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Women & Children First Books sets August and fall events
2018-07-30

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Annual Member's Sale

Monday July 30 - Sunday August 5

It's time for our Annual Member Sale, when we say THANK YOU to all of you who choose to become members of Women & Children First! Members receive 20% off all in-store purchases for a whole week starting July 30!* Membership to Women & Children First costs just $25/year and gets you 10% off every day and 20% off during our Member Sale. *sale excludes gift cards, special orders, and Kobo e-readers*

Wednesday, August 1 at 7 p.m.

Porochista Khakpour in conversation with Megan Stielstra

Sick: A Memoir

Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing *Please note: Porochista is currently not able to travel so she will be joining us via Skype*

For as long as author Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. Several drug addictions, some major hospitalizations, and more than $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. Sick is Khakpour's grueling, emotional journey—as a woman, an Iranian American, a writer, and a lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems—in which she examines her subsequent struggles with mental illness and her addiction to doctor-prescribed benzodiazepines, which both aided and eroded her ever-deteriorating physical health. Porochista Khakpour is the author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Harper's, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, Guernica, and many more. She currently lives in New York City and Los Angeles. Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections: The Wrong Way To Save Your Life, Once I Was Cool, and Everyone Remain Calm. Her work appears in Best American Essays, the New York Times, Poets & Writers, Tin House, and elsewhere. A longtime company member with 2nd Story, she has told stories for National Public Radio, Radio National Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Goodman Theatre, the Neo-Futurarium, and regularly with The Paper Machete live news magazine at the Green Mill. She is currently an artist in residence at Northwestern University. She lives in Chicago with her husband, her kid, and two dogs.

Thursday, August 2 at 7 p.m.

Elaine Soloway

She's Not the Type

80th Birthday Party & Book Launch

Please note: this event will begin at the Swedish American Museum ( 5211 N. Clark St. ) followed by a birthday party at the bookstore!

This event will celebrate both the launch of Elaine Soloway's novel She's Not the Type and Elaine's 80th birthday! ( Yes, there will be cake! ) She's Not the Type introduces Ann Robins, who is not the type to wind up in the bed of a sexy saxophone player. After all, she's a good Jewish girl and married mother of two. Perhaps Ann should've figured that her marriage, which began with a walk down the aisle on the arm of someone else's boyfriend, would stumble along the way. But fortunately for readers who find inspiration and strength from second-act stories, Ann emerges at midlife secure, independent, and optimistic. Elaine Soloway has a master's degree in Urban Planning and Policy and is a former public relations professional and press office staffer for both Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne and School Superintendent Ruth Love. She is the author of The Division Street Princess; Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion: Life After Loss; and Bad Grandma and Other Chapters in a Life Lived Out Loud. She also has four successful and widely read blogs and most recently has seen aspects of her life immortalized on the Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning Transparent, which is produced and written by her daughters, Jill and Faith Soloway.

Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m.

Traci D. O'Neal

The Exceptional Negro: Racism, White Privilege and the Lie of Respectability Politics

Reading, Q&A, and Book-signing

Traci O'Neal was thrust into the national spotlight in 2017 when a GOP presidential candidate singled her out on social media. The widespread and deeply disturbing campaign of hatred, harassment, and racist attacks that followed made a lie of the insulation that her education and solidly middle-class life had seemed to provide her. Traci issues a call to action for white folks to dismantle systemic racism, and more importantly, for black folks to discuss and consider the Pro-Black Reconstruction Strategy, to lessen dependence on America's racist systems and reduce the impact of racism in their lives. America expects black people to assimilate, which by definition, fixes "whiteness" as the standard. But what would happen if black people challenge and resist that notion? Traci O'Neal Ellis is a Chicago-area attorney and HR professional. She is also a frequent speaker on race, law, politics, and radically inclusive leadership and is a fierce advocate for social justice. She has won many prestigious awards, including the YWCA's Beatrice Dorsey Award for Business and Professions and the Elgin, Illinois, Human Relations Commission's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Humanitarian Award.

