Member Mondays – Susan Walker

Member Mondays is a new feature on the Women’s National Book Association- Charlotte blog. Interviews are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to cycle through all members each year. Special highlight posts for members with new publications or announcements are available on an ongoing basis.

This week, we have WNBA Charlotte President, Susan Walker.

About Susan:

I’m currently the President of WNBA-Charlotte, finishing my 2-year term at the end of May. I’m also the Events Chair and the chapter’s coordinator for National Reading Group Month and our annual Bibliofeast “Moveable Feast” Book & Author Dinner.

I’ve worked in the book industry since 1975 and have had a variety of jobs over the years. Taken in reverse order, they have been:

— Executive Director of the trade association now called the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association — 1987-2010

— freelance author media escort in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market — 1986-1997 or so

— freelance advertising and marketing consultant in the book industry — 1986-1987

— advertising manager and author & special events manager for the B. Dalton Bookseller chain — 1980-1985

— publicist at Simon & Schuster in NYC — 1980

— events manager and children’s dept. manager at B.Dalton Bookseller store on Fifth Avenue, NYC — 1978-1980

— promotion associate at The Dial Press/Delacorte Press/Dell Publishing in NYC — 1975-1978

Since I moved back to NC and semi-retired in early 2011, I’ve continued to be involved in the book industry, but on a volunteer basis. In addition to my involvement with WNBA-Charlotte, I also serve on the Programming Committee for the BookMarks Festival of Books in Winston-Salem, NC, and I’m on the coordinating committees for the Book Clubs of Davidson and ReadDavidson community book programs in Davidson, NC.

Do you prefer ebook, paperback or hardcover?

I read both hardcover and paperback books, and to date, I’ve never read an e-book.  While I agree that e-books can be handy, they have no appeal for me.  I simply prefer my books printed on paper.

What are your reading habits?

I have stacks of books I’m planning to read, I love to read, and I read quickly.  However, I don’t spend as much time reading as I would like to, since computers and smart phones and assorted responsibilities and distractions seem to take up too much of my time!

What book are you currently reading?

My taste in books usually runs to historical and contemporary fiction, biography and memoir, history, books about France and about the fine arts and performing arts. I’m currently reading several book — A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME by Wiley Cash (the 2013 ReadDavidson pick); LIFE AFTER LIFE by Jill McCorkle (the author will be featured at the 2013 BookMarks Festival; CATHERINE THE GREAT by Robert Massie; and APOLLO’S ANGELS — a fascinating history of ballet.  And there are plenty more waiting for me to read.

Where can other WNBA members connect with you?

email:  susan.walker.books@gmail.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/susan.e.walker.7

Twitter:  @SusanWalkerBks  —  but I don’t use this very much at all

LinkedIn:  Susan Walker

Goodreads:  Susan Walker

Join us April 22 for our lively program on Latin American and Latino Women Writers and Literature in Translation!

Latin American and Latino Women Writers and Literature in Translation

Monday, April 22, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
at the office of Consolidated Planning
We’ll meet in one of the conference rooms
— follow our signs when you arrive
.

4201 Congress Street, Suite 295,
Charlotte, NC 28209


Please note: The office building where we are meeting LOCKS its outside doors and elevators at 7 PM, so please be sure to arrive on time for our meeting!  If you find yourself locked out, please call Susan Walker at 612-382-5868 (cell), and someone will come to let you in. Thanks!

Latin American and Latina women writers — Julia Alvarez, Esmerelda Santiago, Sandra Cisneros, and many, many more — offer us a wide range of wonderful fiction, non-fiction and poetry in Spanish and in English translation. Join us for an exciting discussion of these writers with Magdalena Maiz-Peña, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Davidson College. A list of recommended books will be provided at the meeting, too.

