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Photo: Keenon Perry        Thu, May 11 | 7 – 8 PMFrancis W. Parker SchoolDiane and David B Heller Auditorium2233 N Clark St | Chicago, IL | 60614Members: $12Public: $15Students and Teachers: $10 “Gabby combines New York and Senegal, the streets and the heights, bravery and self-doubt, laughing and seriousness.  Her truth helps us to find ours—and what could be a bigger gift than that?”—Gloria Steinem    The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress comes to CHF to share a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the characters she’s played onscreen. In her much awaited memoir This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, Gabourey Sidibe—“Gabby” to her legions of fans—delivers self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, fashion, race, and weight. Journalist and essayist Britt Julious joins Gabby for an irreverent, hilarious and untraditional night of conversation on the American experience.    Preorder your copy of This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare through the CHF Box Office and save 20%.A book signing will follow this program         Presenters:    Gabourey Sidibe is an award-winning actress who is best known for the title role of Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire. She has since starred as Queenie in FX’s American Horror Story: Coven and Denise in Difficult People, and can currently be seen as Becky on Fox's Empire. This Is Just My Face is her first book.        Britt Julious is a journalist, essayist, and storyteller.  She is a music columnist for the Chicago Tribune and and her work has been featured in the New York Times, Esquire, Vice, and The Guardian among many others. She is also the host of the podcast "The Back Talk."    Bookseller:
Gabourey Sidibe: This is Just My Face

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Thu, May 11 | 7 – 8 PM
Francis W. Parker School
Diane and David B Heller Auditorium
2233 N Clark St | Chicago, IL | 60614
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

“Gabby combines New York and Senegal, the streets and the heights, bravery and self-doubt, laughing and seriousness. Her truth helps us to find ours—and what could be a bigger gift than that?”—Gloria Steinem

The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress comes to CHF to share a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the characters she’s played onscreen. In her much awaited memoir This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, Gabourey Sidibe—“Gabby” to her legions of fans—delivers self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, fashion, race, and weight. Journalist and essayist Britt Julious joins Gabby for an irreverent, hilarious and untraditional night of conversation on the American experience.

Preorder your copy of This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare through the CHF Box Office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program

Presenters:

Gabourey Sidibe is an award-winning actress who is best known for the title role of Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire. She has since starred as Queenie in FX’s American Horror Story: Coven and Denise in Difficult People, and can currently be seen as Becky on Fox's Empire. This Is Just My Face is her first book.

Britt Julious is a journalist, essayist, and storyteller. She is a music columnist for the Chicago Tribune and and her work has been featured in the New York Times, Esquire, Vice, and The Guardian among many others. She is also the host of the podcast "The Back Talk."

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5/11/2017 7:00 PM
Wed, May 24 | 6 - 7 PMFine Arts BuildingStudebaker Theater410 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60605Members: $12Public: $15Students and Teachers: $10Sex is once again a lightning rod on college campuses, from alarming sexual assault statistics to controversies over free speech and “trigger warnings.”  Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis addresses this already fraught situation with her new book Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus. In a scathing exposé of what she calls “the new sexual McCarthyism” on campus, Kipnis relates her experiences as the subject of a Title IX investigation (over a controversial essay), and argues that efforts to over-regulate sex have been disastrous, not just for students, but for democracy itself.Preorder your copy of Unwanted Advances through the CHF Box Office and save 20%.A book signing will follow this program        This program is presented in partnership with WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago.Presenters:    Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic and a professor at Northwestern University, where she teaches filmmaking. She is the author of six previous books, including Against Love: A Polemic and Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Yaddo, among others, and has written for Slate, Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum. Her essay “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” was included in The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen. She lives in New York and Chicago.Sponsors:    Bookseller:
Laura Kipnis: Sex on Campus
Wed, May 24 | 6 - 7 PM
Fine Arts Building
Studebaker Theater
410 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60605
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Sex is once again a lightning rod on college campuses, from alarming sexual assault statistics to controversies over free speech and “trigger warnings.” Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis addresses this already fraught situation with her new book Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus. In a scathing exposé of what she calls “the new sexual McCarthyism” on campus, Kipnis relates her experiences as the subject of a Title IX investigation (over a controversial essay), and argues that efforts to over-regulate sex have been disastrous, not just for students, but for democracy itself.