Wednesday, August 8 at 7 p.m.

Kathleen Rooney in conversation with Rebecca Slotnick

The Listening Room: A Novel of Georgette and Loulou Magritte

Book Launch Party

In this flash fiction novel, local author Kathleen Rooney invites readers to look at the paintings and life of the Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte from the perspectives of his wife Georgette and their shared series of beloved Pomeranian dogs, all named Loulou. The hybrid book draws heavily on Rooney's recent work as the co-editor of Magritte's Selected Writings. A founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of the typewriter poetry-on-demand collective Poems While You Wait, Kathleen Rooney is the author, most recently, of the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. Married to the writer Martin Seay, she lives in Chicago and teaches at DePaul University. Rachel Slotnick received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. She teaches at Malcolm X College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her murals and sculptures are can be seen in public spaces all over Chicago. Her work has appeared in Mad Hat, Thrice Fiction, and Driftwood Press, among others. Rachel won RHINO Poetry's Founder's Prize and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015 and 2017. She is also the author of In Lieu of Flowers.

Thursday, August 9 at 7 p.m.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras in conversation with Cristina Henriquez

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Author Conversation

Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister, Cassandra, enjoy carefree lives inside their gated community in Bogota, but the threats of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood's walls because drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities. Petrona, their live-in-maid who is from the city's guerrilla-occupied slum, is crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. Inspired by the author's own life, Fruit of the Drunken Tree's two coming-of-age stories shed light on the impossible choices women are often forced to make and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation. Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and the Huffington Post, among others. She has received fellowships and awards from the Missouri Review, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, among others. She is the book columnist for KQED Arts, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate. Cristina Henriquez is the author of three books, including, most recently, the novel The Book of Unknown Americans. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father.

Friday, August 10 at 7 p.m.

Crystal Hana Kim in conversation with Julia Fine

If You Leave Me

Book Launch Party

When the communist-backed army from the north invades her home, sixteen- year-old Haemi Lee, along with her widowed mother and ailing brother, is forced to flee to a refugee camp along the coast. But for a few hours each night, she can escape her tragic circumstances with her childhood friend, Kyunghwan. Focused on finishing school, Kyunghwan doesn't realize his older and wealthier cousin, Jisoo, has his sights set on the beautiful and spirited Haemi. Haemi marries Jisoo, becoming first a wife and then a mother, for the sake of her family's security. Richly told and deeply moving, If You Leave Me is an emotionally riveting portrait of war and refugee life, a passionate and timeless romance, and a heartrending exploration of one woman's longing for autonomy in a rapidly changing world. Crystal Hana Kim holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and an MS in education from Hunter College. She has received numerous awards, including PEN America's Story Prize for Emerging Writers, along with fellowships and support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is currently a writing instructor for Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and a contributing editor at Apogee Journal. Born and raised in New York, she currently lives in Chicago. Julia Fine received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their son. Her debut novel What Should Be Wild published earlier this year.

Sunday, August 12 at 6 p.m.

Fatimah Asghar

If They Come For Us

Poetry Reading

For the release party for Fatimah Asghar's new poetry collection If They Come For Us, Fatimah will be joined by Rachel "Raych" Jackson, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and José Olivarez. Fatimah Asghar is the writer of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls, and her work has appeared in Poetry and BuzzFeed Reader, among others. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective, a Kundiman Fellow, and author of the chapbook After. In 2011, she created REFLEKS, a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Rachel "Raych" Jackson is an educator, poet, and playwright. Her latest play, Double Date premiered in the 9th annual Chicago One-Minute Play Festival in June of 2018. Her work has been published by many—including Poetry and the Rumpus. Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar, which was a finalist for both a Minnesota Book Award and a Lambda Literary Award, and Not Here. A queer Vietnamese American poet, Hieu is a Kundiman fellow and a poetry editor for Muzzle magazine. His work has also appeared in the Guernica, Ninth Letter, the Paris-American, and elsewhere. He lives in Minneapolis. José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, the co-author of the book of poems Home Court, and the co-host of the poetry podcast The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University and is the marketing manager at Young Chicago Authors. A winner of a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship and a Bronx Recognizes Its Own award, his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets, poets.org, and Hyperallergic, among other places. He is from Calumet City and lives in Chicago. His first book, Citizen Illegal, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books.

