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Author Reading

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

How to be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick


Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, is a writer, lecturer, social justice activist, and the author of ten books. She will be speaking about her latest book, How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick.

She currently serves on the board of Americans for Peace Now, the Ms. Foundation for Education & Communication, The Free to Be Foundation, the Harvard Divinity School Women Studies in Religion Program, and the Brandeis University Women's and Gender Studies Program. Event includes book signing. Please let us know you will be joining us by emailing or visiting

Off Site

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
1224 Dempster
Beth Emet Synagogue

Susan Nussbaum


2012 Winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

At the Swedish Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street—a fully accessible

Nussbaum's novel explores the complicated and punishing lives of those in an
institution for juveniles with disabilities. In this isolated human
warehouse on Chicago’s South Side, friendships are forged, trust is
built, love affairs are kindled, and resistance begins. Their stories
are told through the voices of a large cast of characters, from
Yessenía Lopez, who faces down everyone around her (often facing
them down too much), to Joanne Madsen, whose wit and fierce
dedication to the children is mixed with guilt over her own
complicity in an ugly system. This passionate novel challenges our
ideas about what it means to be disabled. Susan Nussbaum's works have
been produced at many theaters. In 2008 she was cited by the Utne

as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” for her
work with girls with disabilities. She lives in Chicago.

characters in Good
Kings Bad Kings

made me laugh over and over again, and cry, and cheer. This is
fiction at its best. The story’s sharp eye allows no one to take
shelter, and it doesn’t flinch; it is simply and breathtakingly
honest. A stunning accomplishment.” —Barbara Kingsolver


Event date: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Rachel Barton Pine

June 30

Barton Pine



Event date: 
Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 5:25pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Jayne Marek, Lylanne Musselman, Mary Sexson

Company of Women: New and Selected Poems


Jayne Marek, Lylanne Musselman, and Mary Sexson

Join us for an evening of poetry by the members of A Company of Women, the
three-woman writing group from Indianapolis. Their poems are
insightful, frank, and humorous. Jayne Marek is the author of Women
Editing Modernism: "Little" Magazines and Literary History

and a previous book of poetry called Imposition
of Form on the Natural World

has it been so easy to love poetry, to enter the poem and explore its
spacious rooms, to take in complex blends of joys and losses. Sensory
notes are everywhere packed into these poems . . . It's heartening to
remind ourselves that the company of women poets is thriving, that
these embodied voices are generous, elegant, and fierce."
—Marilyn Kallet, The
Love That Moves Me



Event date: 
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Annual GLBTQ Pride Open Mic


Annual GLBTQ Pride Open Mic

Hosted by Robert McDonald, Cin Salach, Betsy Merbitz, and Joe Eldridge

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 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 GLBTQ creative expression. Open
mic participation is limited, so stop in or call the store
(773-769-9299) today to sign up. 


Event date: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Cin Salach and Caroline Goodwin


An evening with writers of Jackleg Press

Cin Salach

Caroline Goodwin


Illinois Arts Council recipient and four-time Ragdale fellow Cin Salach has
been widely published in journals and anthologies, and her work has
also been highlighted on Oprah! and This American Life.
She is also the co-founder of the award-winning Words@Play, an
after-school children’s poetry program, and is known for her
collaborative work with musicians, video artists, dancers, and
photographers. Cin lives in Andersonville with her young son, Leo.
Caroline Goodwin was born and raised in Alaska and is a former
Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford. Caroline lives in
Montara, California, with her husband and two daughters and teaches
in the Stanford Online Writers’ Studio and the writing program at
California College of the Arts.

"In Caroline Goodwin's Trapline,
nature's flux and torque are embodied in a language that is taut,
luscious, and musical. These are poems of rot and salt, dragonflies
and kinked reeds, where the world is always with us—raw and
omnipresent, beautiful and terrible. . . . Even when examining
minutiae, Goodwin's poems retain the largeness of the world they
articulate. And like the world, they both describe and inhabit us.
This is wonderful, searing, necessary work; we read it and we pause
and we see ourselves differently." —Donna de la Perrière


Event date: 
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Susan Levin and Leah Jones


Getting back on a bike after a long time or a setback

Event in honor of Bike To Work Week

Women Bike Chicago is a grass-roots organization founded in 2012 made up of
women who love to bicycle and love to encourage other women to
bicycle--for commuting, recreation, transportation, exercise, or fun.
Tonight's program will focus on recovering and riding again after a
crash. Susan Levin was in a bad crash in 2007. She took eight months
to recover physically and more than three years to regain confidence
psychologically. Leah Jones was in a similar crash and was riding
again in a little more than a year. They will share their stories
about what they went through and how they were able to move on and
get back riding again. Refreshments will be served.


Event date: 
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Bea Moriarity



In Bea Moriarty's debut novel, five feisty women, each one struggling with
the crippling effects of childhood abuse, meet by chance and form a
bond. They laugh and cry together, supporting one another’s fight
to overcome the debilitating effects of their trauma. But as they
discover the powerful healing of friendship, they must also face the
vicious threats of a brutal ex-husband, a homicidal stalker, and a
therapist with the moral compass of a slug. It is not a given that
any one of them, let alone all of them, will survive. Bea
Moriarty has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and twenty years experience
in academia. She lives in Andersonville with her husband and
their two free-thinking Scottish terriers.


