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Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Jojo Moyes, Lauren Streicher, and more! July Events at W&CF Books in Chicago
From the bestselling author of Me Before You comes this quirky love story centering on Jess, a single mother with two kids, two jobs, and --ever
since her husband vanished two years ago--zero help. When Jess can't
afford to give her math whiz daughter the opportunity of a lifetime,
things take a tragicomic turn for this lovable, dysfunctional family.
Then Ed, the tech millionaire whose house Jess cleana, comes to the
rescue, driving Jess' family to the Math Olympiad in Scotland--Ed's
first unselfish act ever. Jojo Moyes is the author of The Girl You Left Behind and The Last Letter from Your Lover, among others. Her fiction is feminist and funny, featuring working-class heroines with big hearts and keen class awareness. She lives with her husband and their three children on a farm in England.
Thursday, July 10th - Mike Nowak
Attack of the Killer Asparagus
Book launch party
Called the "Dave Barry of Gardening" and the "Mark Twain of Garden Writers," Mike Nowak's new book Attack of the Killer Asparagus is a complete compilation of his award-winning columns from Chicagoland Gardening magazine.
In it, he trains his absurdist humor on the seduction of gardening and
the paranoid fantasies of gardeners. Mike is an Illinois Master
Gardener, co-founder of the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance, and
the current president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition. He also hosts The Mike Nowak Show on WCPT Chicago's Progressive Talk radio and has made numerous television appearances. As a bonus, Mike has invited his friends Kathleen Thompson (Examining the Evidence: Seven Strategies for Teaching with Primary Sources) and Andra Medea (Safe Within These Walls: De-escalating School Situations Before They Become Crisis) to sign their new books for teachers the same evening. Supporters
of the book's Kickstarter campaign can pick up their premium and get it
signed at this event. Refreshments will be served.
Friday, July 11th - Tera Patrick and Shawna Kenney
Lust & Letters: A Reading with Tera Patrick (Sinner Takes All) and Shawna Kenney (Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers)
Cosponsored by Early to Bed, 5044 N. Clark St.
memoirists and professionals within the adult film industry, Tera
Patrick and Shawna Kenney are experts at baring all. Join both authors
for a reading of their books as well as a discussion of the pleasures
and perils of writing about intimate matters. Tera Patrick's first memoir, Sinner Takes All,
recounts her early life and later travels to more than eighty countries
modeling, dancing, filming, and touring. Tera has appeared on Chelsea Lately, MSNBC, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force,
and she was the first host of the AVN Awards. She is currently writing
her second book, performing burlesque, and raising her daughter, Sophia.
Shawna Kenney is the author of the award-winning memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix and co-author of the anthology Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers. Her work has appeared in Ms., Bust, Creative Nonfiction, and Juxtapoz, as well as many anthologies, including Hos, Hookers, Callgirls and Rentboys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money and Sex and Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. She also teaches creative writing in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
Saturday, July 12th - Chicago Indie Bookstore Day
Including an appearance by Tribune columnist Mary Schmich at 1:00 p.m.
independent bookstores in Chicago are teaming up to create the first
Chicago Independent Bookstore Day! To encourage Chicago readers to visit
their own neighborhood store, as well as the other unique stores in
different neighborhoods--from Hyde Park to Logan Square to
Andersonville--indie bookstores are offering special deals, free books,
and refreshments. The first 20 customers at each store will also receive
a handful of puzzle pieces that will fit together to create an
exclusively designed frameable print by Chicago-based artist Lille
Carré. And as a special treat for customers at W&CF, Tribune
columnist Mary Schmich will be signing books and meeting customers at 1 p.m.!
