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Kobo Mini Summer Sale

We are offering the Kobo Mini at a big savings--now $39.99 (normally $79.99)--from June 19 until July 18. The Mini can store more than 1,000 eBooks and download them almost instantaneously via WiFi. They are also small, light, and stylish. And when you're using a Kobo eReader purchased at Women & Children First, you support the store every time you purchase an eBook.


And remember, using Kobo eReaders is as easy as One, Two, Three:

* Set up your Kobo account via your Kobo eReader.

* Log onto kobo.com with your new account to browse, search for, and buy eBooks.

* Start reading! Whenever you shop, sign into your new Kobo account.


Sunday, June 30th - Rachel Barton Pine

11:00 a.m.

Violin Lullabies

Free Concert at Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago


Join us for a free kids' concert at the Swedish American Museum! Little ones who play the violin are invited to bring their instruments along to the concert where Rachel will lead them in "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." It is a great photo op and fun for all! What seating now remains will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Rachel Barton Pine's delightful new CD Violin Lullabies on Chicago's classical music label, Cedille Records, features 25 lullabies by some of the world's greatest composers: Schubert, Fauré, Strauss, Ravel; it also includes George Gershwin's "Summertime" and the famous lullaby by Brahms. One reviewer said "It is not only the mastery of Rachel's playing, but the sweet, rich voice of the Guarneri violin and the charm of the chosen music that makes this album so wonderful."


Sunday, June 30th - Mandy Ingber

1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

75-minute Flow Yoga Class followed by Book Signing

Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover

Offsite at Exhale Mind Body Spa, 945 North State Street, Chicago

$50 per attendee


Mandy Ingber, the creator of the hybrid workout Yogalosophy (which pairs traditional yoga poses with toning exercises), is a fitness and wellness expert, speaker, producer, and yoga and spinning instructor based in Los Angeles. For more than 16 years she has motivated people with a light-hearted approach and unique teaching style, and her clients include Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Lawrence, Ricki Lake, Brooke Shields, and Helen Hunt. This 75-minute vinyasa flow class will include 30 minutes of the hybrid routine. Afterward, meet Mandy personally and be one of the first to get a signed copy of her book. To sign up, go to http://www.exhalespa.com/locations/chicago/ and click on Workshops & Events.  


Monday, July 1st - Alice Walker

7:30 p.m.

The Cushion in the Road and The World Will Follow Joy

First Free Church, 5255 N. Ashland, Chicago

(Note new location!)


The essays in The Cushion in the Road examine the intersection of spirituality and politics, highlighting our unique capacity to make positive change in the world. The poems in The World Will Follow Joy, Walker's new collection of poetry, urge us to look beyond our own learned fears, cynicism, and biases and heal the wounds that persist. Alice Walker is known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple, her many volumes of poetry, and her powerful nonfiction collections. Her advocacy for the dispossessed has spanned the globe. Admission requires purchase from Women & Children First of either one of her two new books. Call 773-769-9299 to purchase a book or for more information.


Wednesdays, July 10th - August 14th
Young Authors' Club

1 p.m.


Kids ages 9 to 11 are invited to explore their creativity, improve writing skills, and have fun in this kids-only writing workshop. Based on the successful Story Week® method of creative writing, young writers will be led through a series of games, creative exercises, and guided visualizations as they develop their own stories from first idea through revision, culminating in a reading party for family and friends. Club leader Kathie Bergquist has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches writing at Columbia College Chicago. She has two years' experience teaching creative writing workshops for fourth to sixth graders in Chicago public schools. Session fee is $275. For more information or to reserve your spot, email Kathie Bergquist at kathiebergquist@gmail.com. Please note that the 4:30 p.m. class is full.


Friday, July 12th - Sarah Bruni

7:30 p.m.

The Night Gwen Stacy Died


This debut novel, partly set in Chicago, is a funny, sexy, offbeat love story about the adventures and mutual rescue of a young woman out of place in her hometown and a mysterious stranger who calls himself Peter Parker (and begins to cast her in the role of Spider-Man's first sweetheart). The Night Gwen Stacy Died is about first loss, first love, and finding our real identities. Sarah Bruni grew up in and around Chicago and has a BA in English Literature from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. She currently lives in Brooklyn.


