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  Women & Children First March events include noted authors

Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Am I Man Enough? Storytelling Show & Podcast ( This is the rescheduled date due to the January weather cancellation. ) Am I Man Enough? is a storytelling show ...


  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 ...


  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 ...


  BOOKS Roxane Gay talks sexual violence, writing advice in Chicago visit

Author Roxane Gay made an appearance at City Winery June 19 to promote her paperback releases of Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture and Hunger: A Memoir of ( My ) Body. The event, which ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Brokeback,' Prince memoir, 'Wonder Woman,' Bette Midler

The dust has yet to settle on a bit of back and forth over Brokeback Mountain casting, The Hollywood Reported noted. At Santa Monica's Aero Theatre ( where "Brokeback" aired on a double bill with Philadelphia ...


  BOOKS Shears' genius, musician on memoir 'Boys Keep Swinging'

These days, Jake Shears is busier than ever. In addition to starring as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway, he has an upcoming album in the works, and also recently released the frank, sexy, and ...


  BOOKS Timely book chronicles UPRISING actions

Activism and performance art go hand in hand, especially during times of political unrest. This is as true today as it was during 2008-2012, when former Chicagoan Nicole Garneau led a series of monthly participatory events ...


  Borich, Mulderig at The Seminary on April 23

On Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m., Barrie Jean Borich and Jeremy Mulderig will read from and discuss their latest books, Apocalypse, Darling and The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward at The Seminary Co-op Bookstore in ...


  Author discusses historical novel at Center event

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

As part of Women's History Month, award-winning author and scholar Dr. LaShonda Barnett hosted a book reading at Center on Halsted March 23. Barnett read from her debut novel, Jam on the Vine ( Grove Publishing ...


  BOOKS With 'The List,' Amy Siskind documents democracy's downfall

Like so many others, Amy Siskind was shocked by 2016's presidential outcome, and felt that President Trump's election thrust U.S. democracy into great danger. She wanted to document the signs of the forthcoming societal upheaval so ...


  MOMBIAN LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books: Resources, actions

One of the most common questions I see from new LGBTQ parents is "Where can I find LGBTQ-inclusive books for my kids?" Here's one resource you should know—along with some thoughts on the state of LGBTQ-inclusive ...


  Awa Tsireh paintings, metalworks exhibit in Arizona

From a press release

The unique collection of work by San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh ( also known as Alfonso Roybal and Cat Tail Bird ) is now open to the public in the Heard Museum's Jacobson Gallery in Phoenix, ...


  'Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads' out now

Best-selling author Eric Rosswood has now released his newest book, The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads. According to a press release, "The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads covers all the essential things that other parenting books ...


  VIEWS Banning LGBTQ+ children's books will not erase us

Visibility sends a positive message of inclusion. Nowhere is this more important than in childhood. Seeing images and hearing stories reflective of a child's family structure, life history, perceptions, gender identity and, yes, struggles affirm a ...


  Animal-rights activist on inspiring compassion

by Sydney Boles

Nathan Runkle is the founder and executive director of Mercy for Animals, a nonprofit he founded at the age of 15 to prevent cruelty to animals and promote compassionate food choices and policies. He is the ...


  BOOKS Maj. Margaret Witt finds strength to 'TELL' all

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

"I just don't feel right calling you 'Margie,'" this writer to Maj. Margaret Witt said before taking the stage with her at Seattle's Museum of Flight to discuss her memoir, TELL: Love, Defiance, and the Military ...


  Downers Grove council ousts library trustee after alleged anti-LGBT remarks

The Downers Grove Village Council unanimously voted Sept. 5 to remove Arthur Jaros, a member of the Downers Grove Public Library's Board of Trustees, after that member allegedly expressed anti-LGBT viewpoints during a trustees meeting. "I ...


  Downers Grove pol moves to oust Library Board member after anti-gay remarks

Downers Grove Village Commissioner Greg Hosé announced Aug. 29 that he had submitted a new business item at the village council's next meeting—scheduled for Sept. 5—calling for the removal of Library Board Trustee Arthur Jaros. Hosé ...


  West Chicago library votes to keep LGBT book

The West Chicago Public Library Board of Trustees voted 6-1 Aug. 28 to retain the children's book This Day in June—both in the library and in its current location—after some patrons asked that the book be ...


  Women & Children First Books hosts authors, book groups in September

From a press release

Women & Children First is an independant bookstore with focus on the interests of feminists and children and offering regular author appearances and events since 1979. The store is at 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago. ...


