September 2022
Megan Giddings discussed her novel The Women Could Fly with Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers.
Elizabeth Crane discusses her new memoir, This Story Will Change, with Gina Frangello!
Celia Perez celebrates her new middle grade novel, Tumble.
September 2022 Events
Some of our events are virtual, and some are in-person.
Please note: masks are still required at W&CF, including for in-person events!
Thu, Sep 8, 2022 7:00 PM CST
In-person Book Launch Party: THE TWO LIVES OF SARA by Catherine Adel West
Women & Children First, Chicago
Join us to celebrate The Two Lives of Sara: A Novel by Catherine Adel West. For this event, West will be in conversation with popular Chicago-based bookstagrammers Enobong Tommelleo and Tashay Green.
"An utterly absorbing and dazzling novel about the stories we tell to stay alive and the secrets we keep to protect ourselves." --Nancy Jooyoun Kim, New York Times Bestselling author of The Last Story of Mina Lee.
Sara King has nothing, save for her secrets and the baby in her belly, as she boards the bus to Memphis, hoping to outrun her past in Chicago. She is welcomed with open arms by Mama Sugar, a kindly matriarch and owner of the popular boardinghouse The Scarlet Poplar.

Mon, Sep 12, 2022 7:00 PM CST
In-person Event: Hannah Sward & Rob Roberge
Women & Children First, Chicago
Born in the bohemian seventies, Hannah Sward was abandoned by her mother and lived with her poet father on an island with no stores or cars. 

Kidnapped by a stranger at age six, she grew up to be a stripper and sex worker with stops along the way for silent gurus, sugar daddies, and drinking in the CVS bathroom before therapy sessions. Painstakingly honest, often humorous, Strip is a heartfelt memoir revealing a woman's journey from innocence to a dark existence, and beyond it to a world of empowerment.

Wed, Sep 14, 2022 7:00 PM CST
Virtual Book Launch: YEAR OF THE TIGER
Join us for a virtual event celebrating the release of Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life by Alice Wong. While Alice Wong is recovering from a recent hospitalization, her community will be stepping in to promote her memoir this fall. For this event, Akemi Nishida and Sandie Yi will be joining us on Alice's behalf.

This groundbreaking memoir offers a glimpse into an activist's journey to finding and cultivating community and the continued fight for disability justice, from the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project

Fri, Sep 16, 2022 7:00 PM CST
NO MORE POLICE by Mariame Kaba & Andrea J. Ritchie
Haymarket House, Chicago
Join us off-site at Haymarket House for a reading, conversation, and book-signing in celebration of No More Police: A Case for Abolition by Mariame Kaba and Andrea J. Ritchie!

Andrea will be here in-person, and Mariame will be joining us virtually. 

In this powerful call to action, New York Times-bestselling author Mariame Kaba and attorney and organizer Andrea J. Ritchie detail why policing doesn't stop violence, instead perpetuating widespread harm; outline the many failures of contemporary police reforms; and explore demands to defund police, divest from policing, and invest in community resources to create greater safety through a Black feminist lens.

Sun, Sep 18 1:00 PM CDT
In-person Book-signing with Peggy Macnamara & Janet Voight
Women & Children First, Chicago

Join us for an in-person afternoon book-signing celebrating From the Seashore to the Seafloor by Peggy Macnamara and Janet Voight!

With accessible scientific descriptions, Voight introduces the animals that inhabit rocky and sandy shores, explains the fragility of coral reefs, and honors the extraordinary creatures that must search for food in the ocean’s depths, where light and heat are rare. These fascinating insights are accompanied by Macnamara’s stunning watercolors, which illuminate these ecosystems and other scenes from Voight’s research. Together, they show connections between life at every depth—and warn of the threats these beguiling places and their eccentric denizens face.
Mon, Sep 19, 2022 7:00 PM CST
In-person Event: SOLITO by Javier Zamora
Women & Children First, Chicago
A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as "the mythic journey of our era.” (Sandra Cisneros)

Trip. My parents started using that word about a year ago—“one day, you’ll take a trip to be with us. Like an adventure.”  
Javier Zamora’s adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers. Traveling alone amid a group of strangers and a “coyote” hired to lead them to safety, Javier expects his trip to last two short weeks.

Weds., September 21 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Virtual Conversation: Yiyun Li & Garth Greenwell

We're teaming up with two other indie bookstores (Book Passage, and Books & Books) to celebrate the virtual launch of The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li. Li will be joined in conversation by Garth Greenwell.

A magnificent, beguiling tale winding from the postwar rural provinces to Paris, from an English boarding school to the quiet Pennsylvania home where a woman can live without her past, The Book of Goose is a story of disturbing intimacy and obsession, of exploitation and strength of will, by the celebrated author Yiyun Li.

Thu, Sep 22, 2022 7:00 PM CST
Hybrid Book Launch: THE VIRAL UNDERCLASS by Dr. Steven Thrasher
Women & Children First, Chicago
From preeminent LGBTQ scholar, social critic, and journalist Steven W. Thrasher comes a powerful and crucial exploration of one of the most pressing issues of our times: how viruses expose the fault lines of society.
Having spent a ground-breaking career studying the racialization, policing, and criminalization of HIV, Dr. Steven Thrasher has come to understand a deeper truth at the heart of our society: that there are vast inequalities in who is able to survive viruses and that the ways in which viruses spread, kill, and take their toll are much more dependent on social structures than they are on biology.

Mon, Sep 26, 2022 7:00 PM CST
Off-site Event: DRUNK ON LOVE by Jasmine Guillory
KOVAL Tasting Room, Chicago
Join us for an in-person reading, conversation, and book-signing at Koval Distillery in celebration of Jasmine Guillory latest romance, Drunk on Love!
Margot Noble needs some relief from the stress of running the family winery with her brother. Enter Luke: sexy, charming, and best of all in the too-small world of Napa, a stranger. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and Margot is delighted that she lucked into the perfect one-night stand she’ll never have to see again. That is, until the winery’s newest hire, Luke, walks in the next morning. Margot is determined to keep things purely professional, but when their every interaction reminds her of the attraction still bubbling between them, it proves to be much more challenging than she expects.

Save the Date!
Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m.
Jasmine Sawers
In-person Book Launch

Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. CT
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Virtual Event

Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. CT
Christine Sneed
In-person Book Launch

Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. CT
Richard T. Rodriguez
Francesca T. Rooster
Joint In-person Book Launch

Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.
Luther Hughes
Hybrid Poetry Event

Tuesday, October 25 at 6 p.m.
Fatimah Asghar in conversation with Jamila Woods
Off-site event at the Harold Washington Library

Women & Children First Book Groups
by Toni Morrison
Wednesday, Sept. 21
at 7 PM
 (hybrid: in-person and Zoom)
The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett
Thursday, Sept. 22
at 4:30 PM
via Zoom
All In: An Autobiography 
by Billy Jean King
Tuesday, Sept. 20
at 7:30 PM
Anarchism & the Black Revolution
by Lorenzo Kom'Boa Ervin on Monday, Sept. 12
at 7 PM
The Sentence
by Louise Erdrich
Sunday, Sept. 11
at 2 PM
The Breaks
by Julietta Singh
Sunday, Sept. 18
at 3 PM
on Zoom
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont 
by Elizabeth Taylor
Sunday, Sept. 11
at 10 AM (hybrid: in-person and Zoom)
The 1619 Project 
by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Wednesday, Sept. 28
at 6:30 PM

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Tuesday through Sunday

We are closed on Mondays. 

Contactless pickup: 
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
seven days a week
behind the bookstore

5233 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640