Our Next Book Club Meeting — Tuesday, December 3 — MARGOT: A NOVEL by Jillian Cantor

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2013 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our next book is

MARGOT a Novel — MARGOT 
 — by Jillian Cantor 
  Riverhead Trade

    Anne Frank has long been a symbol of bravery and hope, but there were two sisters hidden in the annex, two young Jewish girls, one a cultural icon made famous by her published diary and the other, nearly forgotten.

In the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has just come to the silver screen to great acclaim, and a young woman named Margie Franklin is working in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish law firm. On the surface she lives a quiet life, but Margie has a secret: a life she once lived, a past and a religion she has denied, and a family and a country she left behind.

Margie Franklin is really Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who did not die in Bergen-Belsen as reported, but who instead escaped the Nazis for America. But now, as her sister becomes a global icon, Margie’s carefully constructed American life begins to fall apart. A new relationship threatens to overtake the young love that sustained her during the war, and her past and present begin to collide. Margie is forced to come to terms with Margot, with the people she loved, and with a life swept up into the course of history.

“A marvelously wrought ‘what-if’ story of the survival of Anne Frank’s sister and her hidden identity in a new country. Psychologically subtle, satisfyingly suspenseful, and sensitively written.” – Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I: A Novel

Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark — click the link below for more details. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released. 

More information about our WNBA-Charlotte Book Club

Join us for a sneak preview showing of the new movie “Saving Mr. Banks” — RSVP today!

1450868_582179771829812_672695961_n —Thursday, December 5 — 7:00 PM — 

Regal Phillips Place Theater   
6911 Phillips Pl Ct, Charlotte, NC 28210  
(704) 556-0896  

See the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. WNBA-Charlotte invites you to join us for a sneak preview!

Friends and family can come too, but we are limited to 60 passes, so you must RSVP to WNBA-Charlotte President Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com with the number of passes you need.

Kristen will have the passes, and you will need to find her at the theater before the show starts, too. The first 60 will get in!  

Details are on our WNBA-Charlotte Facebook page, too.

Lots more info about this new movie:  www.disney.com/savingmrbanks

Watch the trailer!

 

SAVING MR. BANKS

DISNEY

Website: www.disney.com/savingmrbanks

Rating:                                      PG-13  

Release Date:                           December 13, 2013, limited; December 20, 2013, wide

Running Time:                           120 min

Cast:                                        Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker and Colin Farrell

Director:                                   John Lee Hancock                    

Producers:                                Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer

Executive Producers:                Paul Trijbits, Christine Langan, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum

Written by:                                Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith

 

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen—and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.

More:

  • ·         “Saving Mr. Banks” is the first feature-length, theatrical drama to depict the iconic entrepreneur Walt Disney.
  • ·         Richard and Robert Sherman’s original score and song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”) would go on to win Oscars® at the 1965 ceremonies.
  • ·         “Mary Poppins” won five awards of its 13 Academy Award® nominations: Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song. Among the nominations were Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • ·         P.L. Travers’ father was a banker and is the basis for the “Mary Poppins” story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks—the character in the book whom the famous fictional nanny comes to aid.

 

Next Book Club Meeting November 5 — THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2013 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our next book is…

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   The Round House 
  by Louise Erdrich 
  (Harper Pere
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One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into  an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared. 

While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

National Book Award for Fiction (2012), ALA Alex Award (2013), Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Fiction (2013), Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee for Fiction (2013), Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Excellence in Fiction (2013, Minnesota Book Award for Novel & Short Story (2013)

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Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark — see dates below. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released. 

Here’s what will be reading in 2013-2014:

November 5:  The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Harper Perennial)

December 3:  Margot by Jillian Cantor (Riverhead Books)

NO January meeting

February 4:  Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (Harper)

March 4:  How It All Began by Penelope Lively (Penguin Books)

April 1:  Wash by Margaret Wrinkle (Atlantic Monthly Press)

May 6:  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (Hogarth)

June 3:  The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell (Amy Einhorn Books)

NO July meeting

August 5:  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur Books)

September 2:  Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)

October 7:  The House Girl by Tara Conklin (William Morrow)

 

Monday, November 11, is our next WNBA-Charlotte meeting! Don’t miss it!

Happy & Healthy Holidays Start Here!

Monday, November 11, 
thanksgiving_clipart_066:15 – 8:15 PM     
PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER THAN USUAL MEETING TIME!  
Whole Foods near SouthPark Mall  

Good food, excellent, innovative cookbooks and books about food, cooking demo and/or tastings, healthy alternatives for holiday meals. Whole Foods will give us some great ideas and tips for the holidays!

We also may invite some local Charlotte food bloggers and authors to join us on an informal basis.

All WNBA members and prospective members are welcome to attend.  Bring a friend with you!