Author Reading

Ellen Wade Beals, editor, and contributors

Solace in So Many Words

 

What does solace mean? According to writer and editor EllenWade Beals, solace is a mixture of love, hope, comfort, truth, and so much more. In this new anthology 52 writers, familiar and new, present a satisfying assortment of writing on loss, love, hope, and most of all, solace. Join Beals and contributors Susan Spaeth Cherry, Kathleen Kirk, Barry Silesky, D. J. Lachance, Lisa Liken, and Joan Corwin for a reading and discussion of this intriguing new collection.

 

“This collection of many different kinds of writing, all of it excellent, consistently avoids the easy and obvious answer. Each entry feels fresh, as it offers yet another angle on finding a way to remain intact through life’s complexity.”

Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul      

Event date: 
Friday, May 6, 2011 - 7:30pm
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5233 N. Clark St.
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Becky Beaupre Gillespie

Good Enough is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood

 

Today’s women are achieving greater personal success than ever before and choosing to have families on their own terms and timelines. It would seem that this unprecedented ability to merge family and career goals would mean that women are happier than ever, but study after study has demonstrated that women’s happiness levels have been decreasing. Why is this, and what can be done about it? Based on exclusive data, more than 100 in-depth interviews, and the latest research, Good Enough is the New Perfect builds on the growing “anti-perfectionist parenting” movement. Told through the inspiring stories of real moms, it blends expert advice and solid research to offer a new roadmap for the balancing act of motherhood.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 4:30pm
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5233 N. Clark St.
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Mary Hudson & Monireh Mohammadi

Misogyny: the World's Oldest Prejudice

 

Hudson, the wife of the deceased author of Misogyny, renowned Irish journalist and author Jack Holland, will be here to talk about her husband’s book. Holland set out to answer a daunting question: how do you explain the oppression and brutalization of half the world's population by the other half, throughout history? The result is an eye-opening journey through centuries, continents and civilizations as it looks at both historical and contemporary attitudes toward women. Misogyny encompasses the Church, witch hunts, sexual theory, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and finally, today's developing world, where women are increasingly and disproportionately at risk because of radicalized religious beliefs, famine, war, and disease. Mary will be joined by the translator of the book, from English into Persian, Monireh Mohammadi. This event is arranged and co-sponsored by Pasfarda Arts & Culural Exchange, a non-profit organization committed to the promotion and global exchange of arts and culture. For more information, please visit Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange: http://www.pasfarda.org/EventDetails.aspx?id=16"

 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 7:30pm
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5233 N. Clark St.
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Lisa Lutz & David Hayward

Heads You Lose

In 2009, New York Times-bestselling author Lisa Lutz (The Spellman Files)
invited her ex-boyfriend, David Hayward, to collaborate with her on a mystery novel:
Lutz would write the odd-numbered chapters, Hayward the even, and neither could
undue any plot developments the other had established. Building on this unorthodox
writing partnership, Heads You Lose is presented with the authors’ notes to each other
intact, making Lutz and Hayward as much a part of the mystery as their characters. The
result is one of the most hilariously unique reading experiences to hit the bookshelves in
many years.

Event date: 
Friday, April 22, 2011 - 7:30pm
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5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions

Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions
Featuring Sharon Bridgforth and Shanta Nurullah
$7–$10 sliding admission includes food and wine
For the latest monthly installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their

friends, we are delighted to present two amazing lesbian storytellers. Celebrated writer
and performer Sharon Bridgforth is the author of the Lambda Literary Award–winning
the bull-jean stories and love conjure blues and co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz
Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project. A resident playwright at New
Dramatists since 2009, she has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships,
including support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shanta Nurullah is a
storyteller and musician who combines original and folkloric material with instruments
such as sitar and mbira. A recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship, Shanta
has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, the
National Women’s Music Festival, and numerous cultural and educational institutions.
We’re also proud to claim her as a sister staffer here at Women & Children First!
Sappho’s house DJ SpinNikki will play us in and out of sets. Door proceeds benefit the
artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Susie Bright

Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir

One of the nation’s foremost sex educators, activists, and writers, and founding
editor of the groundbreaking lesbian erotic magazine On Our Backs, Susie Bright is an
outspoken advocate of sexual equality and freedom. In her intimate new memoir, Bright
recounts the adventure, sacrifice, danger, and controversy of her unexpected and
extraordinary life.

