Off-site Event

Alex Garel-Frantzen

Gangsters and Organized Crime
in Jewish Chicago

Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Road

the usual suspects like Al Capone, organized crime in 1920s Chicago also
included various little-known Jewish gangsters born from the gritty Maxwell
Street ghetto. Their illegal activity sparked rifts between Reform and Orthodox
Jews and ignited tensions between city officials and Jewish leaders. This
historical account is the result of tireless research from newspaper articles
and editorials in the Chicago Tribune
and the Yiddish language press, as well as studies by historians, sociologists,
and reformers. Garel-Frantzen is a student at the University of Illinois
College of Law, where he is a Juris Doctor candidate. 

Event date: 
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
5959 N. Sheridan Road
Emanuel Congregation

Alex Garel-Frantzen

and Organized Crime in Jewish Chicago

Offsite Event: Edgewater Library,1210 W.
Elmdale Avenue

Capone. The Untouchables. The Valentine’s Day massacre. You may think you know
everything about the Roaring Twenties in the Windy City, but in the early
twentieth century, the harsh environment of the Maxwell Street ghetto produced
a proliferation of Jewish gangsters involved in everything from labor racketeering
to white slavery. Their illegal activity offended their own community’s value
system and sparked rifts between Reform and Orthodox Jews. It also ignited
tensions between city officials and Jewish leaders, indelibly marked the
gentile population’s perception of Chicago’s Jews, and shaped the city’s West
Side for years to come. A resident of Buffalo Grove, Alex Garel-Frantzen
graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he was
awarded the Department of History Scholarship for Outstanding Senior Honors
Thesis and the Martha Belle Barrett Scholarship for Undergraduate Academic

Event date: 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:00am
Event address: 
6000 N Broadway
Edgewater Library
60660 Chicago

Mandy Ingber

75-minute Flow Yoga Class followed by Book Signing

Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover

Exhale Mind Body Spa, 945 North State Street

$50 per attendee

Event sponsored by KIND Healthy Snacks

Mandy Ingber, the creator of the hybrid workout Yogalosophy (which pairs
traditional yoga poses with toning exercises), is a fitness and
wellness expert, speaker, producer, and yoga and spinning instructor
based in Los Angeles. For more than 16 years, she has motivated
people with a light-hearted approach and unique teaching style, and
her clients include Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer
Lawrence, Ricki Lake, Brooke Shields, and Helen Hunt. This 75-minute
vinyasa flow class will include 30 minutes of the hybrid routine.
Afterwards, meet Mandy personally and be one of the first to get a
signed copy of her book. To sign up, go to
and click on Workshops & Events. 

Event date: 
Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 1:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Rachel Barton Pine

Violin Lullabies

Free Concert at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street

Co-sponsored by the Swedish American Museum and Audience Logic

Join us for a free kids' concert at the Swedish American Museum! If your little one plays violin, Rachel invites them to bring their instruments along to the concert where she'll lead them in "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." It is a great photo op and fun for all! Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the store at 773-769-9299. Those with reservations will have priority entry to the concert.

Rachel Barton Pine's delightful new CD Violin Lullabies on Cedille Records (available
for purchase at the bookstore) is number one on this week's Billboard Classical
Chart! Recorded with pianist Matthew Hagle, Violin Lullabies features 25
lullabies by some of the world's greatest composers: Schubert, Fauré, Strauss,
Ravel; it also includes George Gershwin's "Summertime" and the famous
lullaby by Brahms. One reviewer said "It is not only the mastery of
Rachel's playing, but the sweet, rich voice of the Guarnari violin and the
charm of the chosen music that makes this album so wonderful."


Event date: 
Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 11:00am
Event address: 
5211 N Clark St
Swedish American Museum
60640-2122 Chicago

Printer’s Row Book Fair


Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Printers Row Book Fair

Dearborn Street, from Congress to Polk streets

Join us this weekend down at Printer’s Row, the Midwest’s largest free
outdoor literary event, drawing more than 125,000 book lovers each
year. Come say hello to the hard-working Women & Children First
staff at the Lil' Lit Park, where kids and parents can enjoy
storytelling, costumed characters, performances, sing-alongs, and
special activities coordinated by educational and cultural groups. We
will also be selling books for Melanie Benjamin, Pat Byrnes, Kevin
Guilfoile, Adam Levin, Peter Orner, Libby Fischer Hellman, and other
writers at the Wyndham Blake Hotel venue of the fair. For more
information, visit


Event date: 
Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 10:00pm
Event address: 
Dearborn Street, from Congress to Polk streets



Midsommarfest is Andersonville's annual summer street festival, now entering its
48th year. Each year, nearly 50,000 people throng Clark Street from
Foster to Catalpa for two-and-a-half days of music, dancing, kids'
entertainment, and delicious food. Artists and crafts people from
around the region sell their wares to passers-by, while ethnic dance
troupes and cutting-edge bands keep the party going. This year the
fun will kick off on Friday evening, June 7th on Clark Street between
Balmoral and Catalpa Avenues beginning at 5:00 p.m. For more
information, visit

Event date: 
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 5:00pm to Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 11:00pm
Event address: 
Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa

Chicago Green Festival

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday May 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Chicago Green FestivalNavy PierEat, shop, listen, learn, network, and dance the weekend away at the Chicago Green Festival. Authors, leaders, experts, advocates, celebrities, and cultural icons from around the country and around the world will be there. We are pleased to be the official bookseller at Chicago Green Festival again this year! We have a limited number of free-admission tickets to give out—stop by and save the $15 on your entry to the festival!

