January 2018
Save the Date! 
Thursday, Feb. 1 
at 7:30 p.m.
Bill Ayers and Crystal Laura
You Can't Fire the Bad Ones: And 18 Other Myths About Teachers, Teachers' Unions, and Public Education
Book Launch Party

Friday, Feb. 2 
at 7:30 p.m.
A Storytelling Show & Podcast Challenging Toxic Masculinity

Wednesday, Feb. 7 
at 7:30 p.m.
Mary Wisniewski
Nelson Algren: The Accidental Feminist?
Author Presentation and Book-signing

Thursday, Feb. 8
 at 7:30 p.m.
Dale Boyer 
& Scot O'Hara ( Tarantella )
Joint Book Launch Party

Friday, Feb. 9 
at 7:30 p.m.
Amanda Kabak
The Mathematics of Change
Reading and Book-signing

Saturday, Feb. 10
 at 11:30 a.m.
Story time with Drag Queens: Valentine's Edition
Please note: we ask for a $1 donation per child for Story time.

Monday, Feb. 12
 at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sappho's Salon: Valentine's Day Open Mic

Thursday, Feb. 15 
at 7 p.m.
Morgan Jerkins
This Will Be My Undoing
Please note: this event will be held at the Swedish American Museum 
(5211 N. Clark St.)

Friday, Feb. 16 
at 7 p.m.
Gloria Chao 
( American Panda )
and Samira Ahmed 
Joint Young Adult
 Author Reading

Thursday, Feb. 22
 at 7:30 p.m.
The Conversation: The Body
Featuring Sarah Manguso, Kiki Petrosino, and
Gina Frangello

Monday, Feb. 26 
at 7 p.m.
Brittney Cooper 
in conversation with 
Page May and 
Monica Trinidad of
The Lit Review
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Please note: this event will be held at Wilson Abbey (935 W. Wilson). Tickets will go on sale on
January 8, 2018.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
at 7:30 p.m.
Barrie Jean Borich
Apocalypse, Darling
Book Launch Party

Thursday, Mar. 1 
at 7:30 p.m.
Molly Caro
Body Full of Stars
Reading & Book-signing

Feminist Craft Circle 
Tuesday, January 2
at 7 p.m.
Craft blankets for 
dogs and cats in
animal shelters
  Family of Women Book Group
Sunday, January 7 
at 2 p.m.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats  
by Jan Phillipp-Sendker
Discussion & Potluck
  Sunday, January 14
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading: 
Life Reimagined 
by Barbara Bradley-Hagerty
Sunday, January 14 
at 5 p.m.
Study in Charlotte 
by Brittany Cavallaro
Feminist Book Group 
Sunday, January 14th
at 6:30 p.m.
by Ellen Forney
Classics of Women's Lit. Book Group
Monday, January 15 
at 7:15 p.m.
Or, the Royal Slave 
by Aphra Behn
Women's Book Group 
Tuesday, January 16 
at 7:30 p.m.
by Min Jin-Lee
Sunday, January 21 
at 4 p.m.
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza 
by Gloria Anzaldua    
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

Happy 2018 from all of us here at Women & Children First! This past year has been a difficult one for our community. Locally a few beloved shops on Clark Street have recently closed, and nationally the president and his administration continue to attack the values and the voices that our bookstore was founded to support. We are deeply grateful to report that amidst these challenges, Women & Children First is thriving. Because so many of you chose to do your holiday shopping with us or attend one or more of our 150+ author events this year, or participate in one of our seven monthly book groups, or join our Conversation Literary Series, we are feeling strong and healthy as we head into the new year!  
The need to remain politically active and engaged is more urgent than ever. For inspiration and tools, we look to leaders like Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement, who we will be hosting on Tuesday, Jan. 23rd for a reading and book-signing for her forthcoming memoir, W hen They Call You a Terrorist. Learn more about this event and buy tickets HERE

In case you missed it, Our 2017 Bestseller List offers an excellent round-up of all of our favorite books of the past year. We are excited to introduce you to some fresh new books and authors in 2018! Be sure to check out our save-the-dates to learn about new books from Bill Ayers, Brittney Cooper, and many more.
With love & thanks, 
Olivia A. Cole
Friday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Octavia has always dreamed of becoming a whitecoat, one of the prestigious N'Terra scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. So when the opportunity arises, she leaps at the chance. However, she quickly discovers that all is not what it seems. READ MORE 

Olivia A. Cole is an author, a blogger, and a poet. Her books include A Conspiracy of Stars, Panther in the Hive, and its sequel, The Rooster's Garden.    READ MORE 
Ann M. Martin 
in conversation with Greta Johnsen 
Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
Paperback tour,
Reading, Conversation, 
and Book-signing
Please note: Ann will only sign two books per attendee. This event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register for free tickets HERE.   
For this free event, beloved author of the Baby-Sitters Club series, Ann M. Martin, will discuss her young adult novel Rain Reign with WBEZ's Greta Johnsen. Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger's syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms.  READ MORE 

Ann M. Martin is the New York Times-bestselling author of many books, including Ten Rules for Living with My Sister, Everything for a Dog, and the Missy Piggle-Wiggle series. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of the Universe.   READ MORE 
Dwight Okita
Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Two Asian American friends, Luke and Kazu, discover a bold new procedure to import hope into the hopeless. They vow to open the world's first Hope Store. 