“Susie Bright is a one-woman counterculture, a teenaged socialist revolutionary turned
Reagan-era sexual freedom fighter. In this bittersweet memoir, she recounts a life full of
political and erotic adventures and betrayals, a life at once deeply subversive and totally
American . . .” —Tom Perrotta

“Susie Bright’s real life is just as compelling—more compelling—than her sex life. And
that’s saying something.” —Dan Savage

Event date: 
Friday, April 15, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N Clark St
60640 Chicago
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Mary A. Littrell, Marsha A. Dickson, and Pushpika Freitas

Artisans and Fair Trade: Crafting Development

After agriculture and tourism, artisan work provides the most significant source
of income in many developing countries. While some argue that this “frivolous” industry
is not worthy of investment, an opposing view holds that the creation of sustainable employment opportunities for the poor and a positive alternative to mass production
outweigh the costs. Researchers Littrell and Dickson provide an in-depth perspective of
the effects and methodology of fair trade using the fair-trade apparel group MarketPlace:
Handwork of India, an Evanston-based company that employs more than 300 third-world
artisans, as a case study. Joining them for tonight’s discussion will be MarketPlace
founder Pushpika Freitas.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Nikky Finney

Head Off & Split: Poems

Poet Nikky Finney is a professor of creative writing at the University of
Kentucky. Featured on Russell Simmons DEF Poetry Jam, on NPR, and, most recently,
on the cover of Poets & Writers magazine, Finney is author of four volumes of poetry
and a short story collection, and she is editor of the anthology The Ringing Ear: Black
Poets Lean South. Tonight we’ll be celebrating the release of her highly praised new
poetry collection, Head Off & Split, published by Northwestern University/Triquarterly
Press.

Event date: 
Friday, April 8, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Stacy Pershall

Stacey Pershall

Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl


Through chapters structured around her tattoos, Stacy Pershall recounts her
childhood and young adulthood. Cast as an outsider in the deep rural south, she tells of her resulting struggles with eating disorders, multiple diagnoses for mental illness, and a
subsequent suicide attempt, which was broadcast live on the Internet. In a whirlwind
journey that is spirited, frightening, and at times mordantly funny, Loud in the House of
Myself is a searing and ultimately uplifting book that will resonate with young people
who feel strange or displaced in their worlds.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Rachel DeWoskin postponed til May 11

Big Girl Small

In her hilarious and heartbreaking third book, Rachel DeWoskin (Foreign Babes
in Beijing) introduces bright and sardonic 16-year-old Judy Lohden. When we first meet
Judy, she is hiding out in a seedy motel on the edge of Ann Arbor, trying to outlast a
media frenzy. From here, she recounts the circumstances that led the three-foot-nine-inch
teen to this situation, which includes falling victim to “the worst Stephen King Carrie
prank in the history of dating.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raved, “It’s a rare
author who is willing to subject her protagonist to the extreme ranges of degradation and
redemption to which DeWoskin subjects Judy; thankfully, she manages it beautifully.”

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Jennifer Pozner

Jennifer Pozner

Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV


Why are reality TV's stock characters (The Desperate Bachelorette, The Angry
Black Woman, The Douchebag Dude) so regressive? What are Frankenbites and other
open secrets in the reality TV industry? Why does pop culture reduce women and people
of color to such limiting stereotypes? Find out at the first Chicago book reading for
Reality Bites Back. Expect critical media commentary, revealing insights about gender,
race, and class in the entertainment industry, and lots of laughs. Find out why Princeton
professor and MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry says Reality Bites Back "should
be required reading for every American girl and woman."

Event date: 
Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Christine Todd

Christine Todd

Pins

When a philandering and swindling husband drives Molly Makepeace Jamison to
a little righteous venting on a Voodoo doll, it seems harmless enough. But she
inadvertently taps into something deep and mysterious, with shocking results—and when
a detective lands on her doorstep, Molly is thrust into a position of self-preservation. Yet
as her new choices produce more highs and lows than Chicago weather, she worries that
her Voodoo dalliance has taken on a life of its own.

Event date: 
Friday, April 1, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Nina Revoyr

Nina Revoyr
Wingshooters

Michelle LeBeau, child of a white American father and Japanese mother, lives with her grandparents in Deerhorn, Wisconsin – a small town that had been entirely white before her arrival. Rejected and bullied, Michelle spends her time reading, avoiding fights, and roaming the countryside. She idolizes her grandfather, an expert hunter and former minor-league baseball player, who is one of the town’s most respected men. This fragile peace is threatened with the arrival of the Garretts, a young black couple from Chicago. Nina Revoyr is the award-winning author of the novels The Necessary Hunger, Southland, and Age of Dreaming. In the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird, Revoyr’s new novel examines the effects of change on a small, isolated community against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Louise W. Knight

Louise W. Knight
Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
Reformer Jane Addams is often dismissively praised as a secular “saint,” but in the early twentieth century she was the nation’s leading political woman and one of its most prominent spokespersons for progressive causes. Co-founder of two major civil rights groups – the NAACP and the ACLU – Addams served on the boards of both until her death. A lifelong pacifist, Addams was widely criticized for her beliefs at the cusp of WWI, but in 1931 she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace prize. In her new book and second biography of Addams, Louise W. Knight provides for the first time a complete picture of how Addams came to achieve such huge influence and the role that her moral integrity played in that achievement.     

Event date: 
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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