Wednesday, Oct. 9
at 7 p.m. 
Jac Jemc in conversation with Catherine Lacey
Book Launch Party

Thursday, Oct. 10
at 7 p.m. 
Kate Wisel in conversation with Maryse Meijer 
Book Launch Party

Monday, Oct. 14
at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)

Thursday, Oct. 17
at 7 p.m. 
Jeannie Vanasco in conversation with
Megan Stielstra 
Author Conversation

Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. 
Poetry Reading

Sunday, Oct. 20
at 4 p.m. 
Jen Pastiloff
Author Reading

Monday, Oct. 21
at 7 p.m. 
Ann Patchett
Ticketed off-site event at Wilson Abbey (935 W. Wilson Ave.)

Wednesday, Oct. 23
at 7 p.m. 
Beth Kander
Book Launch Party

Thursday, Oct. 24
at 7 p.m. 
Jeanette Winterson
Author Reading

Sunday, Oct. 27
at 4 p.m.
Elizabeth Earley with Dasha Kelly and
Ada Cheng
Book Launch Party

Wednesday, Oct. 31
at 7 p.m. 
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Author Reading

Thursday, Nov. 1
at 7 p.m. 
Pamela Newkirk
Author Reading

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Family of Women Book Group
Sunday, September 8  
at 2 p.m. 
The Great Believers 
by Rebecca Makkai 
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Feminist Book Group 
  Sunday, September 8 
at 4 p.m.
Their Eyes Were Watching God 
by Zora Neal Hurston
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Social Justice Book Group
Sunday, September 15  
at 2:30 p.m
Sick: A Memoir
by Porochista Khahpour  
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Teens First Book Group
Sunday, September 15   
at 5 p.m. 
The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

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  Monday, September 16 
at 7:15 p.m.
The Sea Around Us
by Rachel Carson  

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  Tuesday, September 17 
at 7:30 p.m.
by Tara Westover

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Well-Read Black Girl Book Group
Sunday, August 25  
at 1 p.m.
by Akwaeke Emezi 

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  Women Aging With Wisdom & Grace
Sunday, September 29
10 a.m. to noon
Suggested Reading: Before I Leave: Wisdom from the Stories of Six Women Over 80   by Jenney Egertson
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 Celia C. Pérez
September 3, 2019
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September 10, 2019
Pre-order now and save the date to join us for a Midnight Release Party with themed snacks, trivia, and more on Monday, Sept. 9 beginning at 8 p.m.!
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September 17, 2019  
Signed pre-order books -- limited quantity!

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by  Ta-Nehisi Coates
September 24, 2019

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by Rainbow Rowell
September 24, 2019

Free patch with pre-order! (Patch says "Wayward Son -- CHOSEN1--Simon and Baz Take America)

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Phaidon Press
 October 2, 2019
20% off all pre-orders
for this title!
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by Elizabeth Strout 
October 15, 2019
Signed Pre-order books --limited quantity

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The Starless Sea
by Erin Morgenstern

November 5, 2019

Dear Friends of Women & Children First, 
Thank you to everyone who filled the bookstore and spilled out onto Honorary Women & Children First Way on August 24 to celebrate our 40th Anniversary! We are filled with gratitude for everyone who made this event such a spectacular success. Check out our photo gallery documenting the day HERE

Fall is always an exciting time for book lovers! We know our event with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor sold out in record time, but there are plenty of other amazing events to enjoy this season. Don't miss our book launch party for local author Carol Anshaw on
Oct. 3. And have you gotten your tickets to hear best-selling author Ann Patchett read from her forthcoming novel, The Dutch House, on Oct. 21? BUY TICKETS HERE!

And that's just the beginning! We have so much happening in November that we can't wait to share with you! Stay tuned... 

