March 2023
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,
We're kicking off Women's History Month with some exciting save-the-dates! Tickets are now on sale for our April events with two NYT best selling authors: Emily St. John Mandel and Maggie Smith!

Thank you to everyone who has brought their own tote with them now that we've phased out disposable bags! This has been a huge help for us and the environment. But don't worry--if you forget a bag, we now have cute reusable ones for just $3 (in-store only).

And a SUPER BIG THANKS to everyone for supporting our Gift Card Drive for Chicago Books to Women in Prison! You all raised more than $3000 that CBWP will use to purchase books for women and trans people in prison. Thank you, thank you!

With love & gratitude,

See Your Favorite Literature on the Stage. Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Villette Is Now Playing!
Whether you're reading Villette for our Classics Book Group, or excited to see a new production downtown, check out Bronte's novel adapted for the stage from our friends at Lookingglass Theatre Company. 

An underappreciated gem by the author of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s Villette finds brash, honest life in this adaptation by Sara Gmitter and directed by Tracy Walsh. Learn more about this show from Lookingglass Theatre Company here: Villette – Lookingglass Theatre Company
March Events
Beginning Wednesday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Monthly Story time with Miss Linda!
Women & Children First, Chicago

Join us in-person to celebrate the return of regular story time with Miss Linda! Story time with Miss Linda is the first Wednesday of every month. 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. Story time is free, but cash donations are appreciated. Doors open at 10:15 am. Stories start at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 5 at Noon
The Misconceiver by Lucy Ferriss
Raygun, 5207 N. Clark St.

Lucy Ferriss will be discussing her rediscovered novel The Misconceiver to raise funds for Midwest Access Coalition. This event will be held just down the street from the bookstore at Raygun (5207 N. Clark St.).

Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
An Evening with Sarah Schulman
Whiskey Girl Tavern, 6318 N. Clark St.

We're excited to head up the street to the new Whiskey Girl Tavern for a conversation with Sarah Schulman!

Sarah will be joined by volunteers from Gerber/Hart Library and Archives to discuss her fictional works, including The Cosmopolitans, Maggie Terry, Shimmer, Rat Bohemia, and The Child.

Wed, Mar 8, 2023 7:00 PM CST
In Person Book Launch: CONFIDENCE by Rafael Frumkin
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person event celebrating Confidence by Rafael Frumkin. For this event, Frumkin will be in conversation with Julia Fine.

At seventeen, Ezra Green doesn’t have a lot going for him: he’s shorter than average, snaggle-toothed, internet-addicted, and halfway to being legally blind. He’s also on his way to Last Chance Camp, the final stop before juvie.
But Ezra’s summer at Last Chance turns life-changing when he meets Orson, brilliant and Adonis-like with a mind for hustling. Together, the two embark on what promises to be a fruitful career of scam artistry. But when they try to pull off their biggest scam yet—Nulife, a corporation that promises its consumers a lifetime of bliss—things start to spin wildly out of control.

Thu, Mar 9, 2023 7:00 PM CST
In-Person: THE GOD OF ENDINGS by Jacqueline Holland
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person event celebrating The God of Endings by Jacqueline Holland!

Collette LeSange is a lonely artist who heads an elite fine arts school for children in upstate New York. Her youthful beauty masks the dark truth of her life: she has endured centuries of turmoil and heartache in the wake of her grandfather’s long-ago decision to make her immortal like himself. Now in 1984, Collette finds her life upended by the arrival of a gifted child from a troubled home, the return of a stalking presence from her past, and her own mysteriously growing hunger.

Fri, Mar 10, 2023 7:00 PM CST
In-person Book Launch: THE GHOST OF YOU by Margarita Saona
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person book launch in celebration of The Ghost of You by Margarita Saona (translated by Luciana Erregue). For this event, Margarita will be in conversation with Chicago-based authors Laura Ring and Caroline Guindon.
Then Liya discovers her family's wishing lantern store is struggling, and she decides to resume a tradition she had with her beloved late grandmother: secretly fulfilling the wishes people write on the lanterns they send into the sky. It may boost sales and save the store, but she can't do it alone . . . and Kai is the only one who cares enough to help.

