Author Reading

Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions

Featuring Sabrina Chap, Megan Milks, and DJ SpinNikki
$7-10 sliding scale includes food and wine.

The latest monthly installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends presents musician Sabrina Chap and writer Megan Milks. Ragtime artist Sabrina Chap’s got classical piano skills, the ballad heartbreak of Tom Waits, the onstage antics of Phyllis Diller and the voice of a whiskey angel. She’ll be celebrating the release of her acclaimed recording, Oompa! Megan Milks is a Ph. D. candidate at the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has been anthologized in Then & Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing; Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary Experimental Prose by Women Writers and Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire, among other anthologies and journals. DJ SpinNikki will play us in and out of sets. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Cynthia Morrison Phoel

Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories

Place—in this case a small mountain village in Bulgaria—is at the heart of Cynthia Morrison Phoel’s debut collection of linked stories. At once quirky, remote, and agonizingly intimate, the ragged town of Old Mountain is home to a cast of Bulgarian people who do daily battle with the elements, soul-crushing poverty, and changing times.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Claudia Allen and special guests

Hannah Free: The Novel

 

Claudia Allen’s lesbian play, Hannah Free, is now a movie starring Sharon Gless and a novel from Bella Books. At tonight’s event, actors from the movie will read selections from the play and the novel, and Claudia Allen will be on hand to answer questions and sign books. Joining Allen will be Jorjet Harper and Tracy Baim, both of whom have written behind-the-scenes exposé’s for the book’s release. The DVD of Hannah Free will also be available for sale.

Event date: 
Friday, June 25, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Annual Pride Open Mic

Hosted by Cin Salach and Ann Christophersen

It’s an annual Pride tradition we look forward to every year: our GLBTQ Pride open mic. Open Mic readers are invited to bring your best single page of prose or poetry to share; whether you are a seasoned reader or a novice sharing your work for the first time, you’ll find a rousing and supportive audience and a dazzling variety of GLBTQ creative expression. Open Mic participation is limited, so stop in or call the store (773-769-9299) today to sign up!

 

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Amelia Cotter

This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost

This House tells the true story of Nora, a lonely fifteen-year-old who dreams of more adventure than life in suburban Maryland can offer. Fascinated by the supernatural, she begins exploring an allegedly haunted abandoned house and soon finds herself tangled in its mysteries, uncovering many secrets and befriending a shy ghost named Walter. Drawn from original documents and author notes, this book is based on real events and reveals how a girl, a house, and a ghost became entwined forever.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Mary Beth Raycraft, translator

A Parisienne in Chicago: Impressions of the World's Columbian Exposition by Madame Léon Grandin

In 1893, French writer Madame Léon Grandin accompanied her sculptor husband to Chicago, where he worked on the World’s Columbian Exposition fountain. For the first time, translator Mary Beth Raycraft has made Grandin’s observations of life in Chicago—her awe for the city’s fast pace and architectural grandeur as well as commentary on gender roles, social norms and family life—available for an English-speaking audience to enjoy. Tonight Raycraft will be on hand to share Grandin’s impressions and discuss the translation project.

 

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Deanna Zandt

Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking

 

Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter can be so much more than a way to find your high school friends or learn what your favorite celebrity had for breakfast – they can be powerful tools for changing the world. In Share This! media technologist Deanna Zandt covers the hows, whys, and netiquette of using social networking to create positive change and offers detailed advice for both individuals and organizations.

Event date: 
Friday, June 11, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Jenna Blum

The Stormchasers

 

Blum’s first novel, Those Who Saved Us, was hailed by critics nationwide and spent nearly two years on the New York Times bestseller list. Set in the majestic far reaches of Tornado Alley, her stunning follow-up sheds light on the wrenching struggle of bipolar disorder, the mysterious bond of twin siblings, and the thrilling culture of storm chasing, painted with exhilarating details that deliver readers directly to the heart of storms both meteorological and psychological.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Sappho's Salon 2nd Anniversary Party

Sappho’s Salon Second Anniversary Extravaganza

Featuring Holly Hughes and special guests

$10 includes refreshments

Sappho’s Salon, our popular monthly salon night for lesbians and their friends, is turning 2! Join us for cake and champagne as we welcome legendary lesbian performance artist Holly Hughes. One of the original "NEA Four" (four artists whose NEA grants were rescinded when their work was deemed “obscene”), the two-time Obie Award–winning performer and playwright is author of such plays as The Well of Horniness, The Lady Dick, and Clit Notes. She is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. Hughes will be joined by guest performers Laura Pazuchowski and Deb Durham. As always, DJ SpinNikki will play us in and out of sets. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Frances Moore Lappé

Join us as we welcome the author of the groundbreaking classic Diet for a Small Planet for an eye opening and inspiring discussion of her new book, Getting a Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Help for Haiti: A Reading by 7th Graders from Helen C. Peirce Elementary School

When the tragic January 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, the images of the disaster profoundly affected the 7th grade students of Helen C. Peirce Elementary School's Room 301. While working in collaboration with Free Street Theater and its Act/Write residency program, the students were asked to choose a topic they wanted to explore through writing. The students chose to write about the Haitian crisis and asked if they could do a fundraiser to help. Tonight we are proud to present the creative visions and voices of Room 301 for a special reading and fundraiser, benefitting continued recovery efforts in Haiti.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Alice Shabecoff

Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill

 

In a landmark investigation that has been compared to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, two veteran journalists definitively show how, why, and where industrial toxins and causing soaring rates of birth defects, asthma, cancer, and other serious illnesses among children. Former New York Times chief environmental correspondent and founder of Greenwire Philip Shabecoff and freelance journalist and former executive director of the National Consumer League Alice Shabecoff reveal that the children of baby boomers—the first to be raised in a truly toxified world—are the first generation to be sicker and have shorter life expectancies than their parents. The culprit, they say, are the companies that profit from producing, using, and selling toxins. Join us for a discussion with Alice Shabecoff about the risks of environmental toxicity for our children and what we can do about it.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Osie Gabriel Adelfang and Emma Rosenthal

Shifting Sands: Jewish Women Confront the Israeli Occupation

 

The first collection of its kind, Shifting Sands presents the personal essays, eyewitness accounts, and intense soul searching of fourteen Jewish women writers confronting the reality of their beloved Israel as a brutal occupying force. In the Jewish community, criticizing the Israeli government's handling of the Palestinian question often labels the critic as self-hating and anti-Semitic, yet the contributors to this anthology write out of love, a shared humanity, and a vision for a lasting and just peace. Join Editor Osie Gabriel Adelfang and contributor Emma Rosenthal for a reading and discussion of this groundbreaking anthology.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Erica Johnson Debeljak

Forbidden Bread

 

Debeljak's memoir covers vast territory, both emotionally and geographically. Beginning in New York in 1993, the book quickly migrates, along with the author, to Slovenia, in the midst of its transformation from a republic of the violently disintegrating Yugoslavia to an independent nation state. Among the many challenges facing her include learning a complicated language, an apartment not much larger than a New York closet, a dying communist bureaucracy, folk remedies, and sexism. Yet she grows to love her quirky and quickly modernizing new home. Set against the backdrop of the Yugoslav wars of succession, Forbidden Bread is the engaging story of an American woman coming to grips with life in a rapidly changing European landscape.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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