Dwight Okita was born and raised in Chicago. He has written poetry and plays but now focuses on fiction. The author's debut novel  was a finalist in  READ MORE  
Andrea Owen
Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Q&A, and Book-signing
As a life coach and writer, Andrea Owen has developed a no-nonsense approach to breaking mental habits that, while perfectly normal, can make us miserable when we take them to the extreme. In her new book, Owen sheds light on each habit with examples from her own experience and her clients', then shares proven methods for change. READ MORE

Andrea Owen is a life coach and author who has reached more than a million women through her blog, podcast, live events, and one-on-one coaching sessions.
From Resister 
to Change Agent:
Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion 
On January 21, 2017, millions of people on all seven continents joined together for the Women's March. One year later, what strides have been made, and what do we do next?  
Reading & Book-signing 
Whether it's Kim Kardashian uploading picture after picture to Instagram or your roommate posting a mid-vacation shot to Facebook, selfies receive mixed--
and occasionally vitriolic--reactions. Alicia Eler's The Selfie Generation is the first book to delve fully into this ubiquitous and much-maligned part of social media.  READ MORE   
Alicia Eler is the visual art critic and a reporter at Minneapolis' Star Tribune. Eler's essays, journalism, and culture criticism have also appeared in the Guardian, Glamour, New York magazine, Aperture, and many others. 
Xandria Phillips
with Chekwube 
O. Danladi
Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party

Come celebrate the release of the new chapbook, Reasons for Smoking, by poet (and Women & Children First bookseller) Xandria Phillips. Reasons for Smoking is the winner of the the Seattle Review's 2016 Chapbook contest, which was judged by Claudia Rankine.   

Xandria Phillips is a poet who hails from rural Ohio but currently lives in Chicago. Xandria received her BA from Oberlin College, where she studied creative writing and Africana Studies.   READ MORE 

Chekwube O. Danladi
was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and raised in Washington, DC, and West Baltimore. Their chapbook, Take Me Back, was recently included as part of the New-Generation African Poets: Nne. READ MORE
Women's March to the Polls
Saturday, Jan. 20  
from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
Women's March Chicago, the historic and broad-reaching coalition that drew more than 250,000 people to Grant Park in January 2017, is organizing a "March to the Polls." On January 20, 2018, marchers will come together in downtown Chicago to celebrate the spirit of the resistance efforts over the past year and unite to focus on the 2018 elections and beyond.  READ MORE
Patrisse  Khan-Cull o r s in  conversation with Char lene Carruthers
Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. 
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson Ave.  Buy tickets HERE
We're honored to host Patrisse Khan-Cullors in conversation with Charlene Carruthers. From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors' story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. READ MORE 

Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize recipient. READ MORE 

Charlene Carruthers
is a strategist, writer, and leading organizer in today's Black liberation movement. A Black queer feminist with more than a dozen years of experience in r acial justice and feminist and youth leadership development movement work, Charlene is the founding national director of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). READ MORE   
Pamela Bannos  in 
conversation with 
Donna Seaman
Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Conversation & Book-signing 
Many people know Vivian Meier as the reclusive Chicago nanny who wandered the city for decades, constantly snapping photographs, which were unseen until they were discovered in a seemingly abandoned storage locker. In this passionate and surprising biography, Pamela Bannos reveals that Maier was not a nanny who moonlighted as a photographer; she was a photographer who supported herself as a nanny.  READ MORE 

Pamela Bannos is an artist and researcher who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including in solo exhibitions at the Photographers' Gallery in London, England, and the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York. READ MORE 
Donna Seaman has degrees in the  fine arts and English. An editor at Booklist , she reviews books for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times , among others. 
Amy Shrodes 
Saturday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.
Kids' Story Time 
and Craft Activity 
Join us for an all-ages story time with the author in celebration of this timely picture book. In Lost and Found Catan Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, secretly bringing their beloved cat, Kunkush, along with them to Greece.  READ MORE 

Amy Shrodes worked as a volunteer in Greece helping the arriving refugees and raising awareness back at home through a podcast. For this event, limited edition Kunkushie plush dolls made by Syrian mothers living in Izmir, Turkey, will be available for purchase as part of a project to create jobs and other opportunities for refugees. 
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