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Chelsea Clinton among authors at Women & Children First Bookstore in May

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Chelsea Clinton returns to Women & Children First on the evening of May 2 ( ) for a book signing, adrienne maree brown on May 3, Ani DiFranco on May 10, and Celeste Ng & Eve Ewing on May 14.

Also tickets are now on sale for our June reading and book signing with the one and only Eve Ensler! Get tickets at .

With love & thanks,


Chelsea Clinton

Don't Let Them Disappear

Thursday, May 2 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Book Signing

Please note: This event is an in-store book signing ONLY. Customers receive one signing line ticket with the purchase of Don't Let Them Disappear. One ticket admits up to four attendees. Buy tickets HERE.

We are thrilled to welcome back Chelsea Clinton, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted, for an in-store book signing in celebration of her forthcoming book, Don't Let Them Disappear. In her new book, Chelsea Clinton introduces young readers to a selection of endangered animals and provides important tips on what we all can do to help prevent these animals from disappearing from our world entirely. READ MORE

adrienne maree brown

Pleasure Activism

Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

Author Reading and Book Signing

Building on the success of her popular Emergent Strategy, brown launches a new series of the same name with this volume, bringing readers books that explore experimental, expansive, and innovative ways to meet the challenges that face our world today. adrienne maree brown, author of Emergent Strategy and co-editor of Octavia's Brood, is a social justice facilitator focused on black liberation, a doula/healer, and a pleasure activist. READ MORE

Leslie Roberts in conversation with

Michele Morano

Here Is Where I Walk

Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m.

Author Conversation

Leslie Carol Roberts turns her daily walks in San Francisco's Presidio into revelations of deeper meaning. Here Is Where I Walk provides a vivid answer to how we can find our place. Leslie Carol Roberts is an author, journalist, and essayist. She is also professor and chair of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Michele Morano is the author of the travel memoir Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain. READ MORE

Kate Phillippo

A Contest Without Winners

Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m.

Book Launch

While policymakers often justify school choice as a means to alleviate opportunity and achievement gaps, an unanticipated effect is increased competition over access to coveted, high-performing schools. In A Contest without Winners, Kate Phillippo follows a diverse group of Chicago students through the processes of researching, applying to, and enrolling in public high school. Throughout this journey, students prove themselves powerful policy actors who carry out and redefine competitive choice.

Kate Phillippo is associate professor of cultural and educational policy studies at Loyola University Chicago's School of Education and the proud and occasionally bewildered parent of a fifteen-year-old. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a community-based and school social worker in the Chicago and San Francisco Bay areas. READ MORE

Ani DiFranco in conversation with Jessica Hopper

No Walls and the Recurring Dream

Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

Author Conversation


No waitlist! All ticket sales are processed through Brown Paper Tickets.

Please note: This SOLD OUT ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey ( 935 W. Wilson ).

Join us for a reading, conversation, and Q&A with iconic singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco. For this event, Ani DiFranco will be joined in conversation by Jessica Hopper. Each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of Ani's forthcoming memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream. Ani's coming-of-age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence.

Ani DiFranco is a Grammy-winning musical artist. Jessica Hopper is a music critic and the author of Night Moves and The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. READ MORE

Celeste Ng in conversation with Eve Ewing

Little Fires Everywhere

Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

Paperback Tour

Please note: This ticketed event will be held at Chicago Waldorf School ( 5200 N. Ashland Ave. ).

Buy tickets at .

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Celeste Ng's books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and she was the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard. READ MORE

Rachel Louise Snyder

No Visible Bruises

Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m.

Author Reading

In No Visible Bruises, journalist Rachel Louise Snyder gives context for what we don't know we're seeing. She frames this urgent and immersive account of the scale of domestic violence in our country around key stories that explode the common myths—that if things were bad enough, victims would just leave; that a violent person cannot become nonviolent; that shelter is an adequate response; and, most insidiously, that violence inside the home is a private matter, sealed from the public sphere and disconnected from other forms of violence.

Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of Fugitive Denim and the novel What We've Lost is Nothing. READ MORE

Morgan Parker in conversation with Jamila Woods

Magical Negro

Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m.

