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Thursday January 16 
at 7 p.m. 
Ronni Davis
in conversation with 
Rena Barron 
When the Stars Lead to You
YA Book Launch Party
Saturday, January 18 
at 6 p.m. 
Chana Porter 
Author Reading

Thursday, January 23
at 7 p.m. 
Ignatius Valentine Aloysius
Fishhead. Republic of Wants
Book Launch Party

Friday, January 24
at 7 p.m.
Robin Camilius
Book Launch Party

Saturday, January 25
at 3 p.m. 
Susan Salidor
I've Got Peace in My Fingers
Author Story time

Thursday, January 30
at 7 p.m. 
Emma Copley Eisenberg
The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia 
Author Reading

Thursday, February 6
at 7 p.m. 
Gigi Engle 
Alexandra Solomon
Joint Author Reading

Sunday, February 9
from 4 to 6 p.m. 
Trans Ally Workshop
hosted by 

Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. 
Suzanne Walker 
Author Reading and Book Signing

Thursday, February 13
at 7 p.m. 
Best Women's Erotica of the Year: Volume 5
Rachel Kramer Bussel, Lauren Emily, Jayne Renault, Sierra Simone & Suleikha Snyder
Anthology Reading & Valentine's Party

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Women Aging with Wisdom & Grace Discussion & Potluck
Sunday, December 8
10 a.m. to noon
Recommended reading: What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self edited by Ellyn Spragins 

Book Group 
Sunday, December 8 
at 2 p.m.
Make Trouble  
by Cecile Richard

Sunday, December 8 
at 5 p.m.
Hybrid Child 
by Mariko Ohara

Monday, December 16 
at 7:15 p.m.
Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros

Tuesday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Potluck & Selection Meeting

Feminist Book Group: The Climate Change edition
Sunday, January 12 
at 4 p.m.
The Sea Around Us
by Rachel Carson

Well-Read Black Girl Book Group  is  on hiatus. Check back in February 2020!

The Social Justice Book Group is  on a
3-month hiatus. Check back in February 2020!

Support Trans Health! 

Please help our Manager
H. Melt fund trans-affirming surgery this December! 

Donate to their 
Indiegogo campaign HERE!

Sunday, December 8
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 312-823-9045 or 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 Tomi Adeyemi
December 3, 2019
Free Maji Clan Tattoo Pack with pre-order -- limited quantity!

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by Adam Silvera
January 14, 2020

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by Danez Smith
January 21, 2020

by Jeanine Cummins
January 21, 2020
Signed pre-order books -- limited quantity!

by Ransom Riggs
January 14, 2020
Free "Stay Peculiar" popsocket with pre-order -- limited quantity!

 Check out our exclusive 40th Anniversary 
tote designed by Molly Costello! 
Dear Friends of Women & Children First, 


As 2019 comes to a close and we reflect on our 40th anniversary year, we are filled with gratitude for all that we've accomplished--both as a staff and with all of you! This year, we:

  • threw an unforgettable block party; 
  • released our all-time bestseller list; 
  • crafted a new mission statement; 
  • installed new LED lighting to make our space more accessible;  
  • increased wages for all staff to a minimum of $15 an hour, and expanded benefits for full-time employees; 
  • donated nearly $10K to charity, and hundreds of books to Project Books & Edgewater Reads' Little Free Libraries; 
  • partnered with Chicago Books to Women in Prison to provide reading material to incarcerated women, non-binary, and trans people; 
  • hosted more than 150 in-store and off-site events, including one with a U.S. Supreme Court Justice!
Check out THIS VIDEO created by our Sales & Outreach Liaison Karlee that vibrantly captures 2019 at your local feminist bookstore! 

Special Holiday Hours: 
November 28: CLOSED
December 24:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 25:  CLOSED
December 31:  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
January 1:  CLOSED

We look forward to seeing you this holiday season! On Black Friday, we'll be donating 10% of profits to the American Indian Center of Chicago; and on Small Business Saturday, we'll have giveaways and complimentary refreshments! So, come stop by to stock up on 2020 calendars, boxed holiday cards, and the perfect book for everyone on your holiday list. Our 2019 BESTSELLERS LIST is full of excellent recommendations! 

As always, thank you for supporting Chicago's only feminist bookstore! 

