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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
August Events at Women & Children First Bookstore (Chicago)
at Women & Children First
Friday, August 1st - Peggy Shinner, Christine Sneed, Simone Muench & Sarah Hollenbeck
Written in Chicago: Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference
This literary evening of Chicago writers is hosted by
Northwestern University's MA/MFA in Creative Writing, in celebration of
the program's Summer Writers' Conference. The event will feature
readings by faculty members Peggy Shinner (You Feel So Mortal
Wednesday, August 6th - American Fertility Association: Gay Women's Gathering
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
American Fertility Association
Gay Women's Gathering
by the American Fertility Association (AFA), this free seminar explores
the do's and dont's of choosing a sperm donor, getting pregnant through
insemination or in vitro fertilization, unraveling the legal
complexities of these decisions, and maintaining the overall health of
you and your partner. The AFA is national not-for-profit committed to
providing outreach programs that encompass reproductive and sexual
health, infertility treatment, and family building options, including
adoption and third-party solutions. Speakers include: Laurence A. Jacobs of Fertility Centers of Illinois and Scott Brown of California Cryobank. Refreshments will be served.
Sunday, August 10th - Michael Goldstein
Return of the Light
progressive fable set in 2023 centers around the beginning of the
second, nonviolent American revolution-the seeds of which were planted
in present day. In the novel, like-minded people within "the 99%" have
come together to form a cohesive organization aimed at promoting a
vision of peace, justice, and sustainability. The book, while fiction,
aims to offer a roadmap for how to achieve genuine change. Historian and
cultural critic Michael Parenti described Return of the Light
as "hopeful and useful for those interested in building a real
democracy." As a political writer for the Huffington Post, among other
publications, Goldstein focuses on how to move beyond the teeter-totter
of the two-party system. He lives in northern California, where he also
works as a mediator and as an attorney specializing in death penalty and
other court-appointed appeals.
Wednesday, August 13th - Second to None Zine
Second to None Zine: Queer & Trans Chicago Voices
Second to None
is a collection of nonfiction writing, including essays, interviews,
and speeches that archive the lives of queer and trans artists, writers,
and activists living in Chicago. This evening, several contributors to
the zine will read their work, including: Kiam Marcelo Junio, NIC Kay,
Jen Richards, Amina Ross, and Jakob VanLammeren.
the nationally ranked University of Colorado basketball team, Kate
Fagan knew she was different from her teammates, most of whom were part
of Colorado's Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kate held their hands as
they prayed for others "living a sinful lifestyle," but each time the
issue of homosexuality arose, she felt as if a neon sign appeared above
her head. In this coming-of-age memoir, Fagan details how she tried to
fit into this hilariously incongruous world and how she slowly found the
courage to break away and live authentically. Kate Fagan is a columnist
and feature writer for ESPN: The Magazine and also an
in-studio contributor for the Word, a digital video segment that
examines hot topics in sports. Previously, Fagan spent three seasons
covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Friday, August 22nd - Lisa Marie Brodsky, Rita Mae Reese & Nathan Hoks
An Evening of Poetry
Marie Brodsky's poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published
nationally and internationally. She is the Wisconsin director for the Alzheimer's Poetry Project and writes about the illness in her poetry chapbook, We Nod Our Dark Heads. Tonight, she will be reading from her first full-length collection, Motherlung
which chronicles the piercingly interdependent relationship between her
deceased mother and herself. Currently, Lisa works as a job coach for
adults with disabilities and lives in small-town Wisconsin with her
husband and three stepchildren. Rita Mae Reese is the author of the Alphabet Conspiracy
and has received numerous awards, including a "Discovery"/The Nation
award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Nathan Hoks is the
author of Reveilles, which won Salt Publishing's Crashaw Prize in 2010. His poems and translations have appeared in Crazyhorse, Lit, Circumference, and Verse. He is an editor and letterpress printer for Convulsive Editions and lives with his wife and son in Chicago.
Roxane Gay is one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation. In this hysterical and sharp essay collection, she uses Sweet Valley High, The Help, and Girls,
among other cultural touchstones to take readers through her journey as
a woman of color while also commenting on the state of feminism today.
The portrait that emerges is not only one of Gay herself, but also the
media we consume. It is also a surprisingly inspirational call-to-arms
of all the ways we still need to do better. Roxane Gay is the author of An Untamed State and Ayiti. She is a columnist for Salon, the co-editor of PANK, the essays editor for the Rumpus, and her work has also appeared in Glamour, Best American Short Stories, and the New York Times Book Review.
the wake of her father's sudden death, Pecan marries the up-and-coming
boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. She begins to doubt that decision when
she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky's violent temper. Scared
for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the
babies and fists keep coming. This dynamic award-winning novel explores
the choices that contemporary women must face and the consequences of
domestic abuse. D. Bryant Simmons was born and raised in
Chicago. She has earned a B.A. in sociology and M.Ed. in elementary
education. She is a mother, publisher, and advocate for women's rights.
Refreshments will be served.