Event date: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan


I'll Be Seeing You

It's January 1943 when Rita Vincenzo receives her first letter from Glory
Whitehall. Glory is an effervescent young mother with a wealthy New
England pedigree, while Rita is a sensible professor's wife in Iowa
just trying to make ends meet. They have nothing in common except
they have loved ones on the front lines, but the lifeline of the
written word helps each survive the loneliness and uncertainty of
waiting on the home front and also develop the self-reliance that
will propel them into the fight for equal rights for women. Authors
Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan connected three years ago commenting
on each other’s blogs and quickly became fast friends—although
they had never met. Soon they began a writing experiment, sending
each other letters in a character's voice. The novel I'll
Be Seeing You

is the result of that experiment. Suzanne Hayes has also written
(under the name Suzanne Palmieri) the novel The
Witch of Little Italy.

She lives
in Connecticut with her husband and three daughters.
Loretta Nyhan is the author of paranormal thrillers for young adults.
She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons. 


Event date: 
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Tom Mula

Hackers of Oz

 Hackers of Oz tells the adventures of Elizabeth Gale Callahan, a wonderfully geeky ten-year-old. The story begins when Scarecrow and Scraps appear in her bedroom and refuse to go home to Oz. The story is snarky and hilarious but also warm and hopeful in a way that is signature Tom Mula (Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol). This book is for any man who was once a little boy who ever wore ruby slippers (or a pointy black hat) on Halloween—plus it's a Valentine to the city of Chicago and a gift for everyone who loves the work of L. Frank Baum.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Lenore Skenazy

Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, 3319 N. Clifton Ave., Chicago

Do you let your kids walk home alone from school or the bus stop? Ride their bike to the library? Play at the neighborhood park on their own? Find out why best-selling author, blogger, and television host Lenore Skenazy thinks kids with independence are the safest and what the "Free-Range Kids" movement is all about. This is a free event, open to all teachers and parents, co-sponsored by Hawthorne Scholastic, Audubon Elementary, and Alcott College Prep. (And 10% proceeds will benefit these schools.) Go to to reserve a seat.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 10:00am
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Karen Beattie

Rock-Bottom Blessings: Discovering God's Abundance When All Seems Lost

What does it mean to live an abundant life? Can we actually be blessed in the midst of serious disappointments and setbacks? In Rock-Bottom Blessings, Karen Beattie makes the case that true abundance is found in the transformation that happens when we experience God’s presence during periods of grief, loss, and disappointment. Beattie begins to see life’s challenges as gifts to be accepted like all other gifts: with reverence and gratitude. Karen Beattie has been a writer for more than 20 years and has been published in numerous publications, including Christianity Today and Midwest Living.


Event date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Bren Murphy

Film screening: A Question of Habit: Images of Women Religious in U.S. Popular Culture

Bren Murphy, the film's director, producer, and writer

 Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this film examines depictions of Catholic nuns and sisters in contemporary U.S. culture and contrasts these popular images with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current. More than thirty women religious, cultural critics, historians, and artists were interviewed, including Sr. Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide), and Robert Orsi (Madonna of 115th Street). The winner of four prestigious awards, this film has been screened throughout the United States and Europe and been aired by PBS. Running time is 57 min. A discussion will follow the film.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Sappho's Salon

Sappho's Salon Presents an Easy Abby viewing party Featuring special guests Wendy Jo Carlton and Lisa Cordileone$7 to $10 sliding cover includes food and wineThe latest installment of our popular salon night for lesbian and their friends features a screening party for the web series, Easy Abby, with special guests director Wendy Jo Carlton and Easy Abby star Lisa Cordileone. Shot in Chicago, Easy Abby chronicles the adventures of Abby, a chronic seducer with an anxiety disorder who is just trying to get by. Wendy Jo Carlton is the director of the award-winning feature films Hannah Free and Jamie and Jesse are Not Together. Lisa Cordileone is an actor and producer with credits from many distinguished Chicago theaters. Carlton and Cordileone will host the screening, Q&A to follow. All proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago

Emily Rapp

The Still Point of the Turning World: A Mother's StoryLike so many parents, Emily Rapp had ambitious goals and dreams for her first child, Ronan. He would be smart, loyal, physically fearless, and get the very best education. But all those plans changed when, at nine months of age, Ronan was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and always-fatal degenerative disorder. Rapp was forced to reevaluate everything she thought she knew, not just about being a parent, but about life. The Still Point of the Turning World tells the story of a mother’s journey through grief and beyond it. She begins to find solace in unexpected places—a Buddhist retreat, the New Mexico desert, an animal shelter, and works of literature. A former Fulbright scholar and graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Emily Rapp is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, and Slate, among other publications. She teaches at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and the University of California-Riverside.  “The Still Point of the Turning World is about the smallest things and the biggest things, the ugliest things and the most beautiful things, the darkest things and the brightest things, but most of all it’s about one very important thing: the way a woman loves a boy who will soon die. Emily Rapp didn’t want to tell us this story. She had to. That necessity is evident in every word of this intelligent, ferocious, grace-filled, gritty, astonishing starlight of a book.” —Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild


Event date: 
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago


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