With love & thanks,


This year, resolve to support your local community and economy by shopping indie on Small Business Saturday! We'll have complimentary refreshments from Sauce and Bread Kitchen and The Coffee Studio. Customers who spend $150 or more will get a free 40th Anniversary Tote designed by Molly Costello. Plus, local Jewelry designer Deana Rose will have her full inventory of handmade jewelry in the store for a Trunk Show from 1 to 4 p.m. 
I Offer My Heart As a Target /
Ofrezco mi corazón como una diana
Johanny Vazquez Paz 
with special guest Yolanda Nieves
Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m.

Join us for the launch celebration of Offer My Heart as a Target/Ofrezco mi corazón como una diana by Johanny Vázquez Paz. For this event, Paz will be joined in conversation by local playwright Yolanda Nieves. Johanny Vázquez Paz is the author of Sagrada familia (winner of the International Latino Book Award, 2015), Querido voyeur, and Streetwise Poems/Poemas callejeros

Honey Pot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women
E. Patrick Johnson in conversation with
Imani Rupert Jordan
Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m.

Honeypot opens with the fictional trickster character Miss B. barging into the home of Dr. EPJ, informing him that he has been chosen to collect and share the stories of her people. With little explanation, she whisks the reluctant Dr. EPJ away to the women-only world of Hymen, where she serves as his tour guide as he bears witness to the real-life stories of queer Black women throughout the American South.

Late Night Andersonville
Friday, December 6 
& Friday, December 20 
from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Celebrate the season and get your holiday shopping done here in Andersonville! Participating stores will have special deals and refreshments for shoppers during the evenings. From 6 to 9 p.m, Women & Children First's selection of boxed holiday cards and 2020 calendars will be 25% off. Also, on Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m., we'll have a special visit from the Chicago-based choral singers The Pippins!
Drag Queen Story Hour & SitStayRead Book Drive
Saturday, December 7 at 11 a.m. 

Beloved drag queens Anita, Dixie, and Diana will join us for our annual reading of holiday-themed story books. This event will mark the unveiling of our annual Wishing Tree. Beginning December 1 and running through the end of December, customers are welcome to donate a new book purchased from Women & Children First to a child in need whose name is decorating a star on the Wishing Tree.
Sappho's Salon
Monday, December 9 
Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. 

Our final Sappho's Salon of 2019 ends in radical style with poet and preacher Andrea Hawkins Kamper, comedian extraordinaire KJ Whitehead, and you! Sappho's Salon is a quarterly performance salon at Chicago's only feminist bookstore, featuring expressions of queerness, gender, and feminism co-hosted by Liz Baudler and Eileen Tull.
We Compose! 
Laura Adkins
Sunday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Register HERE
The past, present, and future of classical music belongs to all of us. Explore the role of women in classical music--as muses, as performers, and as creators--and examine how these roles have shaped our shared history, our collective memory. Each month, oboist, and composer Laura Adkins shares the stage with different guest musicians, performing everything from arrangements of famous opera arias to 13th century chant to contemporary solo works. This month will include special holiday tunes in the spirit of the season!
Martin McLean, Middle School Queen 
Alyssa Zaczek
Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m.
*This kid-friendly event is great for ages 8 & up!*

Seventh-grader Martin McLean is surrounded by people who can express themselves--his mother is an artist, his colorful Tio Billy works in theater, and his best friends Carmen and Pickle don't care what other people think. But Martin can only find the right words when he's answering a problem at a Mathletes competition--until his tio introduces him to the world of drag. In a swirl of sequins and stilettos, Martin creates his fabulous drag queen alter ego, Lottie Leon.
Boys & Sex 
Peggy Orenstein 
in conversation with Heidi Stevens
Tuesday, January 14 at 7 p.m.

Orenstein's previous book  Girls & Sex broke ground, shattered taboos, and launched conversations about young women's right to pleasure and agency in sexual encounters. But she soon realized that talking about girls is only half the conversation. In Boys & Sex , Peggy Orenstein dives back into the lives of young people, revealing how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy.
The Magical Language of Others 
E. J. Koh 
in conversation with Nina Li Coomes
Wednesday, January 15 at 7 p.m.

After living in America for more than a decade, Eun Ji Koh's parents return to South Korea for work, leaving fifteen-year-old Eun Ji and her brother behind in California. Overnight, Eun Ji finds herself abandoned and adrift in a world made strange by her mother's absence. Over the years her mother writes letters, in Korean, seeking forgiveness and love--letters Eun Ji cannot fully understand until she finds them years later hidden in a box.

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