Friday, July 02, 2021

The Conservation Center >> July at The Center: Sol LeWitt and Other Projects

July at The Center
If you've been daydreaming about the upcoming holiday weekend, you're not alone! Before you trade your work desk for the beach, or your afternoon coffee for an ice-cold lemonade, take a quick break and check out some of our recent projects. This month, we learned about one client's new quarantine hobby and another's German ancestral past. We also patched up a piece of antique furniture that had broken from too much weight.

Please note: In observation of Independence Day, The Center will be closed July 5th.

Spending more time at home in 2020 had many of us explore new interests and develop new hobbies. For some, it was gardening; others began cooking more or finally learned to play that ukulele they bought on vacation one summer. Jon, a client of ours, used his time at home to learn more about art. He told us, “During Covid I started looking at online art auction lots for the first time as I wasn’t able to visit galleries.  At first it was just fun to browse and learn about new (and old) artists I hadn’t heard of before, but occasionally something would catch my eye.”

Repairing A Regency Giltwood Stool
Showcasing the beauty of antique furniture in your home d├ęcor can provide depth and warmth in a way that modern designs cannot match. The aged fabrics, custom finishes, fragile design details, and the maker's hand create a unique character that adds to the item's history and charm. However, age and history also require a certain level of consideration when putting antique furniture to day-to-day use. Therefore, it is essential to consider how an antique furniture item will function in your home and determine if it is stable before putting it to daily use.

The Conservation of a 19th-Century Portrait: Great-Great-Great Grandmother Brenner
Ever since photography became the favored medium of memory, painted family portraits became rare. These portraits are special heirlooms that deserve to be cherished and maintained for generations. A recent client of ours shared this belief and he and his family sent a portrait of their great great-great-grandmother to The Center for treatment. 

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Women & Children First Bookstore >> July at Your Local Feminist Bookstore: Eve L. Ewing, Judy Chicago, Judith Heumann!


July 2021
Dear Friends!
We hope you're taking our bookseller Ida's lead and drowning in Summer Reads!

July is often our sleepiest month when it comes to events, but that's not the case this year! We have a PHENOMENAL line-up, including events with feminist icon Judy Chicago, disability rights pioneer Judith Heumann, and our first in-person event since March 2020: an outdoor book-signing with Eve L. Ewing!

Big new! Beginning July 6, we'll be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. We're still requiring masks in-store and although our capacity is increasing, we're continuing to limit the number of people we allow in the store at a time. We're thrilled that things are getting safer by the day here in Chicago, but like many of you, we need a little time to adjust to being around lots of humans at once. We're also still adapting to how best to manage our expanded online orders while offering the best in-person customer service we can!

Thank YOU for supporting us through all the changes and adaptations!

With love & gratitude,

P.S. We have a TON of amazing events coming up this month! We've heard that some email providers "clip" our newsletter. Be sure to click "view entire message" at the bottom of your screen so you don't miss anything!
Upcoming Events
Pssst! Most of our events are recorded and uploaded with closed captioning to our YouTube Channel. Watch them any time!
Tuesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Book Launch:

For this event, Dr. Burnett-Ziegler will be in conversation with Gaynor Hall. 

Black women’s strength is intimately tied to their unacknowledged suffering. An estimated eight in ten have endured some form of trauma—sexual abuse, domestic abuse, poverty, childhood abandonment, being a victim of or witness to violence, and regular confrontation with racism and sexism. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen shows that trauma often affects mental and physical well-being. It can contribute to stress, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Unaddressed, it can lead to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, overeating, and alcohol and drug abuse, and other chronic health issues.

Wed, Jun 30, 2021 10:30 AM CST
Outdoor Story Time with Miss Linda
Edgewater Historical Society, Chicago
Throughout the summer (weather permitting), Story Time will be held a few blocks away in the magical garden behind the Edgewater Historical Museum (5358 N Ashland Ave). The performance is designed for 2 to 5 year olds who are ready to sit, listen, and participate, but children of all ages are welcome. Our co-founder Linda Bubon reads and performs 5 or more stories along with leading some finger plays. We ask for a $1 donation.

