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Tuesday, Nov. 5  
at 6 p.m. 
Andrea Beatty
& Book Signing
Please note: this event will be held at the Swedish American Museum, 
5211 N. Clark St. 

Wednesday, Nov. 6
at 7 p.m. 
Mikki Kendall &
A. D'Amico in conversation with Jamie Nesbitt Golden
Author Conversation 

Thursday, Nov. 7
at 7 p.m. 
Jennifer Block in conversation with
Deborah Siegel
Author Conversation

Friday, Nov. 8
at 7 p.m. 
Carmen Maria Machado in conversation with Emil Ferris
Author Conversation
Please note: this event will be held at the Swedish American Museum,
5211 N. Clark St. 

Sunday, Nov. 10
 at 4 p.m. 
Rebecca Traister in conversation with Megan Stielstra
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger  
Please note: this event will be held at Wilson Abbey (935 W. Wilson). This event is co-sponsored by Loyola University's Women's Studies & Gender Studies Department

Tuesday, Nov. 12
at 7 p.m.
Lindy West
The Witches Are Coming
Please note: this event will be held at Wilson Abbey (935 W. Wilson).

Wednesday, Nov. 13
 at 7 p.m. 
Lara Prescott
Author Reading

Thursday, Nov. 14
at 7 p.m. 
Lewis Raven Wallace in conversation with Tracy Baim
Author Conversation

Friday, Nov. 15
at 7 p.m.
Eli Clare
Author Reading and Book Signing

Saturday, Nov. 16
at 6 p.m. 
Raquel Salas Rivera & Daniel Borzutzky 
Wednesday, Nov. 20
at 7 p.m. 
Jaquira Diaz
Ordinary Girls: A Memoir
Author Reading 

Thursday, Nov. 21
at 7 p.m. 
Leila Taylor in conversation with Angelica Jade Bastién
Darkly: Black History and America's Gothic Soul
Author Conversation

Saturday, Nov. 30
Small Business Saturday

Wednesday, Dec. 4
at 7 p.m. 
Johanny Vazquez Paz
Poetry Reading

Thursday, Dec. 5
at 7 p.m. 
E. Patrick Johnson
Book Launch Party
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Sunday, September 27
at 1 p.m.
Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
Sunday, September 29
10 a.m. to noon
Suggested Reading: Before I Leave: Wisdom from the Stories of Six Women Over 80 by Jenney Egertson
Sunday, October 6
at 2 p.m.
The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler
Monday, October 8
at 7:15 p.m.
Nervous Conditions by Dangarembga
(please note date change)
Feminist Book Group
Sunday, October 13
at 4 p.m.
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
Teens First Book Group
Sunday, October 13
at 5 p.m.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
Women's Book Group
Tuesday, October 15
at 7:30 p.m.
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Social Justice
Book Group
Sunday, October 20
at 1:30 p.m
Kindred by Octavia Butler 
(Please note time change)
Qigong Class
Sunday, October 6
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Qigong Class

Join us for a new 8-week session of one of the world's oldest healing practices! Teacher Francesca Segal has been teaching tai chi and qigong in the Chicago area for more than 20 years. Contact her at for more information or to sign up for our Sunday morning class.

By ordering a forthcoming book through your local independent bookstore, you can get access to exclusive offers, special giveaways, and signed copies! Below, explore the books we are most excited about and any associated promotions
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by the Phaidon Press Publishing
 October 2, 2019
20% off all pre-orders
for this title!
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by Elton John
October 15, 2019
Free metallic tote bag with pre-order! (while supplies last)

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by Elizabeth Strout 
October 15, 2019
Signed Pre-order books --limited quantity

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by the Phaidon Press
Publishing October 16, 2019
20% off all pre-orders 
for this title!

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by Carmen Maria Machado
November 5, 2019
Signed pre-order books -- limited quantity!

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Erin Morgenstern
November 5, 2019

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by Andrea Beaty
November 5, 2019
Free character patch with pre-order! (while supplies last)
Dear Friends of Women & Children First, 

We had a joyfully busy September, the highlight of which was hosting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and hearing her speak about her beautiful new children's book, Just Ask!--a one-of-a-kind resource celebrating kids with disabilities.

Also, because of youThe Testaments, Margaret Atwood's hotly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, is well on its way to being one of our bestsellers of the year. Your choice to support our feminist bookstore instead of a certain online retailer that has no respect for publication dates is critical to our survival. THANK YOU!

Halloween is just around the corner! What better way to get into the spirit of things than by joining us for the Chicago stop on Lindy West's highly anticipated book tour for The Witches Are Coming!

Last but not least, tickets for our event on October 21st with best-selling author Ann Patchett are nearly sold out! BUY TICKETS HERE.

Happy fall reading!