Professor Magdalena Maiz-Peña specializes in twentieth-century Latin American Women Writers, Life-Writing and the Politics of representation, and Contemporary Latin American literary and cultural narratives. Her teaching interests include Basic and Intermediate language courses, Introduction to Hispanic literatures and cultures, Contemporary Latin American literatures, and The Latin American City and its historical and cultural representation.   She is the author of Identidad, nación y gesto autobiográfico, and co-editor of Modalidades de representación del sujeto auto/biográfico femenino. Her recent publications have appeared in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. Maiz-Peña is presently working on a book project on Urban Spaces, Gender, and Cultural Production in Mexico 1920-1950.

 

At Davidson College she has been awarded The Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award (1995), the ODK Outstanding Teaching Award (1997), and the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award (2006). She was recently recognized for her work on the Latino Community with the Latin American Coalition Award (2007).

Don’t miss this entertaining evening with Magdalena!  You’ll learn at lot, laugh a lot, and come away with a list of books you can’t wait to read!!

 

Member Mondays – Carolyn Snow Abiad

Member Mondays is a new feature on the Women’s National Book Association- Charlotte blog. Interviews are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to cycle through all members each year. Special highlight posts for members with new publications or announcements are available on an ongoing basis.

This week, we have WNBA Membership Chair, Carolyn Snow Abiad.

About Carolyn:

Having once lived in Turkey, I love writing about eastern culture and myth. Today I lives in North Carolina with my husband, two sons, and nine koi fish. While my last name translates to “Snow White,” I have not yet written a memoir featuring an evil stepmother.

Do you prefer ebook, paperback or hardcover?

While I definitely prefer hardcover, I find myself reading more and more on my e-reader, and even on my iPhone. Ebooks are a convenient way to sneak in a few chapters while I’m waiting for my kids.

What are your reading habits?

I read about one fiction title per week. I also keep a non-fiction title on my nightstand, and that takes about a month to finish.

What book are you currently reading?

THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray. Set in the 1920s, this Young Adult story features murder, magical realism, and a good dose of romance. My non-fiction title for this month is WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron.

One YA title that I think everyone can read is CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein. It’s the story of two unconventional girls: one a WW II pilot, the other a spy. Try it!

Where can other WNBA members connect with you?

I keep a blog at www.CarolynSnowAbiad.com, I use Goodreads as Carolyn Abiad, and I’m on Twitter at @csabiad.

Attention, WNBA-Charlotte members who are published authors!

Please note this important opportunity from WNBA National for our members who have published books —

One of the features of our WNBA National Board meeting every year is highlighting our WNBA authors in a special display during the meeting. After the meeting, one copy of each author’s book is sent to the Boston Public Library, which archives WNBA authors and displays them on special occasions. This will certainly be a part of our 100th anniversary celebration in 2017, so we want to be sure everyone who has published a book will be represented.

This year the WNBA National Meeting takes place in Nashville on June 8-10. Please send a copy of your book(s) to the national meeting to arrive no later than Friday, June 7 (preferably earlier!) Books can be mailed directly to Mary Grey James, WNBA National Communications Chair, at 2200 Sharondale Dr., Nashville, TN 37215. OR please contact our Charlotte chapter at wnbacharlotte@gmail.com to arrange to have one of our board members take your books by car to Nashville when they go to the National Meeting. You will need to get your books to us by Monday, June 3, at the latest.

Mary Grey will be responsible for setting up the display. If you wish to sell your books at the meeting, you may do so, but you would need to arrange this in advance with our WNBA-Charlotte board members who will be there. Please note that authors themselves are responsible for collecting payment and return shipping. In other words, Mary Grey will ship one copy of each book to Boston, but authors who supply more than one copy are expected to sell and/or return all unsold copies themselves.

We hope to hear from all of our fabulous WNBA authors soon. Thanks in advance!

P.S. — if you are not certain about your current membership status, please contact Membership Chair Carolyn Abiad. You DO need to be a current dues-paid member in order to participate in this opportunity.

 

 

Member Mondays – Carin Siegfried

Member Mondays is a new feature on the Women’s National Book Association- Charlotte blog. Interviews are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to cycle through all members each year. Special highlight posts for members with new publications or announcements are available on an ongoing basis.

