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Women & Children First Books plans holiday season events

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The holidays have arrived at Chicago's Only Feminist Bookstore.

Care for Real Toy Drive

Nov. 30 to Dec. 14

Come support Care for Real, a wonderful local organization making a difference for families in our community. We will be accepting donations from November 30 through December 14. Most-needed items include: dolls, cars, backpacks, legos, puzzles, paints sets, and crafts,

backpacks, and movie passes, gloves, mittens, caps and hats, scarves, and personal care items.

Saturday, December 1 at 11:30 a.m.

SitStayRead Wishing Tree Donation Drive Kick-off featuring Story Time with Drag Queens!

Beloved drag queens Muffy Fishbasket and Ashley Morgan will join us for our annual reading of The Christmas Truck by local author Bradley Blankenship and other holiday stories. Representatives of the amazing literacy program SitStayRead, along with trained reading dogs, will also be in attendance to talk about the organization and the work that they do.

Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

Jenn Stroud Rossmann in conversation with Nami Mun

The Place You're Supposed to Laugh

Author Conversation

The dot-com bubble has burst, and holy calamity is raining down on 14-year-old Chad Loudermilk. Next door lives mogul Scot MacAvoy, who makes the Loudermilk family's struggle to stay afloat seem that much harder. Jenn Stroud Rossmann writes the essay series An Engineer Reads a Novel for Public Books. Nami Mun has received several awards, inclu ding the Whiting Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Chicago Public Library's 21st Century Award.

Late Night Andersonville!

Dec. 7 & 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.

This year, more than 70 businesses are participating in Andersonville Late Nights with special deals, seasonal refreshments, and other festivities. At Women & Children First, we'll be offering 20% off 2019 calendars and boxed holiday cards from 7 to 9 p.m.

Friday, December 7 at 7 p.m.

New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay

Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston,

Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer

Author Reading

Imagine a world where all erotica is written by feminists. Both light-hearted and empowering, New Erotica for Feminists is a sly, satirical take on all the things that turn feminists on. Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer are comedy writers and satirists whose work has been featured in the New Yorker, McSweeney's, and many other outlets across the vast internet..

Monday, December 10

Sappho's Salon Holiday Open Mic

Doors Open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Our lineup will be trans/nb/gnc folks, and we'd love trans and gnc folks to be at the forefront of our open mic. As always, pay what you can, because proceeds go to the performers and the Women's Voices Fund.

Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m.

Barbara Ransby

Making All Black Lives Matter

Author Reading

In Making All Black Lives Matter, award-winning historian and longtime activist Barbara Ransby outlines the scope and genealogy of the Black Lives Matter movement, documenting its roots in Black feminist politics and situating it squarely in a Black radical tradition. Barbara Ransby is a historian, author, and longtime activist. She is the author of the acclaimed biography Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement.

Friday, January 4 at 7 p.m.

Katie Batza

Before AIDS: Gay Health Politics in the 1970s

Book Launch Party

Before AIDS focuses on gay health institutions in Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, placing them in a larger political context and following them into the first five years of the AIDS crisis. Like many other minority communities in the 1970s, gay health activists of the 1970s changed the medical and political understandings health to reflect the new realities of their own revolution. Katie Batza graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a PhD in history and a graduate certificate in Gender and Women's Studies.

Thursday, January 10 at 7 p.m.

Angalia Bianca & Linda Beckstrom

In Deep: How I Survived Gangs, Heroin, and Prison to Become a Chicago Violence Interrupter

Today, Angalia Bianca is one of Chicago's foremost authorities on violence prevention, and she works with Cure Violence to change lives, but earlier in life, she spent twelve years in prison for forgery, embezzlement, and drug dealing. In Deep is a blunt, honest look at Bianca's life, and its mind-blowing stories take readers deep into a world of grit and gang violence. In addition to co-authoring In Deep, Linda Beckstrom has written a novel and is working on her third book.

Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m.

Karina Longworth, author of

Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood,

presents Outrage

Screening and Author Talk at Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge

Tickets on sale Dec. 3 only through Brown Paper Tickets.

In Outrage, a young woman's life is shattered when she is raped on her way home from work. This black-and-white B movie is notable for being only the second post-Code Hollywood film to deal with the issue of rape. Seduction reveals a riveting history of Hollywood's glamorous Golden Age through the stories of actresses pursued by Howard Hughes. Karina Longworth is the creator, producer, and host of You Must Remember This, a podcast on the secret and forgotten history of 20th-century Hollywood.

Save the Date

Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m.

Amy Gentry

Last Woman Standing

Author Reading

Wednesday, January 23 at 7 p.m.

Amelia Bonow & local contributors to Shout Your Abortion

Anthology Reading

Friday, January 25 at 7 p.m.

Rachel DeWoskin, Someday, We Will Fly

Book Launch Party

Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

Am I Man Enough?

A Storytelling Show & Podcast

Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m.

E. Patrick Johnson

Black. Queer. Southern. Women

Jennifer Nash

Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality

Joint Book Launch Party

Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m.

Daisy Johnson

Everything Under

Author Reading

Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m.

Chloe Benjamin in conversation with Rebecca Makkai

The Immortalists

Paperback Tour

Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m.

Ann Russo

Feminist Accountability: Disrupting Violence and Transforming Power

Book Launch Party

Sunday, February 10 at 7 p.m.

One Book One Northwestern: The Handmaid's Tale Fan Fiction Reading

Thursday, February 14 at 7 p.m.

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Sweet Little Cunt

Author Reading

Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m.

Dave Cullen


Author Reading

Sunday, February 24 at 4 p.m.

Lucy Knisley

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

Book Launch Party

Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m.

Anissa Gray

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

Author Reading

Book Groups

Family of Women Book Group

Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulic

Feminist Book Group

Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.

Trainwreck by Sady Doyle

Teens First Book Group

Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Women Aging with Wisdom & Grace Discussion & Potluck

Sunday, Dec. 16

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Suggested Reading: The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith

Social Justice Book Group

Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Trans Like Me by CN Lester

Classics of Women's Literature Book Group

Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:15 p.m.

Our Spoons Came from Woolworths

by Barbara Comyns

Women's Book Group

Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Selection Meeting & Potluck

—From a press release

Women & Children First

5233 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60640


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