Author Conversation

Please help us celebrate Morgan Parker's new poetry collection Magical Negro. Parker will be joined in conversation by Jamila Woods. Morgan Parker is the author of the poetry collections There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonceand Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night. Jamila Woodsis a poet, singer, and teaching artist from Chicago. She is the associate artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and a founding member of YCA's Teaching Artist Corps. READ MORE

Esme Weijun Wang in conversation with Eula Biss

The Collected Schizophrenias

Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Author Conversation

An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis and the failures of the higher education system, Wang's analytical eye allows her to balance research with personal narrative. Esme Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise. She received the Whiting Award in 2018 and was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists of 2017. Eula Biss is the author, most recently, of On Immunity. READ MORE

Franny Choi with Eve L. Ewing, Krista Franklin, and Emily Jungmin Yoon

Soft Science

Sunday, May 19 at 6 p.m.

Poetry Reading

Franny Choi is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science & Floating, Brilliant, Gone, as well as a chapbook Death by Sex Machine. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard. Krista Franklin is a writer and visual artist whose work has appeared in Poetry, theOffing, Black Camera, Copper Nickel, Callaloo, and BOMB Magazine. Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes and A Cruelty Special to Our Species. READ MORE

Feminista Jones in conversation with Jamie Nesbitt Golden

Reclaiming Our Space

Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

Author Conversation

In Reclaiming Our Space, social worker, activist, and cultural commentator Feminista Jones explores how Black women are changing culture, society, and the landscape of feminism by building digital communities and using social media as powerful platforms. For some, these online dialogues provide an introduction to the work of Black feminist icons like Angela Davis, Barbara Smith, bell hooks, and the women of the Combahee River Collective. For others, this discourse provides a platform for continuing their feminist activism and scholarship in a new, interactive way.

Feminista Jones is a Philadelphia-based social worker, feminist writer, public speaker, and community activist. She is an award-winning blogger and the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water. Jamie Nesbitt Golden has written for a number of sites, including Salon, xoJane, and Ebony. READ MORE

Patricia Skalka in conversation with Susanna Calkins

Death by the Bay: A Dave Cubiak Mystery

Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

Author Conversation

Join us for the book launch celebration for the fifth installment in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. For this event, author Patricia Skalka will be in conversation with Susanna Calkins.

Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, Death in Cold Water, and Death Rides the Ferry, the first four books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. Susanna Calkins writes the award-winning Lucy Campion historical mysteries set in 17th century London and the Speakeasy Murders set in 1920s. READ MORE

Ryann Donnelly in conversation with Jessica Hopper

Justify My Love

Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m.

Author Conversation

In Justify My Love, Ryann Donnelly explores sex and gender in one of the most widely consumed art forms of our age—the music video. Justify My Love shows how subversion became mainstream and how marginalized voices shaped some of the biggest music videos of the last thirty years. Ryann Donnellywas the lead singer of Seattle-based band Schoolyard Heroes, who were signed to Island Records from 1999-2009.

Jessica Hopper is a music critic and the author of Night Movesand The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. READ MORE

Jasmine Wanga in conversation with Laura Ruby

Other Words for Home

Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m.

Middle Grade Book Launch Party

When things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. Life in America also brings unexpected surprises—-there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for.

Jasmine Warga is the author of My Heart and Other Black Holes, which has been translated into more than twenty languages, and Here We Are Now. Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Michael L. Printz Medal winner and National Book Award finalist Bone Gap and the Edgar Award nominee Lily's Ghosts. READ MORE

Tracy Richardson

The Field

Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m

Book Launch Party

Eric Horton sees fire. When he sleeps, he dreams of a world screaming in the midst of devastating explosions. These dreams terrify him, and as more strange happenings unfold around him, he's unable to shake the feeling that what he's seeing isn't just a dream.

When a new student, Renee, appears in his science class, he could swear he's known her forever. But how could that be? As they get to know each other, he meets her father, who explains the experiments he's been conducting involving "the Universal Energy Field" and "Collective Consciousness." They seem to be tied to the idea that we are all connected by the same energy and are all more powerful than we realize.

Tracy Richardson wasn't always a writer, but she was always a reader. Her favorite book growing up was A Wrinkle in Timeby Madeleine L'Engle. She has a degree in biology, and she uses her science background in her writing emphasizing environmental issues, metaphysics, and science fiction. When she's not writing, you'll find her doing any number of creative activities—painting furniture, knitting sweaters, or cooking something. READ MORE

Kathleen Belew

Bring the War Home

Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

Paperback Launch

Kathleen Belew's first book, Bring the War Home, explores how white power activists wrought a social movement through a common story about the Vietnam War and its weapons, uniforms, and technologies. She charts how the movement's escalating acts of violence have ricocheted through Latin America, southern Africa, and the United States.

