Author Reading

Andrea Hairston and Pan Morigan

Andrea Hairston

Redwood and Wildfire

Pan Morigan

Wildblue

            In Hairston’s speculative novel, Redwood, an African-American woman, and Aidan, a Seminole-Irish man, journey from the haunted swamplands of Georgia to “the City of the Future,” Chicago, circa the 1893 World’s Fair. Gifted performers and hoodoo conjurors, they struggle to call up the wondrous world they imagine, in city streets and front parlors, the stage and the screen. Living in a world stacked against them, Redwood and Aiden’s power and talent cause both torment and joy. Their search for a place to be who they want to beblues singers, filmmakers, haints, and healersis an exhilarating adventure. Author Andrea Hairston is Professor of Theater and African-American Studies at Smith College, and artistic director of Chrysalis Theater. For tonight’s event she will be joined by musician Pan Morgan, who will be performing original music inspired by the novel.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Mandy Van Deven

Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Gender-based Violence

Hey Shorty! provides a narrative account of how teen women of color in New
York City have organized over the past ten years to end gender-based violence against
girls, women, and LGBTQ folks in public spaces. At tonight’s event, co-author and
activist Mandy Van Deven will read from the book and facilitate a conversation about
street harassment, sexual harassment in schools, and strategies to increase safety.
Additionally, Van Deven hopes to promote her goal of building connections among
organizations and individuals doing anti-violence work, and encouraging everyone to
challenge harassment, violence, and the harmful assumptions that undermine their
perpetuation.

Event date: 
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Tracy Baim, Owen Keehnen & Chuck Renslow

Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow

The trailblazing life of a Chicago living legend is vividly detailed in this
new biography. Living as an openly gay man in 1950s Chicago was no easy task. For
Chuck Renslow, that was the first of many bold moves. Just out of high school, he began
what became a six-decade empire as a bar-owner, publisher, bathhouse operator, sexual
renegade, and founder of International Mr. Leather, which, more than three decades
later, continues to be one of the world’s most popular annual gay events. Emerging in an
era of Mafia and police payoffs, Renslow danced (with a man) at Jimmy Carter’s 1977
inaugural ball, did pioneering work with the Kinsey Institute, and has known celebrities
such as Marlene Dietrich, Rudolph Nureyev, Divine, Grace Jones, Sylvester and Quentin
Crisp. Renslow, along with biographers Baim and Keehnen, will be present for tonight’s
discussion.

Event date: 
Friday, June 24, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Steven Petrow in conversation with Steve Kmetko

Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life

When it comes to LGBT issues, American society is at a crossroads. Luckily,
Advocate.com and Huffington Post columnist Steven Petrow is there to help, offering
practical wisdom and lively wit for the awkward, often joyful, and sometimes painful
situations affecting the modern LBGT person. Whether it’s planning your wedding,
confronting anti-gay bullies, or making sense of dating and sex etiquette, there is finally
an authoritative, one-stop resource that LGBT people – and those who love them – can
turn to. Bring your best etiquette conundrums for tonight’s discussion.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Annual GLBTQ Pride Open Mic

Annual LGBTQ Pride Open Mic
Hosted by Cin Salach
With featured guest readers

It’s an annual Pride tradition we look forward to every year – our LGBTQ 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 with tons of readings under your belt, or a
novice sharing your work for the first time, you’ll find a rousing and supportive audience
and a dazzling variety of LGBTQ creative expression. Open mic participation is limited,
so stop in or call (773-769-9299) the store today to sign up.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho’s Salon Three-Year Anniversary Bash

Sappho’s Salon Three-Year Anniversary Bash
Featuring Tret Fure, and guest host Kat Fitzgerald
$10 includes refreshments

Our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends is turning three, and we’re
celebrating with a performance by legendary lesbian musician, Tret Fure! Since the
release of her first album in 1973, Tret Fure has worked with such artists as the J. Geils
Band, Yes, and Bonnie Raitt. Leaving the mainstream music industry behind in the early
80s, she became a major player in the women’s music scene, recording and producing
some of the benchmark releases of the genre. Throughout the 90s, she recorded three
albums with women’s music pioneer Cris Williamson. Most recently, Tret Fure is
celebrating her 12th recording, “The Horizon” which has been released to rave reviews.
Tonight’s salon will be hosted by the incomparable photographer, musician, tarot reader,
and hostess-with-the-most, Kat Fitzgerald. Join us for champagne and cake at what is
sure to be an unforgettable night of music and conviviality. Proceeds benefit the artists
and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Dani Meier

