Past Events

Rachel Z. Arndt in conversation with Aviya Kushner

11 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 11 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Join us for the launch party in honor of Beyond Measure by Rachel Z. Arndt. For this event, Rachel will be in conversation with Aviya Kushner. Beyond Measure is a fascinating...   More info

Book Launch Party: Betwixt-and-Between by Jenny Boully

13 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 13 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Join us as we celebrate BETWIXT-AND-BETWEEN, the new essay collection from Jenny Boully. For this event, Jenny will be joined by essayist Piper Daniels and poet Alexis Pope...   More info

Poetry Reading: Eloisa Amezcua's From the Inside Quietly

18 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 18 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Please join us for a poetry reading celebrating Eloisa Amezcua's debut book, From the Inside Quietly, inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón...   More info

Performing Revolutionary with Nicole Garneau

20 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 20 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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For this event, Nicole Garneau will present a lively and interactive evening of performative engagement with her new book, Performing Revolutionary: Art, Action, Activism. All are...   More info

Meg Wolitzer in conversation with Greta Johnsen

24 Apr 19:00 - 20:30 24 Apr 19:00 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Join us as we welcome Meg Wolitzer back to Women & Children First in celebration of her acclaimed new novel, The Female Persuasion. For this event, Meg will be in conversation...   More info

Book Launch Party: The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin

25 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 25 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Join us as we celebrate the launch of THE COMEDOWN by Rebekah Frumkin! A blistering dark comedy, Rebekah Frumkin's The Comedown is a romp across America, from the Kent State...   More info

Programmed Inequalities Paperback Launch Party

26 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 26 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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In 1944, Britain led the world in electronic computing, but by 1974 its computing industry was all but extinct. Women had been a hidden engine of growth in high technology, but as...   More info

Poetry Reading: Daniel Borzutzky & Nate Marshall

27 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 27 Apr 19:30 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Please join us for a poetry reading celebrating the recent publication of Daniel Borzutzky's Lake Michigan. Borzutzky will be joined by fellow Chicago poet Nate Marshall, author...   More info

Independent Bookstore Day!

28 Apr 10:00 - 19:00 28 Apr 10:00 - 19:00 - Chicago Chicago
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Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent...   More info

Poetry Reading: Franny Choi & sam sax

29 Apr 18:00 - 19:30 29 Apr 18:00 - 19:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Please join us for the Chicago stop of the Madness Machine Tour! Poets Franny Choi & sam sax will be reading from their latest poetry collections, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling...   More info

Author Reading: Sharing Plastic by blake nemec

04 May 19:30 - 20:30 04 May 19:30 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Please join us for a night of hybrid performances in celebration of blake nemec's new book Sharing Plastic. Joining blake will be Aerin Cooper, Nora Gaines, and Kiam Marcelo Junio...   More info

The Displaced Children of Displaced Children by Faisal Mohyuddin

11 May 19:30 - 21:00 11 May 19:30 - 21:00 - Chicago Chicago
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Please help us celebrate the publication of Faisal Mohyuddin's poetry collection The Displaced Children of Displaced Children. Joining him will be poets Jacob Saenz and Emily...   More info

BELLY UP tour: Rita Bullwinkel w/ Jac Jemc & Anne Yoder | CHI

18 May 19:30 - 20:30 18 May 19:30 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Join Rita Bullwinkel, Jac Jemc, and Anne Yoder at Women & Children First Bookstore on May 18th, 7:30 pm to celebrate the release of BELLY UP. Reading, conversation, with a book...   More info

Chicago Launch of JUNK: Tommy Pico with Erika T. Wurth

02 Jun 19:00 - 21:00 02 Jun 19:00 - 21:00 - Chicago Chicago
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Please join us in celebrating the publication of Tommy Pico's latest poetry book Junk (Tin House 2018). For this reading and conversation, Pico will be joined by Erika T. Wurth...   More info

The Mermaid book launch

20 Jun 19:30 - 21:30 20 Jun 19:30 - 21:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Book launch for THE MERMAID's release...   More info

Book Launch Party: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

26 Jun 19:00 - 20:30 26 Jun 19:00 - 20:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Join us as we celebrate the launch of one of the most highly anticipated novels of 2018! THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai is a dazzling new novel of friendship and...   More info

Book Talk - Her Own Hero: The Origins of Women's Self-Defense

20 Jul 19:30 - 21:30 20 Jul 19:30 - 21:30 - Chicago Chicago
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Join us as Wendy L. Rouse presents research from her latest book: Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement. At the turn of the twentieth century, women...   More info


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