May 2018
Save the Date! 
Wednesday, June 6 
at 7:30 p.m.
Maxine Chernoff
Poetry Reading

Friday, June 8 through 10
Neighborhood Festival

Monday, June 11 
at 7 p.m.
hosted by Sappho's Salon

Tuesday, June 12 
at 6 p.m.
Peter Coviello 
in conversation with
 Kim O'Neill
Reading and Conversation

Wednesday, June 13 
at 7:30 p.m.
Yrsa Daley Ward
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey. BUY TICKETS HERE!

Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
Crystal Chan
Book Launch Party

Saturday, June 16 
Doors open at 
7 p.m. 
Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Storytelling Show
curated & hosted by Jeremy Owens

Wednesday, June 20
 at 7:30 p.m.
Christina Henry
Book Launch Party

Friday, June 22 
at 7:30 p.m.
Sam Wein
Fruit Mansion
Poetry Reading

Tuesday, June 26 
at 7 p.m.
Rebecca Makkai
Book Launch Party

Friday, June 29 
at 7:30 p.m.
Sophie Lucido Johnson
Book Launch Party

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

Annual Used Book Sale benefiting the Women's Voices Fund
Saturday, July 28 through 
Sunday, July 29  

S unday, May 6 at 2 p.m.
Music of the Ghosts
by Vaddey Ratner

Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m.
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness
by Nagata Kabi

S unday, May 13 at 5 p.m.
Saving Montgomery Sole
by Mariko Tamaki

Tuesday, May 15 
at 7:30 p.m.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
by Kathleen Rooney

Women Aging with Wisdom & Grace
Discussion & Potluck
Sunday, May 20
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading: 
The Pleasure of Their Company 
by Doris Grumbach

Monday, May 21
at 7:15 p.m.
The Jailing of Cecelia Capture
by Janet Campbell Hale

Social Justice 
Book Group
Sunday, June 17 at 4 p.m.
Inside This Place Not of It
edited by Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

Sunny days are here and Clark Street is bustling as the neighborhood prepares for our beloved summer traditions: the Andersonville Farmers Market (begins May 9), Wine Walk (May 20), Midsommarfest (June 8 - 10), and the Sidewalk Sale (July 28 & 29). Check out the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce's Events Calendar to learn more!

We have some fabulous ticketed events this May, beginning with Samantha Irby's Chicago launch party celebrating the re-issue of her first essay collection Meaty ( Buy tickets HERE) and the hilarious Franchesca Rams ey in conversation with powerhouse Luvvie Ajayi on May 30. Get all the details and buy tickets for that event HERE.

Thank you for all of your support so far this year. From our phenomenal event with Cecile Richards to Independent Bookstore Day, we have so many reasons to be grateful for our community that keeps our feminist bookstore thriving! 
With love & thanks, 

Patricia Skalka
Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.   
Book Launch Party
After a forty-year absence, the Viola da Gamba Music Festival has returned to the picturesque isle on the tip of Wisconsin's Door County peninsula. Sheriff Dave Cubiak enjoys a rare day off as tourists and a documentary film crew hover around the musicians. 
Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.  READ MORE  

Samantha Irby
Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey 
(935 W. Wilson) 
Tickets on sale HERE
We're thrilled to host the Chicago launch celebration for the reissue of Irby's first essay collection, Meaty . This new edition is fully updated, includes new content, and has a killer new cover. READ MORE  
Samantha Irby is the author of the We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and writes a blog called bitches gotta eat

Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Join us as we welcome blake nemc, author of Sharing Plastic, and special guests Aerin Cooper, Nora Gaines, and Kiam Marcelo Junio. This event will celebrate hybrid forms, incorporating readings, sound work, and more. 

blake nemec is a writer, teacher, and sound/media artist based in Chicago whose work extends the extraordinary musicality of everyday conversations by unprotected workers, pansexuals, and gender variant people. READ MORE 
Chelsey Clammer
with special guest Deborah Siegel
Saturday, May 5 at 6 p.m. 
Reading and Book-signing 
Winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, Circadian is a collection of essays that weaves together personal account with cultural narrative using poetic language and lyric structures.   READ MORE 

Chelsey Clammer is the author of BodyHome . Her work has appeared in the Normal School, Black Warrior Review, the Ru mpus , and McSweeney's, among others.

Deborah Siegel is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted, co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child, and founder of the website She Writes--the largest online community for women who write.  READ MORE  
Melissa Broder in conversation with Megan Stielstra
Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. 
Conversation and Book-signing 
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Uptown Underground (4707 N. Broadway). Tickets on sale HERE.

