Author Reading

Amina Gautier

At Risk
In Amina Gautier’s Brooklyn, some kids make it and some kids don’t, but not in
simple ways or for stereotypical reasons. As young African Americans in complicated
circumstances, each of Gautier’s characters is pushed in many directions. To succeed
may entail unforgivable compromises; to follow their desires may lead to catastrophe.
Yet within these stories they exist and can be seen as they are, in the moment of
choosing. Gautier is an assistant professor of English at DePaul University. Her work has
appeared in Best African American Fiction, New Stories from the South, and numerous
literary journals.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Anna Solomon

Anna Solomon
The Little Bride
Special Guest Audrey Niffenegger
Set amid the American western expansion in the late 19th century, Solomon’s
acclaimed debut novel opens with 16-year-old Minna Losk preparing to leave Odessa
and begin a new life as a mail-order bride bound for America. Imagining a comfortable
life in New York society, upon arrival she quickly discovers that nothing is as expected.
Rather than stopping in New York, her journey continues to the desolate plains of South
Dakota, where she finds herself living in a sod house with a rigidly Orthodox and
penniless husband nearly twice her age. Subtle, elegantly written, and compelling, The
Little Bride is an immigrant story, a love story, and a coming-of-age story about a young
woman caught in a world she was unprepared for and forced to draw on strengths she
barely knows she has. New York Times’ best-selling novelist Audrey Niffenegger will be
introducing tonight’s program.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho's Salon

Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions
Featuring Ching-In Chen and Pidgeon Von Tramp, special guest DJ SpinNikki
$7-$10 donation includes food and wine
This month’s installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends
presents two outstanding queer artists. Ching-In Chen is author of the poetry collection

The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate
Violence Within Activist Communities. She is a Kundeman and Lambda fellow and part
of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities.
Pidgeon Von Tramp, the alter ego of performance artist Jenny Lowery, is creator of
Pidgeon Coop Production, which engages queer performers in inclusive, innovative
performance, while raising funds for queer organizations and working toward social
justice. DJ SpinNikki will play an eclectic mix of indie, soul, electronic, world music and
dance tracks before and after sets. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices
Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Anne-Elizabeth Moore

Following the publication of her critically acclaimed book Unmarketable and the
demise of the magazine she co-published, Punk Planet, writer and publisher Anne-
Elizabeth Moore journeyed to Cambodia with the idealistic goal of teaching young
women how to make ‘zines. Exposed to brutal truths about women’s rights, the politics
of corruption, the failure of democracy, and the mechanisms of globalization on the cusp
of the global economic meltdown, Moore learned as much as she taught. The resulting
tale is a noble one, as heartbreaking as it is hilarious, staunchly ethical, yet conflicted and
human.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Patricia Ann McNair

From the teenagers who witness a tragedy at a carnival to the twins who run the
local ice cream parlor, each of the eleven linked stories in Patricia Ann McNair’s debut

Event date: 
Friday, September 9, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Jane Lynch

No actress in Hollywood is as hot as
Jane Lynch right now. With an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a People’s
Choice under her belt for her scathing portrayal of everyone’s
favorite high school track-suit-donning dictator on Fox’s Glee,
Lynch is on top of the world. As readers of her memoir, Happy
Accidents
, will learn, Lynch’s rise hardly happened overnight.
In fact, she didn’t make it big until her 40s, and even then it was
only after she battled alcoholism and anxiety, learned to embrace her
sexuality, and accepted that life is sometimes a series of
opportunities that come after what seem like disappointments.

Happy Accidents is partly a
comic memoir of behind-the-scenes Hollywood and partly an
inspirational narrative about self-acceptance. Often funny and
poignant and sometimes brutally honest, Lynch turns an unflinching
eye on her struggles to become comfortable in her own skin and allow
others to love her.

We are delighted to
announce that Jane Lynch will be autographing her candid, heartfelt
memoir, Happy Accidents ($24.99 Hyperion), at a special
ticketed event at Women & Children First. Only ticketed customers
who have purchased a book from Women & Children First will be
admitted during the signing. Stop by or call the store (773-769-9299)
to purchase your copy and receive your ticket, or to order an
autographed copy, which can be shipped anywhere in the continental
United States.

Event date: 
Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Lucrecia Guerrero

 

Lucrecia Guerrero

Tree of Sighs

When Midwestern Mexican-American Altagracia receives a phone call out of the blue, she embarks on a journey that forces her to confront a violent past. Her journey, both geographical and spiritual, brings her face-to-face with her former border town home and with the terror and beauty she hoped to put behind her forever. Author Guerrero has lived in the Midwest for years, but grew up in Nogales, Arizona. An excerpt from Tree of Sighs was awarded a Christopher Isherwood Foundation Award.

