How are you holding up? As we navigate concerns around COVID-19, we wanted to first express our gratitude for all of you who have stopped by to stock up on reading material for the coming weeks. We are doing what we can —
sanitizing surfaces throughout the store, washing and sanitizing our hands, and offering paid sick leave to our staff. We hope that you are also able to take whatever measures you can to care for yourself and others during this challenging time.
In our March newsletter, we expressed our bookstore's commitment to centering disability justice. The spread of Coronavirus and the lack of reliable national guidance have served to reaffirm just how important it is to support our most vulnerable communities today and always.
As you will see below, most of our March events have been rescheduled for late spring and summer dates. Unfortunately, our events with Eli Clare, Nadina LaSpina, Cathy Park Hong, and Megan Fernandes have all been cancelled. We hope to reschedule with these amazing authors soon, so please keep checking womenandchildrenfirst.com and following us on social media for updates.
As of today, our ticketed events with N.K. Jemisin (March 31), Samantha Irby & Megan Stielstra (April 14) and Rebecca Solnit & Eula Biss (April 23) have not been cancelled. Circumstances are changing quickly, though, so we will update you if and when they do. Also, please note that the books attendees receive with their tickets will be pre-signed. For everyone's health and safety, book signings and photo lines will likely not be possible in the coming months.
Also, with the loss of most of our March events, we dearly appreciate any contributions to our non-profit arm, the Women's Voices Fund.
Events and gatherings have always been the soul of our bookstore—the thing that sets us apart from corporate monoliths. Now is the time to look forward and imagine what a community space is, what it means, and what it needs to be when gathering puts our most vulnerable at risk. We thank you for your support as we continue to build our feminist future together.
With love & thanks,
Rescheduled & Upcoming Events
Five New Yorkers must come together to defend their city from an ancient evil in this stunning new novel by Hugo Award-winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.
Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got six.
Librarian and fake shrink Lizzie Benson’s old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. Sylvia’s become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization.
Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads.
For this lively event, Curator Sarah Urist Green along with her husband, YA author John Green will participate in a lively conversation and interactive art-making in celebration of Sarah's new book, You Are An Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation.
In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Rebecca Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and throughout society and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas.
When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan. On paper, her new job is too good to be true. High paying. No out-of-pocket medical expenses. A free place to live. All Lena has to do is participate in a secret program—and lie to her friends and family about the research being done there.
In this extended lyric essay, a poet mines her lifelong experience with migraine to deliver a marvelously idiosyncratic cultural history of pain--how we experience, express, treat, and mistreat it. Her sources range from the trial of Joan of Arc to the essays of Virginia Woolf and Elaine Scarry to Hugh Laurie's portrayal of Gregory House on House M.D.
When Paul Lisicky arrived in Provincetown in the early 1990s, he was leaving behind a history of family trauma to live in a place outside of time, known for its values of inclusion, acceptance, and art. In this idyllic haven, Lisicky searches for love and connection and comes into his own as he finds a sense of belonging.
Raechel Anne Jolie's early life in a working-class Cleveland exurb was full of race cars, Budweiser-drinking men covered in car grease, and the women who loved them. After her father came home from his third-shift job, took the garbage out to the curb and was hit by a drunk driver, her life changed.