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Posted by : cj on Friday, October 09, 2009 - 11:49 AM
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Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N. Clark St.

Women & Children First will be hosting a series of groundbreaking, amazingly talented and legendary lesbian and queer writers. The lesbo-thon kicks off on Friday, Oct. 9 with writer Rebecca Brown, continues on Saturday, Oct. 10 with Sarah Schulman, and winds it's way to Saturday, Oct. 17 when Sappho's Salon & Decibelle present Sister Spit: The Next Generation, featuring Michelle Tea!

Friday, Oct. 9
7:30 p.m.
Rebecca Brown
American Romances: Essays by Rebecca Brown
Special guest: Christine Simokaitis

Rebecca Brown (The Gifts of the Body, The Terrible Girls) has long been considered one of our most inventive and edgy lesbian fiction writers. In this most recent collection of writing, she is at the height of her creative and intuitive powers. In a gonzo mix of pop culture, autobiography, fiction, and literary history, Brown presents Gertrude Stein as presiding over a same-sex religious movement, intersects the lives of the Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and reveals the sex life of H.G. Wells’s invisible man. Despite a mostly playful tone, Brown underscores humor with a serious examination of the ways America has tried and failed to craft and tell its own story. Brown will be joined by Chicago essayist Christine Simokaitis, whose work has appeared in journals “Natural Bridge,” “Alligator Juniper,” amd “Calyx,” and in the anthologies Are We Feeling Better Yet? And Mourning Sickness.

Saturday, Oct. 10
5:30 p.m.
Sarah Schulman
The Mere Future

Sparkling with wit and provocative social commentary, Sarah Schulman’s new novel crosses many genres, including literary fiction, mystery, fantasy, poetry and stand-up comedy. In her dystopian vision, New York has morphed into an idealized version of itself. Rent is cheap, homelessness is over, and everyone works in Marketing. Despite the utopian surface, however, there is a disturbing malaise that infects the population. Meanwhile our heroine and her girlfriend, Nadine, just want to fall in love again, but can’t help noticing that the social packaging may not be recyclable. Schulman (People in Trouble, Rat Bohemia) is one of literature’s most important chroniclers of contemporary queer life. In The Mere Future, she invents a literature that is at once sexy and funny, while openheartedly reflecting the lives we live. We’ll also be celebratingthe release of Schulman’s new book of non-fiction, Ties that Bind: Familial Homophobia and its Consequences.

Saturday, Oct. 17
7:30 p.m.

Sappho’s Salon and Decibelle Present Sister Spit: The Next Generation
Featuring Michelle Tea, Beth Lisick, Ariel Schrag, Rhiannon Argo and more. Special guest DJ SpinNikki.
$10 donation benefits the artists.
This month we collaborate with Decibelle to present a very special Sappho’s Salon featuring the raucous band of van-travelling queer marauders known as Sister Spit. The tour features queer luminary Michelle Tea, literary force Beth Lisick, trans-licious performance artist Ben McCoy, graphic novelist and former L-Word staffer Ariel Shrag, poet Kirya Traber, photographer Sara Seinberg, novelist Rhiannon Argo and special guest Sister Spit veteran Carina Gia Farrero. DJ SpinNikki helms the board before and after the set. Tickets will be available in advance at the store – cash only. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

Note: Women and Children First Bookstore presents three lesbian readings in October.

 
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