Story times will be held at 10:30 a.m. on:
  • Wednesday, June 30
  • Wednesday, July 14 with special guest author
Kira Bigwood, author of Secret, Secret Agent Guy
  • Wednesday, July 28
  • more dates coming in August, TBA!
Wednesday, June 30 at 4 p.m. CT
Virtual Author Reading:
by Chloe O. Davis

Do you know where "yaaaas queen!" comes from? Do you know the difference between a bear and a wolf? Do you know what all the letters in LGBTQIA+ stand for? Celebrate Pride with this intersectional, inclusive, playfully illustrated glossary featuring more than 800 terms and fabulous phrases created by and for queer culture.

Thursday, July 1 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Author Reading:
Vanessa Veselka & Melissa Febos

In celebration of the paperback release of The Great Offshore Grounds,  author Vanessa Veselka will be interviewed by Melissa Febos

On the day of their estranged father's wedding, half sisters Cheyenne and Livy set off to claim their inheritance. It's been years since the two have seen each other. Cheyenne is newly back in Seattle, crashing with Livy after a failed marriage and a series of personal and professional dead ends. Livy works refinishing boats, her resentment against her freeloading sister growing as she tamps down dreams of fishing off the coast of Alaska. But the promise of a shot at financial security brings the two together to claim what's theirs. 

Wednesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Paperback Release:
The Taste of Sugar by Marisel Vera

For this paperback release event, Marisel Vera will be in conversation with her daughter, Alyssa Vera Ramos

Marisel Vera emerges as a major new voice in contemporary fiction with this “capacious” (The New Yorker) novel set in Puerto Rico on the eve of the Spanish-American War. Up in the mountainous region of Utuado, Vicente Vega and Valentina Sanchez labor to keep their coffee farm from the creditors. When the great San Ciriaco hurricane of 1899 brings devastating upheaval, the young couple is lured along with thousands of other puertorriquenos to the sugar plantations of Hawaii, where they are confronted by the hollowness of America’s promises of prosperity. Depicting the roots of Puerto Rican alienation and exodus, which resonates especially today, The Taste of Sugar is “a gorgeous feat of storytelling” (Tayari Jones).

Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Launch Party:
All Made Up: The Power and Pitfalls of Beauty Culture, from Cleopatra to Kim Kardashian
by Rae Nudson

For this event, local author Rae Nudson will be in conversation with Taylor Moore

There is a history and a cultural significance that comes with wearing cat-eye-inspired liner or a bold red lip, one that many women feel to this day, even if we don’t realize exactly why. Increasingly, people of all genders are wrestling with what it means to be a woman living in a patriarchy, and part of that is how looking like a woman—whatever that means—affects people’s real lives.

Monday, July 12 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Conversation:
Kristen Radtke & Megha Majumdar

There is a silent epidemic in America: loneliness. Shameful to talk about and often misunderstood, loneliness is everywhere, from the most major of metropolises to the smallest of towns.

In Seek You, Kristen Radtke's wide-ranging exploration of our inner lives and public selves, Radtke digs into the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to each other and the distance that remains. Through the lenses of gender and violence, technology and art, Radtke ushers us through a history of loneliness and longing and shares what feels impossible to share.

Thu, Jul 15, 2021 4:00 PM CST
Outdoor Book Signing: MAYA AND THE ROBOT by Eve L. Ewing
Women & Children First, Chicago
This ticketed book-signing will be held just outside the bookstore. Each ticket includes a copy of the book!

From award-winning author Eve L. Ewing comes an illustrated middle grade novel about a forgotten homemade robot who comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya needs a friend--and a science fair project.
Sunday, July 18 at 1 p.m. CT
Virtual Conversation:
Judy Chicago & Kevin Kwan

Join artist and author Judy Chicago and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kwan for an exciting conversation marking the publication of The Flowering: The Autobiography of Judy Chicago.

Judy Chicago is America’s most dynamic living artist. Her works comprise a dizzying array of media from performance and installation to the glittering table laid for thirty-nine iconic women in The Dinner Party (now permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum), the groundbreaking Birth Project, and the meticulously researched Holocaust Project. She designed the monumental installation for Dior’s 2020 Paris couture show and, in 2019, established the Judy Chicago Research Portal, which will help to accomplish her lifelong goal of overcoming the erasure that has eclipsed the achievements of so many women.

