November 2018
Save the Date!
Tuesday, Dec. 4
6 to 9 p.m.
Chicago Women in Publishing at Women & Children First
Ticketed Event

Dec. 5
at 7 p.m.
Elizabeth Berg
Reading and Book Signing

Thursday,  Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Jenn Stroud Rossman
 in conversation 
with Nami Mun
The Place You're Supposed to Laugh

Friday,  Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, 
and Carrie Wittmer
New Erotica for Feminists

Wednesday,  Dec. 12
at 7 p.m.
Barbara Ransby
Author Reading

Friday,  Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.
Katie Batza
Book Launch Party

Thursday,  Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
Amy Gentry
Author Reading

Wednesday,  Jan. 30
at 7 p.m.
A Storytelling Show & Podcast

Friday,  Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.
Daisy Johnson
Author Reading

Wednesday,  Feb. 6
at 7 p.m.
Chloe Benjamin
Paperback Tour

Thursday,   Feb. 14
at 7 p.m.
Anne Elizabeth Moore
Author Reading

Thursday,  Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
Dave Cullen
Parkland: Birth of a Movement
Author Reading
Book Group  
Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.
My Own Words 
by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sunday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.
Run for Your Life
by Silvana Gandolfi

Sunday, Nov. 18 
at 2:30 p.m.
by Roxane Gay

Monday, Nov. 19 
at 7:15 p.m.
Passing by Nella Larsen

Tuesday, Nov. 20 
at 7:30 p.m.
Little Fires Everywhere
  by Celeste Ng

Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.
Trainwreck by Sady Doyle
(There will be no November meeting)
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, and otherwise made our big October events such a success! Check our Facebook page and Instagram (@wcfbook) for some wonderful photos of our events with Chelsea Clinton, Jill Soloway & Hannah Gadsby, and some of the founders of March For Our Lives

It's hard to believe that the holidays are almost upon us! Signs of the season have arrived at the bookstore: 2019 calendars (WeMoon, Slingshot, Moleskine, and more) as well as our wide selection of boxed holiday cards. 

Thank you for shopping local and independent this holiday season! We hope to see you soon! 

With love & thanks,  

Sue Salvi and Megan Kellie
Someday a Bird Will Poop on You
Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. 
Book Launch Party 
In a world of bad news, fake news, delays, disappointments, trash talk, and tweets, things are bound to get a little poopy. What matters is not how big the mess is but how well you react to it.  Already a bestselling picture book at Women & Children First, Someday a Bird Will Poop on You is a modern parable about life hitting us with something unexpected--and the perfect gift for anyone leaving home without an umbrella.   READ MORE 
Rebecca Sive in conversation with Karen Hawkins
Vote Her In
Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m.
Book Launch Party 
Women across the country have been motivated to speak out louder than ever before. Part one of Vote Her In outlines the case for why we need to mobilize now, and part two provides a clear strategy for how to get there, with 13 achievable actions that women from all backgrounds can take to help get women (yes, that means you and me!) into executive political offices, including U.S. president in 2020
Karen Finley
Grabbing Pussy
Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m.
Reading and Book Signing 
Based on her widely praised performance piece Unicorn Gratitude Mystery, Karen Finley's Grabbing Pussy explores the Shakespearean dynamics that surface when libidos and loyalties clash in the public and private personas of Donald Trump, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, and now Harvey Weinstein. Karen Finley is a performance artist whose work has long provoked controversy and debate. READ MORE
Kellie Greene
Sharing Yoga with Children 
on the Autism Spectrum
Saturday, November 3 at 3 p.m.
Book Launch Party 
This experiential event will provide realistic and practical strategies for caregivers, teachers, and parents to incorporate yoga into the lives of children with autism. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how to create a yoga program specific to a child's needs and the tools needed to be successful. Anyone and everyone who is interested in sharing yoga with children is welcome.
Ria Brodell
Butch Heroes
Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. 
Reading and Signing

In Butch Heroes, Ria Brodell offers a series of twenty-eight portraits of forgotten but heroic figures, each accompanied by a brief biographical note. Brodell's detailed and witty paintings are modeled on Catholic holy cards, slyly subverting a religious template. Ria Brodell is an artist and educator based in Boston who has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and whose work has been featured in the Guardian, ARTNews, the Boston Globe, and New American Paintings READ MORE  
Aviya Kushner, Lucina Schell,
Kay Heikkinen, Amaia Gabantxo,
and Alta L. Price

Where Are the Women in Translation?
Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m.
Reading and Signing