  Andersonville hosting new shopping series

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) has launched "Andersonville First Fridays," with the next event happening Friday, Aug. 4, 6-10 p.m. In an effort to promote local shopping and dining, businesses will keep their ...


  In Chicago 'Writers Resist' in their neighborhoods Jan. 15

From a press release

Chicago 'Writers Resist' events in 8 neighborhoods Jan. 15 On Jan. 15, 2017, the date of Martin Luther King's birth, more than 75 Chicago authors will join writers across the United States and worldwide, coming together ...


  BOOKS Alida Brill talks feminism, Friedan

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Alida Brill is a published author, outspoken feminist and longtime advocate of gender equality. She has also served on the board of the Feminist Press of the City University of New York. As an early admirer ...


  28th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced

From a press release

New York, NY - The winners of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ( the "Lammys" ) were announced last night in a gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at NYU Skirball Center for the ...


  BOOK REVIEW All the Rage: A Quest by Martin Moran $24.95; Beacon Press; 232 pages

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

You've never been so mad in your life. Boy, you were angry—ready to scream, spit nails and tear the world apart with bare hands. So mad you couldn't see straight, as they say, and you're still ...


  LGBT authors at Printers Row Lit Fest

From a press release

The Printers Row Lit Fest, now entering its 32nd year, is the Midwest's largest literary event. Hundreds of authors and booksellers appear over the two-day street festival on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. The ...


  Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award Winners announced

From a press release

Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the nation's leading national nonprofit organization promoting LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award. This year Lambda recognizes Bryan Borland ...


  Comedian Tig Notaro at BookCon in Chicago May 14

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro is taking the stage May 14 in Chicago at BookCon, the annual celebration of books, to discuss her upcoming memoir I'm Just a Person. During an "in conversation" panel, Notaro will take ...


  Jewelle Gomez named Golden Crown Literary Society Named 2016 Trailblazer

Jewelle Gomez ( Cape Verdean/Ioway/Wampanoag ), the Golden Crown Literary Society 2016 Trailblazer Award winner, is the author of seven books including the double Lambda Literary Award-winning, Black, lesbian vampire novel, The Golda Stories, in print ...


  Upcoming: Queer graphic novelist; Iddy Id art exhibit; Kinsey Sicks

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Queer graphic novelist in Chicago Aug. 7 Drawn, Out Press will celebrate the fifth issue of Steve MacIsaac's graphic novel series Shirtlifter with an author reading on Friday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. at Unabridged Bookstore, ...


  Engineer Jill Tietjen on recording women's history

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

National Women's Hall of Fame CEO Jill Tietjen co-authored the enduring register Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America ( HarperCollins ) with Charlotte Waisman in January 2013. Since then, the two-pound tome ...


  VIEWS: MOMBIAN New edition enlivens 'Two Mommies' for families today

A 25th-anniversary edition of Leslea Newman's children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, with brand-new illustrations and updated text, has given the classic new life for families today. And Newman is amazed that some of the children ...


  BOOKS Chelsey Clammer gets personal with 'BodyHome'

After honing her craft over the last several years, award-winning essayist Chelsey Clammer is out with her first collection of essays, BodyHome. Sex, addiction, mental illness and assault—she covers these and more with an honest voice ...


  Women & Children First plans April author events

From a press release

Sunday, March 30th - Peggy Shinner 4:30 pm You Feel So Mortal A Read Local Author Reading In You Feel So Mortal, a collection of twelve provocative essays, Peggy Shinner examines her own body, those ...


  Tom and Lorenzo: Always in fashion

BOOKS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

After years of stargazing with a critical eye, and lampooning more than a few star personas in the process, fashion bloggers Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez offer a step-by-step guide on celebrity swag in their literary ...


  Gaga's fans make voices heard in 'Heal This Way'


Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta ( more famously known as singer Lady Gaga ) measures a petite 5'1" in stature, but her personality is disproportionate, to say the least. A case in point is Madison Square Garden, ...


  Gerber/Hart to re-open, promises transparency

Members of the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives board of directors met with the public Dec. 5 to discuss new directions it intends to take as the library recovers from nearly two years of turmoil. The library ...


  Chicago native travels through 'Body Geographic'


Barrie Jean Borich has two truly telling tattoos. On her back, she has art of two cities, which she writes about in the opening of her 2013 book, Body Geographic. On her right arm, she has ...


  Jim Elledge discusses late gay artist Henry Darger

BOOKS By Jason Carson Wilson

Images might say a thousand words. Determining exactly what they're saying depends on who one asks. Words can brand the creative person, who conjured or captured them. Author Jim Elledge's book, HENRY DARGER, THROWAWAY BOY: The ...


