June 2018
Save the Date!

 Wednesday, July 11 
at 7 p.m.
Chad Sell & Katie Schenkel
YA Author Presentation

Thursday, July 19
 at 7 p.m.
Ottessa Moshfegh 
in conversation
with Jac Jemc
My Year of Rest and Relaxation
Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing

Friday, July 20 
at 7 p.m.
Wendy L. Rouse
Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women's Self-Defense Movement
Reading, Q&A, 
and Book-signing

Saturday, July 28 and 
Sunday, July 29

Wednesday, August 1
 at 7 p.m.
Porochista Khakpour
 in conversation with Megan Stielstra
Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing

Thursday, August 2
 at 7 p.m.
Elaine Soloway's 80th Birthday Party 
& Book Launch for 

Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m.
Inferior by Angela Saini
Sunday, June 10 at 4 p.m.
Critically Sovereign
edited by Joanne Barker
Sunday, June 17 at 4 p.m.
Inside This Place Not of It 
edited by Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi
S unday, June 10 at 5 p.m.
Book Selection: TBD 
Tuesday, June 19
 a t 7:30 p.m.
by Negar Djavadi
Monday, June 18 
at 7:15 p.m.
Under a Glass Bell
by Anais Nin 
Women Aging with Wisdom & Grace Discussion and Potluck
Sunday, July 8
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading: They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

It's time to celebrate Pride all month long at your favorite feminist bookstore! This month, we have our Pride Open Mic, the much-loved You're Being Ridiculo u s LGBTQIA Pride Storytelling Sh ow, and we're hosting some incredible LGBTQ author events, including queer poet Yrsa Daley-Wa rd (get your tickets HERE). 

It's also the time of year when we begin collecting donations for our annual Used Book Sale as part of Andersonville's  Sidewalk Sale (July 28 & 29). All proceeds from the  sale benefit the Women's Voices Fund, which makes possible all of the W&CF events you love. Learn more about the sale in the details below. 

Lastly, beginning in July 2018, the majority of our store events will begin at 7 p.m. This will allow us to close on time and you to have time after our events to enjoy the many amazing bars and restaurants in Andersonville.

From all of us at Women & Children First, we wish you a happy and healthy PRIDE! 
With love & thanks,  


Michelle Falkoff 
in conversation with Amelia Brunskill 
Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m.  
Book Launch Party
For this local author book launch, YA author Michelle Falkoff will be in conversation with Amelia Brunskill, author of The Window.   READ MORE 

Michelle Falkoff's fiction and reviews have been published in ZYZZYVA, DoubleTake, and the Harvard Review, among others.  READ MORE
Amelia Brunskill lives in Chicago with her husband and her dog, Max the corgi. She is a librarian READ MORE 
Katie Watson in conversation with Amy Whitaker
Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party

Join a unique conversation between Katie Watson, a Northwestern professor and lawyer, and Amy Whitaker, vice president and medical director of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Whitaker and Watson will discuss how culture, ethics, medicine, and politics do and don't play out in local practice through the services Planned Parenthood provides in Illinois every day. READ MORE 

Katie Watson is an award-winning professor who has taught bioethics, medical humanities, and constitutional law for fifteen years at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.  READ MORE

Tommy Pico 
Erika T. Wurth 
Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. 
Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing
Please join us in celebrating the publication of Tommy Pico's latest poetry book, Junk. For this reading and conversation, Pico will be joined by Erika T. Wurth.  

Tommy "Teebs" Pico is author of the books IRL and Nature Poem. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow in poetry, and NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts 
Erika T. Wurth's publications include a novel, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, two collections of poetry, and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. READ MORE
Maxine Chernoff with special guest Jan-Henry Gray
Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Join us to celebrate the work of these two fantastic poets!

Maxine Chernoff was born and raised in Chicago, where she taught in the City Colleges, at Columbia, the American Indian Center, and UIC. Her work includes sixteen books of poems, most recently Camera, and six works of fiction, all of which are set in Chicago. READ MORE
Jan-Henry Gray was born in Quezon City, the Philippines, and moved to California with his family when he was six years old. He grew up in Southern California and lived in San Francisco, where he cooked in restaurants for more than twelve years. READ MORE 
Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10
Neighborhood Festival
Midsommarfest is the annual street festival along Clark Street that is two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids' entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passersby; local shops and restaurants welcome the warm season with specials and sales; and dance troupes, DJs, and longtime favorite bands keep the party going.   READ MORE 
We're Accepting Used Books
Beginning Monday June 11th through July 25th on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays ONLY
This year, we'll be accepting donations for our annual Used Book Sale during store hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, today through Wednesday, July 25. Women & Children First's Used Book Sale benefits the Women's Voices Fund, the non-profit arm of the store that supports all our programming and events.  This year the Used Book Sale (part of Andersonville's Sidewalk Sale weekend) will be Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th. We will NOT accept textbooks, reference books, mass market paperbacks, foreign language books, or CDs/DVDs. Any books that do not meet our criteria will be returned to you at the time of donation. 