Tuesday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl

Rad Girls Can

Reading, Q&A, and Book-signing

In Rad Girls Can, you'll learn about a diverse group of young women who are living rad lives, whether excelling in male-dominated sports like boxing, rock climbing, or skateboarding; speaking out against injustice and discrimination; expressing themselves through dance, writing, and music; or advocating for girls around the world. Each profile is paired with the dynamic paper-cut art that made the authors' first two books New York Times best sellers. Featuring both contemporary and historical figures, Rad Girls Can offers hope, inspiration, and motivation to readers of all ages and genders. Kate Schatz is a feminist writer, activist, and educator. She is the author of the New York Times best sellers Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, and the accompanying journal, My Rad Life. Kate is the co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups, and she speaks often about politics, resistance, feminism, race, parenting, and more. Miriam Klein Stahl is an artist, educator, and activist and the illustrator of the New York Times best sellers Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Women Worldwide, and the journal My Rad Life. In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, paper-cut, and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School, where she has taught since 1995. Stahl is also the co-owner of Pave the Way Skateboards, a queer skateboarding company formed with Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer, and skateboarder Tara Jepson.

Wednesday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Gay Women's Gathering

An Evening on Lesbian Pregnancy sponsored by Path2Parenthood

Please join us for our annual Gay Women's Gathering: An Evening on Lesbian Pregnancy. Learn the medical and legal do's and don'ts gay women must know before starting their families. Our panelists will include Heather Ross, Esq., of Ross & Zuckerman LLP; Dr. Juan Alvarez of Fertility Centers of Illinois; and Scott Brown, of California Cryobank. This event is free, and all are welcome!

Thursday, August 16 at 7 p.m.

Melissa Stephenson in conversation with Reina Hardy

Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back

Author Conversation and Book-signing

Growing up in a blue-collar family in the Midwest, Melissa Stephenson longed for escape. Her wanderlust was an innate, and she found in automobiles the promise of a future beyond Indiana. From a series of secondhand family cars of the late '60s, to the Honda that carried her from Montana to Texas as her marriage disintegrated, to the '70s Ford she drove away from the house where her brother took his life, she knew these cars better than she knew some of the people closest to her. Driven is a powerful story of healing, for all who have had to look back at pain to see how they can now move forward. Melissa Stephenson earned a BA in English from the University of Montana and an MFA in fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has appeared in the Rumpus, the Washington Post, and Fourth Genre, among others. She lives in Missoula, Montana. Reina Hardy's plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been produced in Chicago, NYC, Austin, and DC. They include Glassheart, Changelings, and A Map to Somewhere Else. She has received numerous honors and has been published in Best American Short Plays and Best Scenes for Two Actors, among others.

Tuesday, August 21 at 7 p.m.

Kim Brooks in conversation with Kathleen Rooney

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

Book Launch Party

One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America's culture of fear plays in parenthood. In Small Animals, Brooks asks, of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is fear the most universal and profound? And why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes affect the lives of parents and children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves? Provocative and illuminating, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another. Kim Brooks is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a teaching-writing fellow. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, the Missouri Review, and other journals, and her essays have appeared in Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, Lenny Letter, and on WNYC's Note to Self. She is the author of the novel The Houseguest. Kim lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children.

Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m.