Event date: 
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho's Salon

 

Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions

Featuring Coya Paz and Wendy Jo Carlton

$7-$10 sliding admission includes food and wine

The latest installment of our popular monthly salon night for lesbians and their friends combines two outstanding lesbian talents. Coya Paz in a writer, director, and lip glass connoisseur who was raised in Peru, Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, and Brazil before moving to the United States. Co-founder of Proyecto Latina and board member of Amigas Latinas, Paz holds a Ph.D in performance studies from Northwestern University and is a weekly commentator for the Morning Amp on Vocalo.org (89.5FM). Filmmaker, writer, and photographer Wendy Jo Carlton directed the internationally released feature film Hannah Free, and is the writer and director of the new release Jamie and Jessie are Not Together. Her award winning narrative and short films have been screened internationally, including at the American Film Institute and Sundance festivals. For tonight’s event, Carlton will show clips from Jamie and Jessie are Not Together and discuss the process of making queer art.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Rebecca Makkai & Alethea Black

 

Rebecca Makkai

The Borrower

Alethea Black

I Knew You’d Be Lovely

Integrating references from many beloved children’s books, Rebecca Makkai’s smart, funny debut novel, The Borrowers, introduces Lucy Hull, a small-town children’s librarian who finds herself acting as accomplice to a ten-year-old runaway bookworm trying to escape his repressive evangelical parents. While the duo flees from Missouri to Vermont (via Chicago and Cleveland), Lucy faces the moral and personal implications of her actions and faces her own family history in the process. Makkai’s stories have appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, NPR’s Selected Shorts, and several volumes of Best American Short Stories. She lives in the North Chicago suburbs.

Alethea Black’s deeply moving, wholly original short story collection, I Knew You’d Be Lovely, features a coterie of memorable characters who have reached emotional crossroads in their lives. Brimming with humor, irony, and insight, these stories combine deep compassion with a razor’s edge. Black’s work has appeared in nearly a dozen literary magazines including the Kenyon Review, the Antioch Review, and Narrative.

 

Event date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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L. D. Etherly

When I Fall Asleep

Join us for a special Storytime featuring the author of the book, When I Fall Asleep. Miss Linda will read this humorous bedtime story that brings to life the imagination of a child who dreams of what is going on in the world while she sleeps.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 10:30am
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Cheryl Bardoe

Ugly Duckling Dinosaur: A Prehistoric Tale

We will be joined by former Field Museum exhibition manager Cheryl Bardoe, who will be reading from and talking about her book, Ugly Duckling Dinosaur, a playful interpretation of the ugly duckling story, rooted in real science.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 10:30am
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Gina Restivo and Chip Gilbertson

Fly, Danny, Fly

Join us for a special Storytime featuring authors Gina Restivo and Chip Gilberton, signing copies of their delightful book, Fly Danny, Fly. Miss Linda will read the book, which features a funny and encouraging flying pig and a young boy who learns to trust his own imagination.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 10:30am
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Dr. Marianne Marchese

Eight Weeks to Women’s Wellness: The Detoxification Plan for Breast Cancer, Endometriosis, Infertility and Other Women’s Health Conditions

            Eight Weeks to Women’s Wellness traces the environmental links to ten common women’s health conditions. It describes the various ways women are exposed to chemicals through everyday products, providing a roadmap on how to remove chemicals from the body through a simple eight-week detoxification program. Dr. Marianne Marchese is a clinician, author, and educator, with a doctorate of naturopathic medicine. She lectures on topics related to women’s health and environmental medicine throughout the United States and Canada.

Event date: 
Friday, July 29, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Esmeralda Santiago

Conquistadora

            Esmeralda Santiago shared the story of her coming of age in San Juan and her move to another world—New York City—in her bestselling memoir, When I Was Puerto Rican. Now the beloved author invites us into the lush, sensual, aggressive, and altogether captivating world of Puerto Rico’s formative years. Conquistadora is an epic novel of love, discovery, and adventure, in a country just coming into its identity. Led by a heroine so charismatic, maddening, and unforgettable as to recall Scarlett O’Hara, Conquistadora has been hailed as “storytelling genius” (Booklist, starred review), and Oscar Hijuelos praised Conquistadora as “a grand achievement . . . an unforgettable story that will not only enlighten but delight.”

Event date: 
Friday, July 22, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Andrea Brown-Thirston & Horace Hall

Understanding Teenaged Girls: Culture, Identity, and Schooling

            This important new book focuses on the range of social phenomenon that impact the lives of adolescent females of color. Highlighting the daily challenges that African-American, Chicana, and Puerto Rican girls face, the authors consider the affects of peer and family influence, media stereotyping, body image, community violence, and education. With analysis guided by years of teaching and mentoring and contemporary research, Understanding Teenaged Girls offers strategies for assisting adolescent women of color in and outside of schools. Horace R. Hall, Ph.D., is assistant professor at DePaul University and founder and co-director of R.E.A.L., Inc. (Respect, Excellence, Attitude and Leadership). Dr. Andrea Brown-Thirston is chief academic officer for the Chicago International Charter Schools Network.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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