Wed, Jul 21, 2021 5:00 PM CST
Virtual Event: ROLLING WARRIOR by Judith Heumann
Judy Heumann was only 5 years old when she was first denied her right to attend school. Paralyzed from polio and raised by her Holocaust-surviving parents in New York City, Judy had a drive for equality that was instilled early in life.
In this young readers’ edition of her acclaimed memoir, Being Heumann, Judy shares her journey of battling for equal access in an unequal world—from fighting to attend grade school after being described as a “fire hazard” because of her wheelchair, to suing the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her disability.

*This event will be held on Zoom Webinar. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided. This event will be recorded and viewable on Women & Children First's YouTube Channel within 24 hours of the live conversation.*

Thursday, July 22 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Conversation:
Rachel Yoder & Hilary Leichter

An ambitious mother puts her art career on hold to stay at home with her newborn son, but the experience does not match her imagination. Two years later, she steps into the bathroom for a break from her toddler's demands, only to discover a dense patch of hair on the back of her neck. In the mirror, her canines suddenly look sharper than she remembers. Her husband, who travels for work five days a week, casually dismisses her fears from faraway hotel rooms.

Wednesday, August 4 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Conversation:
Claire Luchette & Cristina Henriquez

Agatha has lived every day of the last nine years with her sisters: they work together, laugh together, pray together. Their world is contained within the little house they share. The four of them are devoted to Mother Roberta and to their quiet, purposeful life.

Thursday, August 5 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Author Reading:
Intimacies by Katie Kitamura

An interpreter has come to The Hague to escape New York and work at the International Court. A woman of many languages and identities, she is looking for a place to finally call home.
She's drawn into simmering personal dramas: her lover, Adriaan, is separated from his wife but still entangled in his marriage. Her friend Jana witnesses a seemingly random act of violence, a crime the interpreter becomes increasingly obsessed with as she befriends the victim's sister. And she's pulled into an explosive political controversy when she’s asked to interpret for a former president accused of war crimes.

The Chicago Humanities Festival presents Jessica Hopper!

We're proud to be the official bookseller for CHF's virtual event Festival!

Among Jessica Hopper’s many accomplishments over the course of her revered career is the first-ever--yes, you read that right, first ever--collection of criticism written by a living female rock critic. This groundbreaking work, first published in 2015 and now reissued with new material, is a rallying cry for intersectional, woman-centered rock.

Save the Date

Tuesday, Aug. 17
at 7 p.m.
Megan Stielstra
in conversation with
Khanisha Foster
Virtual Launch Party

Thursday, Aug. 19
at 5 p.m.
Felicia Rose Chavez
in conversation with Eileen Favorite
Virtual Conversation

Friday, August 20
at Noon
Chandler Baker & Samantha Irby
Virtual Wine & Whine Lunch Date

Saturday, August 21
at 6 p.m.
Kaveh Akbar
Outdoor Poetry Reading

Sunday, August 22
at 6 p.m.
Lisa Sukenic
Virtual Book Launch
Book Groups

Some of our Book Groups have begun meeting in person. Please check for updates!
Sunday, July 11 at 2 p.m.
by Chantal Miller
via Zoom
Sunday, July 11 at 3 p.m.
by Cindy Milstein
Masked & Outdoors
Monday, July 12 at 7 p.m.
by Frantz Fanon
via Zoom
Monday, July 19 at 7 p.m.
by Zitkala-Sa
via Zoom
Thursday, July 20
at 7:30 p.m.
by Kate Elizabeth Russell
via Zoom
Thursday, July 22
at 4:30 p.m.
by Tim Probert
Location TBD
Wednesday, July 28
at 6:30
by Akwaeke Emezi
via Zoom
Sunday, August 8 
at 10 a.m.
by Barbara Kingsolver
Location TBD
Save the date:
Andersonville Sidewalk Sale!

Although we're no longer hosting our Annual Used Book Sale, we will be participating in Andersonville's Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 31 with a Free Book Swap--details coming soon!
Starting Tuesday, July 6!
In-store Browsing
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday
11 to 6 p.m.


We are closed for in-store browsing on Mondays

Contactless pickup:
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
seven days a week
behind the bookstore

5233 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640