Julie Schumacher

The Shakespeare Requirement

Author Reading

Beleaguered English professor Jason Fitger, the unlucky protagonist of the Thurber Prize—winning novel Dear Committee Members, returns to Payne University and a sea of troubles, personal and institutional. His ex-wife is sleeping with the dean, who must approve whatever modest initiatives he undertakes. The fearsome department secretary Fran clearly runs the show, and the lavishly funded Econ Department keeps siphoning off English's meager resources. Fitger's attempt to get an antediluvian Shakespeare scholar to retire backfires spectacularly in this delicious satire. Julie Schumacher's first novel, The Body Is Water was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her 2014 novel, Dear Committee Members, won the Thurber Prize for American Humor; the first by a woman to be so honored. She lives in St. Paul and is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of Minnesota. Amy Danzer works at Northwestern University where she manages several master's programs and directs the Summer Writers' Conference. On the side, she interviews authors for Newcity and the Rumpus and is a contributing writer for Heauxs.

Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m.

Angela Garbes in conversation with Monica Eng

Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy

Author Conversation and Book-signing

Obstetricians cautiously quote statistics; online sources scare you with conflicting and often inaccurate data; and even the most trusted books offer information with a heavy dose of judgment. First-time mother Angela Garbes was dissatisfied with the plethora of advice about what women ought to do, rather than allowing them the freedom to choose the right path for themselves. So she dove into the scientific mysteries and cultural attitudes to find answers to critical questions. In Like a Mother, Garbes offers a rigorously researched and compelling look at the physiology, biology, and psychology of pregnancy and motherhood. Angela Garbes began writing for the Stranger in 2006 and became a staff writer in 2014. Her piece "The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am" is the publication's most-read piece in its 24-year history. Garbes is an experienced public speaker, and a frequent radio and podcast guest and event moderator. She grew up in a food-obsessed, immigrant Filipino household and now lives in Seattle with her husband and two children. In her 30-year-long, award-winning career in journalism, Monica Eng has worked for Chicago Public Radio, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. She currently reports on food, health, environment, and Chicago history for WBEZ's Curious City show and is co-host of the food health podcast Chewing. She is the mother of two teenagers and is writing a middle school novel about magical noodles and dumplings.

Friday, August 24 at 7 p.m.

Civilian Police Accountability Council Info Session

Learn about the ways in which police accountability in Chicago is broken, and the violence this causes. Find out why you don't have to think of police impunity as an intractable problem, and how the CPAC ordinance—which would create a democratically elected Civilian Police Accountability Council ( CPAC )—may be on the brink of forcing major systemic change in Chicago. You'll leave knowing how you can be part of the historic push for real community control of the police in our city.

Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m.

Frances des Pontes Peebles in conversation with Cristina Henriquez

The Air You Breathe

Book Launch Party

Join us for the book release party celebrating The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles.

Skinny, nine-year-old orphan Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. GraÃïa, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well-fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill-behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and GraÃïa quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music. One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. But only one of them is destined to be a star. Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Rio de Janeiro's famous Lapa neighborhood, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship. Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, which was translated into nine languages and won the Friends of American Writers Literary Award and the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has received a Fulbright Grant and Brazil's Sacatar Foundation Fellowship and was a teaching fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m.

Angela Kenyatta

And Whose Life Are You Living Anyway?

Reading, Q&A, and Book-signing

And Whose Life Are You Living, Anyway? invites readers to invoke inner wisdom as a guide to more purposeful living. Kenyatta's work is anchored in ancient spiritual teachings and offers a compassionate and compelling exploration of the personal and the political in relation to identity, spirituality, and power. Contemporary social themes serve as a catalyst for contemplation and transformation, as each woman answers the questions Who must I become in order to fulfill my purpose? How can I best contribute to the world? Angela Kenyatta is a sacred activist and author. She is the founder and managing principal of Strategic Change Solutions, a Chicago-based management consulting agency that helps organizations bring the future to life by demystifying the complexities, patterns, and principles of change. Angela has an extensive track record of social justice advocacy and community activism, serving on a number of boards for mission-driven organizations focused on maternal and infant health, women's wellness, arts and culture, youth development, and increasing civic engagement among marginalized groups.

Tuesday, September 4 at 7 p.m.