For this event, a lineup of writers, translators, and editors will read poetry and prose from this often overlooked, always exciting, niche and then discuss the biases affecting translations published in the United States READ MORE  
Linda Kay Klein
in conversation with Deborah Jian Lee
Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free
Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m.
Conversation and Signing 
Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual "stumbling blocks" for boys and men, and any expression of a girl's sexuality revealed corruption in her character. Convinced she couldn't be the only one who felt this way, Linda Kay Klein began to contact other young women she knew, asking if they were suffering from the same shame-related issues she was. Over twelve years, she had conversations with women all over the country who had been raised in religious communities-a journey that facilitated her own healing and led her to churches that are seeking a new way to reconcile sexuality and spirituality.  READ MORE  
Libby Fischer Hellmann, Sara Paretsky & Lori Rader-Day 
A Conversation with the Chicago Mavens of Crime Fiction
Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
Reading and Discussion 
Join us as we welcome three of the best female authors of crime fiction! Chicago-based Libby Fischer Hellmann, Sara Paretsky, and Lori Rader-Day have all published thrilling new novels in the past six months. For this event, all three authors will read from and discuss their most recent books: High Crimes (Hellmann), Under a Dark Sky (Rader-Day), and Shell Game (Paretsky).  READ MORE  
Noah Fields
Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m. 
Poetry Reading

Noah Fields is a poet, playwright, and musician from California. A recent Brown University graduate, they are currently based in Chicago. Their writing has been published in Drunken BoatChelsea StationbluestockingsAldusWorks Etc, and elsewhere.

S. Brook Corfman with special guests Xandria Phillips, beyza ozer & Rachel Mennies
Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. 
Book Launch
A meteorite is a solid piece of debris that has survived its travel through both outer space and the Earth's atmosphere, remaining at least partially intact after contact with the Earth's surface. Like such a remnant, these poems are the outcome of a compressed thought process, an associative, forward-moving bodily output. S. Brook Corfman hopes the poems can tie the daily to experiences that don't seem daily, yet seem to be off in the future: non-binary gender to unpredictable violence, daily life to impending or already-here ecological disaster.  READ MORE  
Closed for Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 22, ALL DAY LONG
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 24
This year, resolve to support your local community and economy by shopping indie on Small Business Saturday! We'll have complimentary refreshments and special giveaways. Plus, a percentage of the day's profit will be donated to the  Brave Space Alliance.   READ MORE 
Idra Novey in conversation with Cristina Henriquez
Those Who Knew
Wednesday, November 28 at 7 p.m.
Conversation and Signing

In an unnamed island country ten years after the collapse of a U.S.-supported regime, Lena suspects the powerful senator she was involved with back in her student activist days is taking advantage of the young woman who's been introducing him at rallies. When the young woman ends up dead, Lena revisits her own fraught history with the senator and the violent incident that ended their relationship. What follows is a riveting exploration of the cost of staying silent and the mixed rewards of speaking up in a profoundly divided country. READ MORE  
Laura Adamczyk with special guest Catherine Lacey
Hardly Children
Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m.
Book Launch Party

In Hardly Children , Laura Adamczyk's rich and eccentric debut collection, familiar worlds--bars, hotel rooms, cities that could very well be our own--hum with uncanny dread. The characters in Hardly Children are keyed up, on the verge, full of desire. With command, caution, and subtle terror, Adamczyk shapes a world where death and the possibility of loss is just beneath the surface.  READ MORE  
Erica Meiners &  Jill Petty 
with Tara Betts, Monica Cosby, Deana Lewis & Maya Schenwar
The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences Working Toward Freedom
Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m. 
Anthology Reading

"Long-term offenders," or "LTOs," is the state's term for those it condemns to effective death by imprisonment. Often serving sentences of sixty to eighty years, like the rest of the United States' prison population they are disproportionately poor and non-white. This striking collection of essays gives voice to people both inside and outside prison struggling for liberation, dismantles claims that the "tough on crime" agenda and LTO sentencing keep us safe, and reveals the white supremacism and patriarchy upon which the prison system rests.  READ MORE

Story Time with Drag Queens! 
Donation Drive Kick-off: SitStayRead Wishing Tree 
Saturday, December 1 at 11:30 a.m.  
Beloved drag queens Muffy Fishbasket and Ashley Morgan will join us for our annual reading of The Christmas Truck by local author Bradley Blankenship and other holiday stories. Representatives of the amazing literacy program SitStayRead, along with trained reading dogs, will also be in attendance to talk about the organization and the work that they do. READ MORE  
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