Event date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 10:00am to Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Aleksandar Hemon

Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave.

The Book of My Lives


Aleksandar Hemon, Chicago resident and author of National Book Award finalistThe Lazarus Project, will discuss his newest work, The Book of My Lives. The Bosnian-American Hemon has written four acclaimed books and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He was a MacArthur "genius” fellow in 2004. Tickets are $15.00. For tickets go to Hemon will meet Printers Row members at a special reception at 6:30 p.m.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
435 N. Michigan Ave

Charlotte Pierce-Baker

Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son

Review Press

Northwestern University, Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201, 1897
Sheridan Rd., Evanston

Pierce-Baker did everything right when raising her son, providing not
only emotional support but the best education possible. At age
twenty-five, he was pursuing a postgraduate degree and was seemingly
in control of his life. She never imagined her high-achieving son
would wind up in jail.
moving story of an African American family facing the challenge of
bipolar disorder, in This
Fragile Life

the evolution of her son’s illness and, in looking back, realizes
she mistook warning signs for typical child and teen behavior.
Hospitalizations, calls in the night, alcohol and drug relapses,
pleas for money, and continuous disputes, her son’s journey was
long, arduous, and almost fatal. This
Fragile Life
a fascinating story of mental illness, race, family, the drive of
African Americans to succeed, and a mother’s love for her son.
Women & Children First is pleased to be the bookseller at this

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Northwestern University, Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201
1897 Sheridan Rd.

Chris Hedges

of Destruction, Days of Revolt


The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago

tickets ($5 each) go to

Prize-winning author and journalist Chris
is now a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and Truthdig
columnist. In Days
of Destruction, Days of Revolt
and Sacco (the book’s illustrator) show us what life looks like in
places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human
beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize
earnings. Hedges
will speak about poverty in the U.S. and read from his work and then
engage in a conversation with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Book
signing and reception to follow. Women
& Children First is pleased to be the bookseller at this event.

Event date: 
Monday, November 12, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.

Bishop Gene Robinson

God Believes in Love: Straight Talk
About Gay Marriage

Random House

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

2335 N. Orchard (at the corner of
Fullerton and Orchard)

Opposition to same-sex marriage from
the conservative Right rests primarily on the claim that the practice
is prohibited by Christian beliefs and values. In God Believes in
, openly gay New Hampshire Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson
shows that this logic is inherently wrong. A vital tool for anyone
who is grappling with what they believe their religious faith demands
and what they know about the gay people in their lives, God
Believes in Love
addresses several key questions:

• What’s wrong with civil unions?

• Does gay marriage undermine

• What if my religion doesn’t
believe in gay marriage

• Doesn’t the Bible condemn

In a culturally polarized election
year, God Believes in Love will help readers of all stripes
and convictions better understand why full marriage equality is so
important and why it is a violation of civil rights to deny access to
marriage because of sexual orientation. More so, that the struggle
for marriage equality is not about denying religious freedom. It is
about commitment, compassion, acceptance, and the right to love.

This event is hosted by Women &
Children First and is being held at St. Paul’s United Church of
Christ. (We thank St. Paul’s for their enthusiastic support of this
event.) Books will be available for sale on-site, but to avoid long
lines that night, we encourage you to buy your book from us in
advance. Drop by the store, order by phone (773-769-9299), or order
online at You can either pick up your
copy at the event or ahead of time at the store (anytime after the
book publishes on Sept. 18th). A numbered ticket will be issued when
you purchase your book, which will determine your place in the
signing line.

First-come, first-served parking is
located a half block from the church at the old Children’s Memorial
Hospital parking garage.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
2335 N. Orchard
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

47th Annual Andersonville Midsommarfest

47th Annual Andersonville

Every year, thousands of people throng
Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for music, dancing, shopping,
family entertainment, and great food. This year, the festivities will
begin a day early, kicking off with a concert by the group 16
Candles, on Friday, June 8, beginning at 5:00. Please be aware that
Midsommarfest will hinder some neighborhood parking; our lot can be
reached from the east on Farragut. Clark St. buses will be diverted
to Ashland (1 block west). We also recommend taking the Red Line and
walking 4 blocks west from the Berwyn stop. Donations for
Midsommarfest are requested at the gates, but if you’re just coming
to the store, you can let gate tenders know.

Event date: 
Friday, June 8, 2012 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 10:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Chicago Green Festival

Chicago Green Festival
Navy Pier
Women & Children First is happy to once again be the official bookseller at the
Chicago Green Festival, a symposium bringing together hundreds of presenters and
exhibitors exploring pathways to environmentally responsible and sustainable living.
Free admission tickets for the Chicago Green Festival are available at the bookstore

on a first-come basis, while supplies last. For more information on the Chicago Green
Festival, visit

Event date: 
Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 12:00pm to Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

St. Lucia Festival of Lights

The festival of St. Lucia is a Sicilian tradition adopted by the Swedes, a celebration of lights prevailing over the darkest time of the year. Gather at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N.

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 4:45pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Jane Addams Day Celebration with Anita Hill


Chicago Temple

77 West Washington

Professor Anita Hill, who put the spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace, will speak at the "Celebrate Illinois' 5th Annual Jane Addams Day" event. This engagement is sponsored by the Illinois Division of the American Association of University Women and the Illinois Woman's Press Association. She will be signing her latest book, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home.

The program is free and open to the public


Women and Children First will be providing books for this event.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago


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