Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, February 3, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our February 3 meeting is….

World of Rae English 9781937854393THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH 
by Lucy Rosenthal 
(Black Lawrence Press)

 The World of Rae English is a rare novel of wry eloquence. Its remarkable sentences delineate a fifties and sixties world full of disguises, and we watch its heroine blunder through the task of unmasking those around her, past and present. A wonderful book.”–Joan Silber

“Lucy Rosenthal writes with the mirth and bite of the great Peter De Vries. I am amazed at how much fun she seems to be having while she fillets the pretentious and punctures the self-inflated. The smart reader will know enough to get out of her line of fire.”–Billy Collins

Rae English, a smart and witty young woman, is drawn to secretive men. It is the still straitlaced early sixties, the era of “Mad Men” where women are expected to be married and pretty. After a divorce from a disgraced politician, Rae relocates to Iowa City, hoping to find or conceal herself as a writer and to rediscover love.

Lucy Rosenthal is the author of the novel The Ticket Out. The recipient of a Pulitzer Fellowship in Critical Writing, she has edited the anthologies Great American Love StoriesThe World Treasury of Love Stories, and The Eloquent Short Story: Varieties of Narration. She is on the writing faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and has also taught in the creative writing programs of Columbia and New York University. She lives in New York City.

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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. If you have questions about our Book Club, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .

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These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015:

November 4 – THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
 
December 2 – THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
 
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
 
February 3 – THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
 
March 3 – MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 
 
For more information, please go to our Book Club page
 

Mark your calendar and be sure to attend these upcoming January, February & March meetings!

Upcoming WNBA monthly meetings — be sure to mark your calendar and join us!

More meetings and events information — click here!

 

January 12 — Annual Book Swap and Networking Meeting 
 — location details will be sent to members

Monday, January 12Once_upon_a_wintertime_little_golden_book
7:00 PM
Kristen Knox’s house 

(Members, please watch for a WNBA email  for the address)

MEMBERS ONLY!!

Our president Kristen Knox is hosting our annual WNBA-Charlotte book swap at her house! Use this chance to tidy up your bookshelves, or to clutter them again with ne

This is a members only event!w reads. Bring books to swap out or just to donate to a good cause.

Check out this webpage and  WNBA-Charlotte’s Facebook page for further updates.

See you soon!

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February 17 — “I’m Published, So Now What?”  
Making a Living Writing

A panel discussion hosted jointly with Charlotte Writers’ Club

TUESDAY, February 17Ideas-To-Make-Money-By-Writing
7:00 PM
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

Getting paid to write is a dream come true. Being paid enough to make a living at writing is difficult.

Listen to panelists discuss ways writers can earn more with their words. Panelists, all writers themselves, include a hybrid author, a magazine editor and freelance writer, a Copyblogger employee, and a facilitator of writing workshops and retreats.

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March 7  — Writers’ Showcasecookbook-94df6f8934464c9e1d0e82613ffa6429dddfe80a-s800-c15
      * Plus Potluck Lunch *

SATURDAY, March 7
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM
Quail Hollow Estates Clubhouse
7301 Quail Meadow Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28210

Join us for a Writers’ Showcase, featuring WNBA-Charlotte members. Select authors will showcase their work and be available for discussion.

This is a potluck event, so please bring a dish to share. Friends and family of members welcome.

 

WNBA members, join us and meet novelist Colleen Oakley at Park Road Books! Friday, January 9, 7 PM

WNBA Charlotte members, please join us! Meet…

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COLLEEN OAKLEY

Author of

BEFORE I GO

Friday evening, January 9
7:00 PM
at Park Road Books 

WNBA Charlotte is co-sponsoring Colleen’s appearance at Park Road Books by assisting with promoting this event and encouraging our members and others to attend. Please pass the word to your book-loving friends, too. Thanks!

In addition, we are working with publisher Gallery Books to set up an informal “meet & greet” coffee get-together with Colleen sometime during the day on January 9. More information will be coming about this opportunity to talk with Colleen in a small group setting. We hope you can be there!

Details about BEFORE I GO and Colleen are included below in the letter from her publicist Stephanie DeLuca. Questions? Please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.

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BeforeIGoDear WNBA Colleagues,

It is my absolute pleasure write to you about the debut novel from Colleen Oakley, BEFORE I GO (Gallery Books: January 6, 2015, Hardcover).

A heart-wrenching novel written in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You, BEFORE I GO follows twenty-seven year old Daisy Richmond, who is diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and decides to find her husband Jack a new wife before she dies.

With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks, coffee shops, and online dating sties looking for a perfect match for Jack. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the idea of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy wonders if Jack could really love another woman the way he loves her—and more importantly—does she really want him to?

In a strong and compelling voice, Colleen Oakley tackles the difficult issues of terminal cancer, infidelity, and marriage with an appropriate amount of levity and warmth.  Instantly readable, Oakley writes Daisy’s emotional journey by pinpointing the unexpected ways in which she copes with tragedy—through humor, denial, self-reflection, and a fair amount of tears—in a style that feels very true to life.

Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in the New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings.  Before she was a freelance writer, she was editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness. BEFORE I GO is her debut novel.

I sincerely hope you will consider meeting Colleen Oakley in January 2015.  Thank you, as always, for your time and consideration.

All best,

Stephanie DeLuca, Senior Publicist
Gallery Books

 

Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, January 6, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our January 6 meeting is….18467818 An Untamed State

 

  AN UNTAMED STATE

  by Roxane Gay

  Grove Press, Black Cat

Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. In AN UNTAMED STATE, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

AN UNTAMED STATE is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. AN UNTAMED STATEestablishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

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Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy culture blog, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK and essays editor for The Rumpus. She teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. Her first book, AYITI, is a collection of fiction and nonfiction about the Haitian diaspora experience. She is also the author of the essay collection BAD FEMINIST, published by Harper Perennial in 2014. 

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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. If you have questions about our Book Club, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .

________________________________________________________________

These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015:

November 4 – THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
 
December 2 – THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
 
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
 
February 3 – THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
 
March 3 – MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 
 
For more information, please go to our Book Club page