"Sarah Bruni's fiercely smart and delectably unpredictable first novel delivers again and again that most sought-after shiver up the spine, the chill that comes when you realize the world you thought you knew and understood is newer and stranger than you ever dared imagine. The Night Gwen Stacy Died is a genuine page-turner." --Kathryn Davis, The Thin Place  


Sunday, July 14th - Janet Stickmon and Laura Kina

4:30 p.m.

Janet Stickmon

Midnight Peaches, Two O'Clock Patience

Laura Kina

War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art


Midnight Peaches, Two O'Clock Patience is a collection of essays, poems, and short stories on all aspects of womanhood. This collection disrupts the border separating public and private, human existence and the spirit realm, exposing the beauty of what has been named dirty, shameful, and repulsive. Stickmon reminds us that patience and a listening ear can inspire a woman's creative power to overflow without warning. Janet Stickmon is a professor of humanities at Napa Valley College and founder of Broken Shackle Developmental Training. War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian-American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with 19 mixed race/mixed heritage Asian-American artists with scholarly essays. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian-American generation is coming of age in an era of "optional identity," this collection brings together first-person perspectives and a wider scholarly context to shed light on changing Asian-American cultures. Laura Kina is associate professor of art, media, and design at DePaul University and the coeditor of War Baby / Love Child.

Wednesday, July 17th - Kate Christensen

7:30 p.m.

Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites 


Novelist Christensen (The Astral, The Great Man) has written a food memoir reviewers are already comparing to the work of M.F.K. Fisher, Ruth Reichl, and Laurie Colwin. The narrative is grounded in Kate's everyday life now (just like her popular foodcentric blog (http://katechristensen.wordpress.com), and from there she looks backward to unearth memories, often painful and deep, of times in her life when--lonely, sad, and scared--food saved her. She explores how food becomes embedded in memory. For her, food is the most important part of any experience, the nucleus of her most poignant or important memories.


Thursday, July 18th - Lisa Lutz

7:30 p.m.

The Last Word


If you love the Spellman series, don't miss Lisa Lutz's return visit to Women & Children First! The Last Word is the sixth book in the beloved comic detective series. Within months of assuming control of the family business, Spellman Investigations, Izzy is accused of embezzling from a former client, the ridiculously wealthy Mr. Slayter, who happens to have Alzheimer's, which Izzy and he are diligently trying to keep under wraps. Not only is Slayter's business and reputation on the line, but if Izzy gets indicted for embezzlement, she'll lose everything. Is this the end of Izzy Spellman, PI? The answer makes The Last Word, hands down, the most thrilling book in this bestselling, award-nominated series. Lisa Lutz lives and works in upstate New York.  


Third Thursdays

Thursday, July 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Enjoy treats and "sweet deals" throughout Andersonville on Third Thursdays this summer! On Thursday, July 18th, we will be serving refreshments--and taking 20% off all books for gardening, nature, and ecology--from 5 to 8 p.m. And watch for the special deals we'll be offering on the Third Thursday in August (August 15) as well. For more information, go to www.andersonville.org.


Friday, July 19th - Vicki Matthews

7:30 p.m.

The Goddess Letters


Chicago economics professor Rob Harris has it good: dream job, devoted wife, adorable daughter. Selena Richards has it even better: she's a wildly popular Hollywood actress with awards and men galore. Yet each has a dark secret that only the other one knows. Since college, Selena has had alarming dreams encouraging her to help women create a radically different future for our world. Rob, her old college boyfriend, is the only person Selena's ever told about these dreams. But Rob and Selena's secret takes a frightening turn when the women in her dreams begin populating her waking life. As Rob fights to keep himself and Selena alive, he begins to accept that the greatest hope for our world may actually rest with the forgotten wisdom from our past. The Goddess Letters is a story of love and faith and one man's unfolding relationship with both. Dr. Vicki Matthews is a naturopathic physician who lives in the Chicago area. She is a passionate advocate of integrated health in both her teaching and her private practice and has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice to share aspects of this message.