In celebration of her new novel, The Pisces, Melissa Broder (@sosadtoday) will be in conversation with local author Megan Stielstra. READ MORE 
Melissa Broder is the author of the essay collection So Sad Today and four poetry collections, including Last Sext. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry magazine, the Iowa Review, Tin House, and Guernica and has been awarded the Pushcart prize.   READ MORE

Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections: The Wrong Way To Save Your Life, Once I Was Cool, and Everyone Remain Calm. Her work appears in the Best American Essays, the New York Times, Catapult, PANK, and elsewhere. READ MORE

Judith Valente 
Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch 
In this accessible guide to the good life, journalist and poet Valente (Atchison Blue) illustrates how St. Benedict's sixth-century monastic manual for healthy communal living can address contemporary conundrums, such as the echo chamber of social media, information overload, and the challenges of "workaholism and over-achieverism."

Judith Valente  is an award-winning journalist, poet, and essayist who has won two Edward R. Murrow Awards for her broadcast work. She has also twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism.  READ MORE  
Faisal Mohyuddin
with Jacob Saenz & Emily Jungmin Yoon
Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.  
Book Launch Party 
To help celebrate the release of Faisal Mohyuddin's new poetry collection, he will be joined by local poets Jacob Saenz and Emily Jungmin Yoon. READ MORE 

Faisal Mohyuddin's debut full-length collection, The Displaced Children of Displaced Children was selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize in Poetry and is a Summer 2018 Recommendation of the Poetry Book Society. READ MORE

Jacob Saenz's poems have appeared in Pinwheel, Poetry, TriQuarterly, and other journals.   READ MORE

Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes, winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize, and the forthcoming A Cruelty Special to Our Species. READ MORE
Elizabeth Rosenthal
Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Paperback tour
At a moment of drastic political upheaval, An American Sickness is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system--and offers practical solutions to its myriad problems. READ MORE

Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, was a reporter, correspondent, and senior writer at the New York Times for 22 years before becoming the editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent journalism newsroom focusing on health and health policy. READ MORE
Rita Bullwinkel with  Jac Jemc  
& Anne Yoder
Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading and Book Signing 
In Bullwinkel's debut collection, we find ghosts, mediums, a lover obsessed with the sound of tuning harps, teenage girls who believe they are actually plants, gulag prisoners who outsmart a terrible warden, and carnivorous churches. READ MORE 
Rita Bullwinkel's writing has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House, BOMB, Vice, and Guernica. READ MORE

Jac Jemc lives in Chicago. Her novel The Grip of It received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal and was recommended in Entertainment Weekly, O: The Oprah Magazine, Esquire, and Nylon. READ MORE

Anne Yoder's fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have appeared in Bomb, Tin House, and BlackBook , among other publications.  READ MORE  
Linda Gartz
Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Signing, and Q&A
Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with black residents. READ MORE

Linda Gartz is a documentary producer, author, blogger, educator, and archivist. Her documentaries and TV productions have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS, and elsewhere. READ MORE
Julia Fine 
in conversation with Audrey Niffenegger
Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, Maisie Cothay has spent her childhood sequestered in her family's manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie's father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie never to venture into the wood. READ MORE 

Julia Fine received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their son. READ MORE

Audrey Niffenegger is the author of the international bestsellers The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry . She is also a fine artist who has published four illustrated books, including Raven Girl and The Night Bookmobile.  READ MORE

Franchesca Ramsey in conversation with Luvvie Ajayi
Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
Reading, Conversation, Book-signing

Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey (935 W. Wilson). 
Tickets on sale HERE only through Brown Paper Tickets!
In this sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays, Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the disintegration of real communication in the age of social media and call-out wars. READ MORE 

Franchesca Ramsey is a social justice advocate, comedian, actress, writer, video blogger, and the host of the award-winning web series Decoded on MTV. READ MORE

Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times-bestselling author, speaker, and digital strategist. A fourteen-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a humor blog that covers everything pop culture. 
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 Wurth 
Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. 
Reading, Conversation, 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
Book Drive for
Common Pantry!
Tuesday, May 1 - Tuesday, May 15,
during store hours

We are proud to be a book donation drop-off site for Common Pantry! Common Pantry is Chicago's oldest continually operating food pantry. For over 50 years Common Pantry has provided hot meals, groceries, and social service assistance to low-income individuals and families on Chicago's North side. Common Pantry serves over 350 kids whose guardians are clients of the food pantry. This summer, Common Pantry is asking for your help to provide these amazing kids with a few good books to read over the summer vacation, a time when learning loss can be prevalent. Please consider donating a new book purchased through Women & Children First or a gently used kids book from May 1st through May 15th. We're accepting books for kids 0 to 12. Thank you for your participation!

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