Women & Children First

Chicago residents! We were recently prompted by an alum (Class of ’99) to bring a recent Tribune article about Andersonville’s Women and Children First bookstore to your attention. It was a good prompt: Bookstore gets perilously close to final chapter.

From the article:

For nearly two decades, Women and Children First has brought great writers and powerful personalities to the Andersonville neighborhood on Chicago’s Far North Side — Margaret Atwood, Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Lily Tomlin, Sara Paretsky, Amy Tan, Gloria Steinem.

It’s been a community fixture where kids have crowded together at Story Hour to listen to co-owner Linda Bubon read from the latest Caldicott Award winner, and where friends have bumped into each other in front of the wall of novels by female writers. Although emphasizing feminist and children’s literature, it’s been the bookstore for all of Andersonville. About 40 percent of its customers are men.

Yet, like independent bookstores across the nation, the finances of Women and Children First are so fragile that Bubon and co-owner Ann Christophersen have begun to consider that, someday soon — maybe as soon as summer 2008 — they may have to close or move their business.

It would be a shame to see a women-owned and focused business such as this fail, so if you’re looking for a new book (and what Mawrter isn’t?), maybe you could give Women & Kids a try. They’re located at 5233 North Clark Street, and if you can’t make it to Andersonville, they do on-line ordering, too!

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