July 2022
Striving toward a feminist workplace

Navigating how to run a feminist business under capitalism–or if such a thing is even possible–has been a struggle since our co-founders opened the store back in 1979. As some of you may have seen on Instagram, our recent hiring post sparked a community conversation that challenged us to consider how we are living up to our mission. This past Monday, our staff gathered to talk in person to map out steps to ensure that our bookstore's stated mission and our daily operations are better aligned. Within the year, we hope to share with you a strategic plan with goals for now, near, and far that will address financial transparency and a clearly defined pay structure, a more horizontal decision-making process, and our commitment to further anti-racism and anti-oppression training for us (Sarah and Lynn) as well as our staff. The first order of business, though, is that beginning this month, Women & Children First will increase pay to the living wage for Cook County defined by MIT. We move forward with intentionality, grounded in the belief that we are building the feminist future we want to see in the world. Making this a sustainable reality will require community support. We humbly ask that our communities be our safety nets as we prepare to make some big leaps of faith. Thank you for listening & stay tuned for updates!
- Sarah & Lynn
New Bundle Alert: Summer Reads!
One of the requests we hear every day at the store is, "Got any new beach read recommendations?" We do! Introducing the Summer Reads Bundle, thoughtfully curated by a W&CF bookseller for either adults or kids.

July 2022 Events
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, July 5 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Event: Historical Romance Panel featuring Adriana Herrera, Harper St. George, Joanna Shupe & Jen Prokop

Join us for a virtual panel discussion on celebrating all things historical romance! This panel featuring Adriana Herrera, Harper St. George, and Joanna Shupe will be moderated by Jen Prokop!

In conjunction with the release of our Romance Subscription Box, we will be hosting this exciting conversation celebrating one of the books that was included in the inaugural subscription box: A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera. Herrera will be joined by her friends and colleagues in historical romance.

Fri, Jul 8, 2022 7:00 PM CST
In-person event: DELE WEDS DESTINY by Tomi Obaro
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us in-person for an author reading, conversation, and book-signing in honor of Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro! For this event, Obaro will be in conversation with Britt Julious. 

Funmi, Enitan, and Zainab first meet at university in Nigeria and become friends for life despite their differences. Funmi is beautiful, brash, and determined; Enitan is homely and eager, seeking escape from her single mother's smothering and needy love; Zainab is elegant and reserved, raised by her father's first two wives after her mother's death in childbirth. Their friendship is complicated but enduring, and over the course of the novel, the reader learns about their loves and losses.

Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m.
at Benito Juárez Auditorium, 1450 W Cermak Rd
Off-site Book Launch: Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir
by Erika L. Sánchez

Join us as we celebrate the release of Crying in the Bathroom, the new memoir by New York Times-bestselling author Erika Sánchez. The program will feature a conversation with Erika and WBEZ’s Maria Inés Zamudio, followed by an audience Q&A.

The memoir is a collection of essays covering everything from sex to white feminism to debilitating depression. Sánchez traces her life in deeply moving, wildly hilarious prosefrom her misfit childhood growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants in ‘90s Chicago, to struggles with her body and mental illness, to her rise to literary fameas she invites us to peer into the life of a woman who charted a path entirely of her own making.

Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Poetry Reading: Tara Betts & Diamond Sharp

Please join Women & Children as we celebrate the new poetry collection, Refuse to Disappear, by Tara Betts. Betts will be in conversation with Diamond Sharp

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. In addition to her work as a teaching artist and mentor for young poets, she has taught at several universities, including Rutgers University and University of Illinois-Chicago, and at Stateville Prison via the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project. 

Thursday, July 14 at 7 PM CT
Virtual Conversation: Sara Rauch & Christine Sneed

Sara Rauch is in a long-term, committed relationship with another woman when she begins a low-residency MFA in fiction. Though it goes against the promises she's made, she finds herself pulled into an intense affair with a married man, a well-known writer in the program. More than an essay about bisexual infidelity and the resulting heartbreaks, XO unfolds Rauch's story like a map of psychic terrain, allowing the author to explore her longstanding obsessions with romantic love, her personal faith and belief systems, and the stories we tell ourselves to get through our ever-changing lives.

Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Panel Discussion: Body Language: Writers on Identity, Physicality, and Making Space for Ourselves

Join us for a virtual conversation celebrating the release of Body Language: Writers on Identity, Physicality, and Making Space for Ourselves edited by Nicole Chung & Matt Ortile. For this virtual event, editor Nicole Chung will be joined by contributors Taylor Harris, Karissa Chen, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, and Austin Gilkeson. 

A kaleidoscopic anthology of essays published by Catapult magazine about the stories our bodies tell, and how we move within—and against—expectations of race, gender, health, and ability

Bodies are serious, irreverent, sexy, fragile, strong, political, and inseparable from our experiences and identities as human beings. Pushing the dialogue and confronting monolithic myths, this collection of essays tackles topics like weight, disability, desire, fertility, illness, and the embodied experience of race in deep, challenging ways.

Monday July 25 from 1 to 7 p.m.
at Access Living, 115 W Chicago Ave.
Off-site Event

To celebrate Disability Pride Month, we'll be collaborating with Access Living to host a Disability Pop-up Shop at their beautiful and fully accessible space. We'll be bringing an array of disability centered titles in all genres. There will be art activities, evening author appearances, refreshments, and more. All are welcome! 

Saturday, July 30 through Sunday, July 31
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As part of Andersonville Sidewalk Sale, we'll be hosting our second annual Book Swap! Community members are encouraged to meet up outside the bookstore anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to bring ONE book and take ONE book.
Sun, Jul 31, 2022 3:00 PM CST
Off-site Kids Event: Where's Waldo Party!
5228 N Clark St, Chicago
After a two-year hiatus, the neighborhood Where's Waldo? Scavenger Hunt is back!

To celebrate the annual month-long, neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt for Waldo, we'll be hosting an afternoon Where's Waldo? party with games, prizes, and a visit from Waldo! The party will be hosted by beloved bookseller Ida at 5228 N Clark St (the former Akira storefront across from the bookstore).

Save the Date!
Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m. CT
in conversation with C. Russell Price
Virtual Conversation

Sunday, August 14 at 7 p.m. CT
'90s Queer Girl Shenanigans brought to you by former Women & Children Booksellers,
Jamika Ajalon, Kathie Berquist & Chelsey Clammer
In-person Reading

Tuesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. CT
in conversation with Jessamine Chan
In-person Reading

Thursday, August 18 at 6 p.m. CT
In-person Book Launch

Tuesday, August 30 at 7 p.m. CT
In-person Book Launch
Women & Children First Book Groups
Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
Monday, July 18
at 7 p.m.
Barb the Last Berzerker
 by Dan Abdo
Thursday, July 28
at 4:30 p.m.
Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark
Tuesday, July 19
at 7:30 p.m.
Border & Rule 
by Harsha Walia
Monday, July 11 at 7 p.m.
by Matthew Desmond 
Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m. 
Bone Black by bell hooks Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m.
Golem Girl by Riva Lehrer
Sunday, August 7 at 10 a.m.
You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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

We are closed on Mondays. 

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

5233 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640