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Upcoming Women and Children First Events

There are several interesting readings, and other book related events which are sponsored by Women and Children First in April. Not all of them are related to poetry.

*Kari Lydersen, who is a marvelous and gutsy political/environmental writer, has a new book out that is quite critical of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. It’s called “Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%.” I once reviewed one of Lydersen’s previous books, “Out of the Sea and Into the Fire” for Streetwise. Her website is at

Lydersen is doing a reading to publicize her new book on Wednesday April 9 at 5233 N. Clark Street at 7:30. The details are down below.
Wednesday, April 9th - Kari Lydersen

7:30 p.m.

Mayor 1%

A Read Local Event

How did a city long dominated by a notorious Democratic Machine become a national battleground in the right-wing war against the public sector? In Mayor 1%, veteran journalist Kari Lydersen takes a close look at Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and his true agenda. Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based journalist who has worked in the Midwest bureau of the Washington Post and is the author of four books. She has been a journalism instructor at several Chicago colleges and currently serves as community fellowship director of the Social Justice News Nexus at Northwestern University.
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** I was mesmerized by Daniela Oslewska’s inventive poetry book, “Citizen J.”, and I enjoyed the performance that she did at one of my old venues. As fate would have it she is also doing a Women and Children First reading.

Saturday, April 12th - Virginia Zaharieva, Daniela Olszewska, Albena Stambolova

7 p.m.

Virginia Zaharieva, Nine Rabbits

Daniela Olszewska, Citizen J

Albena Stambolova, Everything Happens As It Does

Location: Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St.

Three exciting Eastern European writers grace the stage at Hopleaf this evening. VIRGINIA ZAHARIEVA was born in Sofia in 1959. She is a writer, psychotherapist, feminist, and mother. Her novel Nine Rabbits is among the most celebrated Bulgarian books to appear over the past two decades and the first of Zaharieva's work made available in North America. She is the granddaughter of a gardener.

DANIELA OLSZEWSKA is the author of three collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt, True Confessions of an Escapee From The Capra Facility for Wayward Girls, and Citizen J. She teaches writing in prisons and community colleges throughout the Chicago area.

Albena Stambolova is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and a psychoanalytical study of Marguerite Duras. She currently lives in Bulgaria, where she works as a psychological and organizational consultant and is working on a book about fairy tales.

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