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Christine Todd

Christine Todd

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When a philandering and swindling husband drives Molly Makepeace Jamison to
a little righteous venting on a Voodoo doll, it seems harmless enough. But she
inadvertently taps into something deep and mysterious, with shocking results—and when
a detective lands on her doorstep, Molly is thrust into a position of self-preservation. Yet
as her new choices produce more highs and lows than Chicago weather, she worries that
her Voodoo dalliance has taken on a life of its own.

Event date: 
Friday, April 1, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Nina Revoyr

Nina Revoyr
Wingshooters

Michelle LeBeau, child of a white American father and Japanese mother, lives with her grandparents in Deerhorn, Wisconsin – a small town that had been entirely white before her arrival. Rejected and bullied, Michelle spends her time reading, avoiding fights, and roaming the countryside. She idolizes her grandfather, an expert hunter and former minor-league baseball player, who is one of the town’s most respected men. This fragile peace is threatened with the arrival of the Garretts, a young black couple from Chicago. Nina Revoyr is the award-winning author of the novels The Necessary Hunger, Southland, and Age of Dreaming. In the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird, Revoyr’s new novel examines the effects of change on a small, isolated community against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Louise W. Knight

Louise W. Knight
Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
Reformer Jane Addams is often dismissively praised as a secular “saint,” but in the early twentieth century she was the nation’s leading political woman and one of its most prominent spokespersons for progressive causes. Co-founder of two major civil rights groups – the NAACP and the ACLU – Addams served on the boards of both until her death. A lifelong pacifist, Addams was widely criticized for her beliefs at the cusp of WWI, but in 1931 she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace prize. In her new book and second biography of Addams, Louise W. Knight provides for the first time a complete picture of how Addams came to achieve such huge influence and the role that her moral integrity played in that achievement.     

Event date: 
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Tracy Egan

Tracy Egan
Who’s Driving the Bus? My Year as a Kindergarten Mom 

Based on the critically-acclaimed one-woman play of the same title, Who’s Driving the Bus? follows eager mom Jen Lansing as she navigates the pitfalls of her child’s first year in school. After Jen and her husband move to a new suburb and better school district, the couple attends an orientation for new kindergarten parents only to discover an alarmingly unfamiliar system in place, where achievement is the name of the game. Struggling to belong and make sense of her new environment, she uncovers brutal truths in an examination of education in America that is simultaneously terrifying and hilarious. An actor who has appeared in many commercials and feature films, Egan’s work has been broadcast on Chicago Public Radio’s Eight Forty-Eight. She lives in Evanston with her husband and two young daughters.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions

Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions
Presents What Was I Thinking? Featuring Barrie Cole and Laura Stempel. Guest host: Linda Bubon
$7-$10 sliding fee includes food and wine
In the latest installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their
friends presents What Was Thinking? Queer writers and performers Barrie Cole and Laura Stempel muse thoughtfully and hilariously on their past straight marriages. Cole’s play “Fruit Tree Backpack” was chosen as one of the best of 2010 by the Chicago Tribune. Her performance piece “Yearners” will appear in the forthcoming anthology Windy City Queer. Laura Stempel prefers to call her career eclectic rather than chaotic. She is and/or has been a writer, artist, scholar, teacher, store clerk, university administrator, grant writer, and some other things better left forgotten. Tonight’s salon will be guest-hosted by Women & Children First co-owner Linda Bubon. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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***CANCELLED*** Cameron Stracher

Cameron Stracher
The Water Wars

Vera, 15, and her brother Will, 17, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a world that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe and war. In this world, water is hoarded by governments with access to it, rivers are dammed, polar caps are melted, and clouds sucked from the sky. One morning, Vera meets and befriends a mysterious boy named Kai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water and claims to know about an untapped river. But one afternoon, Kai doesn’t show up at their usual meeting place and his home is ransacked. Lost in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, Vera and Will race against time to rescue their friend in this YA thriller that will be enjoyed by teens and parents alike.

