Caring Lessons: A Nursing Professor’s Journey of Faith and Self
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
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl
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.
The Fates Will Find Their Way
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.
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.
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.
Cornelia Maude Spelman
Missing: A Memoir
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.”
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.
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.
Sex, Drag & Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance
Performance artist Diane Torr has been experimenting with the performance of gender for thirty years – exploring everything from feminist go-go dancing to masculine power play. A pioneer of “drag king” performance, Torr has been celebrated internationally for her gender transformation workshops. Her new book blends her own memoir and commentary with critical reflection contributed by renowned performance critic Stephen Bottoms.
Sappho’s Solstice Salon benefiting Broadway Youth Center$7-$10 includes food and wine For the third year running, Sappho’s Salon, our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends, is helping make your yuletide gay with our annual Solstice Salon. DJ SpinNikki will get you moving your feet with a choice selection of pop, dance, soul, indie rock, and holiday favorites. She’ll be joined by some very provocative surprise guests, and we’ll be serving mulled wine and other festive treats to keep you feeling cozy. 100% of Sappho’s proceeds tonight will benefit Broadway Youth Center, an organization providing advocacy and support for LGBTQ teens, including services for homeless queer youth. In addition to raising funds, we will be collecting needed supplies for B.Y.C., including tooth brushes and toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, feminine hygiene products, new socks, underwear (all sizes), thermal underwear, hats, scarves, gloves, and CTA fare cards.
The Mikvah Queen In the anti-everything hippie culture of the early 1980s, what rituals can a girl borrow, steal, or invent to make sense of puberty? Jane Schwartz, a lonely, Talmud-quoting, disco-worshipping eleven-year-old builds a mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) in the porta-sauna of her middle-aged neighbor in hopes of saving her from the ravages of cancer. Will Jane also save her fierce, fragile self? Winner of the Dana Award for the Novel, The Mikvah Queen is a remarkable exploration of postmodern Jewish identity, cancer, the confusion and promise of ‘70s alternative culture, and the power of ritual.
Courage Grows Strong at the Wound In Koehler’s hilarious and addictive collection of writings, the Chicago Tribune columnist ponders single parenting, the wonder of life, war and peace, grief, and more. Ultimately a quest for both inner and outer peace, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound weaves a dream for our fragile future. In her forward to the book, Marianne Williams says, “Koehler’s points are made with a combination of journalistic acumen and spiritual precision. He takes you by the brain and will not let you go to sleep, will not let you shut down, will not let you look away — and yet, in the same essay — will not let you lose hope, and will not let you stop believing in the spirit of goodness that lies within us.”
Set the Night on FireSomeone is trying to kill Lila Hilliard. During the Christmas holidays she returns from running errands to find her family home in flames, her father and brother trapped inside. Later, she is attacked by a mysterious man on a motorcycle, and the threats don't end there. As Lila desperately tries to piece together who is after her and why, she uncovers information about her parents’ involvement in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Part thriller, part historical novel, and part love story, Set the Night on Fire paints an unforgettable portrait of Chicago during a turbulent time: the riots at the Democratic Convention.
Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions
Featuring Gabrielle Everall and Ripley Caine, special guest DJ SpinNikki
$7-10 sliding door price includes food and wine
In the latest monthly installment of our lively and popular salon night for lesbians and their friends, we present rockin’ indie musician and Cake Chicago founder Ripley Caine and, traveling all the way for Perth, Australia, performance poet Gabrielle Everall. Caine, spiritual sister to PJ Harvey, has been performing around Chicago and internationally since 1989. Gabrielle Everall’s poetry and video work has been highly anthologized, and she has performed her work at leading festivals throughout Australia and in Canada. As always, house DJ SpinNikki will play us in and out of sets. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.