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Book Group Store Tour: Women and Children First

Women & Children First | Chicago, IL

Women and Children First

To say that Women & Children First is just an independent bookstore is only the beginning of the story. Opened in Chicago in 1979, the store will celebrate 40 years next year and has maintained its place as one of the largest and well-known feminist bookstores in the country.

More than its wide selection of children’s books, literary journals and zines, and LGBTQ fiction and nonfiction, it serves as an inclusive space and haven for the community.

(And they were awarded an honorary street name!)

In 2014,

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Robert Kurson

Robert Kurson writes a real-life thriller in his newest work of nonfiction, Rocket Men

Robert KursonRobert Kurson recently gave a reading at our homebase in Madison, 702WI, and kindly took the time to answer a few questions. His newest book, Rocket Men, tells the riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind’s historic first mission to the Moon.

702WI: What book changed your life?
Robert Kurson: The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

702WI: What book did you most recently recommend to someone else?

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Anne Nesbet

Anne Nesbet cracks history wide open in her latest novel set behind The Iron Curtain

Anne Nesbet

Anne Nesbet recently took the time to answer some questions from Reading Group Choices. Her book Cloud and Wallfish is featured in our 2019 Guide.

RGC: Noah and Claudia’s nicknames, Cloud and Wallfish, are unique and feature creative word-play. Did you consider any other nicknames for Noah and Claudia when writing the book? What made you decide on “Cloud” and “Wallfish”?

Anne Nesbet: I just looked back at my first file names for what eventually became Cloud and Wallfish,

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RGC Newsletter

Reading Group Choices sends out a free monthly eNewsletter filled with useful information, including:

RGC Newsletter

New Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Adult Book Recommendations
Contests
a Book Group Spotlight
From the Archives Recommendations
Author Interviews
Upcoming Events
Fun Articles with advice for book groups, themed book lists, and more!

We also send one free special newsletter each month featuring an especially exciting title or series.

Register HERE to receive the free monthly and special eNewsletters, and you’ll be the first to know about all of our exciting news for you and your reading group!

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Julia Fine

Julia Fine

Julia Fine’s newest book of literary fantasy is a darkly-funny, striking debut

Julia Fine recently visited Wisconsin to read and discuss her work with an audience. Julia also kindly took the time to answer our Q&A after she shared part of her book.

702WI: What book changed your life?
Julia Fine: Atonement by Ian McEwan.

702WI: What book(s) are coming out this year that you’re looking forward to reading?
JF: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. 

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart continues to delight with the newest installment in her Kopp Sisters Series

Amy Stewart recently visited Wisconsin to read and discuss her work with an audience. Amy also kindly took the time to answer our Q&A after she shared part of her book.

702WI: What book changed your life?
Amy Stewart: Amy’s Long Night, a Little Golden Book that I memorized long before I could read. I read it aloud to anyone who would listen, turning the pages as I went although I had no idea which words went on which pages.

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