Kathleen Belew's research has received the support of the Andrew W. Mellon and Jacob K. Javits Foundations, as well as an Albert J. Beveridge and John F. Enders grants for research in Mexico and Nicaragua. She earned her AB in the comparative history of ideas from the University of Washington, where she was named Dean's Medalist in the Humanities. Her MPhil and PhD in American studies are from Yale University. She is currently a professor at the University of Chicago. READ MORE

Jessie Ann Foley

Sorry for Your Loss

Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

YA Book Launch Party

As the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. He's barely passing his classes. His lets his longtime crush walk all over him. And he's in no hurry to decide on a college path. The only person who ever made him think he could be more was his older brother Patrick. But that was before Patrick died suddenly, leaving Pup with a family who won't talk about it and acquaintances who just keep saying, "sorry for your loss." When Pup excels at a photography assignment he thought he'd bomb, things start to come into focus.

Jessie Ann Foley is a teacher who writes fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, The Carnival at Bray, was a Printz Honor winner, a William C. Morris Debut Award finalist, a YALSA Top Ten Fiction for Young Adults title, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book. Her second novel, Neighborhood Girls, was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice, where it also received a starred review. Sorry for Your Loss is her third novel. READ MORE

Epic Reads presents

"Epic Pride"

Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

YA Author Event

Join us for a night of "Epic Reads" celebrating LGBTQIA Young Adult authors and books for Pride Month. Structured as a Meetup, this event aims to provide attendees with the opportunity to talk directly with the authors and get their books signed. For this event, the authors featured include: Abdi Nazemian, author of Like a Love Story; Tehlor Kay Mejia, author of We Set the Dark on Fire; Kheryn Callender, author of This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story, and Angelo Surmelis, author of The Dangerous Art of Blending In. READ MORE

Eve Ensler

The Apology

Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Author Reading and Book Signing

Please note: this event will be held at the Swedish American Museum ( 5211 N. Clark St. ) Buy ticketsHERE.

Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused by her father, Eve has struggled her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an anti-violence activist, she decided she would wait no longer; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. The Apology, written by Eve from her father's point of view in the words she longed to hear, attempts to transform the abuse she suffered with unflinching truthfulness, compassion, and an expansive vision for the future.

Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, Insecure at Last, and I Am an Emotional Creature. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activists, and inspired the global action One Billion Rising. Ensler lives in Paris and New York City. READ MORE

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May 2019

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 8

at 11:30 a.m.

Story time with

Drag Queens

Monday, June 10

at 7 p.m.

Sappho's Salon

Pride Open Mic

Wednesday, June 12

at 6:30 p.m.

Gay Women's Gathering:

An Evening on Lesbian Pregnancy sponsored by

the Family Equality Council

Thursday, June 13

at 7 p.m.

Blair Hurley

in conversation with

Jaclyn Gilbert

The Devoted

Paperback Launch Party

Friday, June 14

T. Fleischmann

at 7 p.m.

Time Is a Thing a Body Moves Through

Book Launch Party

Saturday, June 15

doors open at 7 p.m.

Show starts at

7:30 p.m.

You're Being Ridiculous


Storytelling Show

( $10 suggested Donation )

Wednesday, June 19

at 7 p.m.

Robert W. Fieseler

Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Upstairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

Paperback Launch


Book Groups

Family of Women Book Group

Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

The Best We Could Do

by Thi Bui

Feminist Book Group

Sunday, May 12

at 4 p.m.

Dawn by Octavia Butler

Teens First Book Group

Sunday, May 12

at 5 p.m.

Strong Female Protagonist

by Brennan Lee Mulligan

Social Justice Book Group

Sunday, May 19

at 2:30 p.m.

An American Sickness

by Elisabeth Rosenthal

Women's Book Group

Tuesday, May 21

at 7:30 p.m.

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Women Aging with Wisdom & Grace

Discussion & Potluck

Sunday, May 26

10 a.m. to noon

Suggested Reading:

No Time To Spare

by Ursula K. LeGuin

Classics of Women's Literature Book Group

Monday, May 20

at 7:15 p.m.

The Heart Is a

Lonely Hunter

by Carson McCullers

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