  BOYS anthology gives voice to gay, queer and trans men


Zach Stafford has a love-hate relationship with Boystown, the predominantly gay section of Lakeview anchored by various bars. "I moved [to Chicago] thinking [Boystown] was this magical land of love and community and so much more," ...


  'How to Be Gay' author Halperin at Elmhurst College Oct. 30

From a press release

ELMHURST, Ill., Oct. 7, 2013—What does Joan Crawford have to do with being gay? Quite a bit, says David Halperin, a professor of the history and theory of sexuality at the University of Michigan and the ...


  Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore talks faggotry, San Francisco


Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is one of the most well-known anti-assimilationist queers working and publishing today. Long connected to San Francisco, the writer and activist recently left the city that has formed queer consciousness for decades. Her ...


  Karen Joy Fowler examines behavior in 'Ourselves'


Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club, tackles animal-behavior experiments and their devastating effect on one family in her new novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. The family falls apart after the ...


  Nico Lang reveals another 'Dimension'


As a child growing up in Cincinnati, Nico Lang started out writing fan fiction. Flash-forward to present-day Chicago: Lang has written for many publications and is currently a producer at Thought Catalog. Lang does not stop ...


  Living to tell the tale of McCarthy's sins

BOOKS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Former Wyoming legislator Rodger McDaniel (1971-1981) was the Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1982. He obtained a law degree from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff ...


  Philadelphia's Giovanni's Room celebrates 40th anniversary

From Giovanni's Room press releases

Founded in 1973, with an inventory of just a few dozen books, Giovanni's Room, 345 S. 12th St. Philadelphia, will celebrate its 40th anniversary beginning Tuesday, October 1st. Now with thousands of titles on its shelves ...


  Women & Children First Bookstore to present authors

From a press release

Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. Karen Joy Fowler and Gail Tsukiyama, introduced by Jane Hamilton WCF presents award-winning author Jane Hamilton (Map of the World, Laura Rider's Masterpiece), who will host a reading and conversation ...


  A Woman Like Me by Bettye LaVette

BENT NIGHTS: BOOK REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Diva-part two "Bettye LaVette, the consensus of the club owners on Bourbon Street is that you are an uppity n*****." "Tell those muthafuckers they are absolutely right. I'm glad that you see who I am..." ...


  Not Your Mother's Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book

BOOK REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Alison Bechdel, known for her graphic books and the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, commented on this new sex education comic book, "I wish I could go back in time and learn about sex ...


  Okun reflects on partying, family in 'A Short Jew'

BOOKS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

In his youth, Mark Okun's tall, blond, blue-eyed good looks opened the door for acceptance into the world of hard partying, rock 'n' roll, drugs and gay sex. His wild life in New York City, Fire ...


  Gerber/Hart to hold open house Pride Sunday

It has been more than a year since Chicago's LGBT library was open to patrons, but that will change Sunday, June 30. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives has announced that it will unlock doors following the Annual ...


  Lambda Literary Awards finalist reading May 22

Update: To be held at Center on Halsted

Chicago will host a reading of 9 finalists for the 2013 Lambda Literary Awards Wed., May 22 at 7 p.m. The event will be at the Center on Halsted. The readers will be Anne Laughlin (Runaway), ...


  Looking at the e-book End of AIDS


Now available exclusively in e-book form, How AIDS Ends: Fifteen Visionaries Write the Final Chapter on AIDS (which costs 99 cents on Kindle) serves as the light at the end of the tunnel. The e-book was ...


  BENT NIGHTS Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir

BOOK REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Looking back, it's easy to understand why Cyndi Lauper's breakout album, She's So Unusual (Portrait/CBS Records)—which came out 29 years ago—meant so much to so many different people. The year 1984 was a time when underground ...



WINDY CITY TIMES' 2012 week one of two

Dress you up Out local designer Borris Powell (; various price points) has been earning raves for years—including when Valentino said that Powell's "Black Swan" dress for the 2011 Oscars was "very nice." Men and ...


  Lesley Ann Jones on Freddie Mercury, 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

By Thomas Bateman

Award-winning music journalist Lesley Ann Jones, author of Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury, recently spoke with Windy City Times about the process of writing her latest book. Speaking to us from her home in ...


  Book signing: Linda Hirshman, VICTORY: The Triumphant Gay Revolution

From a news release

The Cliff Dwellers is holding a book signing, dinner and for Linda Hirshman whose latest book is especially timely in light of President Obama's May 9, 2012 statement that he supported the right of gays and ...