With love & thanks,

Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence,  Harassment , and Surivival
Emil Ferris & Diane Noomin in conversation with Anya Davidson 
Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m.
For this event, contributor Emil Ferris will be in conversation with editor Diane Noomin about this urgent new anthology. Inspired by the global #MeToo Movement, Drawing Power is a collection of original, nonfiction comics drawn by more than 60 female cartoonists from around the world.  
Rachel DeWoskin
Friday, August 30 at 7 p.m.
What would happen if a woman tried doing the things men get away with daily? By turns heart-wrenching, uncomfortable, and hilarious, DeWoskin's new novel Banshee explores the internal monologue and actions of a woman who, upon being diagnosed with cancer, tumbles head-first into a midlife crisis and decides to be unapologetic about it.  
Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up
Isabella Rotman & Heather Corinna
Wednesday, September 4 at 7 p.m.
From Heather Corinna, founder and director of, and Isabella Rotman, cartoonist and sex educator, comes a graphic novel guide that covers essential topics for preteens and young teens about their changing bodies and feelings. 
Strange Birds 
Celia Perez
Thursday, September 5 at 7 p.m.
When three very different girls find a mysterious invitation to a lavish mansion, the promise of adventure and mischief is too intriguing to pass up. Ofelia Castillo (a budding journalist), Aster Douglas (a bookish foodie), and Cat Garcia (a rule-abiding birdwatcher) meet the kid behind the invitation, Lane DiSanti, and it isn't love at first sight.   
The Testaments   
Margaret Atwood 
Monday, September 9 beginning at 8 p.m.
until Midnight 
Join us for the Midnight Release of The Testaments, the wildly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Throughout the night there will be trivia, a letter-writing campaign station, snacks, and a reading from The Handmaid's Tale by the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. A portion of the evening's proceeds with benefit Chicago Abortion Fund.   
Donna Has Left the Building    
Susan Jane Gilman  
Tuesday, September 10 at 7 p.m.  
Forty-five-year-old Donna Koczynski is an ex-punk rocker, a recovering alcoholic, and the mother of two teenagers whose suburban existence detonates when she comes home early from a sales conference in Las Vegas to the surprise of a lifetime. 
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You 
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor   
Wednesday, September 11 at 6 p.m. 
at Senn High School Auditorium
(5900 N. Glenwood) 

We are honored to host a moderated conversation and book signing with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in celebration of her new children's book.   
These Are Love(d) Letters 
Ames Hawkins
in conversation with Barrie Jean Borich 
Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m.  
These Are Love(d) Letters is a genre- bending visual memoir that begins with the "simple act" of the author receiving twenty letters written by her father to her mother over a six-week period in 1966. Hawkins 
provides a complex pictorial and textual exploration of the work of the love letter. Hawkins weaves her own struggles with gender, sexuality, and artistic awakening in relation to the story of her parents' marriage.  
Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce Loving Resistance 
Lisa Fithian
in conversation with Katherine Don  
Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m.  
For anyone who wants to become more active in resistance or is just feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, Shut It Down offers strategies and actions to promote justice and incite change in your own community.  
On Division 
Goldie Goldbloom 
in conversation with Riva Lehrer
Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.  
In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just a block or two up from the East River on Division Avenue, Surie and Yidel Eckstein are soon to be a great-grandparents. They have a happy marriage and a full life, and they are looking forward to some quiet time together. Into this life of counted blessings comes a surprise: fifty-seven-year-old Surie is pregnant. 
The Music of Her Rivers  
Renny Golden
with Miguel Angel Sanchez & Elida Romero
Wednesday, September 18 at 7 p.m.  
The Music of Her Rivers pays homage to the Rio Grande and the Chicago and Illinois Rivers. Sharp-eyed and empathetic, Golden serves as a witness, documenting place, history, and people, especially those left voiceless due to violence or discrimination--from the refugee border crossers of the Rio Grande to the Irish immigrants and former slaves struggling to build lives in Chicago in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  
Advantages of Being Evergreen 
Oliver Baez Bendorf  
with special guest beyza ozer 
Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m.  
Oliver Baez Bendorf's debut full-length collection, The Spectral Wilderness, was selected by Mark Doty for the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His second book, Advantages of Being Evergreen won CSU Poetry Center's Open Book Poetry Competition. 
Juliet Takes a Breath  
Gabby Rivera  
in conversation with Erika L. Sánchez
Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m.  
Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only she's not so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer. Juliet thinks interning with Harlowe Brisbane is sure to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing.  
My Afmerica  
Artress Bethany White 
in conversation with Tara Betts
Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.  
The poet Sun Yung Shin describes My Afmerica, the second collection of poetry from Artress Bethany White, as "a restless book, wandering through an America that cannot be separated from its African American people . . ."  Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the 2018 Trio Award for My Afmerica.   
Right After the Weather 
Carol Anshaw  
in conversation  with Jane Hamilton
Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m. 
at the Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.  
The author of the New York Times bestseller Carry the One presents a new and long-awaited novel exploring what happens when untested people are put to a hard test and in its aftermath find themselves in a newly uncertain world.   
Degrees of Difficulty
Julie Justicz
in conversation with Alex Kotlowitz
Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m. 
Love is the foundation of family, but at what cost? After Ben Novotny is born with a rare chromosomal disorder that produces profound mental disability and brain-racking seizures, his parents, Caroline and Perry, and their two other children are asked to give more than they can. 
The Dutch House 
Ann Patchett
Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. 
at Wilson Abbey
935 W. Wilson Ave.  
The New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.  

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