Saturday, July 20th - Sappho's Salon

7:30 p.m.

Sappho's Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions

Presents JD Glass

$7-$10 admission includes food and wine


For the latest installment of our popular monthly salon night for lesbians and their friends, Sappho's Salon presents author and musician JD Glass. Stonewall Award and Lambda Literary Award finalist JD Glass is the author of the acclaimed novels Punk Like Me, Punk and Zen, Red Light, and American Goth, among others. She was formerly the singer and guitarist for the group Life Underwater and is currently performing solo work. For tonight's event, Glass will read from her work and also perform music. All proceeds benefit the artist and the Women's Voices Fund.  


Wednesday, July 24th - R. Clifton Spargo
7:30 p.m.
Beautiful Fools

Come join us for an event in honor of Zelda Fitzgerald's birthday (born July 24, 1900). Beautiful Fools is a captivating story that imagines the last romance of one of America's greatest literary couples after the glamour of the 1920s has faded. In 1939 Scott is living in Hollywood, an alcoholic, deeply in debt, and involved with other women. Yet he remains fiercely loyal to Zelda, his soul mate and muse. In an attempt to repair their fractured marriage, Scott arranges a trip for them to Cuba. But even in paradise, Scott and Zelda cannot escape the dangerous intensity of their relationship. In Beautiful Fools, R. Clifton Spargo gives us a vivid and truly human portrait of the Fitzgeralds, revealing heartbreaking patterns and unexpected moments of tenderness. R. Clifton Spargo is an Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is a critic who writes the HI/LO blog, on the interplay between high and low culture, for The Huffington Post. He has published stories, essays, and reviews in the Kenyon Review, the Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, and the Chicago Tribune, among other places. He lives in Iowa City. Refreshments will be served.


Used Book Sale

Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Book lovers and bargain hunters won't want to miss this Women & Children First tradition: our annual used book sale, held as part of the annual Andersonville Sidewalk Sale weekend. Treasure hunt the stacks for great deals on fiction, nonfiction, children's books, LGBTQ titles, CDs, DVDs, and collectables; all priced to sell, and all benefiting the Women's Voices Fund, which supports our many store events.


Monday, July 29th - Closed for Inventory

On Monday, July 29th, Women & Children First will be closed for inventory. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, opening at 11:00 a.m.


Tuesday, July 30th - Where's Waldo Bash
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where's Waldo Bash

To celebrate Where's Waldo's 26th anniversary, Women & Children First will be hosting a community-wide scavenger hunt involving a number of other local businesses. Beginning July 1, children can use our list of participating merchants to scour local stores for a 6" Waldo figurine. When they find him, that business' employees will give the child a card that says "I found Waldo at _____," which they can return to WCF to be entered for a chance to win some fabulous prizes (donated by Andersonville indie businesses).

And on July 30th, we'll be hosting the Where's Waldo Bash to draw the month of Waldo wonder to a close--complete with games, snacks, and the prize drawings! 

Donations Needed!

We are now accepting donations of used books for the sale. No magazines, textbooks, foreign language, or damaged books, please. Just drop them off at the store during our regular business hours.



Volunteers Needed!

We need strong women and men who can help with set up and tear down, carrying tables and boxes of books, for our Used Book Sale on July 27 and 28. Volunteers are needed for approximately 3-hour shifts. All volunteers will earn used book credits and the industrious companionship (and gratitude) of some diligent and hardworking feminists! Email wcflynn@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with the Used Book Sale or if you'd like more information. 


Book Groups

Classics of Women's Literature Book Group - Tuesday, July 2 at 7:15 p.m. - Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson


Family of Women Book Group - Sunday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. - Elizabeth & Hazel by David Margolick


Kids First Book Group - Sunday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. - The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine


Feminist Book Group - Sunday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. - When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams


Women's Book Group - Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. - Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich


Classics of Women's Literature Book Group (extra, added meeting) - Tuesday, July 16 at 7:15 p.m. - The Color Purple by Alice Walker (meeting location TBA)


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