With love & thanks,

 Author Reading   
Same As It Never Was
Gregory Michie   
Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.   
After a decade as an education professor, Greg Michie decided to return to his teaching roots. He went back to the same Chicago neighborhood, the same public school, and the same grade level and subject he taught in the 1990s.   
Right After the Weather 
Carol Anshaw  
in conversation  with Jane Hamilton
Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m. 
at the Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.  
The author of the New York Times bestseller Carry the One presents a new and long-awaited novel exploring what happens when untested people are put to a hard test and in its aftermath find themselves in a newly uncertain world.   
Degrees of Difficulty
Julie Justicz
in conversation with Alex Kotlowitz
Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m. 
Love is the foundation of family, but at what cost? After Ben Novotny is born with a rare chromosomal disorder that produces profound mental disability and brain-racking seizures, his parents, Caroline and Perry, and their two other children are asked to give more than they can. 
The Grace Year
Kim Liggett
with special guests Samira Ahmed,
Jasmine Warga & Libba Bray
Monday, October 7 at 7 p.m.      
In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy.  They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That's why they're banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. 
False Bingo
Jac Jemc
in conversation with Laura Adamczyk 
Wednesday, October 9 at 7 p.m.        
In Jac Jemc's dislocating second story collection we watch as sinister forces--some supernatural, some of this earth, some real and some not--work their ways into the mundanity of everyday life.  
Driving in Cars with Homeless Men
Kate Wisel
in conversation with Maryse Meijer  
Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m.      
Wisel's debut story collection is a love letter to women moving through violence, set in the streets and the bars, the old homes, the tiny apartments, and the landscape of a working-class Boston.  
Sappho's Salon 
Monday, October 14; Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.        
Sappho's Salon is a quarterly performance salon at Chicago's only feminist bookstore, featuring expressions of queerness, gender and feminism. We are kicking off this beautiful fall with a fantastic lineup of performers including multi-disciplinary, ultra-talented Alexia Jasmene and poet & theatre artist Teressa LaGamba. Open mic spots for trans, non-binary, and female performers will be available at the door. 
Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl  
Jeannie Vanasco
in conversation with Megan Stielstra
Thursday, October 17
at 7 p.m.     
Jeannie Vanasco has had the same nightmare since she was a teenager. She startles awake, saying his name. It is always about him: one of her closest high school friends, a boy named Mark. A boy who raped her. When her nightmares worsen, Jeannie decides--after fourteen years of silence--to reach out to Mark. 
Hanif Abdurraqib, Paige Lewis & Shire Erlichman 
Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.  
Join us for our most highly anticipated poetry event of the year. Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals.   
On Being Human   
Jennifer Pastiloff
in conversation with Megan Stielstra
Sunday, October 20
at 7 p.m.     
Jen Pastiloff did not intend to become a yoga teacher, but when she was given the opportunity to host her own retreats, she left her thirteen-year waitressing job and said "yes," despite crippling fears of her inexperience and her own potential
The Dutch House 
Ann Patchett
Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. 
at Wilson Abbey
935 W. Wilson Ave.  
The New York Times-bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.  
Once Upon a River     
Bonnie Jo Campbell
in conversation with Filmmaker Rose Haroula
Tuesday, October 22
at 7 p.m.     
Join us as we welcome Bonnie Jo Campbell back to Women & Children First to discuss the film adaptation of Once Upon a River with the film's director, singer-songwriter, Haroula Rose.  
Born in Syn    
Beth Kander
in conversation with Mary Anne Mohanraj
Wednesday, October 23
at 7 p.m.     
How did we get here? That's the question that drives everyone and every story in Born in Syn, the thrilling sequel to Original Syn by local author Beth Kander.  
Jeanette Winterson
Thursday, October 24
at 7 p.m.     
Jeanette Winterson's new novel, Frankissstein, is an audacious love story that weaves together disparate lives into an exploration of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, and queer love.    
Like Wings, Your Hands      
Elizabeth Earley
with special guests Dasha Kelly & Ada Cheng
Sunday, October 27
at 4 p.m.     
Kalina, born in Bulgaria and now living in Boston, has always been a spiritual seeker. Her fourteen-year-old son, Marko, who has spina bifida and is partially paralyzed, shares her curiosity about larger metaphysical questions, but also has his own unique perspective on life: Marko perceives numbers as having colors, shapes, and textures--and they're linked to emotions: embarrassment, for example, is fourteen; satisfaction is sixty-seven   
Race for Profit       
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Thursday, October 31
at 7 p.m.     
By the late 1960s and early 1970s, reeling from a wave of urban uprisings, politicians finally worked to end the practice of redlining. Reasoning that the turbulence could be calmed by turning Black city-dwellers into homeowners, they passed the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and set about establishing policies to induce mortgage lenders and the real estate industry to treat Black homebuyers equally. The disaster that ensued revealed that racist exclusion had not been eradicated but rather transmuted into a new phenomenon of predatory inclusion.  
Diversity, Inc.         
Pamela Newkirk & Mary Morten
Friday, November 1
at 7 p.m.     
In an effort to ensure their organizations represent the racial and ethnic makeup of the United States, industry and foundation leaders have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to commission studies, launch training sessions, and hire consultants and diversity czars. But is it working?  

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