Author Reading

Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, Kay Whitlock

Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States

In their groundbreaking book, Chicago-based civil rights attorney Joey L. Mogul;
New York–based police misconduct attorney; and Montana-based organizer, activist, and
writer Kay Whitlock confront and challenge the many ways in which queer lives are
criminalized, policed, and punished. Shifting focus away from the current conversations
about marriage equality, bullying, and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the writers squarely address
the long history of unlawful policing of sex and gender nonconformity. Reevaluating
America’s justice, criminal, and legal systems through the lens of the queer experience,
Queer (In)Justice gives voice to LGBT people, particularly those who are black or
Latino, and likely from poor or working-class families, on the fringes of their
communities.

Event date: 
Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Tracy Baim with special guests Bev Spangler and Kelli Strickland

The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter

In the early 1990s, before Don’ t Ask, Don’ t Tell, tens of thousands of gays and
lesbians proudly served their country, while living the double life of the closet. Tracy
Baim’ s new novel—first seen as a play by the same name—explores this period through
the experiences of a lesbian military sergeant who serves during the Gulf War. Now that
DADT has been repealed, this story is perfectly timed to shed light on the not-so-distant
past and the real-life repercussions of laws that demand we compromise who we are.
Joining Baim at this event will be Bev Spangler and Kelli Strickland, actors from the
original stage production (who both were most recently seen in the film Hannah Free). A
staged reading of the play Half Life will be accompanied by a reading from the book.

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
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
Presenting the Lesbians Got Talent talent show, featuring guest judges Ripley Caine, C.
C. Carter, and Searah Deysach
$7-$10 sliding scale, includes food and wine
Tonight’s installment of our popular monthly salon night for lesbians and their
friends invites all lesbian-identified women to come and show us what you’ve got.
Whether your special talent is silly or sensational, funny or fierce, tonight you are invited
to strut your stuff at the Lesbians Got Talent show! A panel of super hot lesbian judges
will (playfully) rate your performances and, with the audiences help, choose the recipient
of a $50 cash prize (and bragging rights for life). Musicians, magicians, spoken word
artists, comics, performance artists, burlesque performers, balloon-animal experts, cherry-
stem tongue-tiers, contortionists, and more: prepare 5 minutes (max) of material
demonstrating your unique talent, and reserve your spot in advance by e-mailing Kathie at
pressgirl@ameritech.net, subject line: “talent.” Participation is limited, so sign up now. A
few walk-up spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Event date: 
Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Susan Goldberg, editor, and contributors Mary Bowers and Rob Gray

And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents, and Our Unexpected Families

What happens when would-be dyke moms or gay dads ask a friend to donate
sperm or act as a surrogate? When a “single dyke” is vehemently not a “single mom” and
a “sperm donor” not a “donor dad?” When a trans mom-to-be donates sperm to her
friends? This quirky, funny, and occasionally heartbreaking collection of essays offers an
intimate and unprecedented look at the relative risks and unexpected rewards of queer do-
it-yourself baby making and the ways in which families are remade in the process.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Edith Pearlman

Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories

Edith Perlman’s fiction has won three O’Henry prizes and has appeared in Best
American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize collection, and New Stories from the South.
Spanning four decades and three prize-winning collections, her new collection takes us
from Jerusalem to Central America, from Czarist Russia to London during the blitz, and
from central Europe to a suburb of Boston. These charged locales, and the endlessly
varied characters who live in them, are evoked with tenderness and incisiveness.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Lois Roelofs

Caring Lessons: A Nursing Professor’s Journey of Faith and Self

Event date: 
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Julia Borcherts, Gina Frangello, Christine Sneed, - Fiction Reading

Julia Borcherts
Gina Frangello
Christine Sneed
Fiction Reading

Join us tonight for fiction readings by three very talented local writers. Julia
Borcherts is a fiction-writing instructor at Columbia College Chicago; a frequent
contributor to Time Out Chicago, Red Eye, and Metromix, and a co-founder of Reading
Under the Influence. Gina Frangello is the author of the novel My Sister's Continent and
the short-story collection, Slut Lullabies. She is executive editor for Other Voices Books
and fiction editor for the popular online literary collective The Nervous Breakdown.
Christine Sneed’s new story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, is
winner of the Grace Paley Prize in short fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best
American Short Stories 2008, New England Review, Massachusetts Review, and many

