by Naomi Huffman, editor of the previously unpublished novel Toad, by the late Katherine Dunn, coming from MCDxFSG books in November 2022.

Wed, Nov 9, 2022 10:30 AM CST
In-Person Event: Bilingual Storytime with Jessica Sanchez-Gonzalez
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for in-person bilingual story time with Jessica Sanchez-Gonzalez in the store! Pre-registration is required for all attending, including children. Masks are required for anyone 2 years and up.
Thu, Nov 10, 2022 7:00 PM CST
In-Person Event: I'VE HAD TO THINK UP A WAY TO SURVIVE by Lynn Melnick
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person event in celebration of I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton by Lynn Melnick. Melnick will be in conversation with Jessica Hopper.

When everything fell apart for Lynn Melnick, she went to Dollywood. It was perhaps an unusual refuge. The theme park, partly owned by and wholly named for Dolly Parton, celebrates a country music legend who grew up in church and in poverty in rural Tennessee. Yet Dollywood is exactly where Melnick—a poet, urbanite, and daughter of a middle-class Jewish family—needed to be. Because Melnick, like the musician she adores, is a survivor.

Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Anne Lamott

An Evening with Anne Lamott in Chicago, bestselling author of Bird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, and Dusk Night Dawn: On Revival and Courage. Enjoy an onstage conversation with Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens. A book signing will take place immediately following the event. 

Anne Lamott writes and speaks about subjects that begin with capital letters: Alcoholism, Motherhood, Jesus. She doesn’t try to sugar-coat the sadness, frustration and disappointment, but tells her stories with honesty, compassion, and a pureness of voice. She says, “I have a lot of hope and a lot of faith, and I struggle to communicate that.” Anne Lamott does communicate her faith; in her books and in person, she lifts, comforts, and inspires, all the while keeping us laughing.

Sun, Nov 13, 2022 7:00 PM CST
In-person Event: DARING TO STRUGGLE, DARING TO WIN by Helen Shiller
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person event in celebration of Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win: Five Decades of Resistance in Chicago's Uptown Community by Helen Shiller. Shiller will be in conversation with Achy Obejas.

Helen Shiller went from radical anti-war activist in Wisconsin, to a member of a collective of white allies of the Black Panther Party in Chicago, to an elected city council person who helped break the back of the racialized opposition to Harold Washington, Chicago's first Black mayor.

Shiller participated, when few others did, in the historic fight against the gentrification of a unique economically and racially mixed Chicago community on the North Side. With insight into historic community organizing and political battles in Chicago from the 1970s through 2010, this book details numerous policy fights and conflicts in Chicago during this time, illuminating recurrent political themes and battles that remain relevant to this day. Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win is a compelling, insightful, must-read for all those struggling for a better world today.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Here's what's happening in-store on Small Business Saturday:

  • Ten $10 gift cards will be hidden throughout the store - free for the first who finds them!
  • The first 25 customers to spend $100 or more get a free Support Your Local Feminist Bookstore tote
  • Tag us on Instagram with your #BookHaul selfie to get a free W&CF anniversary logo pin*
  • One W&CF cookie with purchase for the first 50 customers! Big thanks to our friend, the genius baker Kelly Dull for the bookish treats!

*while supplies last

Women & Children First Book Groups
Desperate Characters 
Monday, November 21 (new date!) at 7 p.m.
(hybrid: in-person and Zoom)
Freestyle by Gale Galligan Thursday, November 17
at 4:30 p.m.
(virtual via Zoom)
Matrix by Lauren Groff Tuesday, November 15
at 7:30 p.m.
(hybrid: in-person and Zoom)
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa 
by Walter Rodney
Monday, November 14
at 7 p.m.
(virtual via Zoom)
All Over Creation
by Ruth Ozeki
Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m.
(hybrid: in-person and Zoom)
Another Appalachia
by Avashia Neema
Sunday, November 20
at 3 p.m.
(virtual via Zoom)
The Old Lovegood Girls 
by Gail Godwin
Sunday, December 4 at 10 a.m. 
(hybrid: in-person and Zoom)
Build Yourself a Boat 
by Camonghne Felix
Wednesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. 
(virtual via Zoom)

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday through Sunday
We are closed on Mondays. 

starting Saturday, November 26

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday

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