a veteran social worker for fifteen years, Ellen Moore has seen the
worst side of humanity, but remains a gifted child advocate as well as a
devoted mother and wife. But everything changes one blistering summer
day when Ellen races to rescue two children from their mother's
dangerous boyfriend and, in a moment of distraction, leaves her own
infant daughter in a sweltering car. While Ellen is swarmed by legal
authorities and the media, ten-year-old Jenny, who's just been abandoned
by her father, is set to cross Ellen's path and change both of their
lives for good. Born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment,
Heather Gudenkauf found refuge in books from an early age. She has since
become the bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. She also works
in education with students of all ages in Iowa, where she lives with
her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired
More than 100 million
women in America have problems in the bedroom but don't have the
courage to ask their doctors for help. Instead, they quietly give up on
pleasure. Love Sex Again is an all-encompassing guide to
women's sexual health. Through practical advice, Dr. Streicher shows
women how to identify their issues and regain their libido, setting them
on a path to discover (or rediscover) deeply pleasurable, satisfying
sex. Dr. Lauren Streicher teaches obstetrics and gynecology at
Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She appears
regularly on the Dr. Oz Show and has also appeared on the Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and ABC News, where she serves as a medical correspondent. Dr. Streicher's interviews and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and WebMD.
Magruder's collection of linked stories follows two gay cousins, Tom
and Elliott, from adolescence in the 1970s to adulthood in the early
'90s. With a rueful blend of comedy and tenderness, Magruder depicts
their attempts to navigate the closet and the office and the lessons
they learn about libidinous coworkers, Italian suffixes, and frozen
condoms. As Tom and Elliot search for trusting relationships while the
AIDS crisis deepens, their paths diverge, leading Tom to a new sense of
what matters most. James Magruder is a fiction writer, playwright, and
award-winning translator. He teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College
and fiction at the University of Baltimore. He is also the author of Sugarless, which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize.
Used Book Sale
Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
your calendars! Our annual used book sale (part of Andersonville's
Sidewalk Sale weekend) will be taking place July 26th and 27th! Book
lovers and bargain hunters won't want to miss this Women & Children
First tradition and opportunity to treasure hunt through the stacks for
great deals on fiction, nonfiction, children's books, LGBTQ titles, CDs,
DVDs, and collectibles; all priced to sell. Proceeds benefit the
Women's Voices Fund, our nonprofit arm.
Third Annual Where's Waldo?
Neighborhood-Wide Scavenger Hunt and Party
Scavenger Hunt = All month!
Party = Tuesday, July 29 from 6 to 7 p.m.
To celebrate Where's Waldo?'s
27th anniversary, Women & Children First will be hosting a
community-wide scavenger hunt involving a number of other local
businesses. Beginning July 1, children can stop by W&CF for a list
of participating businesses. Each participating business will have a 6"
Waldo figurine hidden somewhere on the premises. When the child finds
him, a staff member there will give the child a card that says "I found
Waldo at _____." Bring all the cards back to W&CF for chances to win
fabulous prizes (donated by Andersonville indie businesses and
And on July 29th, we'll be hosting the Where's Waldo? Bash from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., complete with games, snacks, and the prize drawings!
On Monday, August
4th, Women & Children First will be closed for inventory. We will
resume regular business hours on Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m.
We are now accepting
donations of used books for the Used Book Sale. No magazines, textbooks,
foreign language, or damaged books, please. Just drop off donations at
the store during our regular business hours.
need strong women and men who can help with set up and tear down, and
carrying tables and boxes of books, for our Used Book Sale on July 26
and 27. Volunteers are needed for approximately 3-hour shifts. All
volunteers will earn used book credits and the industrious companionship
(and gratitude) of some diligent and hardworking feminists! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with the Used Book Sale or if you'd like more information.
We are about to begin a Trans*-Focused Book Group. Email email@example.com if you'd like to receive email updates.
Classics of Women's Literature
Tuesday, July 1 at 7:15 p.m.
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Family of Women Book Group
Sunday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m.
However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy
Kids' Book Group
Sunday, July 13 at 5:00 p.m.
Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
Feminist Book Group
Sunday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus
Women's Book Group
Tursday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Save the Dates!
Weds., August 6 at 6:30
Gay Women's Gatherings: An Evening about Lesbian Pregnancy
Co-sponsored by the American Fertility Association
Weds., August 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians