Enter WNBA’s Fourth Annual Writing Contest!

Our 2015-2016 Contest is accepting submissions!

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The contest began September 15, 2015

and will end January 15, 2016

Contest winners will be announced May 1, 2016

Questions? Email Contest Chairperson: joan@joangelfand.com

After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women (see our WNBA Award under “Awards”) and others in the field, we are delighted to celebrate emerging writers as well. We are seeking your best work for our national writing contest. Winning entries will be published in a special issue of The Bookwoman, the national newsletter of the WNBA.

Prizes: First place winners each receive a $250 cash prize. Second, third and honorable mentions will be published with the first place winners in the contest edition of The Bookwoman.


NEW! Author MEET & GREET Special Opportunities for WNBA Members! B.A. Shapiro on November 19!

WNBA Charlotte offers our members a variety of special MEET & GREET opportunities to get together and talk with authors in informal small group settings. In addition, our chapter helps to co-sponsor and promote selected author events for the general public at Park Road Books.


Members will be alerted via email to our special MEET & GREET plans with these authors, which may be an informal lunch, coffee hour, drinks or dinner, depending upon the authors’ schedules. If you are interested in participating, please contact Susan Walker, susan.walker.books@gmail.com, and we will be sure to send  you these MEET & GREET details.


Thursday, November 19
7:00-8:45 PM

WNBA-Charlotte and Park Road Books
invite you to meet

B.A. Shapiro

Author of


We’re excited to welcome bestselling novelist B.A. Shapiro to Charlotte! Join us to meet her and learn about her new novel. Be sure to get an autographed copy while you’re here! This event is free and open to the public.

Park Road Books
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

Our MEET & GREET event with B.A. Shapiro, an opportunity for WNBA members only, will precede this public event at Park Road Books.  An email with further information will be sent to members in November. If you’d like to attend this special members’ event, you also may contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com for more details.          

More author MEET & GREET opportunities and events are coming in the future! Details will be updated on a regular basis.

Muralist 9781616203573_0104e“B. A. Shapiro once again pens the art world into vivid, sensual life. Set during World War II and the dawn of Abstract Expressionism,The Muralist is an intriguing story masterfully imagined about art, war, family, truth, and freedom. If you liked The Art Forger, you’re going to love The Muralist!” —Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice

Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in Germanoccupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her closeknit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her greatniece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at an auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present,The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of today’s New York art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism.

Shapiro is a master at telling a riveting story while exploring provocative themes. In Alizée and Danielle she has created two unforgettable women, artists both, who compel us to ask, What happens when luminous talent collides with inexorable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world? And to what lengths should a person go to thwart evil?

“B. A. Shapiro’s The Muralist is an expertly constructed, riveting tale of art, politics, love, and consequences in the Depression Era . . . It rings with originality and authenticity. What a compelling read!” —Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

“I am a great fan of B. A. Shapiro, especially her new novel The Muralist. It is a tantalizing mystery, as well as an involving meditation on the meaning of art over time.” —Scott Turow, author of Identical

Shapiro is the author of the awardwinning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University and lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan. Her website is www.bashapirobooks.com.

B.A. Shapiro also will appear at Main Street Books in Davidson
at 12 Noon on Thursday, November 19.
If you live in the Lake Norman area, please join us at Main Street Books!

Mark your calendar for November 17! Come to our WNBA & CWC panel: “I’m Published, So Now What? Making a Living Writing

I’m Published, So Now What?  Making a Living Writing

A Panel Hosted by Ideas-To-Make-Money-By-Writing
Women’s National Book Association – Charlotte
and Charlotte Writers’ Club

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 PM

Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte

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.  Please join us!

Meet our panelists —

Alice Osborn:

Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet, as well as a speaker, an editor-for-hire and a popular writing coach. In the past decade, Alice has taught classes and writing workshops to thousands of aspiring authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and internationally. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry; previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published work in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children and four very messy and loud birds. Visit Alice’s website at www.aliceosborn.com.

