WNBA members who are avid readers! Join the Great Group Reads Selection Committee for WNBA’s 2014 National Reading Group Month!


Great Group Reads — Selection Committee Information   

We are recruiting new members to join the National Reading Group Month Great Group Reads Selection Committee for 2014.   


Great Group Reads is a major initiative of National Reading Group Month (NRGM), which is sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). We are recruiting new readers to join our Selection Committee for this year’s list. 

Each year, the Great Group Reads (GGR) Selection Committee prepares a list of recommendations of literary fiction and memoirs for book discussion groups around the country. Publishers supply the Selection Committee with reading copies. Selected books are publicized and promoted on the National Reading Group Month website with professionally designed display materials such as shelf-talkers and table-top posters for anyone to download and use in promoting these titles for independent bookstores, reading groups and libraries.  It is an important service for the reading public and for publishers.  Participation in the selection is rigorous but rewarding!

An overview of Great Group Reads:

Readers on the selection committee must adhere to the following rules:

  1. MUST be a member in good standing with a WNBA chapter or with a network membership
  2. Commit to reading at least 100 pages of each book, up to 25, sent to your home/office
  3. Be able to utilize the private GGR blog to thoughtfully comment on each of the books
  4. Have experience in book discussion groups in order to understand how group dynamics work in discussing books!
  5. Prepare a brief profile for posting on the NRGM website (no contact information needed)
  6. Follow guidelines in selection (see Guidelines for Selection below)
  7. Do not post public reviews or comments on the books you are reading for GGR until after the list is made public in September 2014
  8. Adhere to the deadlines for reading, commenting, and submitting a list of your top favorites (see Schedulebelow)

Guidelines for Selection in Great Group Reads:

  1. Targeted to adult reading groups throughout the U.S., with broad based appeal
  2. The selection should provide lively discussions, conflict, or touch on timely issues
  3. Fully developed themes, narratives, characters are essential.  These must be mature works of literature
  4. The selection may be a title that won’t necessarily achieve superstar status but is highly deserving of attention from reading groups, and could be characterized as a “mid-list gem”


  1. We start to receive books by March, and the delivery may continue through April 
  2. Blog comments start up as soon as books are received and read – you will receive instructions on it
  3. Submission of your recommendations list is due near the end of July  (exact date TBD)
  4. Finalization of the Great Group Reads list is early August
  5. Press release on the list in early to mid-September
  6. National Reading Group Month is the month of October with special chapter events

To see last year’s Great Group Reads list, go to http://www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.org/ggr_selections.html

This is a huge commitment to undertake for the next few months, so we want you to understand it thoroughly before asking to join the Selection Committee. If this is for you, let me know by emailing me at sbrechner@gmail.com.  If you need more information, just ask.  And thanks for considering the job!

Bebe(Sarah) Brechner

Chair, Great Group Reads Selection Committee, National Reading Group Month

Jill Tardiff, Chair, National Reading Group Month


THIS TUESDAY, February 18 — don’t miss our Social Media panel discussion, co-sponsored with Charlotte Writers’ Club!

February 18 (Tuesday) –  


Joint meeting with Charlotte Writers’ Club — twitter

Social Media, Writing and Publishing – A Panel Discussion — 

CWC Charlotte and WNBA-Charlotte — 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 
7:00 PM — 

Queens University Conference Center, 
2229 Tyvola Road (just west of Park Road), Charlotte — 

WNBA-Charlotte has organized an outstanding panel of experienced book industry representatives who will discuss the evolving relationships between writers and publishers and social media. Come with your questions about the book biz and join in this sure-to-be-lively discussion!  

This meeting is co-sponsored with the Charlotte Writers’ Club.  

Panel participants include (click here for full bios):  

Josh Adams, literary agent at Adams Literary
Christy Lynn Allen, self-published author of Samantha Green & the Case of the Haunted Pumpkin
Trisina Dickerson, publicist at John F. Blair, Publisher
Wanda Jewell, executive director of SIBA, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
Maureen Ryan Griffin, writing coach, author of Spinning Words into Gold, a Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Writing
Gary V. Powell, award-winning short story writer and novelist