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Thursday, January 6th - Diane Torre
Sex, Drag & Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance

Performance artist Diane Torr has been experimenting with the performance of gender for thirty years - exploring everything from feminist go-go dancing to masculine power play. A pioneer of "drag king" performance, Torr has been celebrated internationally for her gender transformation workshops. Her new book blends her own memoir and commentary with critical reflection contributed by renowned performance critic Stephen Bottoms.
Sunday, January 9th - Rhonda Schiff
Every Imaginable Shade of Gray

Every Imaginable Shade of Gray tells the story of a family irreparably damaged by the death of a young boy. The tragic accident that takes his life triggers years of bitter recrimination between his parents, reverberating for decades through their lives and those of their two daughters. Told through the voice of the youngest daughter, Schiff's novel chronicles a family's undoing and its far-reaching consequences.

Saturday, January 15th - Sappho's Salon
7:30 p.m.
Sappho's Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions

Featuring Carolyn Gage and Sister Tara presenting The Lesbian Tent Revival
$7-10 sliding door charge includes food and wine

In January, our monthly salon night for lesbians and their friends features award-winning playwright, performer and activist "Sister" Carolyn Gage. Joined by her musical
sidekick, "Sister" Tara, Gage will reprise her wildly popular Lesbian Tent Revival: a rousing hour of foot-stomping, hand-clapping, irreverent songs and sermons that will leave you crackling with radical ideas, righteous indignation, and a lesbianic lust for life!
Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women's Voices Fund.

Sunday, January 16th - Cornelia Maude Spelman & Kathleen Hill
Cornelia Maude Spelman
Missing: A Memoir
Kathleen Hill
Who Occupies This House

Hailed by Alex Kotlowitz as "memoir writing at its absolute finest," Spelman's
memoir of her mother's life was inspired by a conversation with a college friend of both of her parents, celebrated New Yorker editor, William Maxwell. With the pacing of a mystery novel, Spelman uses letters, family interviews, medical bills, and telegrams to reconstruct a life and unravel the mysteries of her family. Kathleen Hill's novel, Who

Occupies This House, is a lyrically fictionalized recreation of a family's history. Of the book, writer Joan Silber raves, "This is a novel of great beauty. Step by step it works its way deep into the interior lives of vanished family, sifting through evidence to solve mysteries, rejudge sorrows, and think, over and over, about forgiveness."

Friday, January 21st - Brenda Marshall

In her epic novel set in late nineteenth century Dakota Territory, Brenda Marshall opens a window onto a place little known and often misunderstood, to tell an original tale of desire and ambition. Emotionally complex, willful and resourceful, Frances Houghton Bingham is seduced by the myths of opportunity driving the settlement of Dakota Territory, and dares to dream of a new world in which to realize her desires.

Sunday, January 23rd - Heidi Durrow
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Durrow's debut novel tells the story of Rachel, daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop. With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community where her light brown skin and blue eyes bring mixed attention her way. Join Durrow for a celebration of the paperback release of the winner of the 2008 Bellwether Prize, Barbara Kingsolver's literary award for works addressing issues of social justice.

Friday, January 28th - Hannah Pittard & Kathleen Rooney

Hannah Pittard
The Fates Will Find Their Way
Kathleen Rooney
For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs

In her debut novel, DePaul University instructor Hannah Pittard explores the
effect that a 16-year-old girl's disappearance has on her close-knit neighborhood and the boys who went to school with her. Spinning the possibilities of what happened in vivid detail, Pittard keeps the reader guessing which version, if any, is the girl's true fate. Kathleen Rooney's funny and charming collection of essays, For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs details twenty-something life in the twenty-first century including, among other things, plagiarizing, entering convents, and transporting U.S. Senators.

Book Groups
Sunday, January 9th - 3pm - Family of Women Book Group - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Wednesday, January 12th - 7:15pm - Classics Book Group - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Sunday, January 16th - 6pm - Feminist Book Group - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Tuesday, January 18th - 7:30pm - Women's Book Group - Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life by Billy Minutaglo and Michael Smith