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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
July brings Summer Traditions to Women & Children First Bookstore! (Chicago, IL)
Save the Date!
Friday, August 2 at 7 p.m. Am I Man Enough? A Storytelling Show examining toxic masculinity hosted by Ada Cheng
pre-ordering through your local independent bookstore, you can get
access to exclusive offers, special giveaways, and signed copies!
Explore the current offers listed below to see some forthcoming books we
are excited about and any available promotions. We will contact you if
you place an order for which the special offers are out of stock.
Pre-order now and save the date to join us for a Midnight Release Party with themed snacks, trivia, and more!
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,
Summer is (finally) here! We are happy to have the return of summer traditions like the Annual Used Book Sale and Where's Waldo? neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt, but we also have some fresh programming to share with you!
First, we are teaming up with powerhouse poet, scholar, and organizer Dr. Eve L. Ewing to present Poets for Reproductive Justice! Learn more about this incredible line-up of more than 20 poets and get tickets HERE. Proceeds for this event benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds.
PLUS! Save the date! Saturday, August 24 will be our 40th Anniversary Block Party! We'll be taking over Honorary Women & Children First Way with live music from acts like She's Crafty
and Drag Queen Story Hour, plus feminist crafts and games, free
refreshments from our neighboring restaurants, and much more! Stay tuned
to our social media for all the details.
With love & thanks,
Used Book Sale:
This year, we'll be accepting donations for our Used Book Sale (benefiting our non-profit arm, the Women's Voices Fund) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays now through July 24th.
Any books that do not meet our criteria will be returned to you at the
time of donation. Interested in volunteering for our Used Book Sale?
Please email Karlee at email@example.com. READ MORE
Aleksandar Hemon in conversation with Nami Mun
My Parents (An Introduction) /
This Does Not Belong to You
Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Aleksandar Hemon presents two books in one: My Parents (An Introduction) / This Does Not Belong to You tells
the story of Hemon's parents' immigration to Canada--of the lives that
were upended by the war in Bosnia and siege of Sarajevo and the new
lives his parents were forced to build.
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of three short story collections and novels The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Making of Zombie Wars. READ MORE
Elaine Welteroth in conversation with Luvvie Ajayi
Please note: This ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson. Each ticket includes a copy of Elaine's book.
In this riveting and timely memoir, groundbreaking journalist
Elaine Welteroth unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through
her own journey. As a young boss and the only black woman in the room,
she's had enough of the world telling her she's not enough.
Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist, author, and judge on the new Project Runway and recently the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. Luvvie Ajayi is the author of I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, an instant New York Times best-seller. READ MORE
Layne Fargo in conversation
with Christina Gorman
Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m.
Book Launch Party
After years of struggling in the
Chicago theater scene, ambitious actress Kira Rascher finally lands the
role of a lifetime. An edgy, addictive, and fiendishly clever tale of
ambition, deceit, and power, Temper is a timely, heart-in-your-throat psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.
Layne Fargo is the co-creator of the podcast Unlikeable Female Characters. Layne lives in Chicago with her partner and their pets. READ MORE
Deborah Shapiro in conversation with Kathleen Rooney
The Summer Demands
Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m.
On the verge of her 40th birthday and shaken by a recent
miscarriage, Emily inherits an abandoned summer camp in Massachusetts.
She and her husband move onto the property and make grand plans to
revitalize it, but they soon discover that their inheritance includes an
unexpected guest--a 22-year-old woman named Stella. READ MORE
Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m.
Author Reading with special guests
Margo and Penelope Jeanne Brannen
A near-future New York City ravaged
by climate change and economic inequality is facing a superstorm. The
only ones remaining in the city to face the storm are those who have
nowhere to go or no way to leave. Among those are convenience store
worker Makayla and Jesse, an 18-year-old genderqueer anarchist. READ MORE
Poets for Reproductive Justice
Monday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Poetry reading at Young Chicago Authors (1180 N. Milwaukee)
Women & Children First in
partnership with Young Chicago Authors is proud to present an evening
of poetry to support reproductive justice. Organized by Eve L. Ewing
and inspired by events like Poets for Puerto Rico and Black Poets Speak
Out, this reading will feature more than twenty poets. Proceeds from
this event will benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds, whose
mission is to build power with members to remove financial and
logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have
abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and
reproductive justice. BUY TICKETS HERE
Kristen Arnett in conversation with Lindsay Hunter
Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m.
One morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks
into the family taxidermy shop to find that her father has committed
suicide. Shocked and grieving, Jessa steps up to manage the failing
business, while the rest of the Morton family crumbles. READ MORE
Saturday, July 20 at 3 p.m.
To celebrate the annual month-long, neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt for Waldo, we'll be hosting an afternoon Where's Waldo?
party hosted by Miss Sophie. Start by picking up your passport at Women
& Children First on July 1st or after, and then begin searching for
Waldo at participating Andersonville businesses. (The full list is on
our website and the printed passport.) When you find Waldo in each
business, get your passport stamped by the folks there. READ MORE
Annual Used Book Sale
Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Women & Children First's Used
Book Sale is an annual tradition benefiting the Women's Voices Fund, the
non-profit arm of the store that supports all of our programming and
events. Our annual used book sale (part of Andersonville's Sidewalk Sale
weekend) will take place Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th.
Book lovers and bargain hunters won't want to miss this opportunity to
treasure hunt through the stacks for great deals on fiction, nonfiction,
children's books, and LGBTQ titles--all priced to sell.
Well-Read Black Girl
Next Meeting on Sunday, July 28 at 1 p.m. This year, the American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl
founder Glory Edim to bring book club meetings to independent
bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and
supporting emerging writers of color. We're proud to be a participating
location. Our next selection for this meeting is Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington. This group is led by our bookseller Delaney! You can learn more about Well Read Black GirlHERE.
Darrel J. McLeod in conversation with Terese Marie Mailhot
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age
Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m.
Growing up in a tiny village in
Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod was surrounded by the comfort of his Cree
family, especially his mother, Bertha. But when Bertha turned wild and
unstable and their home life became chaotic, Darrel struggled to
maintain his grades and pursue an interest in music while changing homes
many times, witnessing violence, caring for his younger siblings, and
suffering abuse at the hands of his surrogate father. Meanwhile, his
sibling's gender transition provoked Darrel to deeply question his own
sexual identity. READ MORE
Burn the Place
Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Burn the Place is a galvanizing memoir that chronicles Iliana Regan's journey from foraging on the family farm to running her Michelin-starred restaurant, Elizabeth. READ MORE
More Poems About Buildings and Food and Sunshine State
Wednesday, August 7 at 7 p.m.
Join us for a launch celebration of Gregg Shapiro's two new poetry collections: More Poems About Buildings and Food, published by Souvenir Spoon Books, and Sunshine State, from NightBallet Press.READ MORE
Claire Lombardo in conversation with Elizabeth Taylor The Most Fun We Ever Had
Thursday, August 8 at 7 p.m.
Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson
fall in love in the 1970s and make a family together. By 2016, their
four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest,
sharing only their fear that they will never find a love quite like
their parents'. The arrival of Jonah Bendt--given up by one of the
daughters in a closed adoption fifteen years before--triggers a year of
great tumult. READ MORE
Lyz Lenz in conversation with Kate Harding
Friday, August 9 at 7 p.m.
In the wake of the 2016 election, Lyz Lenz
watched as her country and her marriage were torn apart by the
competing forces of faith and politics. A mother of two, a Christian,
and a lifelong resident of middle America, Lenz was bewildered by the
pain and loss around her. Part journalism, part memoir, God Land is a journey into the heart of a deeply divided America. READ MORE