Author Reading

Sarah Blake

Sarah Blake

 

The Postmistress

 

Two women, an American postmistress in Franklin, Massachusetts, and a British radio journalist, are entrusted to deliver information to the newlywed wife of an American doctor in London at the dawn of WWII.  For different reasons both decide not to do so, each betraying her solemn commitment to deliver news. A new novel with extraordinary relevance to the way we live now, that is less a war novel than an examination of how people cope with the knowledge of unspeakable inhumanity in the world as they go about their daily lives. Booklist, in a starred review, predicted that “Blake’s emotional saga of conscience and genocide is poised to become a bestseller of the highest echelon.”

Event date: 
Friday, February 12, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Princess Zindaba Nyirenda

Princess Zindaba Nyirenda

 

Ta-Lakata: The Tears of Africa

 

Granddaughter of the Tumbaka tribe chief Mphamba of Lundazi in Zambia, Princess Zindaba “Zindie” Nyirenda was raised in an elite and privileged environment during Zambia’s economic boom years. As a young woman, Zindie relocated to the United States, and then watched in horror as life in her homeland rapidly disintegrated under economic devastation and the influx of AIDS/HIV. Unwilling to sit on the sidelines, Zindie founded a non-profit organization to equip and empower local leaders in remote areas and neglected villages of Africa. Today Princess Zindie is a graduate student at Roosevelt University and was keynote speaker at the 2007 World AIDS Day conference in Illinois.

 

Event date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Jaimee Wriston Colbert

Jaimee Wriston Colbert

 

Shark Girls          

In her new novel, Colbert (Dream Lives of Butterflies, Climbing the God Tree) explores the intersections of loss and desire in a world ruled by accidents of fate. Set in Hawaii and Maine, Shark Girls is narrated by two women unwittingly linked by a shark bite disaster: Scat, a recovering alcoholic and disaster photographer and Gracie, a victim of a disfiguring accident. Interspersed with shark lore, Shark Girls has been praised by Bobbie Ann Mason as a novel of “lively detail, bold characterization, and a compelling plot,” and by Madison Smartt Bell as “a mesmerizing novel, vibrant with eroticism, myth, and mystery.”

Event date: 
Friday, February 5, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Louise Cainkar

Louise Cainkar

Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After 9/11

In Homeland Insecurity, Marquette University professor Cainkar argues that 9/11 did not create anti-Arab or anti-Muslim suspicion, but rather that socially constructed images and social and political exclusion existed long before these attacks, creating an environment in which post 9/11 misunderstanding, hostility, and racial profiling could thrive. Focusing on the Chicago Metropolitan area, Cainkar bases her research on of interviews and in-depth oral histories with native-born and immigrant Palestinians, Egyptians, Lebanese, Iraqis, Yemenis, Sudanese, Jordanians, and others.

Event date: 
Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Margaret Hawkins

Margaret Hawkins

A Year of Cats and Dogs

 In this dark, yet hopeful, unique and wholly original debut novel, Chicago writer Hawkins combines humor with desperation, the “real world” with the I-Ching, the conventions of fiction with food writing, lists, good and bad poetry, and the protagonist’s surprising discovery that she can communicate with animals, to tell a story of lost love, new love, and midlife re-invention unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Hawkins writes for ARTnews, and her work has appeared on WBEZ and in the Chicago Sun-Times. She teaches writing at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney

For You, for You I Am Trilling These Songs

 

In her acclaimed new collection about the life of twenty-somethings in the twenty-first century, Chicago author Rooney (Live Nude Girl, Reading with Oprah), writes with finesse and fresh insight, revealing a young woman trying to find her place in an America that rarely manages to live up to Walt Whitman’s dream and making discoveries about life at every turn.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Janice Metzger

What Would Jane Say? City-Building Women and a Tale of Two Chicagos

In celebration of Jane Addams' Day, we are delighted to present local author  Metzger, discussing her provocative new book. In 1909, while Daniel Burnham and his allies developed the Plan for Chicago-with personal and business interests in mind-Jane Addams and her female contemporaries were engaged in city building of a different sort, City Livable ideas that addressed social, economic, and cultural needs. One hundred years later, Metzger employs painstaking research, historical detail, and a pinch of imagination to explore how the city might have been different if Addams had had her way and what she might have thought about where we are now.

Event date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love, and moreChildren ages 2 to 6 and their grown-ups are invited to join us for a special story time with writer, filmmaker, and NPR commentator Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of eleven children’s picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Duck! Rabbit! Rosenthal will be reading from her newest book, Sugar Cookies, a sequel to her bestselling Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and other recent releases.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Nona Willis Aronowitz

Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism

What do young women care about? What are their worries, hopes, and ambitions? Have they heard about feminism, and do they relate to it? These are some of the questions Chicago journalist Nona Willis Aronowitz and photographer Emma Bee Bernstein set out to answer in a cross-country road trip that became a regional chronicle of the struggles, concerns, successes, and insights of women grappling to find, define, and fight for gender equity. The result is a smart, thoughtful, and uncensored portrayal of a cross-section of women whose opinions and feelings on feminism are as diverse as their backgrounds and areas of interest.

Event date: 
Friday, December 4, 2009 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago
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Rebecca Brown & Christine Simokaitis

Rebecca Brown (The Gifts of the Body, The Terrible Girls) has long been considered one of our most inventive and edgy lesbian fiction writers. In this most recent collection of writing, she is at the height of her creative and intuitive powers. In a gonzo mix of pop culture, autobiography, fiction, and literary history, Brown presents Gertrude Stein presiding over a same-sex religious movement, intersects the lives of the Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and reveals the sex life of H. G. Wells’s Invisible Man. Despite a mostly playful tone, Brown underscores humor with a serious examination of the ways America has tried and failed to craft and tell its own story. Brown will be joined by Chicago essayist Christine Simokaitis, whose work has appeared in journals Natural Bridge, Alligator Juniper, and Calyx, and in the anthologies Are We Feeling Better Yet? and Mourning Sickness.
Event date: 
Friday, October 9, 2009 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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