Wed, Mar 15, 2023 7:00 PM CST
Virtual Event: Real Self Care by Dr. Pooja Lakshmin
In partnership with Books & Books, we're delighted to present a virtual event with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin in celebration of her new book Real Self-Care: A Transformative Program for Redefining Wellness (Crystals, Cleanses, and Bubble Baths Not Included). This event will be held on Zoom webinar.

Dr. Lakshmin is a physician specializing in women’s mental health; a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine; the founder of Gemma, the digital platform focused on women’s mental health and equity; and a contributor to The New York Times. In Real Self-Care she explains why our understanding of self-care is incomplete at best and manipulative at worst. Fixing your troubles isn’t as simple as buying a new day planner.

Thu, Mar 16, 2023 7:00 PM CST
In Person Event: EMPTY THEATRE by Jac Jemc
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person event celebrating Empty Theatre: A Novel: or The Lives of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Empress Sisi of Austria (Queen of Hungary), Cousins, in Their Pursuit of Connection and Beauty by Jac Jemc. For this event, Jac will be in conversation with Lori Felker.
History knows them as King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Empress Elizabeth of Austria, icons of the late nineteenth century who died young and left behind magnificent portraits and palaces. But to each other they were Ludwig and Sisi, cousins who shared a passion for beauty and a stubborn refusal to submit to the roles imposed upon them.
Fri, Mar 24, 2023 7:00 PM CST
In-Person Event: FEED THEM SILENCE by Lee Mandelo
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for an in-person event celebrating Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo!
What does it mean to "be-in-kind" with a nonhuman animal? Or in Dr. Sean Kell-Luddon’s case, to be in-kind with one of the last remaining wild wolves? Using a neurological interface to translate her animal subject’s perception through her own mind, Sean intends to chase both her scientific curiosity and her secret, lifelong desire to experience the intimacy and freedom of wolfishness. To see the world through animal eyes; smell the forest, thick with olfactory messages; even taste the blood and viscera of a fresh kill. And, above all, to feel the belonging of the pack.

Sun, Mar 26, 2023 10:30 AM CST
Chicago's Official Drag Story Hour hosted by Muffy Fishbasket!
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us for the return of Drag Story Hour to Women & Children First with our beloved host Muffy Fishbasket! Muffy will be joined by Mrs. Yuka and Amanda Lynn for a half-hour of fabulous stories.

Thu, Mar 30, 2023 7:00 PM CST
Virtual Event: TRUTH AND REPAIR by Judith L. Herman
Join us on Zoom Webinar for a virtual event celebrating Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice by Judith L. Herman, MD. For this event, Judith Herman will be in conversation with Rachel Louise Snyder. This event is being hosted in partnership with Chicago Books to Women in Prison.

In her groundbreaking work, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, renowned psychiatrist Judith L. Herman fundamentally changed our understanding of trauma. When it was first published in 1992, The New York Times called the book “[o]ne of the most important psychiatric works to be published since Freud.”

Tue, Apr 18, 2023 7:00 PM CST
In-Person Event: SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel
Chicago Waldorf School, Chicago
Sat, Apr 22, 2023 7:00 PM CST
YOU COULD MAKE THIS PLACE BEAUTIFUL by Maggie Smith with Megan Stielstra
Wilson Abbey, Chicago

Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Alyse Ruriani
In-person Book Launch

Wednesday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Story time with Miss Linda

Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
Charif Shanahan
Off-site Book Launch at Haymarket House

Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
S.L. Wisenberg
In-person Book Launch

Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
Jane Roper
In-person Book Launch

Women & Children First Book Groups
by Charlotte Bronte
Monday, March 20 
at 7 p.m.
Hybrid: in-person and Zoom
Adventure Game Comics
by Jason Shiga
Thursday, March 23
at 4:30 p.m.
via Zoom
Girlhood by Melissa Febos
Tuesday, March 21
at 7:30 p.m.
Hybrid: in-person & Zoom
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg discussion: Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 10 a.m.
Hybrid: in-person & Zoom
The Doctors Blackwell
Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m.
Hybrid: in-person & Zoom