Interested in volunteering at the sale? Please email Sarah at wcfsarah@gmail.com. Volunteers will work 3- to 4-hour shifts and, in exchange, receive credits to redeem for free books! Please note that volunteers must be able to lift 30-pound boxes. Also, this is often one of the hottest weekends of the year, so volunteers should be prepared for the heat. We will provide water and sunscreen.  
Peter Coviello 
in conversation with Kim O'Neill 
Tuesday, June 12 at 6 p.m.
Reading and Conversation

Join us for a joint author reading and conversation featuring Peter Coviello, author of Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs and Kim O'Neil, author of Fever Dogs. Have you ever fallen in love--exalting, wracking, hilarious love--with a song?

Peter Coviello's work has appeared in various journals and books, including the Believer, Frieze, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Kim O'Neil graduated from the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. Her work has been published in Electric Literature, Juked, Packingtown Review, and FaultlineREAD MORE 

Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.  
Reading, Q&A, and Book-signing
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at the Swedish American Museum. 
Tickets on sale NOW! Buy them HERE. 
The Terrible is a lyrical memoir--part prose, part verse--about coming of age, uncovering the cruelty and beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family.  READ MORE 

Yrsa Daley-Ward is the author of the bestselling poetry collection, bone. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley.  READ MORE
Crystal Chan
Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
Book Launch Party

In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney--he's from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister. But events in the wider world are determined to make things even worse for Ronney  READ MORE 

Crystal Chan was inspired to write All That I Can Fix while watching the exotic zoo outbreak in Zanesville, Ohio in 2011. When Crystal isn't writing, her passion is giving diversity talks to adults and kids  READ MORE

LGBTQIA Pride Storytelling Show
Saturday, June 16
Doors open at 
7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.
You're Being Ridiculous, the wildly popular and expertly curated storytelling show founded by Jeremy Owens, will once again hold it's PRIDE show at Women & Children First! These funny, true stories will represent a diverse range of folks, who stand proudly on different points on the LGBTQIA spectrum.
Christina Henry
Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party

Once there was a mermaid named Amelia who could never be content in the sea. She longed to know the world and all its wonders, and so she came to live on land. READ MORE 

Christina Henry is the Chicago-based author of  Lost Boy, Alice, Red Queen , and the national bestselling Black Wings  series featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle.  READ MORE

Sam Herschel Wein
with Chen Chen,
Kate Hao, 
& Levi Todd
Friday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.  
Book Launch Party
Please join us for a poetry reading celebrating Sam Herschel Wein's chapbook Fruit Mansion. READ MORE 

Sam Herschel Wein lives in Chicago and specializes in aimless frolicking. He is a poetry editor for the Blueshift Journal READ MORE
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. READ MORE 

Kate Hao is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, a slam poet, a Leo, a child of immigrants, and a Jane the Virgin obsessive. READ MORE 
Levi Todd is a queer poet and witness to the Chicago Renaissance. He is the founder of Reacting Out Loud, an independent organization devoted to uplifting poetry and affirming community in Muncie, Indiana. 
Rebecca Makkai
Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m.  
Book Launch Party 
It's 1985 and the career of Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is just beginning to really take off. But the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him, and one by one his friends are dying.    READ MORE 
Rebecca Makkai is the author of The Borrower, The Hundred-Year House, which won the Novel of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, and Music for Wartime. READ MORE
Sophie Lucido Johnson
Friday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party

In her sharp and witty illustrated memoir, Many Love, writer and artist Sophie Lucido Johnson probes what polyamory is, what it's not, where it comes from, and the misunderstandings that plague the community.  READ MORE  

Sophie Lucido Johnson is a writer, illustrator, comedian, and the editor-in-chief of Neutrons Protons, an online literary magazine.  READ MORE
Kelly Sundberg 
in conversation with Zoe Zolbrod 
Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m.
Author Conversation

Kelly Sundberg's husband, Caleb, was a funny, warm, supportive man and a wonderful father to their little boy, Reed. He was also vengeful and violent. READ MORE

Kelly Sundberg's essays have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coastthe Rumpusand other publications. Her essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset" was selected for inclusion in Best American Essays 2015 READ MORE

Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the memoir The Telling, which won a silver IPPY Award and was a Chicago Review of Books award finalist, and the novel Currency, which was a Friends of American Writers prize finalist

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