Here are just a few of the many diverse and interesting upcoming events organized and promoted by Women & Children First bookstore in Andersonville. Definitely worth checking out (for more of their events see this months announcement or their yearly calendar).

1. Family Sing-along and Children’s Book Signing with Peter Yarrow
Sunday, October 17th – 6:00 pm
Swedish American Museum Center / 5211 N. Clark
Free, but advance registration is required.

Families are invited to join us for this very special off-site event featuring legendary musician Peter Yarrow of the internationally acclaimed musical group, Peter, Paul, and Mary. An artist and peace activist, Yarrow has written some of the most renowned folk music of our era, including Day is Done, The Great Mandala, and the family favorite Puff the Magic Dragon. Yarrow will lead audience members in a sing-along, followed by an autographing of his books Puff the Magic Dragon, Day Is Done, and the four Peter Yarrow songbooks. This event is free and open to the public, but capacity is limited and preregistration is required. Stop by the bookstore, call 773-769-9299, or e-mail to reserve your spot.

2. Living Downstream– a film screening at MCA
Tuesday, October 19th – check store for time
Museum of Contemporary Art / 220 E. Chicago Avenue

We will be selling books at this off-site screening of the film based on the acclaimed book Living Downstream by Illinois native, ecologist, and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. This cinematic documentary follows Steingraber around North America and ultimately back to central Illinois, as she works to break the silence about the environmental links to cancer. Both director Chanda Chevannes and author Sandra Steinberger will be at this Chicago premiere screening. Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at the store (cash or check made payable to The Land Connection).

3. Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage by Tracy Baim
Wednesday, October 20th -7:30 pm
Women & Children First Bookstore / 5233 N. Clark St in Andersonville

As a state senate candidate in Illinois in 1996, Barack Obama said he favored gay marriage. As president, he is opposed to gay marriage but favors civil unions. In her new book, veteran Chicago reporter Tracy Baim takes an in-depth look at Obama’s record on LGBTQ issues through his state and federal elections and terms in office, including his first year and a half as president. Obama and the Gays includes interviews with Obama’s Chicago and national gay supporters and contributions by prominent gay activists, bloggers, and reporters, including Lisa Keen, Chuck Colbert, John D’Emilio, and Pam Spaulding.