Author Reading

Sara Paretsky

Body Work Book Launch Party

            We’re always delighted when one of our favorite writers releases a new book. Body Work, Paretsky’s fourteenth V. I. Warshawski mystery, may be her most compelling and timely one yet. When a controversial young artist is murdered, V. I. is pulled into a case that touches on some of the most important issues raised by the war in Iraq. In addressing the personal and political implications of art and war, Paretsky boldly places Warshawski at the center of an investigation that cuts to the heart of society today.

            Tonight’s launch party will include free refreshments, giveaway t-shirts, and a chance for one lucky attendee to have a character named after him or her in the next V. I. book!

Event date: 
Friday, September 10, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
us

Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions

Featuring Fay Jacobs, Ellen Rosner, and DJ SpinNikki
$7-10 sliding fee includes food and wine

This month, our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends includes
humorist Fay Jacobs, author of the lesbian memoir As I Lay Frying, and the sequel, Fried
and True: Tales from Rehoboth Beach; and local favorite Ellen Rosner. With a voice that
Windy City Times music writer David Byrne describes as “a young Chrissie Hynde, Chris
Issak or Melissa Etheridge,” with influences of Ruth Brown and Mavis Staples, Rosner
has opened for artists such as Joan Armatrading, Sophie B. Hawkins and Nelly Furtado.
DJ SpinNikki will play us in and out of sets with her eclectic playlist of pop, soul,
electronica, and world music.
Door proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
us

Sharon Pomerantz

Rich Boy

Robert Vishniak, favored son of a working-class Jewish Philadelphia
neighborhood, employs his good looks, charm and cleverness to scale the social ladder.
Gliding from his hardscrabble beginnings to an elite New England University, he
ensconces himself among scions of unimagined wealth and influence, building a future he
believes will eclipse his humble past. But as is so often the case, it takes but a fleeting,
single occurrence to change Robert’s life, threatening to undermine his achievements and
unravel his carefully constructed identity. Ten years in the making, Pomerantz’s debut is
a sweeping saga of class, sexual rebellion, money, and love.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Alexa Stevenson

Half-Baked: The Story of My Nerves, My Newborn, and How We Both Learned to
Breathe

Flotsam blogger and NPR commentator Alexa Stevenson has been a self-
proclaimed worrywart for most of her life: avoiding amusement park rides, skateboards,
and other activities that would just be “borrowing trouble.” But the series of worst-case
scenarios that comprise her journey to motherhood—including the birth of her daughter
Simone, more than 3 months early—force her into a Zen-like acceptance of uncertainty
and absurdity; a journey she recounts in this uniquely sharp, funny, vulnerable, and
ultimately, hopeful memoir.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
us

Mary F. Burns

J: The Woman Who Wrote the Bible

When Janaia, oldest daughter of King David of Judah, is secretly initiated into the
art and magic of writing, she finds she must master the sublime powers and visions that
come with this new kind of knowledge. From the caves of Judah to the glories of
Solomon’s Temple, Janaia discovers through heartbreak and sacrifice that the knowledge
of good and evil brings with it both frightening powers and jubilant freedom. In her quick-
paced debut novel, Chicago native Burns has crafted a tale that will appeal to fans of the
feminist historical fantasies of Starhawk, Jane Auel, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:51pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
us

W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans

W. Bruce Cameron is a nationally syndicated humor columnist and author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter. His latest book takes a fictional turn, offering a dog’s-eye view of the world. Dubbed by Kirkus as Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays with Morrie, A Dog’s Purpose is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for purpose over the course of several lives, exploring the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: why are we here? In addition, it makes a strong case for why potential dog owners should choose rescue shelters to find their pets, over breeding farms or city pounds. Both friendly dogs and their humans are invited to attend tonight’s event.
 
“I loved the book and couldn’t put it down. It really made me think about the purpose of life. At the end, I cried.”
--Temple Grandin

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

Audrey Niffenegger

Her Fearful Symmetry

We’re delighted that New York Times bestselling author and local favorite Audrey Niffenegger will be joining us to celebrate the paperback release of her latest novel. Her Fearful Symmetry shares the wonder, passion, and mystery that readers adored in The Time Traveler’s Wife. With wildly imagined settings, including London’s famous Highgate Cemetery (where both Niffenegger and one of the book’s characters are tour guides), and complete with twins, ghosts, obsessive-compulsive disorder, intricate puzzles, and several intensely compelling eccentrics, Her Fearful Symmetry confirms that Niffenegger is a talent like no other.

Event date: 
Friday, July 23, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
us

Nathan Rabin

The Big Rewind: A Memory Brought to You by Pop Culture

This hilariously entertaining memoir by the head entertainment writer for The Onion’s A.V. Club reveals how the pop culture that native Chicagoan Rabin loved so dearly rescued him from a life of suicidal impulses, mental institutions, and the repercussions of parental abandonment. Unwitting accomplices in Rabin’s voyage include an Orthodox Jewish reggae superstar, a New Wave gay cowboy, Jean-Luc Godard, Dr. Dre, J.D. Salinger and The Simpsons’ immortal Frank “Grimey” Grimes. The memoir also features cameos by Billy Bob Thornton, a vomiting Topher Grace, and some dude named Barack Obama. 

Event date: 
Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
us

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
us

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
us

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
us

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