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Audience Award Winner! From Siskel/Jacobs Productions (No Small Matter, Louder Than a Bomb), THE ROAD UP has received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 56th Chicago International Film Festival!
its acclaimed world premiere in Chicago, the inspiring new documentary
about a job training program and the participants finding their path
forward in life heads to additional film festivals through the end of
the year. Watch the trailer.
THE ROAD UP A film by Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel
93 minutes / English / USA / Not Rated Press Kit // Film Stills
"A stirring Chicago documentary..."
—Chicago Tribune "Powerful!" —RoberEbert.com "An essential piece of viewing."
—Third Coast Review
Chicago International Film Festival // Official Selection
St. Louis International Film Festival // Official Selection
Hamptons Doc Fest // Official Selection
ABOUT THE FILM The Road Up follows four
participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training program, as they struggle
to find the path from rock bottom to stable employment. Throughout, they
are guided, goaded, and challenged by their impassioned mentor, Mr.
Jesse, whose own complicated past compels him to help others find hope
in the face of poverty, addiction, homelessness, and trauma. Taken
together, their stories create a powerful mosaic of the struggles that
millions of Americans face every day in a precarious and unforgiving
economy—the daunting and often interconnected challenges that prevent so
many from joining the economic mainstream. Because when everything
behind you is wreckage, and everything in front is an obstacle, how do
you find the road up?
Directed by Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel Produced by Rachel Pickelny Co-Produced by Amy Ostrander Cinematography by Stephan Mazurek Edited by John Farbrother Original Music by Joshua Abrams
Our sentiments are summed up by adrienne maree brown (author of Pleasure Activism), who recently Tweeted:
am so furious about how the president is killing us. and how it is
still discussed like it’s electoral, partisan differences instead of
fascism/terrorism. the only spell I’m casting these days is the truth:
this is not an election year, it’s a genocide intervention era.”
*Artwork from Nikki McClure 2020 Calendar: November*
know you're tired. So are we. But the pandemic is far from over. We
wish you could meet up with dearly missed friends at the bookstore and
spend hours wandering our stacks. We wish you could have story time with
Miss Linda or just with you and your toddler cross-legged on our
colorful carpet. But the best way we can help slow the spread is to
remember that these things aren't possible right now. In that spirit, we
ask that you:
Limit your time in the store to active shopping.
come with folks you're quarantining with - while we love our reputation
as a meeting place for friends, it's just not safe right now!
No groups larger than 3 people.
Once you've checked out, head out!
Order from us online
and write "CONTACTLESS PICKUP or CURBSIDE" in the order comments at
checkout to pick up your order in the parking lot behind the
bookstore. Contactless pickup is available Mondays and Thursdays from 1
to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
you're browsing our website, consider prioritizing titles that say "On
Our Shelves Now" below the box that says "Add to Cart." Selecting a book
that we have on hand is a way to experience W&CF's thoughtful,
feminist curation while shopping from home. AND the process is
faster! We really love to sell the books we already have!
And, of course, you must wear a mask that covers your nose and
mouth. Bandanas and gaiters are not sufficient. Don't worry, we have
free disposable masks at the door if you need one!
We limit our capacity to 12 people in the store at a time. If
there's a wait, please keep your distance as you queue outside. If it's
too cold and you don't want to wait (we get it), we recommend ordering online and requesting CONTACTLESS PICKUP.
Thank you everyone for your patience, kindness, and support during this anxious time. We are putting all of our energy towards a Biden/Harris administrationemerging victorious by the time we send our next e-newsletter--and a clearer, more hopeful, path ahead.
With love & gratitude,
An Evening with Margaret Atwood
Women & Children First, in collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Festival, present the one and only Margaret Atwood! Atwood's forthcoming poetry collection Dearly is
an introspective and intimate reflection on love, loss, and the passage
of time. Come hear the singular voice and mind of Margaret Atwood at
play, reflecting on the role of writing in helping us to understand our
past and prepare for the future. BUY TICKETS!
Tue, Nov 10, 2020 6:00 PM CST
Virtual Launch: HOW TO PACK FOR THE END OF THE WORLD by Michelle Falkoff
For this event, Michelle Falkoff will be in conversation with Rachel DeWoskin.
If you knew the world was going
to end tomorrow, what would you do? This is the question that haunts
Amina as she watches new and horrible stories of discord and crisis
flash across the news every day. But when she starts at prestigious
Gardner Academy, Amina finds a group of like-minded peers to join forces
with—fast friends who dedicate their year to learning survival skills
from each other, before it’s too late.
For this event, Christie Tate will be in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco!
The refreshingly original debut
memoir of a guarded, over-achieving, self-lacerating young lawyer who
reluctantly agrees to get psychologically and emotionally naked in a
room of six complete strangers—her psychotherapy group—and in turn finds
human connection, and herself.
For this event, Paola will be joined in conversation by Cecile Richards.
Young Latinos across the United
States are redefining their identities, pushing boundaries, and
awakening politically in powerful and surprising ways. Many of
them—Afrolatino, indigenous, Muslim, queer, and undocumented, living in
large cities and small towns—are voices who have been chronically
overlooked in how the diverse population of almost sixty million Latinos
in the U.S. has been represented. No longer.
For this event, Terry Tempest Williams will be in conversation with Donna Seaman.
We know the elements of erosion:
wind, water, and time. They have shaped the spectacular physical
landscape of our nation. Here, Williams bravely and brilliantly explores
the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion,
bookstores are permanently closing across the country at a rate of one
per week. Meanwhile Amazon doubled its net profit this year.
November 28 is Small Business Saturday. Any other year we would throw a party with delicious treats from Sauce and Bread Kitchen,
live music, and perhaps a special Story Time. We are furious that, due
to the Trump administration's reckless inaction, we still can't
celebrate safely together and soulless giants like Amazon are profiting
from this catastrophe. This year, we urge our community members to make a
list of the businesses that you hope will survive this hellscape and
then do your part to make sure that they do. Beyond just our feminist bookstore, please devote SBS to supporting all
the small businesses you cherish. In our neighborhood, our booksellers
recommend starting your holiday shopping with our friends at Early to Bed, Five Elements Home, or Rattleback Records and ordering take-out from Bettie Lou's or First Slice Pie Cafe. (Here's a complete list of small businesses in Andersonville.)
Where we spend our money in 2020 determines the communities we find ourselves in come 2021.
Join us for a virtual author reading and conversation with Halley Sutton and Layne Fargo,
discussing their new thrillers about women who have had enough of men
behaving badly and are taking matters into their own hands.
The Freezer Door records
the ebb and flow of desire in daily life. Crossing through loneliness
in search of communal pleasure in Seattle, Sycamore exposes the failure
and persistence of queer dreams, the hypocritical allure of gay male
sexual culture, and the stranglehold of the suburban imagination over
In case you missed it, check out Our Holiday Gift Guide for the year!
Trans Day of Remembrance
Our Friends at the Chicago Therapy Collective invite
transgender musicians, dancers, comics, poets, and other creatives to
the virtual stage to showcase your talent this Transgender Day of