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Thursday, November 26, 2015
December at W&CF: H. Melt, Aleksander Hemon, Rebecca Makkai, Late Night Andersonville, and more! (Chicago,IL)
at Women & Children First
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,
It's hard to believe the holidays are here! Be sure to stop
by soon to check out our fresh arrival of calendars, boxed holiday
cards, gorgeous cookbooks, and the massively popular adult coloring
books! This month, we are launching what we hope will become a regular
event here at the store: Recommended Reading Night, a celebratory
evening where we invite local authors to recommend their favorite books
of the season. Check out the star-studded line-up for our first
installment in the event description below.
From all of us here at W&CF, we wish you a warm and peaceful holiday season.
Saturday, November 28 - Small Business Saturday & Indies First Day
from Black Friday by shopping local on Small Business Saturday! We'll
have coffee provided by The Coffee Studio all morning, along with fresh
fruit. Also, a few of our favorite local authors--Peggy Shinner, Rebecca Makkai, and Abby Geni--will
be signing books and acting as volunteer booksellers, as part of Indies
First. Indies First is a national campaign of activities and events in
support of independent bookstores that was started by Sherman Alexie in
2013. The first shoppers of the day who spend $25 or more will receive a
free Indies First tote bag. Check our Facebook page for updates!
Tuesday, December 1 - World AIDS Day: Women & the AIDS Epidemic with Rosa E. Martínez Colón & Victoria Noe
A Presentation & Conversation
the history of the AIDS epidemic, the stories of women have often been
forgotten. Join Rosa E. Martínez Colón and Victoria Noe as they share
stories of how the medical industry ignored the different ways the virus
presented itself in women; how women were excluded from the AIDS ward
at Cook County Hospital because there was only one bathroom on that
floor; and how women were actually arrested when their newborns tested
HIV+. A native of Puerto Rico, Rosa E. Martínez Colón
moved to Chicago in 1987 and became part-owner of an agency that helped
immigrants acquire legal status. In the early 1990s, she offered some of
the agency's space to a support group for Latinos affected by HIV/AIDS.
Soon after, CALOR was born. From a weekly support group, CALOR has
grown to offer seven programs, including a 17-unit facility for
individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. In 2010 she was community
co-chair for the Host Committee for the U.S. Conference on AIDS. The
following year, she was selected as an ambassador to AIDS 2012 (the XIX
International AIDS Conference). Most recently, she was elected co-chair
of the National Latino AIDS Action Network. Victoria Noe
first became involved in the AIDS community in the 1980s, first as a
volunteer, then as a fundraiser, writer, and activist. She is the author
of the Friend Grief series, including Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends. Noe will publish Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community in 2017.
The Plural, the Blurring is a collection of poems
and essays that critically celebrate Chicago's queer and trans
communities. This book is one of the first to focus on Chicago from a
trans perspective and document the city's contemporary queer culture. It
looks intimately at the lives of artists, writers, and activists who
frequent queer and trans spaces, examining the closing of bars and the
rallies, marches, and protests. This collection also honors those who've
passed away. The Plural, the Blurring
dramatically shifts away from normative trans narratives and the call
for assimilation from the mainstream LGBT movement. Instead, it
unapologetically carves out a pathway in the field of transgender
literature that is personal and political, combining the traditions of
both queer and Chicago writing.
tragedy of family deaths in two plane crashes, a couple's travel
adventures invoking riotous laughter, and the tantalizing power of
chocolate are just a few of the topics explored in this heartwarming
story collection. Elynne is an award-winning educator and broadcaster,
founding general manager of WYCC-TV/PBS, distinguished professor
emeritus of Wright College in Chicago, and founder of the storytelling
program In Her Own Voice. Elynne has performed her
stories all over the country, including at Chicago's Printer's Row Lit
Fest and Acorn Theater in Michigan, and her work has been broadcast on The Bob Edwards Show and Rick Kogan's After Hours.
For this event, Elynne will be joined by her friends and fellow
storytellers Stephanie Douglass, Mary Bonnett, and Richard Aleskow.
Friday, December 4 & Friday, December 18 - Late Night Andersonville & Late-er Night Andersonville
Neighborhood Event & Special Sale
6 to 10 p.m.
Andersonville makes it easy to support local businesses while
shopping for friends and family (or yourself!) at the 13th annual Late
Night and Late-er Night Andersonville. For four hours only, more than 40
beloved Andersonville stores and restaurants will be open late,
offering great savings on gifts and meals, plus free refreshments and
entertainment. Both evenings from 6 to 10 p.m., our 2016 calendars and holiday boxed cards will be 25% off!
Tuesday, December 8 - Sappho's Salon: A monthly performance salon, featuring expressions of queerness, gender, and feminism
Co-curated by Eileen Tull & Liz Baudler
Doors Open at 7, Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Come ring in the holidays at Sappho's Salon! It's our open
mic edition, so bring a 5-minute piece of work (anything--dance,
stories, music, performance art--polished, unpolished) to share.
Remember, performing at the open mic gets you a bookstore coupon. We
also have three featured storytellers for you this evening, Laura Scruggs, Melinda MacIntire, and Laura Davis. Laura Scruggs is a storyteller and solo performer. She has performed her hit one-woman show, Punk Grandpa, throughout the Chicago area and in New York City. She co-produces the delightful podcast Are You Famous Yet? Melinda MacIntire is the co-founder of the blog Solo in the 2nd City, where she narrates the single life in Chicago. She spends her days working with college kids and her nights bartending. Laura
Davis is a lot of "new" things this fall/winter. She's a newlywed, a
new mom, and newly shopping for a house. Advice on any or all of the
three is appreciated. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! In the spirit of the season,
this month is a potluck! Bring something delicious for us to share (we
will provide the hummus as usual) AND . . . we're thinking about closing
down the show with a dance party. As always, the open mic editions are
pay-what-you-can, $1 and up, and proceeds will benefit the featured
performers and the Women's Voices Fund. We look forward to your presents
. . . err, presence! Check out the Sappho's Salon Facebook page for more information. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 12 - SitStayRead and The Christmas Truck present a Wishing Tree!
This year, we are proud to partner with SitStayRead
to present a "wishing tree," a seasonal book drive that encourages
shoppers to donate a diverse children's book to literacy programs
serving at-risk youth in the Chicago area. Come celebrate the unveiling
of the tree, meet certified reading-assistance dogs from SitStayRead, and enjoy a special story time with J. B. Blankenship, the author of The Christmas Truck--one of the only holiday books for kids that features two dads. Great for kids ages 3 to 8.