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  Brynn Tannehill: Trans activist calls for action in new book

Many readers remember Dr. David Ruben's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex ( But Were Afraid to Ask )—a 1969 best-selling book and then a 1972 Woody Allen movie. Published the same year as ...


  Author Miriam Frank headlines CTU LGBTQIA+ event

Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America author and Pride at Work founding member Miriam Frank was the featured speaker at a Chicago Teachers Union ( CTU ) LGBTQIA+ event, co-hosted alongside Pride ...


  BOOKS Some of Chicago's LGBTQ-friendly book clubs

Reading is a solitary act, and sometimes a lonely one. A number of individuals have gone the extra mile to start book groups for readers in the city. Meetings in bookstores, community centers and restaurants give ...


  A Cradle Song: Part Four

by Mark Zubro; Illustrated by W.S. Reed

A Cradle Song, written by Mark Zubro and illustrated by W.S. Reed, debuts in the Windy City Times as the new holiday classic. Filled with travail and woe, warmth and great joy, it is a story ...


  David Jay Collins readings Nov. 9

Chicago author David Jay Collins will read scenes from his locally set novels Gaybash and Summerdale on Friday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m., at The Leigh Gallery, 3306 N. Halsted St. Collins will sell and autograph ...


  Michelle Obama giving book-tour tickets to groups

Michelle Obama and Live Nation have announced a selection of the local and community organizations that will receive free admission to the former first lady's upcoming book tour, Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama. Obama's ...


  Ex-Neo Nazi talks about what spurred him to change

To look into the eyes of Christian Picciolini—eyes that seem to smile in a nonthreatening and empathetic way—one would probably not believe at the age of 16 he led one of the most violent Neo-Nazi hate ...


  Queer Eye's Karamo Brown in Evanston Dec. 5

Television host and culture expert on the Emmy-winning Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown says that the key to his success is tapping into the many facets of his identity. Whether as an openly gay ...


  SHOWBIZ Streisand, GLAAD book, Spice Girls, Boy Erased, Rhapsody

Barbra Streisand has released an LGBTQ anthem that doubles as a statement against President Trump, reported. The legendary singer's latest album, Walls, includes plenty of shots at the current administration, including the title track. The ...


  Atwood discusses impact of 'The Handmaid's Tale' at NU

Author Margaret Atwood spoke before an at-capacity audience on Northwestern University's Evanston campus Oct. 30 to discuss the implications of her classic 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale. The book was chosen as part of the ...


  Author talks new book about overlooked LGBT tragedy

by Larry Nichols

Author Robert Fieseler's new book, "Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation" dives deep into the events leading up to and the aftermath of the Up Stairs ...


  MOMBIAN Children's and YA books on LGBTQ history

LGBTQ History Month offers us a wonderful opportunity each October to look at the growing number of books for children and youth on LGBTQ history—including several that are new this year. Elementary school Pride: The ...


  A Cradle Song: Part Three

by Mark Zubro; Illustrated by W.S. Reed

A Cradle Song, written by Mark Zubro and illustrated by W.S. Reed, debuts in the Windy City Times as the new holiday classic. Filled with travail and woe, warmth and great joy, it is a story ...


  Michelle Obama giving book-tour tickets to groups

Michelle Obama and Live Nation have announced a selection of the local and community organizations that will receive free admission to the former first lady's upcoming book tour, Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama. Obama's ...


  Queer singer Mary Lambert on her poetry collection

Mary Lambert first experienced what she calls "radical vulnerability" at age seven, when she started a group therapy session at a friend's sleepover. "I've been in therapy since I was 5," said the queer performer and ...


  Jill Soloway reads from 'She Wants It' at local appearance

With a line of people wrapped around the block in increasingly chilly weather, it was easy to catch snippets of why fans were there to see the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of Transparent, Jill ...


  A Cradle Song Part Two

A Cradle Song, written by Mark Zubro and illustrated by W.S. Reed, debuts in the Windy City Times as the new holiday classic. Filled with travail and woe, warmth and great joy, it is a story ...


  Chelsea Clinton signs hundreds of new kids' books at W&CF

More than 700 people of all ages lined up around the block to meet author, Clinton Foundation Vice-Chair and former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton Oct. 21 at Women and Children First bookstore. Clinton signed copies of ...


  Chicago author publishes story about escape

Coming from a place of experiences and a vast amount of travel, Joe English has written his first novel, A Place Called Schugara. English was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and came of age in Mexico ...