Renee Roberson:

Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and former editor of Little Ones Magazine. Her work regularly appears in Lake Norman CURRENTS and she also assists Charlotte Parent with writing and editing projects. Renee works alongside authors seeking book promotion as a Blog Tour Manager with WOW! Women on Writing and judges flash fiction entries as part of WOW’s quarterly fiction contests. In 2009, her magazine article “Alternative Treatments for Autism,” received first place honors in the magazine feature article category in the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a minor in women’s studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Renee resides in Huntersville, N.C. with her husband and two children.

Mica Gadhia:

Mica Gadhia once received a check for $4.00 from Yahoo Groups for an article she wrote about Charlotte, NC and all of the great places to see here. Not only that, she works for one of the coolest companies on the planet, Rainmaker Digital (formerly Copyblogger Media). She is the Affiliate Manager for StudioPress themes (how to make money). She edits some of the transcripts (learns the latest content marketing tools). Mica helps answer inquiries to the Rainmaker Digital helpdesk (types a lot of emails to awesome people who need help). Also, she is the customer liaison for the Certified Writers through Rainmaker Digital’s Authority program (gets to know lots of cool people just like you). She’s energetic, laughs a lot, and in her spare time she paints pink and purple cows and raises her two favorite people in the world, her two boys Michael and Mason.

Karon Luddy:

Karon Luddy is the author of the novel Spelldown, published by Simon and Schuster, which earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly as well as the Parents’ Choice Silver award. Clemson University Digital Press published Wolf Heart, her first poetry book. Bewilderment of Boys, her second novel and sequel to Spelldown, was published in 2014. Kirkus Reviews described it as “a charmingly perceptive follow-up that should appeal to both teenagers and adults.” In 2001, The Charlotte Writers’ Club awarded Karon the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Award for her story which began with a quirky observation: “The days of the week sounded two thousand times more interesting spelled backwards: Yadnus. Yadnom. Yadseut. Yadsendew. Yadsruht.Yadirf. Yadrutas.” Receiving this recognition from CWC emboldened Luddy as a writer—and she transformed the winning story into the first chapter of her first novel. She also earned her MFA in Creative Writing and began teaching at UNC Charlotte as well as conducting writing retreats and creativity workshops. Karon lives in Charlotte with her husband Tom. Visit her facebook page athttp://on.fb.me/1pCDeMv


Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting! Tuesday, November 3, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we take the list of 2015 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month. Starting in November, we’ll be reading books from the new 2015 Great Group Reads list.  See below!

Our book for our November  meeting is….

Dietland 9780544373433_0b363DIETLAND
by Sarai Walker

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“Witty and wise.”—People

“A giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under  your  skin, no matter its size.”—Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

“Sarai Walker deftly marries body insecurities and humor in her satirical debut.”—US Weekly

“Finally, the feminist murder mystery/makeover story we’ve been waiting for.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“Walker’s first novel leaves chick lit in the pixie dust.”—New York Magazine

The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed.

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weightloss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.

But when Plum notices she’s being followed by a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots, she finds herself falling down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House, a community of women who live life on their own terms. Reluctant but intrigued, Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerilla group begins to terrorize a world that misSarai Walkertreats women, and as Plum grapples with her own personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.

Part coming of age story, part revenge fantasy, Dietland is a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight loss obsession—from the inside out, and with fists flying.

SARAI WALKER received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Bennington College. Her magazine articles have appeared in national publications, including Seventeen and Mademoiselle. She subsequently served as an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves, before moving to London and Paris to complete a Ph.D. She currently lives in the Southwest. Dietland is her first novel.


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.


Here are the books we’ll be reading in 2015-2016!

November 3 — Dietland by Sarai Walker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

December 1 — All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (McSweeny’s)

January 5 — Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell (Maiden Lane Press)

February 2 — Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (Crown)

 March 1 — Landfall by Ellen Urbani (Forest Avenue Press)

April 5  — The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing)

May 3 — Henna House by Nomi Eve (Scribner)

June 7 — Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade (William Morrow)

July 5 — The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora (Grove Press)

August 2 — Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jeannine Capó Crucet (St. Martin’s Press)

September 6 — Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (Gallery Books/Scout Press)

October 4 — No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman (Twelve)


Get your BIBLIOFEAST tickets today! BIBLIOFEAST is October 12!