Event date: 
Friday, March 18, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt
No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power

For every man who receives a bachelor’s degree this year, three women will do the same. Yet there is still a 20% pay gap between men and women, and women represent only 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs. What’s wrong with this picture? In her new book, former CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Gloria Feldt asserts that nobody is keeping women from parity – except themselves. Revealing how women limit themselves by adhering to outdated social structures and succumbing to pressure to conform, Feldt offers eye-opening and invaluable information to help women equalize power in politics, work, and love.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Karen Finley

Karen Finley
The Reality Shows
The Reality Shows takes us through the past ten years, with renowned performance artist Karen Finley as our guide. By embodying and reimagining larger-than-life public figures in her performances, Finley helps us make sense of the political trauma and cultural chaos we’ve witnessed during the first decade of the new century. Liza Minelli becomes every New Yorker in the wake of 9/11, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has a Freudian revelation, and Jackie O works through her post-traumatic stress as the Obamas become America’s First Family. Don’t miss an electrifying night of performance by one of America’s most provocative artists.

Event date: 
Friday, March 11, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Marya Hornbacher and Northwestern University Student Reading Night

Marya Hornbacher and Northwestern University Student Reading Night
After a semester of hard work and intense development as crafters of creative non-fiction, the graduate students from Northwestern University’s Creative Writing Program invite you to join them for a night of celebration. Author Marya Hornbacher, bestselling author of five books, hosts a night of collected readings with her students. This all-women group of writers explores terrains of body, history, memory, culture, dreams, and more. Join us for a reading of exciting new voices now breaking into the literary world.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Belva Davis

Belva Davis
Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism             

As the first black female journalist in the western United States, Belva Davis helped change the face and focus of television news. Born to a fifteen-year old Louisiana laundress during the Great Depression, and raised in the overcrowded projects of Oakland, Davis suffered abuse, battled rejection, and persevered to achieve a career beyond her imagination. During her five decades as a journalist, Davis has seen the world change in ways she never envisioned, from being verbally and physically attacked while reporting on the 1964 Republican National Convention, to witnessing the historic election of Barack Obama.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Deb Olin Unferth and Terri Kapsalis

Deb Olin Unferth
Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War

Terri Kapsalis
The Brothers

For Deb Olin Unferth, (Minor Robberies, Vacation), 1987 went like this: “My boyfriend and I went to join the revolution. We couldn’t find the first revolution. The second revolution hired us on and then let us go. We went to the other revolutions in the area – there were several – but every one we came to let us hang around for a few weeks and then made us leave. We ran out of money and at last we came home. I was eighteen. That’s the whole story.” But luckily that’s not the whole story, and in her brilliant new memoir, Unferth tells a story of love and youthful idealism set amidst a tumultuous time in Latin America. Terry Kapsalis is the author of The Hysterical Alphabet (WhiteWalls) and Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum (Duke). She will be reading from her new, unpublished novel, tentatively titled The Brothers.

Event date: 
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Inga Muscio

Inga Muscio
Rose: Love in Violent Times
 
“Radical feminist Muscio wrote a previous call-to-arms, Cunt, which was described as upsetting, empowering and jarring – but never boring. This highly anticipated follow-up, written in her trademark stream-of-consciousness style, challenges society’s pervasive violence, from sexual assault to cultural trauma to war.” –Ms. Magazine
 
Picking up where her underground classic, Cunt, left off, Inga Muscio explores the impacts of passive violence, sexual abuse, war, and cultural trauma on our most intimate lives, in order to uncover a path towards a more compassionate way of living. Chilling, eye-opening, and thoroughly enjoyable, Rose offers a unique and exhilarating perspective on achieving authentic love and self-awareness in a violent world.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, Kay Whitlock

Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States

In their groundbreaking book, Chicago-based civil rights attorney Joey L. Mogul;
New York–based police misconduct attorney; and Montana-based organizer, activist, and
writer Kay Whitlock confront and challenge the many ways in which queer lives are
criminalized, policed, and punished. Shifting focus away from the current conversations
about marriage equality, bullying, and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the writers squarely address
the long history of unlawful policing of sex and gender nonconformity. Reevaluating
America’s justice, criminal, and legal systems through the lens of the queer experience,
Queer (In)Justice gives voice to LGBT people, particularly those who are black or
Latino, and likely from poor or working-class families, on the fringes of their
communities.

Event date: 
Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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