  Nicole Maines to be honored with HRC Chicago Visibility Award

CHICAGO, Ill., October 22, 2018— Nicole Maines, transgender actor and activist, will be honored with the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Chicago Visibility Award. The award will recognize Nicole's incredible fight to be herself, as ...


  Margaret Atwood to discuss 'The Handmaid's Tale' at Northwestern Oct. 30

EVANSTON, Ill. — Margaret Atwood, author of "The Handmaid's Tale," will visit Northwestern University to discuss the implications her 1985 dystopian novel has on our contemporary world as part of the One Book One Northwestern program. ...


  Chelsea Clinton at W&CF Oct. 21

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton will be at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. to sign copies of a book for kids entitled START NOW! You Can ...


  A Cradle Song Part One

A Cradle Song debuts in the Windy City Times as the new holiday classic. Filled with travail and woe, warmth and great joy, it is a story for the ages. It will appear in ten installments ...


  The Trans Generation

By Ann Travers $25; New York University Press; 261 pages Boy or girl? That's a common enough question, if you're an expectant parent. You might've even wondered it yourself: will you need pink things or ...


  Intersectional feminism meets coffee table books in 'HERstory,' 'Revolution'

The Revolution is Female Author: Kristen Blush. $61; Blush; 128 pages Modern HERstory Author: Blair Imani. $17.99; Ten Speed Press; 208 pages What does Trump's America mean for feminism? For one, the rise of activism among ...


  'Tinderbox' author at Unabridged

Author/historian Robert Fieseler ( left ) discussed his new book, Tinderbox: The Untold Story of The Upstairs Lounge Fire and The Rise of Gay Liberation, with Owen Keehnen before a packed house at Unabridged Bookstore Wed., ...


  Jill Soloway looks ahead to celebrating new book in Chicago

Jill Soloway spoke with the Windy City Times ahead of the release of their new book, She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy. Soloway celebrates the book's launch during a sold-out event Oct. 18 ...


  LGBT HISTORY MONTH Willyce Kim wrote her own story

Willyce Kim is the first Asian-American lesbian writer to be published in the United States. She spent her childhood years in Hawaii and California, and graduated from San Francisco College for Women in 1968. Kim was ...


  Eve Ewing podcast features Terkel interviews

WFMT and The Studs Terkel Radio Archive invite audiences into the history books with the new podcast Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing. Inspired by the legacy of the inimitable 20th-century broadcaster and oral historian Studs Terkel, ...


  And Then We Danced, A Voyage into the Groove

By Henry Alford $26; Simon & Schuster; 229 pages You can't stop your feet. They need to move, to tap-tap-tap, to side step, and do-si-do. The music's on and you gotta move. You can't help ...


  On My Way to Liberation

By H. Melt, $10; Haymarket; 28 pages On My Way to Liberation, by H. Melt, is a chapbook-length preview of their forthcoming book There Are Trans People Here from Haymarket Books. In just 16 short ...


  Black Queer Hoe

By Britteney Black Rose Kapri $16; Haymarket; 55 pages In her poem "a reading guide: for white people reading my book," Britteney Black Rose Kapri writes "this book isn't for you. it's a celebration of ...


  Funding Feminism Author Johnson Book Lecture and Signing Oct. 23

Author Joan Marie Johnson will conduct a book lecture and signing, co-sponsored by The Chicago Women's History Center, at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago. In her book ...


  Chicago poets bear witness to LGBTQ-lived experiences in four new collections

Chicago is famous for a lot of things, but one of its best-kept secrets is a thriving community of some of the country's most innovative poets. They can be found hosting and performing at reading series ...


  Author launches 'Semi Queer' book with reading

On Sept. 28, author Anne Balay presented a reading and discussion of her new book Semi Queer at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., as part of its nationwide launch. The reading also featured ...


  Women and Children First hosts book launch for activist Charlene Carruthers

Women & Children First bookstore hosted a book launch celebration for Southwest Side Chicago native and social justice activist Charlene Carruthers, the founding national director of Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ), Sept. 25 at ...


  Dugan, Fabbre hold 'Survive' signing at WCF

On Sept. 30, Women and Children First presented a book signing and discussion with photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre for their book To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender ...


  Straight Expectations, The Story of a Family in Transition

by Peggy Cryden (with Janet E. Goldstein-Ball) $17.95; Jessica Kingsley , Publishers; 183 pages Always be prepared. That's not just a motto to wear on a badge; it could save you money, time, or health. It ...