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Canceled Peggy Orenstein

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl
Culture

Trying to raise a girl in our “post-feminist” age, journalist Peggy Orenstein was
more than a little perplexed. As a new mother, she was blindsided by the persistent ultra-
feminine messages being sent to a new generation of little girls—from “princess-mania”
to endless permutations of pink. How many times can you say no, when your daughter
begs for a pint-sized wedding dress? In her probing, personal, and often hilarious new
book, the author of Schoolgirls and Waiting for Daisy ventures to the lands of Disney and
American Girl; braves a Miley Cyrus concert; and talks with historians, marketers,
psychologists, neuroscientists, parents, and children. In the process, she faces her own
confusion that rearing a girl raises about her own femininity.

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Hannah Pittard & Kathleen Rooney

Hannah Pittard

The Fates Will Find Their Way

Kathleen Rooney

For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs

            In her debut novel, DePaul University instructor Hannah Pittard explores the effect that a 16-year-old girl’s disappearance has on her close-knit neighborhood and the boys who went to school with her. Spinning the possibilities of what happened in vivid detail, Pittard keeps the reader guessing which version, if any, is the girl’s true fate. Kathleen Rooney’s funny and charming collection of essays, For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs details twenty-something life in the twenty-first century including, among other things, plagiarizing, entering convents, and transporting U.S. Senators.

Event date: 
Friday, January 28, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Heidi Durrow

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

            Durrow’s debut novel tells the story of Rachel, daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop. With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community where her light brown skin and blue eyes bring mixed attention her way. Join Durrow for a celebration of the paperback release of the winner of the 2008 Bellwether Prize, Barbara Kingsolver’s literary award for works addressing issues of social justice.

           

Event date: 
Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Brenda Marshall

Dakota

            In her epic novel set in late nineteenth century Dakota Territory, Brenda Marshall opens a window onto a place little known and often misunderstood, to tell an original tale of desire and ambition. Emotionally complex, willful and resourceful, Frances Houghton Bingham is seduced by the myths of opportunity driving the settlement of Dakota Territory, and dares to dream of a new world in which to realize her desires.

Event date: 
Friday, January 21, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Cornelia Maude Spelman & Kathleen Hill

Cornelia Maude Spelman

Missing: A Memoir

Kathleen Hill

Who Occupies This House

Hailed by Alex Kotlowitz as “memoir writing at its absolute finest,” Spelman’s memoir of her mother’s life was inspired by a conversation with a college friend of both of her parents, celebrated New Yorker editor, William Maxwell. With the pacing of a mystery novel, Spelman uses letters, family interviews, medical bills, and telegrams to reconstruct a life and unravel the mysteries of her family. Kathleen Hill’s novel, Who Occupies This House, is a lyrically fictionalized recreation of a family’s history. Of the book, writer Joan Silber raves, “This is a novel of great beauty. Step by step it works its way deep into the interior lives of vanished family, sifting through evidence to solve mysteries, rejudge sorrows, and think, over and over, about forgiveness.”

Event date: 
Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho’s Salon

Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions

Featuring Carolyn Gage and Sister Tara presenting The Lesbian Tent Revival

$7-10 sliding door charge includes food and wine

            In January, our monthly salon night for lesbians and their friends features award-winning playwright, performer and activist “Sister” Carolyn Gage. Joined by her musical sidekick, “Sister” Tara, Gage will reprise her wildly popular Lesbian Tent Revival: a rousing hour of foot-stomping, hand-clapping, irreverent songs and sermons that will leave you crackling with radical ideas, righteous indignation, and a lesbianic lust for life! Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Rhonda Schiff

Every Imaginable Shade of Gray

            Every Imaginable Shade of Gray tells the story of a family irreparably damaged by the death of a young boy. The tragic accident that takes his life triggers years of bitter recrimination between his parents, reverberating for decades through their lives and those of their two daughters. Told through the voice of the youngest daughter, Schiff’s novel chronicles a family’s undoing and its far-reaching consequences.

Event date: 
Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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