This week, we have WNBA Charlotte Past President and WNBA National Vice President, Carin Siegfried.

I have been in the book business for many years in a variety of iterations but editor is the one that stuck. Two years ago, with the support of friends and colleagues from the WNBA, I launched my own independent editorial business and have been thrilled to get back to my first love and this time be able to do it on my own terms. My fellow WNBA-ers have been invaluable in this effort and I don’t know that I’d even have had the nerve to start it without them. I certainly wouldn’t have as many clients and as few bumps in the road.

Do you prefer ebook, paperback or hardcover? 

Paperback, mostly because they’re so much easier to carry around (and I can buy twice as many of them). When I’m running an errand that might involve waiting, I take a book, and if I’m currently reading a giant hardcover, I think twice about bringing it or if I want to start another (paperback!) book instead. I normally try not to read multiple books at the same time. I do also love to listen to audiobooks, primarily nonfiction and memoir.

What are your reading habits? 

This year I am aiming for 72, but that doesn’t count the books I’m editing or anything I’m rereading. So that’s about 1.5 books per week. I read at least an hour every night before bed, sometimes two.

What book are you currently reading? 

Current read: Getting In by Karen Stabiner. I think I picked this book up because I’ve been seeing the promos for the movie Admission with Tina Fey, which is based on the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz which I very much enjoyed back in 2009. So I was in the mood for another book about college admissions, and this one is from the opposite perspective, of the students, their parents, and their guidance counselor.

My taste generally runs very wild. I read 50/50 fiction/nonfiction men/women. I read books on such topics as the exploration of the continent of Australia, the women’s rights movement in the 1970s, working the night shift at a psych E.R., the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, how South Americans respond to Jane Austen novels, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass techniques, and the Byzantine Empire. And that’s just in 2012. My very favorite genre is memoir, but I really enjoy mixing it up and I always want to learn something, even from the novels, which is why a lot of my novels are historicals.

Where can other WNBA members connect with you? 

Blog: http://cseditorial.com/

Website: http://carolinebookbinder.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/Carin

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CarinSiegfriedEditorial

Also Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TwoEditorsAndAComma

Twitter: @CarinBookbinder

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/carinsiegfried

email: carinsiegfried@earthlink.net

Member Mondays- Jessica Daitch

Member Mondays is a new feature on the Women’s National Book Association- Charlotte blog. Interviews are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to cycle through all members each year. Special highlight posts for members with new publications or announcements are available on an ongoing basis.

This week, we have WNBA Publicity Chair, Jessica Daitch.

About Jessica:

I’m a public relations consultant specializing in health and well-being communications. (I do not do book promotion.)  I also review romance novels and, occasionally, fantasy for Publisher’s Weekly.  I live in south Charlotte with my husband and two school-aged children.

Do you prefer ebook, paperback or hardcover?

I LOVE my Kindle because it is so convenient to throw in my purse —  I’m always waiting for a kid to finish an activity.  It’s also great for vacationing because you don’t need to bring a ton of books.  That being said, I’m well known at the library and borrow actual books all the time.  Why pay to read all the time?

What are your reading habits?

I read about one book a week.

What book are you currently reading?

At the moment, I am reading a book called Ready Player One.  It’s set in 2045 in a dystopic Earth where people spend most of their time interacting in a game simulation.  I’m also reading a military science fiction series called The Lost Fleet.  It’s a fun series that reads like a Star Trek TV episode (but better).  I also read lots of romance novels and I’m active in my neighborhood book club.  We try to read diverse genres annually, covering history, memoir/biography, alternate fiction, sci-fi/fantasy (usually, I pick this selection), “women in peril,” classics, etc.  We try to avoid books that everyone else is reading so that we can be exposed to a wider selection.  I also enjoy reading contemporary westerns. Presently, I recommend Juliet in August.

Where can other WNBA members connect with you?

 Twitter (JessinCharlotte) or www.linkedin.com/in/jessicadaitch