  Author Dan Kois talks 'Angels in America' in new book

As a college theater student, Dan Kois became obsessed with Tony Kushner's epic drama Angels in America. That obsession continued for years, fueling Kois' just-released book, The World Only Spins Forward, an Oral History of Angels ...


  Women & Children First Bookstore hosts Chelsea Clinton, Jill Soloway, Sarah Schulman

Tickets are selling fast for our in-store book signing with Chelsea Clinton! Ticket-holders receive one signing-line ticket with the purchase of START NOW! One ticket admits up to four family members. Get more info and your ...


  Gerber/Hart board president outlines plans at fundraiser

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., held its Fall 2018 fundraiser, "Open History, Open Future," at the library on Sept. 22. About 75 supporters attended. Board President John D'Emilio briefly outlined Gerber/Hart's goals and ...


  DeRay Mckesson, fighting for Black lives

By the time this interview was conducted Sept. 7, DeRay Mckesson, one of the most visible Black Lives Movement organizers, was already on his book tour in New York for his memoir On the Other Side ...


  When They Call You a Terrorist, A Black Lives Matter Memoir

By Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele $24.99; St. Martin's. Press; 257 pages You can't look any longer. Whatever it is, it's just too painful, too scary, so you hide your eyes and pretend that nothing's happening. ...


  Off the beaten path: From steelworks to truckers, Anne Balay writes about LGBTQI lives

Anne Balay was working as an assistant professor in 2014 when her book on queer Indiana steel mill workers Steel Closets was published. When she wasn't offered tenure, Balay decided to use the opportunity to do ...


  Checking out the fall literary scene

Book lovers have a lot to look forward to this fall; literary festivals will bring small presses and authors from all over the country to Chicago. The annual Chicago Lit Crawl brings readings, presentations and performances ...


  Lise Weil reading Sept. 29 at Barbara's

Lise Weil will be reading from and discussing her new memoir, In Search of Pure Lust, on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. at Barbara's Bookstore, 111 N. State St. In Search of Pure Lust is ...


  BYP100'S Charlene Carruthers gets 'Unapologetic'

First-time author Charlene Carruthers' Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements was published in August by Beacon Press. Carruthers is the co-founder of Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ), a national organizing ...


  BYP100's Charlene Carruthers on being Black, feminist and queer

Despite the fact that, in Chicago, Charlene Carruthers and I are neighbors, the only time we can find to have this conversation is with 800 miles between us, which perfectly sums up Carruthers' schedule recently. As ...


  Amateur, a trans memoir of masculinity, boxing and being a man

Thomas Page McBee is many people: a husband, an uncle, a brother, a son. He's also the first trans man to fight in Madison Square Garden. Amateur: A True Story of What Makes a Man ( ...


  BOOK REVIEW Perfectly Clear

Author: Michelle LeClair, with Robin Gaby Fisher $27; Berkley; 289 pages Michelle LeClair is an openly queer Scientologist who thought she could have it all. She was very, very wrong. Perfectly Clear, LeClair's memoir about an ...


  Gerber/Hart hosting fundraiser Sept. 22

On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., will host its fall fundraising benefit: "Open History, Open Future." The event will feature a look at upcoming possible future projects ...


  In Search of Pure Lust in 70s & 80 lesbian feminist movement Sept. 29

A Quest for Love During the Heady Lesbian Feminist Movement of the 70s & 80s. By turns hot and cold, raunchy and literate, Buddhist and Sapphist, this is a generous, complex complement to any story ...


  Chelsea Clinton Book Signing at Women & Children First

Women & Children First will welcome Chelsea Clinton for an in-store book signing in celebration of her new kids' book, START NOW! You Can Make a Difference. The signing-only event will be held Oct 21, 2018 ...


  BOOK REVIEW The Great Believers

By Rebecca Makkai. $24.99; Penguin; 257 pages. Rebecca Makkai pulls you in. Whether you're a wide-eyed writing student hanging on to her every word, a bibliophile listening to her interview another author at The Book ...


  MOMBIAN What's possible in LGBT-inclusive classrooms

As the hot days of August try to tempt us into laziness, another influence pulls at many of us parents—the increasingly loud voice in the back of our heads that says school will soon be starting ...


  CAKE offering minicomic award

Organizers of next year's Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ( CAKE ) are now accepting applications for the fifth annual Cupcake Award. The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic ...


  NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Author Andrew Solomon part of 'Far From the Tree' documentary

Author Andrew Solomon's best-selling book Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity has now inspired a movie. The book showed 300 cases of families in which the parents and children were vastly ...


  Lambda Literary forms new council

As it celebrates its 30th year, Lambda Literary has announced the formation of its first-ever Leadership Council—a group of LGBTQ writers, cultural figures and benefactors who will advise and advocate for the organization. The Lambda Literary ...


  BOOK REVIEW Blame It on Bianca Del Rio

By Bianca Del Rio $21.99; Dey Street Books; 272 pages You have no rope left. You were at the end of yours last week, and you need help. Advice. Tell-me-what-to-do direction. Even a little hint would ...


  Duane Cerny on new book, antiques and Gwendolyn Brooks

When Duane Cerny was a child, his favorite place to hang out was in his parents basement because it was filled with '50s-era furniture from their first apartment in Rogers Park. "My parents preferred buying new ...


  BOOK REVIEW The Lotterys Plus One

By Emma Donoghue, illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono $17.99; Arthur A. Levine Books; 320 pages. Move over. You're taking up too much space. There'd be enough seats if you didn't have two of them, so skootch down. ...


  Book by trans activist Precious Brady-Davis acquired by TOPPLE books, Amazon publishing

TOPPLE Books, led by Editor-at-Large Jill Soloway, has acquired world rights for its first two titles. TOPPLE Books spotlights the voices of women of color and gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer writers. I Have ...


  Local historian seeks memories of '70s, '80s

Grassroots historian Owen Keehnen is currently working on a book entitled The Legend of the Bearded Lady, which will capture the life and times of the noted Chicago performer of the 1970s and '80s as well ...


  'Pioneers & Playboys' Aug. 10

"Pioneers & Playboys: Gay FTM's Then & Now" will take place Friday, Aug. 10, 7-9 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. This will be a trans-focused book reading with the author, co-editor and ...


  Local historian seeks 70s memories

Grassroots historian Owen Keehnen is currently working on a book entitled The Legend of the Bearded Lady, which will capture the life and times of the noted Chicago performer of the 1970s-80s as well as the ...


  Women & Children First Books sets August and fall events

Annual Member's Sale Monday July 30 - Sunday August 5 It's time for our Annual Member Sale, when we say THANK YOU to all of you who choose to become members of Women & Children ...


  HRC Foundation Releases Asian American, Pacific Islanders Coming Out Resource

From a press release

WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released Coming Out: Living Authentically as ...


  BOOK REVIEW The Corner Queen

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Noah McCarthy

By Carlos T. Mock, MD Floricanto Press The Corner Queen—"La Loca de La Esquina": A Romance and a Revolution, by local author Carlos T. Mock, MD, is a fictionalized reimagining of Puerto Rico's PRNP revolts, a ...


  BOOKS 45 years ago, talking UpStairs tragedy with Robert W. Fieseler

On June 24, 1973, an act of arson claimed the lives of 32 people at the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans. In his new book, Tinderbox, author and historian Robert W. Fieseler has ...


  Gerber/Hart annual book sale July 21

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., will hold its annual book sale Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in the atrium. The sale includes LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction books, videos and erotica. ...


  BOOK REVIEW Tomorrow Will Be Different

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

By Sarah McBride $26; Crown Archetype; 288 pages Things are never as bad as they seem. There's always a brighter spot if you just look for it—always something to be thankful for, a way of making ...


  MCA program reads into 'Queer Narratives'

Technology and the queer community were the topics of conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago's "Queer Narratives with Zach Stafford and Jack Halberstam" program on July 15. Stafford is the editor-in-chief ...


  WCT looking for stories from 1968

Windy City Tines plans to examine what happened precisely 50 years ago—in 1968—and is looking for stories from LGBT individuals who were in Chicago at that time to shed light on what the climate was during ...


  National LGBT Media Association Announces 2018 Ad POP Awards

From a press release

The National LGBT Media Association ( NGMA ) has announced its third annual Ad POP award winners, including Illinois Office of Tourism and many top corporate brand names. NGMA member papers have each selected one top ...



Special to the online edition of Windy City Times Review by Ashley Collins

To begin, Genius is a crazily illustrated work of art that tells the story between two individuals who both have an unpredictable appreciation for writing, film production, and screening movies—but their relationship also has many twists ...