  Gay-rights activist Zach Wahls talks about 'My Two Moms'

and BOOK REVIEW of Wahls' compelling memoir

Zach Wahls went from Iowan teenager to YouTube sensation in early 2011 after giving a simple but powerful speech to the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in favor of marriage equality. Although surprised by his sudden fame, ...


  Harvey Milk's life illuminated in 'Interviews'


In The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words, editor Vince Emery has compiled a book that chronicles the gay rights pioneer's life, struggles and strategies, primarily as told by Milk himself. The 39 interviews, which ...


  Simon Doonan: Chewing the 'Fat' on gay cities, bears, food


In Gay Men Don't Get Fat, writer/creative director Simon Doonan (the husband of home-furnishings designer Jonathan Adler) offers his own perspective on everything from fashion to food while relating real-life experiences. The British author talked with ...


  Between the covers


BY Amos Lassen It is not always easy to narrow my monthly book list down to just 10, because there is so much being published. What I have tried to do is a give a list ...


  Between the covers


This month brings us a lot of good reads and diverse list as well. I know that I have already mentioned Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America ( Twelve Publishers ) by Christopher Bram ...


  Athlete Eleonora 'Elo' Sears, a lesbian, profiled in new book

Eleonora "Eleo" Sears was ahead of her time, way ahead. She died in 1968, before most lesbian athletes within the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) were even born. Still, Sears' sporting impact certainly can ...


  Chicago launches 2012 cultural plan initiative

From a news release

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is asking residents, cultural organizations and community groups for their input in developing the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. The plan will deliver a set of recommendations to ...


  Gayle Pitman: Sexual orientation research under the microscope


Gayle Pitman, author of Backdrop, is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Sacramento City College, where she teaches a course on the Psychology of Sexual Orientation. She lives in Northern California with her partner ...


  Brian Kellow on iconic film critic Pauline Kael


For movie lovers (not to mention critics) of a certain age, the name Pauline Kael—who almost single-handedly raised film criticism to the level of art—is a hallowed one. On paper, her razor-sharp insights, endless wit and ...


  Glenn Wharton on Hawai'i's 'Painted King'

BOOKS Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times

You all know the statue already, if nowhere else from the rapid-fire editing of the classic Hawaii Five-O opening credits. A massive bronze of powerful King Kamehameha I with his arm outstretched in that familiar Emperor ...


  Great Gifts: Books for the Holidays

Continuing last week's theme of books, music and videos good for gift giving—to yourself or others—here are some more recent releases to stuff your stockings, and your mind. As always, we encourage our readers to purchase ...


  Between a Heart and a Rock Place; See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

BENT NIGHTS BOOK REVIEWS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Between a Heart and a Rock Place by Pat Benatar with Patsi Bale Cox. $25.99; HarperCollins; 256 pages See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody by Bob Mould and Michael Azerrad. $24.99; Hachette ...


  Great Gifts: Books and DVDs for the Holidays, page 1

Despite the success of ebooks and online video and music streaming, somehow I keep having multiple tall stacks of books and videos to read, watch and review. I simply can't keep up with all the great ...


  Windy City Queer readings celebrate Chicago

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Windy City Queer is a celebration and recognition of the expansive literary scene and legacy of Chicago. "The writings that comprise this collection—poetry, memoir, fiction, essay, performance texts—cover terrain as wide and diverse as the city ...


  "Female Force: Cher" comic book out in December

From a Bluewater Productions news release

She has had a career that has spanned almost five decades and she looks as amazing today as she did when she first began performing with her first husband, Sonny Bono. Now Bluewater Comics has got ...


  BOOKS: Gay in America

Gay in America portraits by Scott Pasfield, Welcome Books, 224 pages, hardcover, $45. Fifty states, three years, 52,000 miles, 140 gay men—and some camera equipment. That's what it took New York-based photographer Scott Pasfield to complete ...


  BOOKS: Tiny Satchel Press gives LGBT youth of color a voice

Victoria Brownworth understands the power of words. A writer since childhood, her first book of poetry was published when she was 17. That was only the beginning. As an investigative journalist for both mainstream and LGBT ...


  BOOK REVIEW: Gay San Francisco through the eyes of Drummer Magazine

Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer by Jack Fritscher , Palm Drive Publishing, 714 pages, $39.95. Jack Fritscher, founding San Francisco editor of Drummer Magazine, brings together a treasure trove of leather and gay-sex history in this ...