A Literary “Moveable Feast”

WNBA Charlotte’s 6th Annual
Book & Author Dinner

2015 National Reading Group Month

2015 NRGM Signature Event



Ticket deadline extended to October 11 — must be purchased in advance!

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WHEN:  Monday evening, October 12, 2015  /  6:00-9:00 PM

WHERE:  Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant / SouthPark Mall, Charlotte

WHAT:  A “moveable feast” dinner featuring 9 authors


  • Open to both WNBA members and the public
  • Book clubs invited and encouraged to attend as groups. If you come with your book club members, we’ll reserve a table for you!
  • Anticipated attendance 80+ people
  • Ticketed fundraiser event for WNBA Charlotte and local book-related charitable organizations
  • WNBA member tickets $50; nonmember tickets $60
  • Tickets are available online (credit cards via PayPal) and at Park Road Books (check or cash only).
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance — deadline extended to October 11.
  • Books for this event will be purchased from publishers and sold at the event by Park Road Books, Charlotte.

This coming October, the Charlotte Chapter of WNBA will sponsor our 6thannual BIBLIOFEAST book and author dinner in celebration of WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.  Our very successful 2014 BIBLIOFEAST highlighted 10 authors and was attended by 70+ people. This year we’re planning on 8 to 10 authors and 80-90 attendees. 

We’re delighted to welcome these featured authors:

Elise Blackwell, THE LOWER QUARTER
     Unbridled Books, September 2015, fiction

     Algonquin Books, September 2015, fiction

     Tin House Books, October 2015, fiction

     Knox Robinson Publishing, Book Three of The Cross and the Crown series,

September 2015, historical fiction

     Mercer University Press, April 2015, memoir

Brian Panowich, BULL MOUNTAIN
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, July 2015, fiction

Hank Phillippi Ryan, WHAT YOU SEE
     Forge Books, October 2015, suspense fiction

Richard Wall, husband of the late author Carol F. Wall,
 Berkley, February  2015, memoir

University of South Carolina Press, April 2015, literary criticism


PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!  Invite your friends, fellow book club members, and colleagues. Share this BIBLIOFEAST FLYER online. Print it out and post it for others to see.  THANKS!

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Susan Walker, National Reading Group Month Events Manager, susan.walker.books@gmail.com, 612-382-5868. Thank you!


Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting! Tuesday, October 6, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’ve taken the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month. Starting in November, we’ll be reading books from the new 2015 Great Group Reads list.  Check back for more info!

Our book for our October 6 meeting is….


What Is Visible 9781455528950_0e406WHAT IS VISIBLE
by Kimberly Elkins


A vividly original literary novel based on the astounding true-life story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind person who learned language and blazed a trail for Helen Keller.

At age two, Laura Bridgman lost four of her five senses to scarlet fever. At age seven, she was taken to Perkins Institute in Boston to determine if a child so terribly afflicted could be taught. At age twelve, Charles Dickens declared her his prime interest for visiting America. And by age twenty, she was considered the nineteenth century’s second most famous woman, having mastered language and charmed the world with her brilliance. Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly has a book proven so profoundly moving in illuminating the challenges of living in a completely unique inner world.

With Laura – by turns mischievous, temperamental, and witty – as the book’s primary narrator, the fascinating kaleidoscope of characters includes the founder of Perkins Institute, Samuel Gridley Howe, with whom she was in love; his wife, the glamorous Julia Ward Howe, a renowned writer, abolitionist, and suffragist; Laura’s beloved teacher, who married a missionary and died insane from syphilis; an Irish orphan with whom Laura had a tumultuous affair; Annie Sullivan; and even the young Helen Keller.

Deeply enthralling and rich with lyricism, WHAT IS VISIBLE chronicles the breathtaking experiment that Laura Bridgman embodied and its links to the great social, philosophical, theological, and educational changes rocking Victorian America. Given Laura’s worldwide fame in the nineteenth century, it is astonishing that she has been virtually erased from history. WHAT IS VISIBLE will set the record straight.

Kimberly Elkins was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and has published fiction and nonfiction in theAtlanticBest New American VoicesIowa ReviewChicago TribuneGlamour, and Village Voice, among others. WHAT IS VISIBLE is her first novel.


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)