Real Dads: Men Embracing Nonviolence booksigning

A perfect gift for Father’s Day, this moving collection of photographs and essays
captures loving fathers at their best, men who have stepped up or stepped in at critical
moments in their children’s lives: an adult man writes gratefully about the love his stay-
at-home father gave him as a child, a gay man writes about his dad’s surprising reaction
to his coming-out, a father writes about helping his daughter heal and move on after a
sexual assault. Real Dads offers a reminder that every day, fathers can make the world a
better place, one child at a time. Photographer and editor Meier will be on hand this
afternoon to personally inscribe copies of this lovely book for the deserving dads in your
life.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Lori Waxman, co-editor; Maud Lavin, contributor

Girls! Girls! Girls! In Contemporary Art


Since the 1990s, a bourgeoning field of female artists have produced challenging,
critically debated, and avidly collected artworks depicting female adolescence. Girls!
Girls! Girls! presents essays from established and up-and-coming scholars who examine
the impact of this collective outpouring, through themes such as nostalgia, narcissism,
post-feminism, and fantasy. Tonight, join co-editor Lori Waxman, and contributor, Maud
Lavin – both professors at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – for a discussion
of this groundbreaking scholarship.

Event date: 
Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Dawn Mueller

A Single Year

In her debut memoir, Chicago writer Dawn Mueller charts her course as she departs from society’s expectations of lesbians, AA, and religion, and embarks on a quest of sexual fulfillment (without the aid of alcohol). Her sober perspective bares all as we follow her sometimes heartbreaking, often awkward struggles (and occasional triumphs), as an outsider among outsiders. Set in the north side of Chicago, and written with just the right amount of humor and humility, Mueller writes about sex, relationships, and sobriety in a style best described as Augusten Burroughs meets Bridget Jones.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka


In Uganda, where HIV/AIDS has affected almost a third of the adult population,
almost two million children have been orphaned by the epidemic. A School for My
Village is the story of the building of an extraordinary school for these orphans and the
astonishing efforts of one man to raise an African community out of poverty and
hopelessness. Weaving together tales from his youth with the enormously inspiring
account of the remarkable challenges and triumphs of the school, Jackson shows how
someone with a modest idea is capable of achieving monumental results.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Danielle Sosin

The Long-Shining Waters


In 1622, Grey Rabbit, An Ojibwe woman, struggles to understand a dream-life
that has taken a fearful dimension. In 1902, Berit, a Nowegian immigrant, is tested to the
limits of her endurance and spirit. In 2000, Nora, a seasoned bar-owner, abruptly loses

her livelihood. Separated by centuries and circumstances, these three women connect
across time by the place they inhabit and the frigid, bountiful, lethal and wildly beautiful
waters of Lake Superior. Haunting, rich in historical detail, and universal in its
exploration of the human desire for meaning, The Long-Shining Waters is an
unforgettable and singular debut.

“The intimate portrait of three women bound by their times and coming unbound in the
great tidal pull of history is deeply affecting, wise, and true.”

Event date: 
Monday, June 13, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Lynn Peril

Swimming in the Steno Pool: A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office


“Let her be lovely to look at, charming to talk to, spirited and gay,” began an ad
for a secretarial assistant published in the Chicago Tribune in 1943. Another ad from a
1951 issue of The New York Times barely mentions any required skills, just, “MUST BE
EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE.” During a time when the success of TV’s Mad Men
romanticizes and critiques the gender-defined executive environments of the 1960s, Lynn
Peril’s new book pokes fun at the outlandish history of sexism and income disparity in
secretarial jobs from the 1940s to the present. As much as Swimming in the Steno Pool is
a fascinating, fun, and profound reminder of how much the workplace has changed, it’s
also a cautionary tale of how much farther we have to go.

Event date: 
Friday, June 10, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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John D’Emilio, co-editor

My Desire for History: Essays in Gay, Community, and Labor History


This collection of essays pays tribute to the pioneering gay historian Allan Bérubé
(1946-2007). Best known for his groundbreaking book, Coming Out Under Fire: The
History of Gay Men and Women in World War II, Bérubé wrote extensively on the
history of sexual politics and the relationship between sexuality, class, and race. John
D’Emilio, professor of History and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of
Illinois at Chicago, and Estelle Freedman of Stanford University, have selected 16 of
Bérubé’s most important essays, providing a retrospective on his life and work, while
documenting the emergence of a grassroots lesbian and gay history movement.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Rachel Lloyd

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her
Calling and Heals Herself


At thirteen, Rachel Lloyd found herself spiraling into a life of abuse as a victim of
commercial sexual exploitation. Lloyd was eventually able to escape, but as founder of
GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), a groundbreaking program for girls
ages 12-21 who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking, Lloyd knows that

her success story is an exception. By daring to share her story and those of many girls
like her, she opens our eyes to the shocking realities of commercial exploitation of girls
in America, reminding us that human trafficking is not only a Third World problem.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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