This Saturday, April 29 at 4 p.m., join us for a special Independent Bookstore Day edition of The Conversation, a new a literary and cultural series at Chicago’s Women & Children First Bookstore. If you can’t make it to the event in person, you can watch our live stream right here via Facebook Live.
This month, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Kim Brooks, Eiren Caffall, Sarah Kokernot, and Sandra Jackson-Opoku will have a timely conversation about “the books that matter now.” This is not a reading, but a conversation that will open up to include the audience.
Each month, The Conversation pairs visiting artists or writers with local ones to talk about an issue of political, social, or cultural importance. Participants will discuss issues as diverse as art and activism, race and racism, sex, class, feminism, intimacy, darkness in literature and the life of the city.
Each conversation will end with a Takeaway (kind of like optional homework)—an article to read, an organization to engage with, a movie to go home and watch, a protest to attend. But even better: after the event, the conversation will always continue at a nearby bar, gallery, or restaurant where we can eat, drink, argue, and organize.
The Conversation is a free, no-ticket event, open to all, but donations will be collected at the afterparty to fund a local nonprofit. Click here for more event details, and like our Facebook page to get a notification whenever we stream the series via Facebook Live (sadly, we can’t do it this month).
The series is curated by Kim Brooks, Rebecca Makkai, Zoe Zolbrod, Jana-Maria Hartmann, and Aleksandar Hemon, with Sarah Hollenbeck of Women & Children First.
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Adam Morgan is the founding editor of the Chicago Review of Books and the Southern Review of Books. His essays and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, and elsewhere.