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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Indiegogo Launch & Updated October Events at Women & Children First Bookstore (Chicago,IL)
October has been full of great events and we're delighted to add one more! Barbara Mahany, longtime Chicago Tribune features writer, will be reading and discussing her debut collection, Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door on
October 29th at 7:30 p.m. We also have two unfortunate changes to the
schedule. Due to extenuating circumstances, Samantha Irby and Sara
Benincasa have cancelled their author readings this month. We hope to
reschedule with both authors very soon!
Lastly, don't forget to check out the new "Women & Children First Way" street sign right outside the store's front door! Thank you everyone for joining us for the joyous celebration last Saturday.
Our Indiegogo campaign has hit the ground running!
Women & Children
First needs your help re-creating our space. With a store-wide
renovation, we will pay tribute to our history while also creating a
platform for the emerging needs of the young feminists who are joining
our movement every day. The sustainability of the bookstore depends upon
the ampersand (&) in our name, focusing on a past, present, and
future of inclusiveness! We have some amazing perks to offer donors:
original art, signed copies of great books, W&CF t-shirts and tote
bags! We'll be adding many more items throughout the campaign. Read all
about our exciting plans, watch our video created by the brilliant Todd
Lillethun, and donate HERE
Due to extenuating circumstances, Samantha Irby will no longer be
reading at this event! We are hoping to reschedule with Samantha as soon
After reading from her new novel Faces in the Crowd,
Valeria will be joined by Naomi Huffman, Managing Editor of Curbside
Splendor, for a guided discussion. Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico
City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. Her novels and essays have
been translated into many languages and her work has appeared in
publications including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's.
She lives in New York City. Chicago-based writer and live lit performer
Samantha Irby writes about tacos, hot dudes, diarrhea, and jams on her
blog bitches gotta eat. She is also the author of the essay collection Meaty.
Sunday, October 19th - Dana Roeser, Gail Barazani, and Lucia Blinn
and others. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the NEA and has
taught in the MFA in Poetry programs at both Purdue and Butler
Universities. 87-year-old Gail Barazani is
a beloved writer and teacher. The poems in this most recent collection
are gathered from 65 years of Gail's continuous journal-keeping and are
mostly autobiographical. She and her husband, teacher and artist Morris Barazani, raised three children on Chicago's North Side. Chicago storyteller and poet Lucia Blinn
has been called the "Dorothy Parker of our day" and "Jack Kerouac in
the Hamptons." For this event, Lucia will share stories from her four
books. With a keen eye for the human condition, Lucia writes of things
you know, then surprises you with a fresh and funny perspective.
Wednesday, October 22nd - Kate Gray with special guest Cin Salach
In this debut novel set in 1983 at an elite Delaware boarding school, Kate Gray
takes an unblinking look at bullying. Taylor Alta, the new rowing
coach, arrives reeling from the death of the woman she loved. Physics
teacher Jack Song, the only Asian American on campus, struggles with his
personal code of honor when he gets too close to a student. These two
young, lonely teachers narrate the story of a strange and brilliant
thirteen-year-old boy who draws atomic mushroom clouds on his notebook,
pings through the corridors like a pinball, and develops a crush on an
older girl with secrets of her own. Named one of 11 Must-Read Books Set
in High Schools by Bustle magazine, Carry the Sky sings a brave and honest anthem about what it means to be different. Cin Salach's
name is synonymous with the performance/slam poetry scene in Chicago
and around the country. She is the author of the poetry collection Looking for a Soft Place to Land and When I Am Yes. Cin and Kate will be in conversation about their work and the process of beginning in poetry and moving onto other forms.
Unfortunately, Sara Benincasa has cancelled her upcoming appearances. We hope she is able to resume her tour soon.
Saturday, October 25th - Sappho's Salon
Featuring Jenny Magnus and the Crooked Mouth and poet, Sheila Donohue
Jenny Magnus and the Crooked Mouth
says they are "pretty hard to classify stylistically. Each of our five
members writes songs, and each has a distinct and different way of
coming at things. Our sounds range from folksy to Brecht-y and places in
between. There are stories inside them. Many stories." Sheila Donohue
is a performance poet with four National Poetry Slam Champion titles,
founder of duets for poetry, Betty's Mouth, and author of The Avalanche Expert.
She has enjoyed feature performances of her poetry and comedic writings
at Steppenwolf, Ravinia, Curious Theatre Branch, the Green Mill, the
Art Institute, and the Chicago Cultural Center and on Oprah and National Public Radio.
$7-$10 sliding scale suggested donation. Light refreshments and lots of fun!
Join us for a reading and conversation with Barbara Mahany, longtime Chicago Tribune feature writer. Slowing Time, a collection of meditative essays, was picked by Publishers Weekly
as one of the Top 10 religion books for fall 2014. In this collection,
Mahany explores the themes of paying attention and carving out
quietude among the noise and the whirl of the modern-day domestic.
Before joining the Tribune, Mahaney was a pediatric oncology
nurse at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She is married to
Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, Blair Kamin, and together
they've raised two sons in both their Catholic and Jewish traditions
Thursday, October 30th - Joan Larkin and Anne Laughlin
Joan Larkin's previous work includes My Body: New and Selected Poems and Lammy recipient Cold River, which served as the basis for her play, The AIDS Passion.
Joan was an activist publisher during the feminist literary explosion
of the 1970s and 80s, co-editing the groundbreaking collections Amazon Poetry and Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time, and editing A Woman Like That: Lesbian and Bisexual Writers Tell their Coming Out Stories.
Now in her fifth decade of teaching, she is writer-in-residence at
Smith College. Her honors include the Poetry Society of America's
Shelley Memorial Award and fellowships from the NEA and the Academy of
American Poets. Anne Laughlin is the author of five
novels and numerous short stories. Her story "It Only Occurred to Me
Later" was a finalist in the Saints and Sinners 2013 Short Fiction
Contest, and three of her novels received Goldie Awards. She's been
short-listed twice for the Lammy Award. Anne was named a Writers Retreat
Fellow by the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2008 and 2014. She's been
accepted into residencies at Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center, and Vermont
College of Fine Arts. Anne lives on the Chicago River with her spouse,