January Events at
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Thank You! And Happy New Year!
We would like to thank all of you so much for your business this holiday season! We know you have many choices, and so we really appreciate when you choose to shop with us! We had a good holiday season and a good year (so many of you have asked how we are doing--thank you so much for caring about us!), and we know that it is all of you we have to thank. Women & Children First's customers are THE BEST! 

Thanks so much! And wishing you all the best in the New Year--
Ann, Linda, and the whole staff!

E-books and E-readers
If you have received an electronic reader as a gift this holiday season, you can still support Women & Children First! The Kobo e-books we sell on our website can be read on any open-platform device, including Sony, Nook, iPhone, iPad, and Kobo devices. All you have to do is set up your Kobo account through our website (www.womenandchildrenfirst.com), download the free app, and start shopping! All e-books you buy from Kobo using that account will help Women & Children First.

And, of course, if you didn't get an e-reader for Christmas but would like one, come in and look at the wonderful new 
Kobo Mini's and Kobo Glo's that we have for sale right in our store!

Wednesday, January 16th - Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell

7:30 p.m. 

The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color in a New Millennium (revised edition)

Anchor Books


The Color Complex is a provocative exploration of how Western standards of beauty are influencing cultures across the globe and affecting personal, professional, romantic, and familial relationships. Processes like skin lightening in India, hair straightening among African Americans in America, eyelid reconstruction in China, and plastic surgery worldwide continue to rise in popularity for men and women facing discrimination from both within and outside of their own increasingly fluid ethnic groups. The authors, through a historical and sociological lens, have measured the impact of recent pop culture events affecting race relations to determine whether colorism has gotten better or worse over time. Midge Wilson is associate dean of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and professor of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies at DePaul University. Kathy Russell is a vice president at Omar Supplies, Inc.



Thursday, January 17th - Cynthia Morris

7:30 p.m.

Chasing Sylvia Beach

Original Impulse Books


Chasing Sylvia Beach celebrates the world of Sylvia Beach, the plucky American who moved to Paris in 1919 and opened Shakespeare and Company bookshop, the first English-language lending library and bookshop in Paris. Chasing Sylvia Beach tells the dual stories of this American heroine and Lily Heller, a contemporary woman who dreams of her own heroic life. Author Cynthia Morris was working at an independent bookstore in Denver when she read about Sylvia Beach. "I was struck by Sylvia's commitment to books, to the people who write them and read them. It wasn't easy to keep her bookshop open. She faced many of the same challenges booksellers know today." Despite the anxiety caused by recent shifts in the publishing landscape, people are still reading books, and Morris's heroine Lily Heller is a hopeful bridge between booksellers past and present. Chasing Sylvia Beach is an ode to books and booksellers in every era. Cynthia Morris is also a coach, speaker, and author of the how-to guide Create Your Writer's Life.



Saturday, January 19th - Ms. Fit Online Zine - Launch Party

7:30 p.m.

Ms. Fit Online Zine - Launch Party and Fundraiser


In lieu of our regularly scheduled Sappho's Salon, tonight we are celebrating the launch of Ms. Fit online zine: a feminist, body-positive, LGBTQ-friendly health and fitness zine, published by Sappho's Salon curator and host, Kathie Bergquist. Join Kathie and other Ms. Fit editors and contributors for a lively evening of readings, performances, and a special demonstration from Searah Deysach of Early to Bed. Refreshments will be served, and all guests will be entered in a drawing to receive great prizes. Proceeds benefit Ms. Fit online zine and the Women's Voices Fund.

Wednesday, January 23rd - Deadline to sign up to be a Book Giver on World Book Night!

This year World Book Night is Tuesday, April 23. Join the fun! Volunteer to be a Book Giver.  


World Book Night is a program designed to spread the joy and importance of reading through volunteers giving free books to those who might have little access to them or are just not big readers. The books are all donated by publishers. You get to pick the book you want to distribute from a really terrific list of options, like The House on Mango Street (in either English or Spanish) by Sandra Cisneros, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, and City of Thieves by David Benioff. (For a complete list of titles, go to www.us.worldbooknight.org.) You get free 20 copies of the book you select, and you can distribute them anywhere in your community you want--a store, church, shelter or community center, sporting event, hospital, or prison. You choose!  


Go to www.us.worldbooknight.org, and sign up now! And Women & Children First is a host store, so make sure you choose us as your pickup site! We will also be having a World Book Night party at the store--stay tuned for details coming soon! 



Wednesday, January 23rd - Angela Koening

7:30 p.m.

Rebellion in Ulster

Blue Feather Books


The debut novel by local author Angela Koenig! While visiting family in Ulster, Rhodes Scholar Jeri O'Donnell's beloved cousin, Fiona, is killed, and Jeri ends up in Armagh Women's Prison. When Jeri is released as precipitously as she was imprisoned, she chooses to embrace Fiona's struggle as her own and joins the Provisional IRA. After training in the Irish Republic and then in Eastern Europe, Jeri, who is cool under pressure and fierce in action, is the ideal urban soldier, whether in Rotterdam, Belgrade, or Belfast. But Jeri's inconsolable remorse over Fiona's death makes intimacy virtually impossible. Several women try to reach her, but the violence of her life only drives her further from human comfort. Although she can never stop questioning the morality of her actions, Jeri has a taste for fighting that she once hoped to leave behind in the streets of Southie. When a bomb in Belfast explodes early, either through accident or design, the resulting carnage plunges Jeri into a despair that forces her to reconsider what choices, if any, are left to her.



Thursday, January 24th - Barbara Ramsby

7:30 p.m.

Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson

Yale University Press


Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places: colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-occupied Berlin, Stalin's Russia, China two months after Mao's revolution, and defiant testifying before Senator Joseph McCarthy's infamous anticommunist committee. She was a woman of unusual accomplishments-an anthropologist, a prolific journalist, a tireless advocate of women's rights, an outspoken anticolonial and antiracist activist, and an internationally sought-after speaker. Chronicling Essie's eventful life, the book explores her influence on her husband's early career and their unconventional open marriage that endured for more than 40 years. Barbara Ransby is professor in the departments of African American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and History and director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at UIC. She is author of the award-winning Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement.



Sunday, January 27th - Olivia Party

4:30 p.m.

Olivia Party


Activities and games, giveaways, snacks, and good times for all! All children ages 3 to 8 (and their chosen adults) are welcome to help us celebrate all things Olivia.



Book Groups

Sunday, January 6 at 2:00 p.m. -  Family of Women Book Group  -  Heartburn by Nora Ephron


Tuesday, January 8 at 7:15 p.m.  -  Classics Book Group  -  Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston


Sunday, January 13 at 5:00 p.m.  -  Kids First Book Group  -  Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh


Tuesday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m.  -  Women's Book Group  -  How It All Began by Penelope Lively