Preorder your copy of Unwanted Advances through the CHF Box Office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program

This program is presented in partnership with WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago.

Presenters:

Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic and a professor at Northwestern University, where she teaches filmmaking. She is the author of six previous books, including Against Love: A Polemic and Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Yaddo, among others, and has written for Slate, Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum. Her essay “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” was included in The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen. She lives in New York and Chicago.

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5/24/2017 6:00 PM
Photo: Jay GrabiecMon, Jun 19 | 7 - 8 PMFrancis W. Parker SchoolDiane and David B Heller Auditorium2233 N Clark St | Chicago, IL | 60614Members: $12Public: $15Students and Teachers: $10Roxane Gay has been writing with wit and grace about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. Gay comes to CHF to discuss Hunger, a brutally honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. Join us for an evening with a writer praised as “perfectly imperfect, Gay is an unforgettable voice, coming at just the right time.” (NPR)Preorder your copy of Hunger through the CHF Box Office and save 20%.A book signing will follow this program.    Presenters:    Roxane Gay is an outspoken voice on gender, racial issues, and pop culture. A national contributor to the New York Times, her writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best Sex Writing 2012, American Short Fiction, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Difficult Women, Bad Feminist, and An Untamed State.    Bookseller:
Roxane Gay: Hunger

Photo: Jay Grabiec

Mon, Jun 19 | 7 - 8 PM
Francis W. Parker School
Diane and David B Heller Auditorium
2233 N Clark St | Chicago, IL | 60614
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Roxane Gay has been writing with wit and grace about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. Gay comes to CHF to discuss Hunger, a brutally honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. Join us for an evening with a writer praised as “perfectly imperfect, Gay is an unforgettable voice, coming at just the right time.” (NPR)

Preorder your copy of Hunger through the CHF Box Office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

Presenters:

Roxane Gay is an outspoken voice on gender, racial issues, and pop culture. A national contributor to the New York Times, her writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best Sex Writing 2012, American Short Fiction, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Difficult Women, Bad Feminist, and An Untamed State.

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6/19/2017 7:00 PM
Photo: Mayank Austen SoofiFri, Jun 23 | 7 – 8 PMFrancis W. Parker SchoolDiane and David B Heller Auditorium2233 N Clark St | Chicago, IL | 60614Members: $12Public: $15Students and Teachers: $10When Arundhati Roy’s debut novel, The God of Small Things, was published in 1997, it was awarded the prestigious Booker Prize, became an international bestseller, and is now considered a classic of modern literature. Roy comes to CHF to discuss her richly moving second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.  Preorder your copy of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness through the CHF Box Office and save 20%.A book signing will follow this program         Presenters:    Arundhati Roy is the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. Her political writings include The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers, Broken Republic and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and most recently Things That Can and Cannot Be Said, co-authored with John Cusack. Arundhati Roy lives in New Delhi.    Bookseller:
Arundhati Roy: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Photo: Mayank Austen Soofi

Fri, Jun 23 | 7 – 8 PM
Francis W. Parker School
Diane and David B Heller Auditorium
2233 N Clark St | Chicago, IL | 60614
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

When Arundhati Roy’s debut novel, The God of Small Things, was published in 1997, it was awarded the prestigious Booker Prize, became an international bestseller, and is now considered a classic of modern literature. Roy comes to CHF to discuss her richly moving second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.

Preorder your copy of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness through the CHF Box Office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program

Presenters:

Arundhati Roy is the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. Her political writings include The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers, Broken Republic and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and most recently Things That Can and Cannot Be Said, co-authored with John Cusack. Arundhati Roy lives in New Delhi.

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6/23/2017 7:00 PM
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