Abby Geni in conversation with Frances des Pontes Peebles

The Wildlands

Book Launch Party

A devastating tornado demolishes the McCloud family home and orphans siblings Darlene, Jane, and Cora. The tornado's aftermath, including relentless media attention, cause great tension in their brother, Tucker, who soon abandons his sisters and disappears. On the third anniversary of the tornado, a cosmetics factory outside their hometown is bombed, and the lab animals trapped within are released. Tucker reappears, injured from the blast, and seeks the help of nine-year-old Cora. Caught up in the thrall of her charismatic brother, whom she has desperately missed, Cora agrees to accompany Tucker on a cross-country mission to make war on human civilization. The Wildlands is another remarkable literary thriller from critically acclaimed writer Abby Geni, one that examines what happens when one family becomes trapped in the tenuous space between the human and animal worlds. Abby Geni is the author of The Lightkeepers, winner of the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction and the inaugural Chicago Review of Books Award for Best Fiction, as well as The Last Animal, an Indies Introduce Debut Authors selection and a finalist for the Orion Book Award. Geni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship. Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, translated into nine languages and winner of Friends of American Writers Literary Award and the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has received a Fulbright Grant and Brazil's Sacatar Foundation Fellowship and was a teaching fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She is the author of novels The Seamstress and The Air You Breathe.

Wednesday, September 5 at 7 p.m.

R. O. Kwan in conversation with Rebecca Makkai

The Incendiaries

Author Conversation and Book-signing

Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe. Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is increasingly drawn into a religious group—a secretive extremist cult—founded by a charismatic former student, John Leal. He has an enigmatic past that involves North Korea and Phoebe's Korean American family. Meanwhile, Will struggles to confront the fundamentalism he's tried to escape and the obsession consuming the one he loves. The Incendiaries is a fractured love story and a brilliant examination of the minds of extremists and of what can happen to people who lose what they love most. R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in the Guardian, Vice, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Omi International, the Steinbeck Center, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States. Rebecca Makkai is the author of The Borrower, The Hundred-Year House, which won the Novel of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, Music for Wartime, and The Great Believers. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Harper's, and Tin House, among others. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

Save the Date

Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m.

Barbara J. Risman

Where the Millennials Will Take Us

Book Launch Party

Friday, September 7 at 7 p.m.

Maeve Higgins

Maeve in America

Reading, Q&A, and book-signing

Saturday, September 8 at 6 p.m.

Brice Smith

Lou Sullivan: Daring to be a Man Among Men

Reading, Q&A, and book-signing

Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m.

Sappho's Salon

Fall Open Mic

Andersonville Arts Week

September 12 - 16

Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m.

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Eleanor Roosevelt ( vols. 1 - 3 )

Reading, Q&A, and book-signing

Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m.

Jessica Hopper in conversation with Megan Stielstra

Night Moves

Book Launch Party

Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m.

Shannon Gibney

Dream Country

Young Adult Reading, Q&A, and book-signing

Saturday, September 22 starting at

6 p.m.

Annual Chicago Lit Crawl

It's a pub crawl for nerds, featuring literary events throughout Andersonville beginning at 6 p.m. We'll have Story time with Drag Queens, Best Books of 2018 So Far Author Panel, Poetry While You Wait, and more! Details coming soon!

Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m.

Amy Strauss Friedman with special guests Jessica Walsh and Donna Vorreyer

The Eggshell Skull Rule

Book Launch Party

Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Curtis Sittenfeld, Nami Mun, Shauna Selly & Rebecca Makkai

Samuel's Friends present The Caregiver by Samuel Park

Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

Anne Balay

Semi Queer: Inside the World of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers

Book Launch Party

Book Groups

Feminist Book Group

Sunday, Aug. 12 at 4 p.m.

Selection meeting

Teens First Book Group

Sunday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Women Aging with Wisdom & Grace Discussion & Potluck

Sunday, Aug. 19

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Suggested Reading: My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Social Justice Book Group

Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Classics of Women's Literature

Book Group

Monday, Aug. 20 at 7:15 p.m.

Zami by Audre Lorde

Women's Book Group

Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Hunger by Roxane Gay

Family of Women Book Group

No August meeting

Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.

Daring To Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening by Manal Al-Sharif

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Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
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